Weekly News - December 20, 2021

Amy Parratto

Weekly News – December 20, 2021 

Latest Information

  • Holiday Schedule Changes – There are no practices Friday and Saturday this week and next week due to the Christmas and New Year’s holidays (with the exception of Senior Elite). There is a Senior Elite practice on Friday, December 24 and 31 from 7:00 to 10:00 a.m. HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ONE AND ALL!
  • Looking Ahead / Practices the Week of December 27 to December 30 – We have the ability to move our practices a little earlier in the day due to Senior Elite practices being moved to the morning. Our Team Unify practice calendars have all been updated to reflect these changes. Here is the schedule for the week of December 27-30:

9&U – 5:15 to 5:30 dryland / 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. swim, Bronze – 5:30 to 5:45 dryland / 5:45 to 6:45 p.m. swim, Silver – 5:15 to 5:30 dryland / 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. swim, Gold – 3:45 to 4:00 dryland / 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. swim, Junior Select – 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. swim / dryland at the cage on T-TH 5:30 to 6:00 p.m., Senior Prep – 6:15 to 6:35 p.m. dryland at the cage / 6:45 to 8:00 p.m. swim, Senior – 6:15 to 6:35 p.m. dryland at the cage / 6:45 to 8:15 p.m. swim, Senior Elite – 7:00 to 11:00 a.m. December 27 to 30 and 7:00 to 10:00 a.m. December 31.


Regular Reminders

  • Questions – If you have a question regarding your swimmer, meets, clinics, practices etc. please contact your swimmer’s lead coach in order to get the quickest and most accurate response (see the list below). If you have a billing question, contact Cara Pavek - [email protected].
  • Riptide Lost & Found – If your child is missing any clothing, shoes, water bottles, masks, goggles or equipment, please stop in quickly to check the lost and found table in the lobby. Items will be donated or thrown away at the end of the month.
  • Clinic Reminders – Clinic registration can only be done through our website. Do not register for clinics using the TU App. Make sure to read the description for clinics and register your swimmer with the correct roster. Your swimmer will not always be in the same session; it will depend on the clinic roster combinations.
  • Private Lessons: Riptide Coaches are offering 30 and 60 minute private lessons. The winter break may be an ideal time to try and schedule a session. If your swimmer is interested, either contact your lead coach directly or [email protected].
  • Adult Swim Private Lessons, Clinic & Training:

1. Adult Lessons: 30 & 60 minute sessions scheduled based on coach and pool availability.

2. Clinic: 5x 60 minute sessions on Friday afternoons from 1:30-2:30pm starting this coming week 11/12 geared for the beginner adult swimmer.

3. Training Group: 4-week session of 2x 75 minute practices per week on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:45-8am beginning 11/29 geared more towards triathletes who are not quite at the level of or looking for masters swimming. For more information, contact [email protected].

  • Bronze, Silver, Gold, Senior Prep and Senior Groups – Our lead coaches want to remind you that all swimmers must bring their tennis shoes Monday through Thursday for the dryland exercise portion of practice. Thank you!
  • Remember that we do have a parking lot routine that everyone must follow. Here is the link to see the details - https://www.teamunify.com/mnwss/UserFiles/File/BuildingMap-traffic%20flow.pdf
  • New Team Suit – Please be aware that ALL swimmers are required to purchase the new team suit if they are competing in swim meets. Here is the link to our Elsmore team apparel page - https://elsmoreswim.com/teams/minnesota/clubs/riptide.html.
  • Officiating – If you have any interest in becoming an official, please contact Coach Amy Parratto – [email protected]

Safety Protocols

  • We still require masks while at BWAC. Fully vaccinated coaches may now remove masks while swimmers are in the water but will wear them during any interactions with the swimmers before or after practices. Thank you for your continued attention to these procedures.
  • Locker rooms are only available for swimmers to use the bathrooms. Exceptions have been made for selected groups and practices.
  • Swimmers should continue to arrive and leave practice in their swim suit.
  • Vaccinated swimmers are required to follow any CDC guidelines regarding quarantine and exposures. They do not have to follow the 10 day unvaccinated quarantine procedures. More information will be provided in the days to come.
  • Under NO CIRCUMSTANCES should swimmers exhibiting symptoms associated with Covid-19 and/or with a fever of 100.4 or higher attend practices. Please work together to reduce the risk of infection. If your swimmer has had close contact with a confirmed Covid-19 case, you must keep them away from the pool for 10 days. You may not test out of this quarantine. Please review the Standard Operating Procedures.
    • Stay home if you are not feeling well. Please err on the side of caution as one bad decision can impact numerous other swimmers and families.
    • Remember that family members sharing the same household are considered “close contact” when it comes to Covid exposure. Therefore, if a member of your family tests positive for Covid, you must quarantine from practice for 10 days. You may not “test out of quarantine”. In the event you must miss practice due to Covid exposure, please notify [email protected] and a credit will be arranged.
    • Please remind your swimmers to always wear masks at BWAC while not swimming. Send your swimmer with a small plastic baggie in which they may place their mask at the end of their lane. The mask may be taken off just prior to entering the water and must then be placed back on immediately after exiting the water.