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Week Of March 1 - New Camp Begins/Sr Time Trial this Sunday

Matt Ehrenberger

Week of March 1st - New Camp Begins

The only change in the March Camp is the Sr 2/Sr group will all swim in the Comp Pool in this camp. 
Reminder - Day One of camp: Waivers are due, collected outside the facility and must be turned in in alphabetical order by cohort. Do NOT forget Page 2 of your signed waiver! Print the NEW March Camp Waiver....
March Camp Group PM schedule - Monday thru Friday:
Sr 3.5, Sr 4: 3:40-5:20
Sr 2 & Sr 3: 5:30-7:00
Junior (All): 7:10-8:30
AM's:  Sr 3.5 & Sr 4 (Wednesday AM 6:00-7:30AM); Sr 2 & Sr 3 (Saturday AM  8:10-9:50); Sr 3.5 & Sr 4 (Sunday AM 7:30-9:50).
Safety Protocol Reminders:
  • Face covering required at ALL times except while swimming (Must put face covering on immediately after exiting the water).
  • Social distancing of 6 feet at ALL times (parking lot, entry waiting area, pool deck, etc.)
  • Drop-Off/Arrival: no earlier than 10 minutes prior to workout time
  • Pick-up/Departure: immediately after workout
  • Arrival: follow the curved fire lane/dirt path (to the right of the tennis courts)
  • Facility Entry: one at a time thru the main building entrance
  • Waiting to Enter: stand and wait on one of the NEW socially distanced yellow markings
  • Exiting: thru the far pool gate, turn right (past the lap pool) to the parking lot
  • On Deck: walk ALONE to your assigned lane - bags need to be stored by your lane
  • Come Swim Ready: suits on, minimal changing (slip on shoes or Ugg-like boots recommended)


Group Zoom Meetings (Zoom link reminders will be emailed prior to meetings):

Junior Meeting (Tuesday at 4:30) - Regular zoom meeting.

Senior Meeting (Saturdays at 11:00 AM)


This Sunday, March 7th, Sr Group Sanctioned Time Trial:  Heather Farms Clarke Memorial Aquatic Center, Heather Farms Park. Session 1: 9:00-10:45, Session 2: 11:00-12:45, Session 3: 1:00-2:50. Watch for emails this week from Meet Director, Jane Healy and Laurel Purewal. New venue but many things still the same - assigned warm-up/warm-down lanes, ready room, mask to blocks, circular deck flow pattern, City of Walnut Creek waiver needed. 5 lanes of competition that will follow the timeline posted on the final programs. Cost is $40 per swimmers. This is not a fast suit/rest meet!

March 1st Billing Add-on: Two non-recurring invoices will be add-ons to the normal billing on March 1st. 

  1. The meet fee for the Presidents Day Sanction Time Trials will be billed (Jr Session: $45, Sr Sessions: $60). Fees cover facility rental for all three days, soda staffing, pads & timing equipment rental, along with the fee's required by Pacific Swimming.
  2. Per swimmer facility fee of $30 to cover the doubling of pool costs required to house our entire team in the 2/3 swimmers per lane model.

Reminder: 18+ Year Old Swimmers: If you are turning 18 this year, per USA Swimming regulations, once an athlete turns 18, you must complete the Athlete Protection Training from USA Swimming. The course is found here: APT link....


Rain Protocol-Be Prepared! (Definite Rain in the forecast for this week).

In the event of rain, we recommend arriving at the appropriate start time for your camp to limit the standing around time or waiting in your car in the parking lot if you arrive early. Wear rain gear and bring the least number of personal items you can to the pool.  Indoor (dry) storage space will not be available. Be prepared for your personal items to be sitting poolside (near your camps actual practice space/lane). We are recommending that athletes bring a large plastic bag (or two) to put your items in while they are sitting on the deck.

Waterproof Dry Bag: Check out this dry bag on amazon smile (several of the Jr group swimmers have dry bags that they use on rainy days. This one seems like a good choice and comes in size 30L, which seems plenty big).  Loovit Waterproof Dry Bag on Amazon Smile.... 



Outreach Acknowledgement from Eswantini Swimming Association: As you know Orinda Aquatics Outreach supports swimming in Swaziland. Read the letter from Swimlab the organization that leads the swimming efforts in Swaziland.  Letter of Appreciation....



Orinda Aquatics is BSN Sports Team of the Month: Read the ARTICLE featured in Swim Swam. 


Food for Thought - From a recently viewed webinar: "Sports are inherently both social and competitive activities. You may be very careful with what is happening in the pool or on the playing field, but this needs to extend to what is happening in the parking lot and the social circles outside of the athletic arena."