AAYM New Practicing Procedures and Guidelines

If procedures seem to be very specific and exceptionally cautious, it is in an effort to ensure everyone’s safety.  We have reviewed all guidelines from CDC, White House, DHEC and USA Swimming in an effort to have a comprehensive plan in place for such safety measures.  With all of this said, please understand that all of our practice session are strictly voluntary  and each family should only participate based on their personal comfort level.  No one will be judged in any way for not participating.  Some basic procedures below that all should be aware of and must adhere too.

  1. Please plan to arrive and leave in your suit.  *Locker rooms will not be available.
  2. Try to go to the bathroom prior to practice.  Special needs restrooms will be available in emergencies.
  3. Enter the pool through the special needs hallway (nearest the blocks).  Please arrive as close to your designated practice time as possible, not earlier.  You may wait outside the Front Entrance (picnic tables) until your practice time.
  4. Any athlete/coach that does not feel well will not be allowed to participate that day.  If anyone in your household has the following symptoms they should stay home until cleared by a doctor to return to practice:
    1. Fever of 100.4 or more
    2. Dry cough or shortness of breath
    3. chills, nausea or sore throat
  5. No parents will be allowed on deck.
  6. Athletes will have designated places to keep their belongings on deck.
  7. Prior to entering the water, athletes will be encouraged to maintain proper social distancing at all times. (coaches and lifeguards have been asked to remind athletes)
  8. At the conclusion of practice, athletes will be encouraged to gather their belongings and exit the pool through the Front Exit Doors (Main Lobby).
  9. Athletes should be discouraged from social congregation before and after practice.
  10. Any Dryland activities will be done outside and through the use of rotating stations (be sure to have proper shoes and attire for these practices)

This is just a basic list of expectations and is in no way comprehensive of the measures the coaches and staff are taking to protect everyone.  We will be making adjustments as we deem them necessary.  More specific plans for in water distancing can be found on our website under Practicing Safely Guidelines.  It is everyone’s responsibility to the team to maintain good health and accurately assess daily personal health.  We must trust that our team members will not come to practice when not feeling well (even just a little). 

Even with all of these measures in place, it is not possible to ensure 100% safety from exposure to contagions.  If a coach/athlete or a member of their family tests positive for COVID-19, all people in that household will be asked to refrain from attending any YMCA function for a minimum of 14 days and/or cleared by a doctor.  It is important for every athlete and family to understand that by participating in any organized practice, a measure of personal risk is assumed and that the Anderson Area YMCA, its coaches and staff cannot be held liable should illness occur.