Swim Practice Hazard Mitigation Protocol During COVID-19

We appreciate everyone’s continued support and patience as we navigate these uncertain times. We are #COTASTRONG and #COTAPROUD!

In order to keep our swimmers, families and coaching staff safe, we will be operating on a modified swim schedule and format. During this time we will be exercising social distancing in the pool. Practice hours will be from 6:00am - 10:00am, with 1 hour sessions and no more than 12 swimmers per session - 2 swimmers per lane stopping at opposite ends of the pool between sets.  As social distancing protocols are lifted we will increase that number.

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● Practice Contract & Liability Waiver – All families planning to participate in swim practice during COVID-19 social distancing measures will be required to complete an Assumption of the Risk and Waiver of Liability Relating to Coronavirus/COVID-19 Form, as well as sign the last page of this document acknowledging your commitment to adhere to the protocol.

When should you NOT send your swimmer to practice? If you, your swimmer, or anyone one you or your swimmer have come in contact with, feel unwell or have experienced any symptoms of the virus, your swimmer should NOT come to practice. They should remain home for 14 days from the day of contact or when symptoms started.

The symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, coughing and shortness of breath. Additionally, if your swimmer has lived or lives with anyone with any health-related issues or is in poor health or lives with an elderly person, your swimmer should not return to swim during the pandemic.

This is also a reminder to consider precautionary measures relating to personal hygiene, hand sanitization, and social distancing to prevent the spread of infections when your swimmer is not at practice. We are all in this together and we depend on everyone’s commitment to health and safety to ensure our team stays healthy and strong.

During social distancing parents are not allowed on the pool deck. Please drop your swimmers off in the parking lot as close to the gate as possible. A COTA board member or parent volunteer will be stationed at the gate to ensure swimmers safely move from your vehicle to the pool deck and vice versa. Coach Chic will remain on deck until every swimmer has exited the pool and pool deck.

In the event of an emergency, Coach Chic will call/text you to come pick up your swimmer and the COTA board member/parent volunteer will remain with your child until your arrival and deliver them directly to your vehicle.

Note: If you feel uncomfortable dropping your swimmer off and prefer to walk them to the pool deck, please contact the COTA Board for alternative arrangements.

Disinfecting Protocol/Safe Practices/PPE – Following each practice, all utilized surfaces will be sprayed or wiped down with a CDC approved disinfectant. On deck parent volunteers will be wearing face masks and utilizing hand sanitizer during their shifts. Additionally, we recommend that swimmers change clothes, shower and wash all swimwear and equipment at home following practice. Locker room/changing areas will not be available during practice and use of the restroom should be kept to a minimum.

To minimize accidental contact, entry and exit from the facility, pool deck and pool will be staggered per the guidelines below.

Drop Off, Pick Up & On Deck Protocol

Drop Off – Parents will drive up to the pool gate and your swimmer will enter the pool gate alone. The swimmer should arrive wearing their suit, goggles, swim cap and flip flops/slides and carrying their towel, fins, kickboards, water bottle (water will not be provided on deck), etc in their wet bag. To minimize exposure, all other items must be left at home – that means dry bags.

Arrival Time – In order to keep things on track, it is important that you arrive 10 mins prior to your assigned swim practice. This will allow the parent volunteer and Coach Chic time to safely get your swimmer to and from the pool, while also ensuring the best use of practice time.

Lane Assignment – Each swimmer will be assigned a lane and a starting position (RED or GREEN). Lane assignments will be marked, and swimmers are expected to stay within their lane assignment at all times. Practice lane position will be done in two phases based on guidance from local and state regulatory guidelines and input from USA Swimming. See diagram 1 below.

Entry on Pool Deck – All swimmers must enter the pool deck one at a time, maintaining 6 feet between swimmers at all times. Once the swimmer enters the gate, the swimmer will go down the stairs and directly to their assigned staging spot (see diagram). Upon directed by Coach Chic to their assigned swim lane position, swimmers will place their towel on the wall behind their swim lane. Please keep all items tidy and in one location, careful not to spread to the next swimmer’s area. Place kickboards and fins on the pool deck, directly in front of lane assignment.

Entering the Pool - Swimmer will await orders from Coach Chic to enter the pool and will remain in front of their assigned lane, careful not to move into the adjacent lane – maintaining 6 feet at all times.

While in the Pool – As normal, Coach Chic will instruct swimmers on their sets and exercises during practice. Swimmers must take care to keep 6 feet between themselves and their teammates at all times, avoiding hugging the lane lines or socializing during practice.

Exit from Pool – Once swim practices are complete, swimmers will exit the pool one at a time. Upon instruction from Coach Chic, the swimmer must immediately and quickly exit the pool. Each swimmer will dry off and collect their items and then wait within their assigned lane line until instructed by Coach Chic that they can leave. The swimmer will collect their items and quickly leave the pool deck, maintaining 6 feet of space at all times.

Pick Up - Parents will drive up as close to the gate as possible and await their swimmer. Upon arrival, the parent volunteer will signal the swimmer that their parent has arrived. To expedite this process, we ask each parent to place a sign in their passenger window with their swimmer’s first and last name.

Behavior in the Pool and on Deck – In order to maintain all COTA and Courtyard members’ health and safety, it is imperative that swimmers adhere to the above policies and that parents ensure their swimmer is following the rules; most importantly maintaining CDC recommendations for hygiene, social distancing and self-isolation if exposed to or exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms.