Mission Statement: To promote growth and development of a diverse swimming community through education, innovation, and a commitment to excellence.

Vision Statement: To create a healthy community in South Florida which cultivates safety, fitness and competitive excellence through swimming.

FGC Coronavirus Relief Grant
Prepared By: The Florida Gold Coast Board of Directors
Released: April 3, 2020
The 2020 Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has sparked an unprecedented worldwide pandemic. Local, State, and National government agencies urged a nationwide halt to normal business operations and group gatherings. In the sport of swimming, this includes cancellation of swim events worldwide. In Florida, every locality is experiencing suspension of team training and practices. Widespread government-mandated pool facility closures and beach closures have occurred to the Florida Gold Coast teams throughout Broward, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, and Palm Beach Counties since mid-March 2020. This caused significant disruption to club business operations within our Florida Gold Coast LSC.
The immediate financial impact on our US economy, especially small businesses, is dramatic.  Clubs/teams are experiencing an  urgent need for support through this abrupt and unforeseen cessation of training fee revenue. The impact on coaches is immediate as employers and business owners are forced to make difficult staffing and facility decisions.  To lose even one club to COVID-19’s immediate aftermath would be a tragic loss for the LSC.   The FGC LSC Board of Directors offers the opportunity to apply for a one-time relief grant to allow for continued operations in the globally disrupted revenue period (US government-declared disaster dates of Feb 15-June 30, 2020).
The FGC’s mission is “To promote growth and development of a diverse swimming community through education, innovation, and a commitment to excellence.” This aligns with our vision “To create a healthy community in south Florida which cultivates safety, fitness and competitive excellence through swimming.” This immediate relief is intended to help club leaders and coaches find time to react and adapt to the changed landscape of local youth sports. It is intended to “bridge the gap” between the pandemic closures to when a club/team has secured longer term recovery resources. This grant is not intended as long-term support or is in any way indicative of future support.
• April 3, 2020 - Grant application opens at 5pm EST • April 13, 2020 - Grant application due at 5pm EST
• April 17-20, 2020 - Grant recipients announced • Funds disbursed by April 30, 2020
  • Please comply with all local laws and regulations for financial aid in the State of Florida under Florida Statutes
  • It is recommended to consider all larger aid options available to you, including the U.S. Small Business Administration (government agency) options with regard to the CARES Act of April 2020. This includes the Economic Injury Declaration Loan (EIDL), the Payroll Protection Program (PPP) and other small business loans such as Express Bridge Loans, Debt Relief Programs, etc.
  • The FGC Coronavirus Relief Grant must not be used to duplicate benefits from other financial assistance sources
  • Please consult with a financial and legal advisor to determine which type of financial assistance best suits your needs


For info on how to apply for the Florida Disaster Loan, click here


Coronavirus Information & Resources for Small Businesses --Southern Zone



Coach Certification Requirements – Extensions

As a result of the closures of many facilities due to COVID-19, coaches may find it difficult to renew some certifications.  The following steps are being taken to assist with this issue for coaches whose Lifeguard Training, In-Water Safety Training or CPR/AED certifications expire between March 1 and June 30, 2020:

For agencies that are granting certification extensions

Submit the following to your LSC registrar:


  • Any correspondence from the agency that provides specific information about the extension, including the new expiration date(s). Examples of correspondence include provisional/temporary certificates, email notifications from the agency, etc.
  • A copy of your Lifeguard Training, In-Water Safety Training or CPR/AED certifications showing an expiration date within the dates stated above. 


For certifications from any agency that does not grant an extension - USA Swimming is granting an extension until July 31, 2020, for coaches whose Lifeguard Training, In-Water Safety Training or CPR/AED certifications expire between March 1 and June 30, 2020.


Please note the following:

  • For CPR/AED and In-Water Safety Training certifications that expire during that timeframe, SWIMS and Deck Pass will be updated to reflect the new expiration date of 7/31/2020.
  • Programming changes are necessary and will be done as soon as possible. In the meantime, coaches may receive reminders about expiring certifications until the current expiration dates are rolled forward to 7/31/2020.
  • Any coaches who can renew the certifications listed above should send their updated certificates to their LSC registrar as usual.


It is also important to note that other certifications and membership requirements must be updated on or before their current expiration date for courses that are completed online.  These courses include Athlete Protection Training, background checks, Coaches Advantage Training, and online Safety Training for Swim Coaches.


A link to the policy will be included in the monthly Coach Connection newsletter going out to coaches this week.



Cancellation of the TYR Pro Swim Series at Indianapolis


Following the closure of the IU Natatorium on the campus of IUPUI, USA Swimming was informed that it can no longer host its TYR Pro Swim Series event that was scheduled May 6-9, 2020.


Given the current health climate, and the ongoing uncertainty regarding the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the organization has officially made the decision to cancel the event.  


Indianapolis marked the final stop of the 2020 TYR Pro Swim Series, following previous stops in Greensboro, Knoxville and Des Moines. The Mission Viejo stop, scheduled for April 16-19, has already been cancelled due to COVID-19.


Should the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 and the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials - Swimming proceed as scheduled, USA Swimming will make every effort to provide competitive opportunities for our athletes ahead of these major events when it is safe to do so.




Florida Gold Coast Coaches’ Corner #2 

March 21, 2020

Coaches of the Florida Gold Coast:

On Friday, 3/20/2020,  the FGC Board of Directors met via video/phone conference to discuss our immediate future as an LSC in these unprecedented times of pool & program suspensions.  Below are some of the highlighted points that may pertain to your teams’ situation.

  1. State of Spring 14 & U Jr. Olympics & Sr. Championships:  Both March, 2020 Jr. Olympics & Sr. Championships have been permanently CANCELLED.  Being hopefully optimistic that we might be up and running as we approach summer, we all need to re-focus our programs on our next championship competitions.  Obviously, this hopeful optimism about summer is not guaranteed.
  2. FGC vs Florida All Star meet. CANCELLED
  3. FGC April Swimposium: RESCHEDULED to Sunday, Oct. 25, 2020.  All details of this event to be determined and once again this is dependent on the FGC swim community having returned to a state of normalcy. (*We are also moving the annual FGC House of Delegates Meeting to this weekend also)
  4. Status of meets & their hosts that were pre-scheduled for the months of April & May.  These meets may be re-scheduled with approval of either FGC Sanctioning Chairman Allan Golding or the FGC Age Group Chair Liz Kershaw.  Please. keep in mind when scheduling make-ups there are other meets in your area that have been pre-scheduled by the required sanctioning rules. Communicate & display professionalism and what is best for your area’s swimmers.
  5. FGC Covid-19 Relief Grant:  The Board of Directors approved the release of limited emergency funds to help those teams who have been financially impacted by the suspension of their programs.  A committee has been appointed.  The details for applying and the obtaining funds will follow.



The Florida Gold Coast Board of Directors are hoping for the best for your swimmers, programs, families, and acquaintances in these unprecedented times with our eyes on the goal of massive appreciation for those things that we have taken for granted in the past along with our return to a state of normalcy for the sake of our great sport!


Respectfully submitted,

Coach Gordon Andrews


Since first communicating with our members about the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we have received ample feedback, much of it focused on the safety measures being recommended. We sincerely appreciate the comments and responses you are sharing.
As of today, the CDC and White House are urging a nationwide halt to gatherings of more than 10 people for the next eight weeks, citing the risk of the coronavirus. This includes avoiding eating or drinking in bars, restaurants, and food courts, and discretionary travel, shopping trips and social visits. This should also include team training and practices.
In light of the current situation, beyond the previously announced cancellation of the TYR Pro Swim Series at Mission Viejo and the postponement of the combined Open Water National and Junior National Championships,   USA Swimming is mandating the cancellation of all its sanctioned events across the U.S. through April 30, 2020.   This will be continuously reassessed based on health and governmental authorities’ information.
Beyond our clubs and teams, we can all play an important part in helping to curb the spread of COVID-19.
We encourage you to visit our website often for the most-up-to-date news and information:  www.usaswimming.org/coronavirus  .
Thank you,
USA Swimming