Return to Swim for Palmyra Aquatic Club

PAC has taken measures to provide a safe return to swim.  Our program will be implementing a COVID-19 Action Plan.  Given the unexpected circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 virus, it is advised by the National Federation of High School Sports (NFHS), and other governing bodies that protocols and guidelines be documented and presented to all participating individuals.  We strongly recommend that all parents/guardians read the PAC CAP so the program guidelines and protocols are understood before you register your family members to swim.  

The CAP document and its recommendations, guidelines, and protocols are not meant to serve as a replacement for medical advise, diagnosis, or treatment by a licensed medical professional.  Because the prevention and treatment of COVID-19 is every changing, the guidelines within cannot assure that the information is current or complete.  Any return to swim options should first be led by federal, state, and local public health guidelines and local school district mandates.  Contact the PAC Board if you have any questions regarding this plan or its implementation.

Palmyra Aquatic Club Guidelines

These rules and guidelines are subject to change by the Palmyra School District (last updated 10/8/2020).

When you enter the facility you take responsibility for your own protection.

If you or anyone in your family has been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 14 days - OR - has symptoms of COVID-19, including dry cough, shortness of breath, fever and/or chills, loss of taste or smell - OR - have visited any of the self quarantined states for Pennsylvania.  You are NOT permitted to enter the natatorium.  Please help to keep everyone in our community safe!

FACE MASKS AND COVERINGS - Face masks and coverings will be worn at all times when entering the building and sitting in the gallery until you enter the pool deck for your practice.  Face masks and coverings will be worn at all times when exiting the building.

SOCIAL DISTANCING - Swimmers will social distance in the gallery area waiting for their practice to begin.

ENTERING/LEAVING THE NATATORIUM - All swimmers will enter the natatorium from the side entrance doors and proceed up the back steps to the gallery area.  All swimmers will exit the pool after their practice by the loading dock area.   

ARRIVAL/PICK UP - Swimmers should not arrive more than 5 minutes prior to the start of practice.   Parents must drop their swimmer off and proceed as not to congest the area. Absolutely NO congregating at drop-off. Parents must wait in the parking lot area by the loading dock/tennis courts to pick up their swimmer after practice.  Parents must be at pickup at the designated end of practice time.  If practice is over at 6:30, parents MUST already be in the parking lot waiting for their swimmer to come out the dock door.  No parent is permitted to park along the side entrance of the school.

ATTENDANCE AND CAPACITY - We will allow no more than 18 swimmers (3 per lane) for each swim group.  No parent or guardian will be permitted inside the natatorium.  Given the shortened practice times we recommend all swimmers arrive on time for their designated practice.

POOL BATHROOMS/LOCKER ROOMS - The unisex bathroom on deck will be the ONLY bathroom accessible to swimmers and coaches in an emergency.  Athletes should use the bathroom at home prior to coming to practice.  With the abbreviated practices, swimmers should not plan to use the bathroom during practice time.  Locker Rooms will be CLOSED.  Each swimmer should arrive ready to swim in their bathing suit.  At the conclusion of practice, swimmers should have warmer clothes to place overtop of their bathing suits before they exit the building.  No swimmer will be permitted to change out of their suit before leaving the building.

POOL EQUIPMENT - Swimmers should bring their own equipment if they have it.  Please make sure its clearly marked with your name.   No personal equipment can be stored in the natatorium.  Team's equipment can be stored, but it is the responsibility of PAC to disinfect equipment after use.  PAC has pool equipment to use in the pool.  The chorinated pool water will disinfect equipment when submerged.  

SWIMMERS - Should come to practice in their bathing suit, pre-showered at home, full-clearly marked water bottle, face mask/covering, own equipment, and follow ALL social distancing guidlines.  Do not make physical contact with others, such as shaking hands or giving high-fives.

LOST AND FOUND - All lost and found items will be discarded at the end of the night.

COACHING STAFF - Our coaches are subject to the same rules and regulations.  Any coach who has been exposed to the COVID-19 virus, has an exposed household member, or is displaying any symptoms will not be allowed to work and must not return to work for 14 days after the last symptom is gone.  Coaches shall wear face masks while onsite and will keep 6' physical distancing except in an emergency situation.

MAINTAINING HEALTHY OPERATIONS -  Several times a day we will disinfect all ladders and step railings, bathroom sink and toilet.  Once a day, we will thoroughly clean our bathroom and gallery area.