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Fall 2020 Seals Update

Vashon Seals Swim Team

Hello!

The world continues to be impacted by COVID-19, and those impacts continue to be felt by the Vashon Seals.  The Fall session will have just 24 athletes, all from the Bronze/Silver/Gold groups.  Hopefully things can improve in 2021!  We look forward to having the smaller Seals back into our pond soon.

SEASON DATES -- Monday September 14 - Wednesday December 16

REGISTRATION OPENS -- Wednesday September 9 -- Go to the "Programs & Registration" page

SWIM MEETS -- All TBA

NO SWIM DATES -- Wed. Nov. 11 (Vets Day) & Thur/Fri Nov 26-27 (Thanksgiving)

The Seals and Vashon Community Pool continue to put the health of the community, our staff, and our athletes as our highest priority, and the COVID-19 standards used in the Summer will also apply this Fall.  PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU UNDERSTAND ALL THE HEALTH REQUIREMENTS BELOW.  Thanks!

 

COVID-19 PROTOCOLS / GUIDELINES

  • PUBLIC HEALTH:
    • Swimmers with a cough or fever will not be allowed to swim.
    • Temperatures will be taken prior to each practice. Any swimmer with a temperature of 100.4 F or above, will be sent home.
    • Coaches will monitor swimmers at practice and may provide additional assessments by asking some or all of the following questions:
      • Have you been in close contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19?
      • Are you experiencing a cough, shortness of breath, or sore throat?
      • Have you had a fever in the last 48 hours?
      • Have you had a loss of taste or smell?
      • Have you had vomiting or diarrhea in the last 48 hours?
      • If a swimmer answers “yes” to any of these questions, they will be sent home.
    • Should a swimmer be sent home for any of these reasons, the Vashon Community Pool staff will be notified immediately and all “high-touch” surfaces will be disinfected.
    • A swimmer showing symptoms will not be allowed to swim until they have been tested or quarantined for 14 days.
    • Any swimmer that has been in a Washington State ‘Phase 1 county, traveled by air, or been out-of-state in the last 14 days will not be allowed to swim until they have been cleared by a doctor and provide documentation. 
    • In the event of a confirmed COVID-19 case by a Seals swimmer, the Vashon Community Pool staff will be notified immediately and coaches will review to determine if any lapses in social distancing may have taken place involving the contracted swimmer.
      • For all potential lapses, coaches will notify parents of swimmers who have high potential exposure risk. Parents contacted will be encouraged to closely monitor and have their at-risk swimmer checked by a health care provider.
    • Facial masks are required by everyone unless swimming. This includes the parking lot.
    • Coaches, swimmers, and pool staff will maintain 6 feet of social distancing at all times.
    • Parents/Family are asked to wait in their cars during practice or in the grassy area outside the fence line. Always 6 feet away from others.
    • No spitting pool water. No sharing water bottles. No sharing equipment.
    • The water fountain can ONLY be used for re-filling water bottles.
    • There will be a 5-minute window between practice sessions to sanitize high touch areas.
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  • ARRIVAL
    • Building use is not allowed.
    • Swimmers should shower at home, prior to arrival at the pool.
    • Swimmers will be required to be in their suits prior to arriving at the pool.
    • Swimmers shall gather in the grassy area to the south of the pool building.
    • Swimmers may not arrive more than 10 minutes before scheduled swim time. Athletes should wait in their cars until allowed into the staging area.
    • No swimmers will be admitted 5 minutes after practice has begun.
    • There will be an assigned and organized outside area for swimmers to store their belongings. The usage of tables and chairs is not allowed.
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  • DEPARTURE
    • No changing or showering after practice. Swimmers must gather belongings and leave immediately after practice is over.
    • Departure will be via the NE gate.
    • Gatherings in the parking lot will not be allowed.
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  • LOCKER ROOMS
    • Men’s and Women’s Locker rooms and showers will not be available.
    • Restrooms are available if absolutely necessary. Only one person at a time and masks must be worn. Any affected areas will be cleaned/sanitized after each use.
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  • SWIMMERS
    • Once cleared in the health screening, swimmers will put their gear at the assigned storage area. They must then line up behind their assigned lane while standing 6 feet apart. A coach will indicate when the swimmers can get into their assigned lane once the previous group is out and gone.
    • A short safety briefing will be conducted at the start of each practice reminding swimmers of the safety protocols.
    • 2 swimmers per lane max – each at opposite sides of the pool. 12 swimmer max during each practice session.
    • In the pool, swimmers will always stop and start at the same place unless directed by coaches.
    • When stopped in their lanes, swimmers must always maintain a social distance of six feet.
    • Swimmers will remain in the pool for the duration of the practice session. Bathroom use only in cases of emergency.
    • If swimmers are not able to follow protocols and directions from the coaching staff, they will be asked to leave practice. After two removals, the swimmer will not be allowed back for the remainder of the session and a refund will not be issued. 
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  • EQUIPMENT USAGE
    • Swimmers may bring an equipment bag, but no equipment will be loaned out or borrowed from another swimmer or coach. Swimmers will be responsible for taking bags home each day.
    • Vashon Community Pool equipment is not available for use.
    • Seals-owned equipment is not available for general use.
    • The equipment storage area and starting blocks will be sanitized after each practice.