General Guidance and Expectations in Support of a Return to Swimming - Version 2

Introduction

We recognise the return to swimming may feel strange and may make people nervous or worried. We are doing our utmost to ensure we are taking all the necessary precautions whilst trying to provide a sense of normalcy. Over the coming weeks if you do have any concerns you can contact any of the following people, depending on the nature of your concern;

  • Club Covid Leads: Mike Fisher and Vicky Harrison
  • Head Coaches: Sarah Standen and Zoe Baker
  • On site at each session: Covid Liaison/Support person
  • Welfare Officer: Paula Satchwell

Before Returning to Training

 

  • Swimmers, staff and volunteers need to sign the club’s Ready to Return Code of Conduct / self-declaration online form.
  • Check your re-entry phase timetable for your sessions and your specific group within the session

Before leaving home and on your return

 

  • Do not go to a training venue if you currently have any illness symptoms or have been in contact with a known Covid-19 case in the last 14 days. Use the Club’s ‘Pre-Training Assessment’ to help.
  • To reduce time spent in changing areas:
    • Arrive ‘beach style’ ready to swim. Once you have finished your swim, leave the venue as soon as you can.
    • Shower at home, pre and post swimming (showers will be available at Oaklands only, but by arriving wearing your swimwear under your clothing and showering at home pre and post swimming you will help minimise time spent in the changing rooms and help maintain the water quality).
    • Note: Particularly at Kings School if swimmers do not shower at home before coming training the pool staff will be unable to maintain the required PH levels in the pool and will be forced to close the venue. Please don’t use deodorant or moisturiser or apply makeup after showering!
  • Check the instructions on arrival time, parking, travel arrangements for the pool you are going to and plan your journey accordingly.
  • Take hand sanitiser with you and use it before entering the facility and again on exit.
  • Minimise the amount of equipment and personal items brought to sessions. Ideally they are In a single, identifiable bag. Items should be labelled. A lot of swim kit bags are very large, please seek smaller alternatives in the short term.

At the facility

 

  • Each facility we use will have a meeting muster point for drop offs and a muster point for pick-ups. These will likely be different locations.
  • We will have a member of our support team located at drop-off and pick-up points to help facilitate a safe, smooth and timely transition to and from the poolside.
  • Upon arrival at the venue you will need to register in with the support team. Please arrive 20 minutes forore the session starts to register so we can be on the poolside in time to start your swimming.
  • Please check if our support staff have your parents / guardians’ correct telephone number should we need to contact them during the session.
  • The timing of entry to your training session needs to be followed strictly to enable social distancing, strict arrive and strict departure. Swimmers arriving late will not be permitted to swim until we facilitate access to the session safely.
  • Please follow the guidance on pre swim arrival, duration of swim and post swim arrangements for the specific pool you are using and the group you are in.
  • Parents / guardians of under 16’s are required to drop off and pick-up from the pools identified mustering point at the times required.
  • Only one parent/guardian should come onto site to drop off or collect.
  • Parents/guardians are not allowed poolside during training sessions.
  • No adults other than venue and coaching staff will be permitted to enter the pool building without permission.
  • Swimmers will only be permitted to go to the toilet on their own and not in groups. When returning from the toilet do not enter the pool until you have been given permission by your coach to do so in the appropriate gap.
  • When you arrive poolside please familiarise / remind yourself of the pool environment, for example entry and exit points and one way systems.
  • Whilst in the building and the pool, follow the guidance on social distancing, direction of travel and other risk control measures that are put in place for the pool you are using.
  • Use hand sanitiser/wash stations wherever made available.
  • We will have additional support staff in place to help people at the venue and will also have clear signage around the spaces we are using.
  • If you need help at any time please ask a member of the support team or our specific site Covid Liaison Lead

In the pool

In trying to follow the instructions below please do not be fearful of asking for further instruction or help, or stopping if you really need to.

  • Follow the directions for entry and exit to the pool for your group and your position in the group.
  • You will have been provided, prior to the start of the session, with details of which lane you will be training in and which end of the pool to enter the water from. If you are unsure where you are meant to go ask a member of the support team. The lane allocations are non negotiable.
  • Listen carefully to the instructions provided, including the intensity and specifics of the set.
  • Do not overtake whilst swimming or touch another swimmer. If a swimmer needs to change their lane order this will be done under the strict supervision of the coaches and made when appropriate.

COVID Training Groups

  • Remain with your training group – the same small group of swimmers share your lane in all your training sessions. You should not attempt to swap positions with another swimmer in a different lane.

Direction

  • The coach will inform you of the direction of the lanes at the start of the session. Please follow this and move across to the appropriate side of the lane each length.

Space

  • Always attempt to maintain appropriate social distance between yourself and another swimmer both in and out of the water.
  • There will be a maximum of five swimmers in any training lane to ensure social distancing can be maintained.

Resting

  • Coaches will have allowed for plenty of rest and rehydration stops, however if you need to stop during a set please exit the pool and seek support so that others can continue to swim.

Equipment

  • The use of training equipment will be kept to a minimum. You will be advised on which equipment to bring with you to any session by your lead coach. All club equipment in use will be disinfected between sessions. Upon arrival poolside swimmers will be required to disinfect their own equipment by submerging it in the pool. Equipment should not be shared or swapped between swimmers. No personal equipment may be left on site.

Sessions

  • Initial swim sessions will be focussed on safe access, water familiarity and fitness/competency testing
  • When two sessions run back to back the swimmers from the first session will need to have left poolside and a cleaning regime carried out before the swimmers for the second session can be allowed poolside. We hope this can be achieved in less than 10 minutes and therefore a 1 hr session will in effect run for 50 minutes with a 10min change over period. The length of time required for the change over will be dependent on the ability of our swimmers to promptly exit the pool at the end of the session, swiftly put on towel/dry robe and shoes and leave the building without delay.

Anyone not making every effort to abide by social distancing measures

 

  • Will be asked to immediately leave the session
  • Will not be allowed to return to training unless able to assure staff of their ability and intention to follow the guidance.

Actions to be taken if any swimmers develops symptoms of COVID-19

If there are any concerns about a swimmer showing signs of illness during a training session, especially linked to coronavirus, they will be removed from the session and escorted to the first aid room / designated location to be looked after until they can be collected and taken home.

Individuals showing signs should book a test for Covid-19 as soon as possible and self isolate until the results are known. Members who have been in close conduct with a confirmed or symptomatic case will be informed and advised of the appropriate course of action, namely; self isolation of those that have been in close contact with the individual for 14 days.

Thorough cleaning of the venues where the individual has been training/working will follow a symptomatic case at training. Any swimmer that has had Covid-19 should only resume training following advice given by their own medical practitioner.