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/Vicky Harrison
- Lessons Manager: Connie Standen
- On-Site at each Session: COVID Liaison/Support Person
- Welfare Officer: Paula Satchwell
Before returning to Lessons
- Swimmers, staff and volunteers need to sign the club’s ‘Ready to Return’ self-declaration online form.
- Please check your confirmed lesson time.
Before leaving Home and on your Return
- Do not go to a lessons venue if you currently have any illness symptoms or have been in contact with a known COVID-19 case in the last 14 days.
- As we cannot use the changing areas at Kings School please:
- Arrive ‘beach style’ ready to swim, i.e. wearing your swimming costume and easy-to-remove over layers. Swimmers are encouraged to wear slip on shoes (not laced shoes) as part of their beach attire.
- Shower at home pre-swimming. By arriving wearing your swimwear under your clothing and showering at home you will help minimise time spent changing and help maintain the water quality.
- 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!
- No changing facilities are available at Kings School – even parents who accompany swimmers in Stage 1 and 2.
- 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.
- Remember that all Stage 1 and 2 classes will be run in a “Parent and Child” format where each swimmer will need to be accompanied by a parent/guardian in the water.
At the Facility
- Each facility we use will have a specific meeting point for drop offs and pick-ups. At Kings School the meeting point is outside the main entrance to the indoor sports facilities or just inside in wet weather.
- 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 10 minutes before the session starts to register so we can be on the poolside in time to start your swimming.
- Please check our support staff have you emergency contact details for parents/guardians, 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. Swimmers arriving late will not be permitted to swim until we can facilitate access to the session safely.
- Parents/guardians are required and to stay on site in case of emergencies but will have to remain outside the school buildings.
- 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, unless part of a parent and child class.
- Toilets will be available and swimmers will be permitted to go to the toilet on their own and not in groups. When returning from the toilet the teaching team will identify how and when to rejoin the session.
- When you arrive poolside please familiarise/remind yourself of the pool environment, though the teaching team will be there to guide you.
- 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
Our teaching team will remain on poolside, social distanced from the swimmers. However, for our least experienced swimmers returning to Kings Pool, our Stage 3’s, we will also have an additional teacher or helper in the water, but safely distanced. This is to provide extra confidence and support to swimmers as they move across the pool. The in-pool helper will have flotation aids ready to support swimmers if required or can fully intervene if they feel it necessary to do so from a safety perspective. Those teachers or helpers will be wearing visors, again to mitigate transmission risks.
- Follow the directions for entry and exit to the pool for your group.
- Listen carefully to the instructions provided.
- Do not overtake whilst swimming or touch another swimmer.
COVID Training Groups
- Remain with your lessons group – the same small group of swimmers share your lane in all your sessions. You should not attempt to move or swap positions with another swimmer in a different lane.
- The teacher 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.
- Always attempt to maintain appropriate social distance between yourself and another swimmer both in and out of the water.
- Teachers will have allowed for plenty of rest stops, however if you need to stop during a session please exit the pool and seek support so that others can continue to swim.
- All equipment in use will be disinfected between sessions.
- 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. This can be achieved in less than 5 minutes and therefore a 30 minute session will in effect run for 25 minutes with a 5min change over period.
Actions to be taken if any swimmer 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. If social distancing measures have been strictly followed there should be no need to remove any other swimmers other than the confirmed case and thorough cleaning of the venue would follow.
Any swimmer that has had COVID-19 should only resume training following advice given by their own medical practitioner.