News and Announcements
Now that BC is well into Phase 2 of our Covid-19 Emergency Plan, municipalities are considering the feasibility of reopening both indoor and outdoor pools. If BCSSA clubs wish to be considered to train within these facilities again, you must put together a “Return to Swim” plan focused on your own club activities and individual facilities.
BCSSA has put together a Guidelines Workbook for clubs as they are developing their own plans and procedures for keeping your swimmers, coaches, and families safe. The document is linked at the bottom of this post.
The purpose of this document is to assist BCSSA clubs to develop return to play plans which minimize the risk of Covid-19 (& other contagious viruses) transmission to their membership, as well as their employees. It can be used to consider the Covid-19 protocols that may be needed to be implemented in order to ensure our participants, coaches and volunteers can practice in a safe environment. This applies if you are creating your plan, or if you are just refining your current plan.
BCSSA advises all club members, directors, operators, lifeguards, coaches or other people associated with the association to follow the existing recommendations outlined on the World Health Organization Website (WHO). Refer to the Public Health Agency of Canada, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations and current guidelines and orders provided by the Provincial Health Officer.
We are also hosting a workshop on Thursday June 11, 6:30 PM, for club reps that want to review this document with us, or to clarify anything about this process. We will do our best to answer questions or to guide you in the right direction.
Register in advance for this workshop:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
BCSSA Return to Swimming & Aquatic Sports Guidelines & Workbook:
The document RTSAS_Workbook_for_clubs.pdf was attached to this post.
The Ogopogo Swim Club will be offering an OPTIONAL dryland program for Juniors and Seniors to participate in on Wednesdays and Fridays each week. If you sign up for this program, you must attend the ZOOM session starting in Week 1 on May 6th. The first week will be an introduction from our Dryland Coach, Cory Krist and the program he intends execute with the groups. In the first week, the key will be watching and listening to what the program will be about and learning the safety instruction.
Juniors (Ogies, E, D) will run from 4:00-4:25- this session will resemble the key components to our required activation program along with some fun new ideas. The sessions will be muted so that the 25min can run along smoothly.
Seniors (C, B, A) will run from 4:30-5:15—the kids will be in the waiting room of ZOOM and ready to start at 4:30. The sessions will be muted. Our goal is for Cory to give instruction and carry out the exercises in a timed set situation so that it is a good dryland workout that flows. Each swimmer has to take the initiative to come ready for their own workout and put into it what they want to get out of it. At the end of the session, a cardio set will be given that the swimmer should be prepared to do immediately following the strength set. For the first two weeks, all exercises will use body weight. Do not stress out about needing any equipment.
*For the month of May, we are charging $15 for the Junior dryland and $20 for the senior dryland
Summer registration for new swimmers opens April 1, 2020.
Returning swimmers watch your email for priority registration in mid March.
Just a reminder that there is no practice on Monday February 17th due to the Family Day holiday.
Have a wonderful long weekend.
Just a heads up for the coming year. The BCSSA has changed many rules for the coming year. Most changes affect Diving, Water Polo, and Artistic (formerly known as Synchro) but their are a few that affect speed swimming. If you are an official, coach or wanting to know more, look at the rule book that is now online on our new BCSSA website.