COVID-19

COVID 19 Arrangements

August Timetable from Monday 3rd August

DOCUMENTS TO PRINT AND HAND IN BEFORE RETURNING TO TRAINING

You will need to print and sign the following documents and return to the COVID 19 Officer on your first session back. 

IF YOU DO NOT HAND THESE IN YOU WILL NOT BE ABLE TO SWIM.

Indoor swimming pools in England have been given the green light to reopen to the public on Sat 25th July 2020 and we are delighted to welcome you back to training.

Despite this excitement, we are all aware that training sessions will be very different to how they were before lockdown. Swim England have released comprehensive guidelines for club training sessions which we are following and we are also working closely with GLL, our pool operator to ensure our processes are aligned alongside theirs. There is no precedent for this situation as every club is grappling with the same decisions and issues and they will be different for each pool.

If you have any further questions please email one of the following:

  • Diane, COVID 19 Lead - covid19@carlisleaquatics.co.uk
  • Jane, Welfare Officer - welfare@carlisleaquatics.co.uk
  • Adam, Swim Manager - swimming@carlisleaquatics.co.uk
  • Sam, Secretary - secretary@carlisleaquatics.co.uk

IMPORTANT DOCUMENTS

We strongly advise swimmers and parents to read the following documents as they will set out our procedures and the clubs expectations of our swimmers.

Carlisle Aquatic FAQs

When will the club return to training? 

The club has agreed a new timetable with GLL which brings back just over half of our squads from Monday 3rd August and if all goes well the remainder of our squads in September.  Please follow this link to the Timetable and Fee structure for August 2020.

Swimmers in County Development and Development will need to wait a little while longer but we very much hope to welcome you back in September.

How will the club manage social distancing in the pool?

Full detailed steps can be found above. This information will be subject to change on a regular basis so please keep checking the website.

Pool flow

As a parent/guardian, will I be able to watch the training sessions?
The gallery and Cafe will be initially closed to spectators.  This was partly the reason behind our decision to  delay our younger squads return.  We will liaise with GLL regarding this issue and would hope to see these areas open to spectators over time.
 

Swim England FAQs

Does the chlorine in the swimming pool water make it a safe environment?

Until a vaccination or treatment for Covid-19 is found there are always risks when undertaking any activity. Swimming pools are well managed spaces with numerous risk control measures in place

The World Health Organisation states that: “Conventional, centralised water treatment methods that utilise filtration and disinfection should inactivate the Covid-19 virus. Other human coronaviruses have been shown to be sensitive to chlorination and disinfection with ultraviolet (UV) light.”

The Pool Water Treatment Advisory Group (PWTAG) state that: “The available evidence shows that the physical effect of the pool water and an appropriate relationship between free chlorine and pH value should inactivate the virus within 15-30 seconds. The dilution of virus in the pool water volume will also reduce the risk of exposure and transmission.”

Furthermore, Swim England’s Returning to Pools guidance and PWTAG technical notes have been produced in consultation with Public Health England, supporting the view that coronavirus would be inactivated at the levels of chlorine used in swimming pools.

We are recommending additional measures to further reduce the risks, such as maintaining social distancing wherever possible and not sharing equipment.

Is airborne transmission of the virus a particular problem in swimming pools?

The air circulation systems within pool halls are designed to undertake at least four complete air changes every hour. Alongside this addition of fresh air our pool hall air circulation systems are designed to remove the air above the surface, which in turn should assist in removing airborne transmission of viruses. There is also anecdotal evidence that suggest that higher temperatures and humidities we have in pools can play a positive effect in reducing transmission of airborne particles.

Again, we are also recommending further risk control measures such as maintaining social distance wherever possible, reducing the maximum number of swimmers allowed in a pool at any time, widening lanes where appropriate, ensuring each lane swims in the same direction and encouraging swimmers to breathe to the other side when crossing within a lane.

Traditionally during lane swimming, lanes would alternate between clockwise and counter clockwise swimming. Why have you recommended changing this?

This is linked to the previous point about reducing the risk of airborne transmission of the virus. By changing the lane rotation we can decrease the instances of people passing closely to other swimmers.
Can groups of more than six people go swimming?
Yes. The Government guidance states that Covid secure venues, such as swimming pools, can host larger groups.