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The following guidelines and restrictions for swimmers should be observed when returning to Raptors squad swimming. CAC are very clear about their expectation of EVERYONE to adhere to these, and any non-compliance will jeopardise the club’s ability to use the council facilities. It is important to note that the information on Level 2 is evolving regularly and these guidelines and restrictions may be updated as/when required.

General Guidelines

  • No one should be turning up at the pool if they are displaying symptoms of COVID-19, awaiting a test, or if required to self-isolate.
  • A new timetable will apply during Level 2. Swimmers can turn up no more than 5 minutes prior to the start of their session. Please note, you cannot enter the pool complex until your session is due to start.
  • Swimmers will need to turn up to the pool in their togs; they cannot get changed into their togs at the pool.
  • It is recommended that swimmers shower and get changed at home after training if possible.
  • Only officials will be allowed inside the pool complex. Therefore swimmers can only be dropped off and collected from the car park area, unless the swimmer is 8 years or younger. Parents can remain in their vehicles or choose to come back at the end of the training session, noting that swimmers will be required to leave the pool complex once training has finished. Social distancing guidelines of 2 metres will still apply in such circumstances.
Inside the Pool Complex
  • You should expect extra wait time at the pool reception to all for contact tracing purposes. This will be required each time a swimmer attends a training session. The pool will be issuing entry cards to enable the tracing and to speed up entry for our swimmers - please remember to bring your card and swipe it on each entry. Note: no card, no swim
  • The bathroom area is to be used primarily for the toilets and handwashing only.
  • All hotspots (spa, sauna and steam room) will be closed until further notice.
  • Social distancing of 2 metres will apply when interacting with other groups. Please be responsible for managing this yourselves.
  • On arrival, swimmers will be required to go to their designated lane inside the complex (where they will meet their coach). The designated lane will be communicated to each team prior to the return back to the pool.
  • There will be no dryland training inside the pool complex.
  • Swimmers shall be allocated to a team. Each team will be made up of 4 swimmers. Swimmers MUST remain in these teams at all times - do not cross between teams.
  • Swimmers will be required to stay with their team at all times. Each team will be assigned a swim lane, this shall be your lane until further notice. Do not cross between lanes.
In the Pool
  • Swimmers will not be allowed to congregate at the end of the lanes, but instead must be spread out 1m apart whilst in the pool.
  • Each team will start and finish at alternating ends. Red and Blue teams shall start from the end nearest to the spa pool and White shall start from the opposite end.
  • Equipment bags should be placed at the ends of the pool, such that social distancing can be maintained when retrieving
  • Each swimmer will be required to bring a drink bottle which must be clearly named. The drinking fountain can be used to refill drink bottles, but not to drink from.
  • Swimmers will require their own equipment for training, which cannot be shared. Equipment should be kept to the minimum that is required for the training session. All equipment must be taken home and cleaned after training and cannot be stowed inside the cage until further notice.
  • The coach may stand down swimmers who are not complying with the guidelines

Teams and times at: Menu> Club> Squads

Update #11 : 23/05/2020

The Coastlands Aquatic Centre (CAC) advised us on Thursday on their next steps for their tiered opening plan and we have agreed an operating plan with them.
Dependent on the Prime Minister's update on Monday, we should be able to restart squad training on Tuesday 26 May.
There will restrictions in place and observing these will be essential for the Club to restart training and to be able to continue to use the CAC, under Level 2 conditions.
There will be changes to times and days that swimmers are able to train and these, along with the restrictions to be followed. These are being finalised and will be published over the weekend

Everybody keep safe, look after yourself and others and keep positive. Please do continue to follow the guidelines on the lockdown, social distancing and hygiene; look after your own mental well-being and try to think of others at this time.

If you have any questions, please contact one of the board members - contacts at: Board - or use the feedback page found here

Update #10 : 17/05/2020

To all Raptors - to clarify the Club's position regarding starting swimming again now that we are in Level 2. While SwimNZ have issued guidelines that, in association with the individual pools procedures, have allowed many other clubs to commence a programme of swimming from tomorrow, it appears that Coastlands are interpreting the guidelines differently.

As a consequence, this means that as a club we will not be starting swimming from tomorrow.

I accept that this will be disappointing for all, and I will be working to clarify this position with Coastlands and KCDC and will update you all should the current position change. The expectation from Coastlands is that the update on the 25th will allow a relaxation of their procedures enabling us to start back.

I apologise for the lateness of this communication as I only became aware of Coastlands stance when I visited the pool in person this morning.

I will update you when I have more information.

Everybody keep safe, look after yourself and others and keep positive. Please do continue to follow the guidelines on the lockdown, social distancing and hygiene; look after your own mental well-being and try to think of others at this time.

If you have any questions, please contact one of the board members - contacts at: Board - or use the feedback page found here

Update #9 : 17/05/2020

Guidance on the approach to returning to swimming continues to be mixed. As this solidifies we will release further information on how training can restart.

We will update you when we have more information.

Everybody keep safe, look after yourself and others and keep positive. Please do continue to follow the guidelines on the lockdown, social distancing and hygiene; look after your own mental well-being and try to think of others at this time.

If you have any questions, please contact one of the board members - contacts at: Board - or use the feedback page found here

Update #8 : 08/05/2020

As you will have heard, at Level 2 pools will reopen, with a limit of 100 people per building, so we are hoping that it will not be too much longer before we can restart swimming, although it may not be immediately when the CAC re-opens.

We are waiting to hear from SNZ, SW and CAC with their final guidelines for restarting swimming, and what might have to be implemented or changed. Examples of these may include: a maximum number of swimmers per lane, a minimum gap between swimmers, no poolside warmup or gatherings, no changing or showering at the pool, registering at reception on arrival at CAC.

We will update you when we have more information.

Everybody keep safe, look after yourself and others and keep positive. Please do continue to follow the guidelines on the lockdown, social distancing and hygiene; look after your own mental well-being and try to think of others at this time.

If you have any questions, please contact one of the board members - contacts at: Board - or use the feedback page found here

Update #7 : 26/04/2020

As we move towards Level 3, it would appear that a return to the pool is still some time in the future. Swim NZ are investigating potential options for when we are allowed back - we will update you as soon as we know any more.
In the meantime, Jon is running daily Kahoot sessions (watch for the notifications through RSC Squad facebook page) and check out this page for exercises you can use at home.

Starting this week, the 2020 club champions will be celebrated here - keep checking in.

Everybody keep safe, look after yourself and others and keep positive. Please do continue to follow the guidelines on the lockdown, social distancing and hygiene; look after your own mental well-being and try to think of others at this time.

If you have any questions, please contact one of the board members - contacts at: Board - or use the feedback page found here

Update #6 : 26/03/2020

Following last nights (virtual) board meeting it has been decided that all fees for at least April will be suspended. Extension of this into May shall be reviewed towards the end of April and a notification issued at that point.

As previously noted, our official club communications channels will continue to be email and the website (raptors.nz).

Everybody keep safe, look after yourself and others and keep positive. Please do continue to follow the guidelines on the lockdown, social distancing and hygiene; look after your own mental well-being and try to think of others at this time.

If you have any questions, please contact one of the board members - contacts at: Board - or use the feedback page found here

Update #5 : 23/03/2020

Updated
Dry land training routine has been posted to the squad page (RSC Squad). For those of you without access the group, the videos are posted here.

Everybody keep safe, look after yourself and others and keep positive.

Please do continue to follow the guidelines on social distancing and hygiene; look after your own mental well-being and try to think of others at this concerning time.

If you have any questions, please contact one of the board members - contacts at: Board - or use the feedback page found here

Update #4 : 23/03/2020

Please see Jon's post on the RSC Squad Facebook page regarding training. He is organising a Zoom meeting to walk the squad though your options.

Please do continue to follow the guidelines on social distancing and hygiene; look after your own mental well-being and try to think of others at this concerning time.

If you have any questions, please contact one of the board members - contacts at: Board - or use the feedback page found here

Update #3 : 22/03/2020

We have been advised that the pool will be closed from this evening for the foreseeable future. As a consequence all pool based training is suspended.

We hope to provide further updates outlining options around ongoing training

Please do continue to follow the guidelines on social distancing and hygiene; look after your own mental well-being and try to think of others at this concerning time.

If you have any questions, please contact one of the board members - contacts at: Board - or use the feedback page found here

Update #2 : 21/03/2020

As it stands the intention is for the squad to continue training. The following changes to swimming times will come in to force from Monday;
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Penguins / Seal: 4 - 5 pm
Sharks / Orcas: 5.30 - 7 pm

Tuesday
Sharks / Orcas: 6.30 - 8 pm
Morning training will remain unchanged, with the exception that swimmers are requested to leave once the session is finished - breakfast club will no longer be available.

The pool has given the club an allocation of 40 people at any one time, so Swimmers are requested to leave the pool promptly following their session and not enter before their session. The 30 minute gap between sessions is to allow for a smooth cross over. Spectators are requested to not enter the pool at any time to allow us to keep within the allocation.

Swimmers are requested to not attend if they are unwell, have recently been in contact with someone who is unwell or has been abroad; or have been abroad themselves.

In the meantime do continue to follow the guidelines on social distancing and hygiene; look after your own mental well-being and try to think of others at this concerning time.

If you have any questions, please contact one of the board members - contacts at: Board - or use the feedback page found here

Update: 21/03/2020

At this point in time the club will follow the official government/MOH guidance on public gatherings, events and group sizes.

Our primary communications channels shall be the website and email. Where possible, messages shall be replicated to the Facebook pages too.

We will work with the coach to determine an appropriate plan to allow swimmers to maintain some form of training in the event that the pool should be closed and will advise as and when this is place. In the meantime swimmers are free to choose if they wish to attend training or not.

Note: This is an evolving plan, so please keep referring back to this page for updates. In the meantime do continue to follow the guidelines on social distancing and hygiene; look after your own mental well-being and try to think of others at this concerning time.

If you have any questions, please contact one of the board members - contacts at: Board - or use the feedback page found here