Now that the RBAC is reopening, how will things change? How can you remain safe at the pool? Here are some tips to stay safe while at the pool during COVID-19.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there’s no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread through pool water, hot tubs, spas or water play areas. According to Dr. Michael Ison, an infectious disease physician at Northwestern Medicine in Chicago, proximity to others is the main concern.
Staying Safe at the Pool
We are implementing the following protocols, to keep you and others safe:
- Wash your hands: Use antibacterial soap and wash for at least 20 seconds, or use hand sanitizer before you go to the pool.
- Shower prior to entering the pool: Use antibacterial soap and shower prior to getting in the pool.
- The lockers and changing area are closed: Arrive and leave with your swimsuit on.
- Do not share equipment: Bring your own kickboard, pull buoy, water bottle and other equipment.
- Avoid touching anything: Don’t touch gates, benches and doors if you don’t have to.
- Be conscious of symptoms: Do not come to the Center if you or a member of your household is sick/not feeling well.
- Physical distancing: Maintain 6 feet between you and others at all times.
- No physical contact: Avoid giving high fives, hugs or touching others.
- Don’t stick around: Leave the facility immediately after your program, and wash your hands as soon as you get home. Please don’t congregate and chat with fellow swimmers on the pool deck.
What the RBAC is Doing to Reduce the Risk of Spreading COVID-19
- Each swimmer will be screened prior to entering the Center. If they report any symptoms or present with an elevated fever, they will be sent home immediately.
- We are temporarily eliminating the prolonged use of spaces with low ventilation and rooms that prevent social distancing, such as locker rooms and the gym.
- We are creating visible markers to indicate appropriate spacing on the pool deck, at entrances, where to place your belongings ane exits.
- We are ensuring the proper use of PPE and masks for employees.
- We have sanitation protocols that align with the Pasadena Public Health Department (PPHD) and LA County requirements.
Physical Distancing in the Pool
Based on guidance from USA Swimming, other facilities around the Country, LA County and PPHD, the RBAC will limit participation to no more than 50% of normal capacity. For now, one lap swimmer will be allowed per lane during lap swim. Coaches will oversee physically distanced practices for swimmers with no more than 4 swimmers per lane.
Other Exercise Options
You can still maintain your fitness and get stronger out of the water. You have numerous options:
- RBAC At Home: Several classes will still be offered via Zoom and pre-recorded videos. Join us from your living room!
- MySwimPro Dryland Training Plan: The dryland training plans are designed to enhance swimming performance. With options for swimmers of all skill levels, both with and without equipment, you’re sure to find a plan that works for you!
- Open Water Swimming: If you have access to a lake or ocean, give open water swimming a try! If you’re new to open water, go with an experienced swimmer.
- Tethered Stationary Swimming: Have a pool in your backyard? Purchase a tether and swim in place! Swimming tethers attach to your waist and provide extra resistance for a challenging workout.
- Other Cardio: Keep your cardiovascular fitness up through running, cycling, jumping rope, or high-intensity interval training.