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Aqualicious Returns to Training!

Aqualicious Returns to Training!

Aqualicious squads will be starting on Tuesday 16th June at our normal time of 6:45 pm.
Our session times will remain unchanged You can check them here

In order to swim there’s a lot of things we have to do, and here’s what you’ll need to do to join us. It’s absolutely vital that we all do our part to keep swimming open and safe.

  • 20 swimmers max per session. Session spaces will be allocated on a “First in gets wet” basis. We don’t anticipate needing to turn anyone away during the winter months, but we’ll review regularly.
  • That said, don’t be more than 15 minutes early – one of the requirements is that people are only there to do their swimming/fitness routine. (But also, don’t be late!)
  • The pool will be taking contact details for contact tracing purposes when you arrive.
  • Arrive, Swim, Leave. Changerooms and showers will not be open. You’ll need to arrive in your togs, and you’ll need to leave in them.
  • Maintain your 1.5m distance – in the water and out. Don’t touch each other. We don’t know where you’ve been.
  • Water fountains won’t be operating so make sure your water bottle is full before you arrive. Also, don’t share your water bottle. Putting a name on it (preferably yours) will help prevent accidents.
  • No shared equipment – bring your own kickboard, pull buoy, and fins. Coaches will be aiming to construct sets with minimal equipment requirements.
  • We’ll be experimenting with where your equipment and water bottles are kept during the session – we can’t have everyone bunched up at the wall.
  • We’ll be trialling alternating start points between the deep and shallow ends of the pool based on lane number.
  • The swim wall may be up to aid with social distancing – we’re continuing to work through this question with venue management – if it’s up, that’s an excellent chance to practice your turns!
  • If you’re sick, stay home. If you have potential COVID-19 symptoms, call either 13 HEALTH or the National Coronavirus Health Information Line on 1800 020 080. If you have symptoms the pool will turn you away.
  • Consider whether you’re in a COVID-19 vulnerable group – if you are, we urge you to carefully weigh the risks and benefits of swimming with the squad, and consider whether other exercise or swimming on your own during a lower-patronage time might help meet your needs.
  • In the event you are confirmed with COVID-19, it is a requirement that you advise the club’s COVID-19 Liaison Officer, Michael Lee, immediately, so that the club can discharge our reporting obligations to MSQ, and our swimmers. (While maintaining your confidentiality)
  • Finally: The Return to Play guidelines require that organisations encourage participants to sign up to the COVIDSafe App and that participants should sign up to the COVIDSafe App. As a result, Aqualicious encourages you to download the COVIDSafe App.  We remind you that downloading and registering the app is entirely at your discretion and it is illegal to compel or require installation to participate in activities or to access venues. Coaches will not be checking or requiring that you have the app installed or running in order to participate in our sessions.

We’re all really new to this way of working. There will be some experimentation and some trial and error,  and the Management Committee, the Coaches, and I all appreciate your patience and will gratefully receive any feedback you might have.

Can’t wait to see you poolside!
Dylan Carmichael
President & Head Coach

Aqualicious COVID-19 Update

Update: 16 June 2020 – Aqualicious is returning to the pool! See details on how we’re staying COVIDSafe here

Dear Aqualicians,

Aqualicious has terminated all regular club activities until further notice, following from advice from Masters Swimming Australia this morning, and the announcements from the Prime Minister and Chief Medical Officer last night.

I am sorry that it has come to this, but we must all play our part in slowing the rate of transmission, thereby giving our health system the best possible chance to meet demand.

At a press conference last night, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that a variety of indoor gathering places would be closed as of midday today – being: Pubs, Clubs, Cafes, Restaurants (Takeaway and delivery services permitted), Gyms, Places of Worship, Religious gatherings, funerals, Cinemas, Indoor sporting venues, entertainment venues, and Casinos.

Masters Swimming Australia has issued the following advice at 8:24 today (full post here):

Our primary focus is to protect the health and safety of our members, coaches, technical officials, volunteers and staff. With the ongoing closure of pools across Australia to prevent the spread of the virus, it is becoming increasingly more difficult for our people to manage social distancing and maintain good hygiene while in group training.

While the sport of swimming is the livelihood of Masters Swimming Australia, the organisation strongly discourages all members from participating in ongoing group training until further notice. We have a responsibility to the community and each other to work together to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Masters Swimming Australia Facebook Page, 8:24AM Mar 23, 2020

The advice from Centenary when I spoke to them at 10 this morning was that the pool would still be open for lap swimming only – you should check with them regularly as circumstances are changing rapidly. It is important to note the current government advice for pool users reproduced below – particularly regarding showering. It is being updated regularly and can be accessed here.

What pool users should do to remain safe at public swimming pools
Do not visit an aquatic facility if you are unwell for any reason. If you have had diarrhoea you should not use a public swimming pool for 14 days after symptoms have ended.

Users of public swimming pools should shower before entering the pool to remove impurities typically found on our bodies. In the current circumstances it is not recommended to shower on leaving the pool; this can be done on returning home. This is because the bodies of bathers will have been cleaned by their activity in the disinfected pool, whereas bathers arriving at the facility have come in off the street and could be carrying germs on their hands and bodies.

Bathers are also strongly encouraged to observe good public hygiene practices, including frequent hand washing when out of the water, after touching surfaces that others have touched and before eating. What pool users should do to remain safe at public swimming pools

Public swimming and spa pools and novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Queensland Health, Last updated March 20, 2020

Remember to follow the advice regarding hand washing and hand sanitizer (use soap and water for 20 seconds where possible), and see the Prevention advice from the Federal Health Department.

We will advise our swimmers shortly on our plans to assist with individual training while the squad is on stand-by.

I re-iterate that swimmers are strongly discouraged from participating in group training.

Stay calm, stay well
Dylan Carmichael
President

Aqualicious does Mardi Gras 2015!

After much hard work, planning, and practicing of our dance routine, Aqualicious has celebrated another fantasic Mardi Gras! We were joined by our friends the Sydney Wett Ones, to form a well-coordinated group of 44 dancing along Oxford Street. The positive energy and enthusiasm of the crowd reminded everyone why this is such a great event.