COVID-19

May 28, 2020 – 7:30pm Local Time

Swimming Canada will be releasing the National Return to Swimming Resource Document, it will be available on the following webpage tomorrow afternoon. This National Framework has been valuable to Swim Nova Scotia for the development of our Return to Swimming Plan.

Based on Provincial guidelines, Swim Nova Scotia has created a Provincial phased approach to our return to swimming. The Return to Swimming Plan is now complete and has been submitted to Nova Scotia’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Strang for review and approval. Once approved, the plan will be presented to our membership. Supporting documents will also be distributed to Clubs as each phase is approved that will outline all requirements to resume a safe training environment during that phase as necessary.

Until Swim Nova Scotia’s plan is approved, training and coaching of any kind done in a group setting is prohibited by current legislation. To clarify, coaching is anyone instructing a non-virtual training session (in-person group training, including dryland is still prohibited). A group by definition, would be anyone not living in the same household who is training together.

Please be reminded that everyone must use social media wisely, and ensure that all posts respect physical distancing and other restrictions. If we do not obey the law, we may lose the privilege for the opportunity to return swimming activities. Negligent actions may set our community back.

All sanctioned competitions are suspended indefinitely, until such time as the Provincial Chief Medical of Health guidelines will permit consideration of lifting the suspension. This means that all 2020 Summer Swimming and Open Water Competitions are cancelled. This decision has been made based on information currently available from key stakeholders and to ensure we are doing everything we can to keep not only our community safe but our communities at large safe as well.

As always, I am committed to providing the membership with updates and information as it becomes available. Please reach out with any questions you may have, I am available via email or on my mobile phone 902-497-2088.

Stay Home, Stay Safe, and we’ll be back in the water soon!

Bette

“It is still important to follow public health advice, practice good hygiene and limit large gatherings. Doing all of these things will help ensure our case numbers continue to stay low.” – Dr. Robert Strang, Chief Medical Officer of Health.

ONGOING RESOURCE PAGES

Swim Nova Scotia COVID-19 Resources

Swimming Canada COVID-19 Resources

Federal Government Economic Response Plan

Nova Scotia Provincial Government COVID-19 Resources

Public Health Agency of Canada COVID-19 Resources

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May 15, 2020- 4:30pm Local Time

Following today’s Press Conference with Premier Stephen McNeil and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Province approved more outside sport related activities.

Please understand that these are safe activities that people (individuals) can participate in now, prior to the phased in stages of “return to normal” that the Province will be putting in place.  These are not official sport programs. Consultation will be taking place to review each provincial sport organizations “return to play” documents to determine if they meet the provincial phases once they begin. Early next week, I will be joining a meeting with Dr. Robert Strang to receive preliminary information on phase one.

No in-person programming will commence until Swim Nova Scotia receives approval and/or we have more information from our Chief Medical Officer of Health. Clubs may continue to do Virtual Online Training provided their Head Coach submits requests in advance.

Swim Nova Scotia staff with input from key partners, including Swimming Canada has begun work on a Return to the Pool Strategy, this will be our “return to play” document that will be reviewed by the chief medical officer when the time comes. Information on Swimming Canada’s Working Group can be found online here.

The moratorium on all sanctioned competitions continues to remain in place indefinitely.

The following events have been cancelled:  

Year-Round Competitions

  • LCM AAA #5 (HTAC), June 6-7, 2020
  • AA Spring Champs (HTAC), June 5-7, 2020
  • 2020 Ken Dunn Memorial Nova Scotia Championships (SNS/DCSC), July 2-6, 2020
  • 2020 Junior National Championships (SNC), July 22-27, 2020
  • 2020 Canadian Senior National Championships (SNC), August 6-9, 2020

Additional/new competitions may be added this season in the best interests of the swimmers, a decision will be made by July 1st, 2020.

Summer Competitions

The current Summer Schedule of Events is being reviewed. A decision will be made by June 1st, 2020 on the status of the 2020 Summer Competitions.

Open Water Competitions

The current Open Water Schedule of Events will be reviewed as information from key stakeholders is received. A decision will be made by July 1st, 2020 on the status of the 2020 Open Water Competitions.

Provincial Team Activities

  • Summer Swimming All-Star Team – Quispamsis, N.B. June 2020
  • Open Water Camp – Dalplex Pool, Halifax, June 13, 2020
  • 2020 Maine State International Invitational – St. John, N.B. July 22-25, 2020

The following events will take place:

NCCP Community Coach Course – Virtual Online Clinic, date, registration & cost TBD

NCCP SW101 – Virtual Online Clinic, date, registration & cost TBD

Officials Clinics – online clinics are available for the following on Swimming Canada’s LMS Page

  • Intro to Swimming Officiating (formerly Timekeeper)
  • Safety Marshal
  • Chief Timekeeper

While we await further directives, we encourage Coaches and Club Presidents to continue to reach out to Swim Nova Scotia with questions or any issues you may need assistance with.

I will continue to update the membership as more information becomes available. I am available via email or on my mobile phone 902-497-2088.

Stay Home, Stay Safe, and we’ll be back in the pool soon!

Bette

RESOURCE PAGES

Swim Nova Scotia COVID-19 Resources

Swimming Canada COVID-19 Resources

Federal Government Economic Response Plan

Nova Scotia Provincial Government COVID-19 Resources

Public Health Agency of Canada COVID-19 Resources

Please note that Swim Nova Scotia’s Virtual Office will be closed on Monday May 18th for Victoria Day.

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April 17, 2020- 11:50am Local Time

Swim Nova Scotia continues to be committed to the health and safety of our community, and we continue to closely monitor the developments around the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Effective immediately, Swim Nova Scotia is extending the restrictions to all club activities indefinitely. Until notice is provided by Nova Scotia’s Chief Medical Officer of Health to lift the Provincial State of Emergency, Swim Nova Scotia registered Year-Round, Masters and Summer Clubs may conduct limited activities within the restrictions outlined in the Health Protection Act Order and our Insurance guidelines.

When things change from RED to AMBER to GREEN, we will continue to work with our partners and stakeholders to understand what that looks like. A plan that is reasonable and manageable will be established with the intent for clubs to become stable, and our coaches to deliver programming.  Until such notice has been received by our Province’s Chief Medical Officer, Clubs are restricted to conducting online and virtual training only, there are to be no in person activities of any kind.

RESOURCE PAGES

Swim Nova Scotia COVID-19 Resources

Swimming Canada COVID-19 Resources

Federal Government Economic Response Plan

Nova Scotia Provincial Government COVID-19 Resources

Public Health Agency of Canada COVID-19 Resources

As always, I am committed to providing the membership with updates and information as I have it available to me. Please reach out with any questions you may have, I am available via email or on my mobile phone 902-497-2088.

Let’s continue to work together to save lives and help flatten the curve!

Bette

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April 9, 2020- 9:45am Local Time

Swim Nova Scotia continues to work closely with Swimming Canada and follow the Federal Government and the Province of Nova Scotia mandates regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Once directives under the Health Protection Act have been lifted, Swim Nova Scotia will work with our membership to return to the pool and establish a COVID-19 Recovery Plan.

On behalf of Swim Nova Scotia and the entire swimming community, I want to express our gratitude to everyone in the healthcare industry and on the front lines. We are very grateful for your hard work and tireless efforts to care for us and keep us safe – thank you!

COMMUNICATIONS:

The Swim Nova Scotia webpage remains the primary source of relevant information for Swim Nova Scotia members and is updated regularly. We have created a COVID-19 page on our website where various updates, resources and links can be found. Swimming Canada will be launching a resource page on their site today as well.

INSURANCE CLARIFICATIONS RELATED TO DRYLAND TRAINING

THROUGH THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC:

Clubs and Coaches registered with Swim Nova have been asked to follow guidelines with respect to dryland training and club programming. These restrictions have been modified to facilitate online training for registered swimmers.

A separate email will be sent to Club Head Coaches with clarifications and instructions related to the delivery of dryland training.

FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FINANCIAL INCENTIVES:

There are many financial incentives available from the Federal Government, some were launched earlier this week, and some will be launched in the coming weeks.  Please keep up to date with these initiatives HERE.

STAY SAFE:

All members are reminded to continue to follow the advice of Nova Scotia’s Chief Medical Officer and all Government Officials during the State of Emergency. Additional details and up to date information can be found on the Nova Scotia Provincial Government webpage.

COVID-19 RECOVERY PLAN:

Looking ahead to a COVID-19 Recovery Plan and a safe return to the pool – when things change from RED to AMBERto GREEN from our Public Health Authority; we will continue to work with Swimming Canada, our provincial agencies, and facilities to understand what that looks like and to initiate a direction and plan that is reasonable and manageable, with the intent for clubs to become stable and our coaches to deliver programming. We aim to see our clubs back in operation, swimmers back in the water and our coaches, volunteers and officials return to what our sport is all about and what they do best.

As always, I remain committed to providing the membership with updates and information as I have it available to me. Please reach out with any questions you may have, I am available via email or on my mobile phone 902-497-2088.

Please enjoy the long weekend at home!

Bette

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April 3, 2020- 3:00pm Local Time

During this time of uncertainty, Swim Nova Scotia continues to work together with Swimming Canada, the other Provincial Swimming Offices, and all levels of Government to ensure decisions that impact our swimming community are addressed uniformly and timely.

There is no doubt that the COVID-19 pandemic affects all of us, however, it is essential that we follow the direction of our Federal and Provincial Governments during the State of the Emergency to ensure we take the necessary steps to keep our communities safe and healthy. New announcements are being made daily and we will continue to endeavor to update everyone as quickly as we can.

April 6- May 1st, 2020, Swim Nova Scotia registered Year-Round, Masters and Summer Clubs may conduct limited activities within the restrictions as outlined by Nova Scotia’s Chief Medical Officer, all levels of Government and our insurance provider. Under our insurance provider, clubs may conduct online and virtual training only. Under the State of Emergency there are to be no in person activities of any kind.

Swim Nova Scotia has received additional information from our Insurance Company related to Online Training and Virtual Training Activities.  Please also review best practices that Swimming Canada and their Integrated Support Lead (Dr. Allan Wrigley) have developed (attached). If your Club will be offering online training, please follow-up with me as soon as possible per the attached document with the required information.

As it relates to competition sanctioning, please see the attached memo from Swimming Canada and note the following cancellations by Swim Nova Scotia:

  • Dare to Care Coach/Management Sessions- April 25-26; NEW DATE September 26-27
  • NS Masters Provincial Championships- April 25
  • AAA Long Course #4 (Dalplex Pool, Halifax)- May 1-2
  • AA Short Course #4 (Acadia Pool, Wolfville)- May 2-3
  • Nova Tech Explosion (RECC, Truro)- May 9-10
  • 2020 Eastern Canadian Prospects (Toronto)- May 14-17

The Swim Nova Scotia Schedule of Events for the remainder of the season for all programs (Year-Round, Masters, Summer & Open Water) will be reviewed. All meet dates and formats are subject to change. We will have further information related to a safe return to competition as soon as possible.

Today, I participated in a very insightful webinar presented by Own The Podium and Gowling WLG. Anne Merklinger from Own the Podium, and lawyers from Gowling WLG discussed relevant short- and long-term financial programs and supports that enable sports organizations to navigate through these challenging times.

They reviewed the financial programs available from the Federal Government (Work-Sharing Program, 75% Temporary Wage Subsidy (CEWS), Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), Canada Emergency Business Accounts Loans and the Tax Return Deadline).  In addition they highlighted key liabilities organizations should consider. The webinar slides and recording will be available on Monday April 6th on their webpage, I encourage you to review this information.

I have been sharing information on the above Federal Subsidies via email as I receive them, and will continue to do so. The Federal Government Financial Initiatives information can be found here: Canada’s Covid-19 Economic Response Plan webpage

Club Executives/Board of Director’s should continue to work closely with Head Coaches and consider options related to the Club’s current financial position, the financial outlook and projections for the short, medium and long term; membership policies; employment agreements and regulations/laws related to your Staff during these times of uncertainty.

Once again, all members are reminded to follow the advice of Nova Scotia’s Chief Medical Officer and all Government Officials during the State of Emergency. Additional details and up to date information can be found on the Nova Scotia Provincial Government webpage

As always, I remain committed to providing the membership with updates and information as I have it available to me. Please reach out with any questions you may have, I am available via email or on my mobile phone.

Bette

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March 27, 2020-1:30pm local time

This remains a challenging time, one that asks much of the swimming community.  The Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is fast moving and our responses have also moved quickly to keep up.

Swimming Canada has cancelled all remaining 2020 National events, this includes the Canadian Masters Swimming Championships (May 22-24, Etobicoke, Ont.), Canadian Junior Championships (July 22-27, Montreal), and Canadian Swimming Championships (Aug. 6-9, Edmonton). Please see the official memo from Swimming Canada that contains the details on their webpage

Please note that all Nova Scotia events/competitions (Year-Round, Masters & Summer) that have been scheduled by Swim Nova Scotia May 1-August 31, 2020 are tentative and subject to change (this includes, dates, locations, formats, etc). Swim Nova Scotia hopes to have further information to our membership in early/mid-April as it relates to a safe return to training and competition later this season.

Under the guidance from the Nova Scotia Chief Medical Officer, Government of Nova Scotia and Canada, we will continue to monitor the situation daily and advise on this status as new information becomes available.

All members are reminded to follow the advice of Nova Scotia’s Chief Medical Officer and all Government Officials. Additional details and up to date information can be found on the Nova Scotia Provincial Government webpage

Additional resources from the Public Health Agency of Canada: webpage

Swim Nova Scotia would like to thank the swimming community for your ongoing patience and cooperation. The health and well-being of our swimming community continues to be our top priority. Let’s continue to work together to flatten the curve…

If you have any questions, concerns or comments, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Bette

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March 18, 2020-11:45am local time

Swim Nova Scotia continues to work closely with Swimming Canada and follow the Federal Government and the Province of Nova Scotia mandates regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Swimming Canada has cancelled all sanctioned competitions effective March 16-April 30, 2020. The SNC moratorium on sanctioned competitions has been extended until at least April 30 after initially being announced last week as April 20. Please see the official memo from Swimming Canada (attached) and on their webpage, that contains updates.

Upcoming sanctioned competitions that are now officially cancelled:

  • Head to Head Clinics (Wolfville, Halifax, Truro)- March 21
  • Halifax Chronos Masters Long Course Meet (Centennial Pool)- March 21
  • AAA Long Course #3 (Dalplex Pool)- March 28
  • AA Short Course #2 (Kiwanis Pool, Cape Breton)- March 28-29
  • 2020 Olympic Trials (Toronto, ON)- March 30-April 5
  • 2020 Eastern Canadian Championships (Windsor, ON)- April 16-19
  • Nova Tech #5 North (Port Hawkesbury)- April 18
  • Nova Tech #5 Central (Halifax)- April 18
  • Nova Tech #5 South (Wolfville)- April 18
  • NS Masters Provincial Championships- April 25

Further updates on the status of Swim-a-thon will be shared next week.

Swim Nova Scotia has suspended all Club Activities effective Monday March 16th – April 6th (date subject to change). Under the guidance from the Nova Scotia Chief Medical Officer, Governments of Nova Scotia and Canada, we will continue to monitor the situation daily and advise on this status as new information becomes available.

All members are reminded to follow the advice of Nova Scotia’s Chief Medical Officer and all Government Officials. Additional details and up to date information can be found on the Nova Scotia Provincial Government webpage

Additional resources from the Public Health Agency of Canada:webpage

Swim Nova Scotia would like to thank the swimming community for your ongoing patience and cooperation. The health and well-being of our swimming community continues to be our top priority.

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March 16– Starting today, Swim Nova Scotia office will be closed.  Staff will be working from home to ensure adherence with social distancing recommendations from the Province of Nova Scotia. Email will be the primary source of communication.

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March 15-6:25pm local time

Following the most recent information provided by the Province of Nova Scotia regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Swim Nova Scotia has suspended all Club Activities effective Monday March 16th – April 6th (date subject to change). This includes any programming such as water training, dryland training, and team events for all registered Year-Round, Masters and Summer Clubs. Clubs are to refrain from any of these activities at this time, or will be in breach of Swim Nova Scotia Policies and individual Club Insurance.

“Nova Scotians should think about additional measures they can take to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, such as: 

  • Avoiding close contact with others (keeping at least two metres or roughly six feet apart) 
  • Avoiding crowds and gatherings like parties and other group activities

Province of Nova Scotia

Swim Nova Scotia, with guidance from the Nova Scotia Chief Medical Officer, Government of Nova Scotia, Canadian and global health authorities, will continue to monitor the situation daily and advise on this status as new information becomes available.

All members are reminded to follow the advice of Nova Scotia’s Chief Medical Officer and all Government Officials. Additional details and up to date information can be found on the Nova Scotia Provincial Government webpage

Additional valuable resources from the Public Health Agency of Canada webpage

Swim Nova Scotia would like to thank the swimming community for your ongoing patience and cooperation at this time. The health and well-being of our swimming community is our absolute top priority.

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March 13-6:25pm local time

In response to the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Swim Nova Scotia, under the direction of Swimming Canada has cancelled all sanctioned competitions effective March 16-April 20, 2020. A status update will be shared on or before April 21st for sanctioned competitions after April 20th.

Upcoming sanctioned competitions that are now officially cancelled (some events may be postponed):

  • Head to Head Clinics (Wolfville, Halifax, Truro)- March 21
  • Halifax Chronos Masters Long Course Meet (Centennial Pool)- March 21
  • AAA Long Course #3 (Dalplex Pool)- March 28
  • AA Short Course #2 (Kiwanis Pool, Cape Breton)- March 28-29
  • 2020 Olympic Trials (Toronto, ON)- March 30-April 5
  • 2020 Eastern Canadian Championships (Windsor, ON)- April 16-19
  • Nova Tech #5 North (Port Hawkesbury)- April 18
  • Nova Tech #5 Central (Halifax)- April 18
  • Nova Tech #5 South (Wolfville)- April 18

Clubs may continue to operate and provide safe and healthy training environments following all Nova Scotia Government Mandates.

Please see the official press release from Swimming Canada on their Webpage

Swim Nova Scotia would like to thank the swimming community for your ongoing patience and cooperation at this time.

All members are reminded to follow the advice of Nova Scotia’s Chief Medical Officer and all Government Officials:

Health-care workers, teachers, civil servants and other public sector employees who travel anywhere outside Canada will have to stay at home/self-isolate away from the public for 14 days after returning to the country. These measures also apply to students of Nova Scotia public schools and children in regulated child care centres who have travelled with their families, even if their parents or caregivers are not public sector employees.

The chief medical officer of health is also encouraging individuals, employers and community organizations to limit social gatherings to no more than 150 people to limit spread. This could include events like weddings, church services, movie theatres and concerts. This measure will help protect vulnerable Nova Scotians who are at greatest risk and will be reassessed as the situation evolves.

Nova Scotians should think about additional measures they can take to help reduce the spread of COVID-19, such as:

  • Avoiding close contact with others (keeping at least two metres or roughly six feet apart)
  • Avoiding crowds and gatherings like parties and other group activities
  • Staying home if ill, especially if you have a fever and or a new cough
  • Practicing good hygiene remains the best defenseagainst illness. We need to ensure that we are all taking the necessary precautions in hand washing as we normally would for a flu season. 

More details and up to date information can be found on the Nova Scotia Provincial Government webpage

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March 12-9:15pm local time

To date Swim NS has not received any updates from the province, but we have reached out to ask for further information and it will be shared with you as soon as anything is received. Information has been changing quickly, and will continue to do so. We suggest keeping an eye on the websites listed below  to remain up-to-date with the most current information about COVID-19 in Nova Scotia.

Swimming Canada’s Senior Leadership team has been in close contact with their partners. They have released a statement that is now available on their webpage.  In summary, no decisions have been made yet related to any upcoming Swimming Canada event; they have been advised to wait to hear back from the Ontario Government and City of Toronto as it relates to Trials.

Swim Nova Scotia will follow all mandates implemented by the Government of Nova Scotia and all Municipalities as it relates to any sanctioned events/activities in our Province.  As information is received, our membership will be notified.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact your Club Head Coach or the Swim NS office.

The Nova Scotia Provincial Government Site includes up-to-date information including:

-Information about closures and restrictions because of the virus

-When to seek help

-Advice about prevention and being prepared

-Travel advice: what to do if you’re planning on travelling or recently returned from another country

-How the healthcare system is preparing and monitoring

-Testing data

-Link to Federal Government Information about Coronavirus: webpage

We can all do our part to stay healthy and prevent the spread of any respiratory illness, including COVID-19.  Please follow prevention practices such as:

  • washing your hands frequently with soap and water or using hand sanitizer
  • coughing or sneezing into your elbow or a tissue (throw the tissue away)
  • limiting contact with others when you’re sick
  • limiting touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • not sharing items that may have saliva on them like utensils and bottles/glasses
  • cleaning surfaces like taps, doorknobs, and countertops often