COVID-19

September 18, 2020 – 5:25pm local time

Today the provincial government announced some positive changes to participant numbers in sport.

Effective October 1st, 2020, the number of people who can participate in organized sport without physical distancing will increase from 10 to 50.

For many Coaches, swimmers and clubs, this comes as great news as practices will be able to resume in a ‘pre-COVID like’ format during your daily training environments. It will be important for Head Coaches to continue to work with their Facilities to ensure all Swim NS and Facility regulations are being adhered to.

Within the next week, Swim Nova Scotia will be preparing version 7 of our Return to Swimming Plan which will come into effect on October 1st. This version will include modifications to the bubble size to reflect up to 50 members in a given field of play, and modifications to Phase 1 of the Return to Competitions. Information related to phase 2 of our Return to Competition will be available in the coming weeks.

We are still working with the Provincial Government and key stakeholders to clarify details about spectators, this information will be shared when it becomes available.

It remains important for everyone to strictly adhere to the public health order and directives – practise good hand washing and other hygiene steps, maintain a physical distance when and where required. Wearing a non-medical mask is mandatory in most indoor public places.

For a full version of today’s press release, visit: https://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20200918004

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me!

Thanks

Bette

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September 2, 2020 – 6:00pm local time

As the Province continues to re-open various sectors, many questions continue to arise. Swim Nova Scotia has been working carefully with Provincial Government Officials to provide further explanations and interpret Provincial Health Mandates, including restrictions and regulations presented to our sport specifically.

Safety is the key priority with all aspects of return to training and competition. However, it is important for Club viability and continued success for swimming in our Province that we maximize any available facility space while ensuring all COVID-19 health regulations are met.

The Return to Swimming Explanations & Interpretations is intended to provide further explanations and interpretations related to previous communications and our Return to Swimming Plan. These explanations and interpretations have been reviewed and accepted by Provincial Government Officials.

Many Clubs across the Province may find the final bullet with examples of benefit as you are building your training programs this Fall.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me!

Thanks

Bette

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August 14, 2020 – 4:30pm local time

Swim Nova Scotia recently received acceptance from the Province that we are eligible to resume competition provided we continue to adhere to the guidelines provided by Public Health. Effective immediately, Swim Nova Scotia has lifted the suspension on sanctioning competitions. The resumption of competitions will be a multi-phased approach.

Phase 1 will permit Clubs to host In-House Competitions (Time Trials), initially only short course meters and available to your club only (not multi-team). Phase 2 will introduce Virtual Competitions, and Phase 3 will introduce Multi-Team Swim Meets.

Please see the Summary of Swim NS Return to Competition document that provides further information on these plans. In addition, a request form is available for Clubs that would like to host an in-house competition/time trial and the Swim NS Officials Return to Competition document.

We have also received further updates to the Nova Scotia Sport Guidelines from Public Health: Given the overall epidemiology, the province will be keeping the current regulations in place as it relates to gathering limits (currently 50) and bubbles (currently 10). They will be reviewing these regulations again later in September to determine if any changes can be considered at that time.

Version 6 of Swim Nova Scotia’s Return to Swimming Plan is available that includes the modifications that were circulated on August 6 and today’s information related to our Return to Competition. I am not anticipating further modifications or updates until we receive further information from the Provincial Government in September.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me!

Thanks

Bette

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August 6, 2020 – 5:00pm local time

Swim Nova Scotia has received further updates to the Nova Scotia Sport Guidelines from Public Health. This update is applicable to all sports and reads as follows:

“In a defined sport setting where participants are physically distancing in one group of 50 or less, incidental contact, (where a participant comes into close contact, less than two metres, with another participant), that is infrequent, brief, and cannot be avoided may occur.”

What does this mean for our members?

In a pool training environment, if Coaches are utilizing ‘Option 2 Bubble Training’, all lanes of the pool can now be utilized. Each bubble can be separated using different ends of the pool (start end or turn end).

Incidental, brief, unavoidable contact is acceptable between the training bubbles.

A Summary of the Modifications is available here; sample images are also included. Please note that the images depict 5 swimmers per lane; however up to 10 swimmers may swim in one lane as a training bubble – each bubble must be separated using different ends of the pool (start end or turn end).

In addition to the above modification to the pool training environment, we have now been approved to resume the use of change rooms/washrooms before and after training if acceptable by the facility. All facilities must have established cleaning protocols that meet or exceed the minimum Nova Scotia Provincial Government requirements.

The above modifications come into effect immediately; however, I will not be updating the Swim Nova Scotia Return to Swimming Plan until the end of next week. We are anticipating further updates from the Provincial Government.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me!

Thanks

Bette

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July 29, 2020 – 10:00am local time

As Nova Scotia continues to re-open, the Province has announced recent changes to the Public Health Order: https://novascotia.ca/coronavirus/docs/health-protection-act-order-by-the-medical-officer-of-health.pdf specifically, the requirement that non-medical face masks be worn in enclosed public places.

“Effective 12:01am July 31, all persons must wear a mask that covers their nose and mouth while present in a public place.”

What does this mean for our members?

A mask must be worn at all times in an indoor facility (i.e. arrival/departure to the pool deck) as per Provincial regulations. Swim Nova Scotia members may remove their masks for the duration of the training session (while in the field of play). Physical distancing must remain in place.

Over half of our Summer and Year-Round Clubs are back to training! We are excited to start the 2020-2021 Swim-Season in early September with all Clubs back to training. Clubs may continue to submit application forms to resume training. For Clubs already training, modifications to approved plans or requests for advancing to Phase 2 must be submitted to Swim NS for acceptance.

Effective immediately, pool training numbers have been increased to a maximum group size of 50 (currently 35). This will be reflected in the next update of the Swim Nova Scotia Return to Swimming Plan that will be available in August.

The next version of the plan will continue to maintain COVID-19 safe swimming environments and may include further updates to the Indoor Pool Training and Return to Competition sections. We are hopeful that the regulations will see an increase to social gathering limits beyond 50 and/or that the bubble of 10 will increase.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me – thanks for your continued support!

Bette

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July 6, 2020 – 3:40pm local time

Recently the Province announced changes to gathering sizes for indoor/outdoor events and Atlantic Travel.  We have been in contact with the Province in order to get clarification on the changes that came into effect on July 3, 2020.

Now that the Atlantic Bubble has opened for Travel, Swim NS members do not have to self-isolate for a two-week period if they are travelling within Atlantic Canada. The Daily Screening Record and Health Monitoring Check-Lists have been adjusted and included in the attached Club Application Form available through Clubs.

July 10th will conclude the first 3-weeks for many Clubs that were approved to resume training on June 22nd. These Clubs are now eligible to apply to move onto Phase 2 of Swim Nova Scotia’s Return to Swimming Plan if they feel as though they are ready.

Phase 2 includes another gradual increase to group size for both pool and open water training. Pool training has increased to a maximum of 4 swimmers per lane while maintaining social distancing (total group size of 35 including swimmers and personnel). Open Water training has increased to a maximum of 20 swimmers at one time with an additional 5 personnel (total group size of 25). To ensure safety among all open water participants, Clubs should provide appropriate Coach/safety personnel based on increased numbers. Training bubbles of 10 are now only required to stay together for one day.

The revised Swim NS Return to Swimming Plan and a Summary document are attached for your reference. If you would like additional sample pool training diagrams (i.e. 2 or 3 swimmers per lane) based on your facility regulations, please do not hesitate to ask.

Application Forms for new Phase 1 applicants are to be submitted to Swim NS for review and approval a minimum of 3 days prior to your anticipated start date.

Any modifications to approved plans or requests for advancing to Phase 2 must be submitted to Swim NS for approval. Clubs must successfully complete Phase 1 Pool OR Open Water for a minimum of 3 weeks before applying to move to Phase 2.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me – thanks for your continued support!

Bette

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June 26, 2020 – 1:30pm local time

Some exciting news announced in today’s press conference as the province continues to slowly re-open!

Today the province announced that starting July 3, outdoor recognized venues can now host a max of 250 patrons and indoor recognized event venues can open at 50% capacity for up to 200 people. Gatherings not run by a business or organization must still operate within the previous guidelines of 50 people physically distanced or 10 not physically distanced.

Please note that sports are excluded from this increase. This means that sports groups must continue to run programs with up to 10 people without physical distancing and up to 50 people with physical distancing.

Swim NS Approved Clubs are reminded that our modified phase 1 is still in place and the maximum group size is set to 20 (15 in water) for open water and pool training and 50 for dryland training (for approved swim clubs only). 

It was also announced that starting July 3, pools will be permitted to open for lane swimming and aqua fit classes. Pools will open when they are able to adhere to the Nova Scotia Lifesaving Society’s Guide to Reopening Pools and Waterfronts. We do not have any updates from facilities on their re-opening dates at this time; however they have all received a copy of the Revised Swim NS Return to Swimming Plan.

Thanks for your continued support!

Bette

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June 24, 2020 – 9:20am local time

The Swim NS Return to Swimming Plan continues to evolve with the recent announcements from the Province of Nova Scotia. Our three main priorities are swimmer development, swimmer and coach safety both in and out of the water, and continuing to respect the Public Health mandate surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our modifications are to Phase 1 of the Swim Nova Scotia Return to Swimming Plan.  We now introduce gradual steps that incorporate increases to the general rules around social interactions and restrictions during different activities (open water, pool and dryland training).

As the provincial guidelines continue to change, we may re-evaluate our Plan in the coming weeks and make further modifications to increase limits, including group sizes, based on feedback received from Head Coaches and the success that Clubs have demonstrated in each training activity.

One of the new initiatives being introduced is the opportunity to increase overall group size; this is determined by the activity to ensure the safety of our swimmers and coaches.

The second new initiative is the introduction of an option to have ‘training bubbles.’ A training bubble is a group of up to 10 swimmers that is exempt from social distancing, provided they stay together as a single training group for the week. This applies to water and dryland training.

Please find attached the Modifications to Phase 1 that outlines these gradual increases. In addition, I have attached the latest version of the Swim Nova Scotia Return to Swimming Plan dated June 24, 2020. You will see the above modifications noted in the Appendix at the end of the Plan (revisions are summarized below the table of contents).

Clubs that were approved to begin training this week, are welcome to have your Head Coach submit the following to Swim Nova Scotia for review and approval:

  • Confirm which option you are planning to use for planned activities
  • An outline of any additional changes to your training program and/or club plan
  • Revised group training times
  • Revised swimmers names in each group
  • If new swimmers are joining your program, please be sure to submit the COVID-19 Declaration of Compliance Form and complete the electronic Acknowledgment and Assumption of Risks Form

Once approved, Clubs may move to the revised Phase 1 Group Training Sizes beginning the week of June 29th.

Clubs that have not yet submitted a request to commence training can follow the modified Phase 1 included in the attached document when submitting the Club Form.

I will continue to update the membership as more information becomes available.

Thank you for your cooperation!

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

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June 18, 2020 – 1:00pm Local Time

Following today’s Press Conference with Premier Stephen McNeil, the Province announced that effective immediately it is now permissible to accommodate groups of up to 50 people, who must maintain social distancing.  It will also be possible to have groups of up to 10, without social distancing, which means that within the groups of 10 contact is permitted. It is very important to note that once participants are within a group of 10, they must stay in the same groups and cannot switch to different groups.

A revised safe, phased approach will be announced early next week to all members that will outline the steps required to increase beyond a group size of 10 in a manner that is safe for all participants.

While we are all very excited to have a provincial increase to social gathering limits, group training sizes for approved Swim Clubs will remain at 10 for those that are beginning training on June 22nd. Beginning next week, approved Clubs may re-submit plans that can take effect starting June 29th or later to demonstrate their ability to follow and maintain social distancing, appropriate disinfection of equipment and personal hygiene. Coaches must be able to illustrate that a controlled environment can be maintained with more than 10 participants.

Clubs that have not yet submitted a request for approval to begin on June 22nd will be able to submit their request forms and follow the steps outlined in next week’s information.

Please understand that the safety of our members is our number one concern; we must continue to slowly return to our new training environments in a step-by-step approach.

I will continue to update the membership as more information becomes available.

Thank you for your continued support!

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

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June 9, 2020 – 1:50pm Local Time

Swim Nova Scotia’s Return to Swimming Plan has been reviewed and accepted by Nova Scotia’s Chief Medical Officer of Health and we are now an approved activity to begin no sooner than June 22nd, 2020.

A copy of the Plan is attached to this email (and posted on our webpage), everyone is encouraged to review the contents carefully. Please keep in mind that this is a living document which will evolve and be adapted based on changing COVID-19 circumstances. A safe and responsible return to swimming is paramount with the overall goal to avoid infections and spread to other people in the community. The regulations and guidelines of Nova Scotia’s Chief Medical Officer of Health will ultimately drive the timelines for when it is updated.

Our multi-phase plan is broad and follows designated public health restrictions that may adjust over time:

  • Adhering to Provincial gathering limits (currently limited to 10)
  • Ensuring physical distancing when outside of the home (currently 6 feet or 2 meters)
  • Practicing good hygiene (hand hygiene, avoid touching face, respiratory etiquette, disinfect frequently touched surfaces)
  • Staying informed, being prepared and following public health advice
  • Limiting non-essential travel
  • Increasing environmental cleaning & ventilation of public spaces
  • Staying at home and away from others when symptomatic
  • Considering the use of non-medical masks or face-coverings in situations where physical distancing cannot be maintained
  • Wearing a medical mask if symptomatic and in close contact with others

Currently, Phase 1 of the Provincial swimming framework will allow Open Water & Pool Training (Skill Development) that incorporates the following:

  • Maintaining physical distancing during group training
  • Ensuring public health guidelines and gatherings are being adhered to (currently 10)
  • Smaller and more controlled groups

Phase 2 of the Provincial framework sees an increase in the group size during training, increased practices and continues to maintain all public health guidelines. Phase 3 will continue to evolve as more information becomes available.

Phase 4 will outline a safe return to competition. Returning to competition is secondary to the return to training, there will be new and/or revised guidelines to follow as more information is received. The final phase of the framework will be post-pandemic; again, we will receive information from our Government Officials and Swimming Canada on what this may look like when the time is right.

It will be important to keep the following in mind:

  • Everyone must comply with the Nova Scotia Health Protection Act Order and Public Health directives
  • Insurance coverage is dependent upon following all Swim Nova Scotia directives
  • We will lose this return to swimming activity privilege if you do not obey the law. Negligent actions may set our community back – please adhere to all directives

For the remainder of the 2019-2020 swim-season (membership expiration August 31, 2020):

  • If your Club is interested in organizing pool or open water training for your membership, please complete the appropriate Club Plan form(s) as outlined in the attached Club Instructions excel file (when you open the file, please ensure you carefully read the instructions outlined in the first worksheet on the far left) and submit your Club Form to Swim Nova Scotia for review/approval when you are ready (review/approval may take up to three days). Assumption of Risk and COVID-19 Declaration of Compliance Forms (attached) must be received at the Provincial level (Coaches, Volunteers & Swimmers). Additional resources are also included in the attached excel file to help support your Club:
      • Overview Nova Scotia Health and Safety Requirements
      • Sample Open Water Checklist
      • Sample Swimmer & Parent Checklist
      • Sample Daily Screening Record
      • Sample Daily Health Monitoring Checklist

Clubs MUST be approved by Swim Nova Scotia before beginning any group training in-person. Clubs will only be approved for Phase 1; they will be required to re-apply for Phase 2 based on new information/requirements.

  • Clubs will not be approved to resume before June 22nd, 2020; however, Club Forms will be accepted starting the week of June 15th for review and approval
  • If your Club has made the decision to be inactive for the remainder of this season, that is no problem at all. You will be required to begin in Phase 1 and follow the training requirements that are outlined when your Club resumes operations next season. Modifications may be made to Phase 1 based on Public Health Officials, this information will be shared if necessary and when available.

2020-2021 Swim-Season:

  • Registration information will be circulated by the end of June. Club registration is tentatively set to begin the week of September 8th, Swimming Canada’s Registration database will be shutdown August 24thfor scheduled maintenance and system upgrades.
  • The Club Affiliation and Registration process will be the same as it has been in previous years; the Assumption of Risk may be built into Swimming Canada’s Registration database next season and will be a registration requirement. The COVID-19 Declaration will be an electronic copy.

Please reach out with any questions you may have.

Bette

“I know many people are excited and anxious about businesses reopening or getting back to work. Our business community has done a tremendous job to prepare.  We’re in this together and all of the planning will only work if everyone co-operates. Please remember that COVID-19 is still here, and we all need to be cautious and safe. -Dr. Strang

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 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