Together We Keep Each Other Safe and Healthy. By participating in the program, your family and your diver agree to abide by social distancing and practice guidelines required by the Parklawn Piranhas Dive Team. You need to follow the rules even if you personally do not feel like they are necessary to keep you and your family safe or even if you have a different risk tolerance. We are a Dive team family, and we are trying to keep our entire community as safe as possible. Our team wins dive meets when we work together and all of our Piranhas dive well. This summer, it means that we must work together to navigate this new environment and keep each other safe and healthy.

But we cannot eliminate the health risks associated with group activities as much as we wish that would be the case. Each family and diver participate at their own risk. Neither the coaches nor parent volunteers (including dive team leadership) will monitor or enforce the guidelines at practices. Rather the divers and parents must do so.

Our coaches and our parent volunteers cannot prevent you or your children from becoming exposed to, contracting, or spreading COVID-19 while participating in our program this year. Coaches and parent volunteers will not clean the facilities or the bathroom before, during or after each practice. Our coaches will focus on coaching your divers and are not responsible for monitoring or enforcing social distancing guidelines. If you have any concerns or an unwillingness to adhere to these guidelines, do not participate.

Your Diver Must Be Independent and Able to Follow the Guidelines. Your diver must be a self-starter: able to line up, go to their designated diving location, follow direction for drills for 45 minutes and then exit the pool deck independently. They must come to practice ready to dive. If your diver is not capable of consistently meeting these requirements, please do not register your diver. Parents will not be walking their diver(s) to the pool deck. There is no age requirement though your child must be able to swim. If you are a Dowden pool member please confirm your child passed a swim test at your pool indicating that your child is able to swim unassisted in a deep end diving well.

Each Day. Before each practice, make sure:

1. Your diver uses the bathroom at home before coming. (This reminder is a little bit more important for our 7 year olds than our 16 year olds!). Bathrooms are not available except for a true emergency.

2. Your diver brings a bag/backpack, pre-filled water bottle, and towel. Your diver has his/her own hand sanitizer or alcohol/disinfecting wipes.

3. Your diver wears a mask when they line up to enter the pool.

4. Your diver arrives at least 10 minutes earlier than the practice start time to allow for sufficient time to complete the check-in process.

Arrival Procedure. Your diver will arrive with a mask ON and the mask should cover their nose and mouth. If you are waiting with your diver before the pool gate opens, you too must wear a mask. A parent volunteer and/or coach will check your child in and conduct an oral health screen by asking whether they have any symptoms. We plan to post the health screening questions and have the divers review them, rather than requiring each family/diver to complete a form every day on-line or in-person. We also plan to check temperatures using a contactless thermometer provided a parent volunteer is available.

The volunteer will instruct your diver to walk to their designated space. We will have designated spaces for each child – 6 feet apart. We plan to use hula hoops to mark the individual areas provided they arrive in time! This will be the space where they can put their bag and other personal belongings etc.

It is important that both you and your child understand how to safely enter and exit practice. For swim team, kids check in through the back gate where they wait until the group before them clears the deck.  They exit through the main front gate.  Since all of the swim team kids pass the diving well on their way to their spots, they will come in before the dive team kids.  There are only 12-15 swim team kids each hour, so no one waits long for entry.

See the link to the video from another pool that explains the procedure: this video with your child before the first day of practice.

Swim bags and any equipment/personal belongings must be placed 6 feet apart at the designated areas.

The coaches will have a list of divers for each practice. If your diver is not on the list, your diver cannot attend practice or be in the pool area. No exceptions.