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Update from SCWC- Alert Level 3

Many of you will have already seen the Government’s advice relating to sport and recreation for Alert Level 3. Unfortunately for swimming (in pools), all facilities will be remaining closed at Alert Level 3.

SCWC remain optimistic that facilities will re-open under Alert Level 2 and swim training will be able to resume albeit in an altered form, however there are no guarantees. As soon as we know what level of pool access and accompanying conditions need to be met at Alert Level 2, we and your coaches will let you know.

Swimming NZ along with the other sporting codes and Recreation New Zealand are working to develop a series of ‘Training Guidelines’ for delivering a training programme at Alert Level 2, and this will include information such as the maximum number of swimmers per lane, options for ensuring the 1m physical distancing requirement is maintained and the need for detailed contact tracing of all people involved.

This ongoing fight against Covid19 will mean that the way clubs and coaches deliver training will not be what it was before the lockdown, and competitions will no doubt also be required to meet strict guidelines.

With this in mind, the SCWC Regional Calendar is currently undergoing some major reworking in order to try to best meet the needs of our swimmers at all levels, while still allowing some flexibility depending on the Government restrictions imposed and our ability to satisfy them. The calendar will be released as soon as it is finalised and we have confirmation from the Government that we will be going to Alert Level 2 (hopefully on the 11th May!), and what that will look like.

We want our swimmers back in the water, having fun and competing in the sport they love, as SAFELY as possible.

For those athletes at National level, Swimming NZ will be making an announcement on Monday 11th  May relating to the status of the postponed Aon NZ Open Championships, the NZ Secondary School Championships in August, and the NZ Short Course Championships in October, and this will be communicated via the SNZ website and via email.

Sport NZ’s Recreation and Sport at Alert Levels 4 & 3 contains clear information on what you can and cannot do at each level for all sports, including a section specific to aquatic sports- please feel free to share this with your athletes.

In the meantime, take care in your bubbles and stay safe.