Dynamo Swim Club, one of the biggest teams in the United States, will return to practice on Thursday with only senior swimmers.
“After thorough and thoughtful consideration, we are planning to resume modified programming on Thursday, May 14 for our Senior Group swimmers only,” the club, which finished fifth in the 2020 USA Swimming Club Excellence Rankings, wrote in a letter to its membership.
“In accordance with current state/local requirements, USA Swimming guidelines, and with the help of numerous healthcare professionals, our staff has established an initial schedule and safety expectations for our return to the pool. We have been encouraged by epidemiologists to take a conservative approach to resuming swimming activities.”
On Tuesday, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp sent out an executive order that indicated state pools could reopen on Thursday.
The letter outlines what Phase 1 of Dynamo’s reentry will look like without looking too far ahead.
“We envision this to be a multi-phase process as we introduce our members back to the pool,” the club wrote. “The plan we are sharing today will be Phase 1 of our reentry procedures. We will not put a timeline on when we will proceed to Phase 2. Instead, we will evaluate the safety and effectiveness of Phase 1 accordingly and use this information to develop Phase 2.”
Based in Atlanta, Dynamo will only allow senior swimmers to swim in the opening phase for multiple reasons, including keeping facility usage as low as possible and that “Senior level swimmers are capable of socially distancing better than our age group athletes and safety is our primary goal.” The club also identified that age group swimmers can return to “Peak training” quicker than the seniors.
To start out, they will only use one of the multiple pools they have available.
“Phase 1 of our reentry plan will only include the use of the dome at Chamblee, set up for short course yards. The dome will be fully open (regardless of temperature or weather), allowing for maximum air circulation. No other pools within Dynamo facilities will be used during Phase 1.”
The letter sent out by the club also includes the upcoming senior practice schedule, along with a long list of safety and positive test procedures that are consistent with USA Swimming’s guidelines. You can read the full letter here.