Nation’s Capital Swim Club, the biggest club swimming team in the United States, has released a “Standard Operating Procedures” document that outlines the protocols it will follow once their swimmers are able to return to the pool.
Located in Bethesda, Maryland, state officials have yet to include any confirmation on when gyms or pools can reopen, though NCAP CEO Tom Ugast told club members that he is “confident that we will be back in the pool soon.”
NCAP’s plan does, however, have a few notable requirements we haven’t seen from every club.
Coaches will be required to wear masks and gloves during practice at all times, and athletes are to do the same other than when they’re swimming. USA Swimming’s guidelines do suggest PPE as a preventative measure, but it is not required.
Another measure taken by the club is that the coaches will conduct temperature tests on the athletes prior to entering the facility. Any swimmer who registers a temperature above 100.4 degrees won’t be permitted to practice and will be sent home. This isn’t standard practice, but has been implemented by some other teams, including Texas Ford Aquatics.
While the club doesn’t outline how many athletes will be permitted per lane, it does follow other standard procedures we’ve seen across the country, including having a one-way entrance and one-way exit, a 20-minute window in between practices when common areas will be disinfected, and a full clean of the facility once practices are wrapped up for the day.
Should a swimmer or coach test positive for COVID-19, the facility will be shut down for a minimum of 24 hours for deep cleaning.
NCAP, who currently operates out of 15 pools across the D.C. area with close to 2,000 members, won its sixth-straight USA Swimming Club Excellence Program Honor in December, indicating prolonged success for its 18 & under athletes.
NCAP is home to USA Swimming National Team member Phoebe Bacon, as well as National Junior Team members Paige McKenna, Chase Travis, and Claire Nguyen. Multi-time Olympic and World Champion Katie Ledecky also represents NCAP at most domestic competitions despite currently training at Stanford University.