Returning to the pool while adhering to social distancing guidelines is going well for Georgia-based club team SwimAtlanta through two days of practice, coach Chris Davis told SwimSwam.
Coaches are running workouts from 6 a.m. to about 8 a.m. Swimmers enter and exit the facility through different doors, and must arrive at practice already dressed to get in the water. They have about five minutes to leave the facility after practice ends.
The locker room and weight room are not available for use, and the swimmers all have their own in-water equipment, so contamination through sharing gear is not a concern.
SwimAtlanta can have as many as 48 swimmers per practice at its long course Sugarloaf location, Davis said. USA Swimming’s guidelines for teams released earlier this month demonstrate how to safely host as many as 60 swimmers in a 10-lane long course pool.
Davis added that having swimmers do doubles is not an option at this point, as the pool is in use all day as it is, but that he could see using open water swims as a potential option to fit in extra workouts.
Georgia’s pools officially reopened on Thursday after Governor Brian Kemp let the order to close them expire. In the state, public pools can reopen with 10 or fewer people (which is the state’s new policy for most businesses and government venues). The only exception is if more than 10 people can be accommodated with at least six feet of space.
Dynamo Swim Club, one of the United States’ largest teams, also returned to training Thursday in Georgia.