Swim Team Updates

June 09, 2020


Penguin Families,

We have had a tremendous response to our swim camp, and it is filling up fast! I want to provide some further clarification and details as it pertains to how the camp will be ran and what we need from our swimmers so that we can ensure everybody’s safety. First, I want to clarify that every swimmer attends Mon-Fri (5 days a week). I think there was some confusion on how we are setting up some days in the water and some days doing dry land. I will further explain this below.

The current schedule is set below.

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Later this week we will issue a roster assigning the kids a group number and sub-group. For example, a 9 year old might be assigned Group 3 White. That child will practice in the water Tuesday, Thursday and every other Friday. They would then have dry land practice Monday, Wednesday and every other Friday. The Red Groups will be in the water for practice on the first Friday (June 19th) and the White will be doing dry land that day. We will set the rotation from there and alternate Fridays. If there are any changes to the schedule, an email will be sent out at least a day prior. This schedule will allow us to have no more than 24 kids in the pool and 24 kids out of the pool at a time. Please refrain from sending schedule requests until we have issued the initial assignments. We will do our best to accommodate all those with sibling and carpool needs.

Please have your child come prepared for practice at least 5 minutes before practice. On their water days, please have them already dressed in their suits and caps ready to get it the pool. This will help minimize time on the deck between practices as we will be rotating groups on and off the deck quickly to avoid any capacity issues. On their dryland days, please have them come in comfortable clothes with closed toe shoes on. They will also need to bring a towel to sit/lay on. All athletes should bring their own water bottles to both pool days and dry land days.

When you arrive at the pool, we ask that you try to drop off your child for practice. If you are uncomfortable doing that, you are welcome to stay but it will be limited to 1 parent and we ask that you practice social distancing. The club grounds for the time being has a limited capacity and we need to ensure that we are staying under that limit. Keep in mind that the playground and basketball area is closed and we will not have room to accommodate siblings on the deck during practice time.

Swimmers will line up prior to practice in the yellow rectangle below. We will have coaches or deck marshals out there to meet and supervise the swimmers prior to entering the pool deck. PLEASE DO NOT STOP IN THE RED AREA TO DROP SWIMMERS. Please pull all the way forward in the green area for drop offs. Pick-ups will be done along the red curb on Schooner Lane highlighted in the blue rectangle. We will have monitors in the parking lot to help keep everyone safe. We ask that you always obey all signage and direction from staff.

To aid in keeping traffic as low as possible, we highly encourage the use of carpooling. Please carpool whenever possible.

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For any questions, please direct them to penguins.prez@cabanaclubhb.org or penguins.coach@cabanaclubhb.org. We look forward to seeing everyone’s return to the club and pool!


June 02, 2020

Dear Penguin Families,

I hope this message finds you and all your friends and family healthy and safe! The challenges we have faced in 2020 have been large but we are overcoming them. I wanted to touch base with the team and give you a detailed update of what the plan is for the 2020 Penguin Season.

First, the South Coast Swim Conference recently voted to cancel the formal dual meet schedule. There were several teams who’s HOA’s were not certain of allowing the teams to swim or already canceled their season all together. That coupled with the logistics of social distancing during a meet forced the unfortunate decision. Our hope and plan is to return to a normal dual meet season in 2021.

So, what is going to happen this summer for the Penguins? The Swim Team board, coaches and the Cabana Club staff with the Board of Directors have been hard at work determining what swim activities we could conduct in a safe and organized fashion. The health and safety of our swimmers, coaches and families remains our top priority. That being said, I am pleased to announce that we will be immediately opening up registration for the Penguins 2020 Summer Swim Camp. The camp will run 5 days a week during normal swim team hours from June 15th-July 31st and is open to Cabana Club member only.

If you had already registered for swim team in early March, you need to visit the Penguins Team Unify site again and register for the camp. The camp cost is $175 per swimmer and there is no discount for high school aged swimmers and they must be members of PSCC. If you have already paid for swim team in early March the balance can be credited toward the swim camp or you will be sent an electronic invoice for any balance due.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me or Coach Cory at penguins.prez@cabanaclubhb.org

We will send out more specific details and instruction in the next week but below are a few bullet points on how we plan to practice social distancing to ensure the safety of everyone involved. We have sought the guidance and advice of many agencies and regulatory bodies to come up with our modified practice structure.

  • Practice groups will be limited to 48 kids. 24 in the water and 24 out of the water doing dry land exercises. This will create a situation with 4 kids per lane or 2 at either end of the pool at a time.
  • Swimmers will be assigned either M/W and every other Friday in the water or T/Th and every other Friday in the water.
  • Swimmers will line up in a designated area prior to entering the pool deck at least 5 minutes prior to their start time. We will encourage parents to drop swimmers off for practice as there is limited capacity on the club grounds due to COVID19 social distancing requirements.
  • Fun games, relays and different racing events will be mixed in to keep swimmers engaged and enjoying sometime in the sun and the water.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me or Coach Cory. We will do our best to get back to you with whatever information we have at the time. Please look for more detailed plans and instructions prior to practices starting. For now, please go register as space is limited in each age group and we do anticipate them filling up quickly.

Sincerely,
Kyle Tague
PSST President