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Tsunami 2020 Training Groups

Posted by Kigoos Swim Club at Sep 30, 2020 3:52PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

Dust off your swim bags! Our Tsunami season is about to begin…

Coach Mike and his team are very excited to see all our Kigoos back to the pool this weekend! Attached to this email is your swimmers training group assignment and swim times.

Swimmer are reminded of key swimming protocols from our Return to Swim Plan:

• Swimmers/Guardians MUST complete the online Health Screening and Declaration linked to our website (www.kigoos.com) before each practice. Any swimmer who feels ill in any way, or is specifically experiencing key symptoms of COVID-19 will not be permitted to attend practice.

• Once in the pool, coaches will assign swimmers a physically distanced “home base” for their start/stop/rest/coaches feedback. There will be markers (cones/flags) provided so swimmers in the middle know where to stop

• If a swimmer is unable to follow the proper social distancing procedures after reminders from a coach, the coach has the discretion to ask the swimmer to leave the practice and be picked up immediately by their parent/guardian

• Swimmers are to bring their own personal equipment to training sessions (kick boards, pull buoys, fins). Equipment will not be shared.

• Swimmers should come prepared with a pre-filled water bottle.

• All swimmers must wear googles, and swim caps are strongly encourage.

DROP OFF/PICK UP PROCEDURES:

• Only swimmers and coaches will be allowed in the swimming environment –parents/guardians are encouraged to “drop and go” and/or wait in their vehicles

• Swimmers should arrive at the facility no earlier than 5 minutes before the start of the scheduled practice. Late arrival admission will be at the discretion of the coach. Arriving after the start of practice does not guarantee entrance into the practice area

• Upon completion of practice, swimmers will collect their belongings and exit the pool immediately according to facility traffic flow. Swimmers are STRONGLY DISCOURAGED from showering/changing after practice.

• Parents must be ready to pick up swimmers at the designated finish of the practice. Coaches will not supervise the pick-up area. Parents are reminded to maintain social distancing while waiting for swimmers, and are encouraged to wear face masks if social distancing is difficult. Gathering in large groups at the facility entrance will not be allowed.

We can’t wait to see you at the pool!

Kigoos Board of Directors

The document Tsunami_2020_Groups_and_Schedule.pdf was attached to this post.

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Return to Swim Plan - Watermania

Posted by Kigoos Swim Club at Sep 28, 2020 1:33PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

Hello Tsunami and Masters Swimmers!

We are very pleased to provide you our Return to Swim plan for Watermania. Many of the details remain consistent with our health and safety protocols from our summer season. We ask that all families carefully review this plan with their swimmers. Please refer to Appendix A for flow of traffic for Watermania.

Welcome back to the pool to our Masters swimmers! Coach Michael is looking forward to setting the pace for your winter workouts. Please download and print off a copy of the BCSSA waiver form and return this to Coach Michael at your first practice. Form is attached to this email.

Any person who chooses to participate as a member of the Richmond Kigoos must follow these rules:
• Swimmers/Guardians MUST complete the online Health Screening and Declaration linked to our website (www.kigoos.com) before each practice. Any swimmer who feels ill in any way, or is specifically experiencing key symptoms of COVID-19 will not be permitted to attend practice.
• If you have travelled outside of Canada, you are not permitted at practice until you have self-isolated for 14 days;
• If you live in a household with someone who has a confirmed case of COVID-19 or live in a household where someone is displaying key symptoms of COVID-19, you must stay home;
• Please wear your suit to practice – no changing at the pool;
• Sanitize your hands upon entry to Watermania facility, and shower before entering the pool using showers located on the pool deck or changerooms;
• Bring your own equipment, water bottle, face mask, and hand sanitizer;
• Swimmers are encouraged to wear a face mask while entering or exiting the building
• Swimmers must comply with physical distancing measures at all times, including avoiding physical contact with others (shaking hands and high fives);

DROP OFF/PICK UP PROCEDURES:
• Only swimmers and coaches will be allowed in the swimming environment –parents/guardians are encouraged to “drop and go” and/or wait in their vehicles
• Swimmers should arrive at the facility no earlier than 5 minutes before the start of the scheduled practice. Late arrival admission will be at the discretion of the coach. Arriving after the start of practice does not guarantee entrance into the practice area
• Upon completion of practice, swimmers will collect their belongings and exit the pool immediately according to facility traffic flow. Swimmers are STRONGLY DISCOURAGED from showering/changing after practice.
• Parents must be ready to pick up swimmers at the designated finish of the practice. Coaches will not supervise the pick-up area. Parents are reminded to maintain social distancing while waiting for swimmers, and are encouraged to wear face masks if social distancing is difficult. Gathering in large groups at the facility entrance will not be allowed

If you have any questions or concerns regarding our Return to Swim plan or the above information, please contact Richard Buckley (president@kigoos.com).

Stay safe and well,
Kigoos Board of Directors.

The document Kigoos_Return_to_Swim_Watermania.pdf was attached to this post.

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NOW OPEN! Tsunami 2020 Registration

Posted by Kigoos Swim Club at Sep 23, 2020 5:57PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

Welcome back Kigoos!

The Richmond Kigoos are happy to launch our 2020 Tsunami Season. Our winter Tsunami maintenance program will be split into two separate registrations: October to December 2020 and January to April 2021. Registrations will be limited due to COVID social distancing requirements. Our initial October registration fee of $150 will include your BCSSA insurance fee and Kigoos swim cap. Practices will focus on technical improvement and endurance training.

Unfortunately, due to COVID restrictions we will not be able to offer a Junior Development or Tater Tot program. All swimmers must be able to STRONGLY swim 25 meters unaided. Our revised Watermania Return to Swim Plan will be posted to our Kigoos website shortly. Additional participation agreements and waivers will be sent to registered swimmers.

http://www.kigoos.com/swim/6984/programs

REGISTRATION INFORMATION

In order for the club and coaches to properly plan for this season, we are asking for a general all ages/all training group registration process. After registration is complete, coaches will determine training groups and times.

Currently, our proposed Tsunami practice schedule is as follows:

October 3rd – December 13th
Saturday and Sunday
4:00 – 5:00pm
5:00 – 6:00pm
6:00 – 7:00pm
7:00 – 8:00pm

  • Practice times are approximate and may be adjusted.

Currently, our proposed Masters practice schedule is as follows:

September 29th – December 17th
Tuesday and Thursday
8:00 – 9:00pm

Masters (Twice per week) – $160
Masters (Once per week) – $100

NOTE:
• We will be utilizing 8 lanes, 3 swimmers per lane.
• Best efforts will be made to keep siblings together.
• Earlier practice times will be allotted to younger swimmers.
• Daily Health Declaration must be completed by each swimmer before each practice.
• All registration fees are non-refundable after the beginning of our Tsunami season.

Thank you to our swimmers and families for joining us for our Tsunami and Masters season!
Kigoos Board of Directors.

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Tsunami 2020 & Coaching Opportunities

Posted by Kigoos Swim Club at Sep 21, 2020 8:02AM PDT ( 0 Comments )

Welcome back Kigoos!

Online Registration will open shortly for our Tsunami winter maintenance program. Tsunami practices will be held at Watermania with our usual Saturday and Sunday evening slots beginning October 3rd. We will split Tsunami into two separate registrations: October to December and January to April. Registrations will be limited due to COVID social distancing requirements. More details and a registration link to follow very soon.

We will also be able to welcome back Masters swimmers at Watermania on Tuesday and Thursday nights 8-9PM.

At this time we are asking all aspiring coaches who are interested in a position with the Kigoos to email their resume, by noon on Tuesday, September, 22nd to our Hiring Committee via vp@kigoos.com. Preference will be given to candidates who have current NLS and CPR-C qualifications, as well as any coaching courses including Swimming 101.

Currently, due to COVID restrictions, our return to swim plan still does not allow JD’s to participate. As such, we may not be able to utilize any CIT’s at this time; however, we are hopeful that restrictions will be relaxed as the season goes on. Interested swimmers can email their resume to vp@kigoos.com for potential coaching opportunities at a later date.

Finally, as we continue to navigate through this new COVID norm, we ask that everybody, please think about what they can do to support the club with volunteer (socially distanced) hours that we must accrue in order to be eligible for the gaming grant. Please email Jamie G. at volunteers@kigoos.com with any general ideas.

Stay safe and well,
Richard Buckley
President

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September 4th, 2020

Dear Kigoos,

The past seven weeks have flown by and with the 2020 summer season now behind us, I want to thank everyone who helped make this special season a success!

To me, a summer without swimming is unheard of, so at the beginning of the pandemic one of my very first thoughts was, “But what about the swim season!?” While it seemed unlikely that we would be able to get in the water this summer, I am so grateful that despite all of the uncertainty going on in the world, we still had the opportunity to safely come together as a team to enjoy the sport of swimming.

From start to finish it was apparent that the entire club shared my feelings of appreciation to be back at the pool, as the atmosphere at every practice was extremely positive. The swimmers attended practice wanting to learn, eager to work hard, and most of all excited to swim. It was so rewarding to be a part of a program where everyone was just happy to be involved.

While seven weeks is an extremely short season, I am thrilled with the level of enjoyment that was shared by all, in addition to the progress that we made in this time. The limited pool time compelled both the swimmers and the coaches to make the most out of every practice, which led to some great improvements in both technique and fitness. The new challenges of running our program even led to some great adjustments and gave every swimmer the opportunity to learn from all the members of the coaching staff.

The last day of the season summed up the positivity that was shared by the club all summer. Many swimmers achieved great times and some even swam to significant best times despite the limited time spent in the pool this summer. (If you are interested in your swimmer’s times please contact me and I would be happy to share.) Seeing all of the swimmers cheer each other on and enjoy the opportunity to race and have fun was a great way to end the season!

To the coaches, members of the board, parents and swimmers, thank you so much for a great season! Best wishes for a healthy and happy fall and I hope to see you all soon.

Sincerely,

Emmy