Dear Swimmers & Parents

Both the Northern Ireland Executive and Irish Government have recently made announcements around the relaxation of COVID restrictions over coming weeks and months.  In response, Swim Ireland have prepared a Return to Water Roadmap for 2021, and I have attached a copy below for information.  

We will start to review our own safety plans and re-engage our COVID officers over coming weeks in anticipation of a return to the water, however as you will see in the roadmap there are a number of important stages between now and the anticipated start of the 2021/22 season at the beginning of September:

Outdoor Training: can commence from Monday 12th April 2021;

Indoor Training: exact dates to be confirmed but anticipated May 2021, and it is hoped that this will include Swimming Lessons, Water Polo Team/Ball skills and Club Swimming/Diving;

Contact Training: exact dates to be confirmed but anticipated June 2021 when government measures allow contact training to resume;

Return to Competition: exact dates to be confirmed but anticipated at least four weeks after training resumes, and with an emphasis on celebrating being back in the water;

Relax, Refresh & Recharge: whilst it will remain up to each individual club to decide on the timing, Swim Ireland are recommending at least two weeks off prior to the new season. 

As the Executive makes further announcements over coming weeks, some of the dates will become more precise and I will update further based on that guidance and further information received from Swim Ireland in due course.

If there are any COVID related queries at any stage please do not hesitate to contact our Lead COVID Officer at the dedicated e-mail address: [email protected]

Paul McQuillan

Lead COVID Officer, 12th April 2021

 


 

Dear Swimmers & Parents

In preparation for our return to the water we will circulate all COVID related protocols, information and updates via our Team Unify Notifications and through our Squad Reps. We equally appreciate however that having a central reference point to capture all such information for Swimmers and Parents alike will be important, and with this in mind we will also ensure that all information and documentation will be captured within this section on the Website. 

Pathway out of Restrictions

Following on from the launch of the Executive's Pathway out of Restrictions we do now have some visibility of the anticipated phasing of our return to the water. Whilst at the moment we remain in Phase 1 of the Pathway, it is expected that Leisure Centres and all indoor sports facilities will reopen (including swimming pools and gyms) during Phase 3. The Executive's first review of the Pathway is on 16th March, and we will update further after that review when we would hope to get some indicative timetable towards the first move up through the Phases. 

As timings become clearer we will continue to work closely with the Leisureplex, Swim Ireland and Swim Ulster to ensure that we are working within the guidelines in place to make our return to the water as safe and secure as possible.

Self Reporting Form

You will remember from our return to the water last year that all swimmers, coaches and parents-on-duty had to complete a self reporting assesment before each session.  The self assessment form must be completed no more than 12 hours before training, and this quick and easy process was an important step in ensuring that we continued to comply with our COVID protocols througout.  We anticipate that we will use the same process again, and whilst we are a little time away from being back in the water this would perhaps be a good opportunity to make sure that everyone still has the form easily accessible on their computer and/or smart device.

https://covid.oqlist.co.uk/register/intro?clubname=Lisburn%20Swimming

If there are any COVID related queries at any stage please do not hesitate to contact our Lead COVID Officer at the dedicated e-mail address: [email protected]

Paul McQuillan

Lead COVID Officer, 6th March 2021