We are going through an unprecedented time as we work together to suppress the COVID-19 Pandemic. At Swimming Victoria we are working hard to support our clubs during this time while also making sure the sport is ready and better than ever when the pools open again. We will continually update the resources below to help your club committee through this challenging time. Please check back to this page regularly as the situation evolves.
The Victorian Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) releases an update daily on the current situation. These can be accessed here. All clubs are now encouraged to consider new ways of operating and delivering services to their members. Please see the resources below to help you achieve this.
- Club Webinars
- Club Support
- Competition Advice
- Member Advice
- Coach Resources
- COVID-19 Return to Pool Information & Templates
Swimming Victoria is releasing a series of webinars to help club committees through this challenging time. Clubs are encouraged to sign up to the webinar as they are available to registered individuals after the actual session time as an ongoing resource.
Returning to sport update - 28 May
Previous Webinars can be accessed via signing up for a free account and searching for Swimming Victoria here https://my.webinarninja.com/webinar-finder
Swimming Victoria is currently planning for two scenarios.
1. Planning the season as normal to commence August with Metro SC Competition
2. Planning an alternate calendar with the Competitions Committee in case we can’t commence in August.
Competitions Committee Update (23-04-2020)
The Competitions and Pathways Committee would like to advise that preparations to commence the 20/21 competition season as planned from the 1st July will still continue. A calendar of current scheduled dates can be found here.
The Committee have held discussions regarding potential changes to the 2020/21 Competition calendar, particularly the Short Course season should the covid-19 pandemic continue to interrupt plans. The Committee will reconvene once further Victorian Government advice is provided on the 11th May, to continue these discussions.
Virtual competitions were considered as an alternate solution and will be discussed further during the May meeting should there be no change to the availability of pools or training in the foreseeable future.
We would encourage clubs to plan as normal for the 1st June at this stage. However clubs are reminded that they may need to cancel at any point and to be agile in the current time. Further advice will be provided after the Competitions Committee have met.
Clubs are encouraged to maintain regular contact with their members directly and via their coaches.
At the current time it is important to keep the club atmosphere alive and continue to build on that sense of community.
Swimming Victoria are working on resources to help guide clubs through this via a virtual environment and these will be posted above via the webinars and support section.
Swimming Victoria has now released their framework for the return of swimming in club Environments. To view the document, please click on the following link:
The following templates are available to be used by Club's and Coaches to assist with their preparation to return to the pool. All templates can be copied to a Club letterhead to form part of the Clubs COVID-19 Return to the Pool Processes. Clubs can choose to use all or some of these guides but must always abide by the governments current regulations.
The advice and information in these guidelines and associated templates are of a general nature only. They do not constitute legal or other professional advice and ought not be relied upon without seeking specific advice applicable to your circumstances.