Connecticut Swimming

Connecticut Swimming Response to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

List of Pools Available for Rental

USA Swimming Pool Schematics (Social Distancing Practice Layout) Updated 07.09.20
USA Swimming LSC Leader Meeting Notes 07.09.20

Town Hall Meeting Highlights - Tuesday, June 9, 2020
  • Meeting Notice for June 9 Town Hall Meeting
  • Letter from General Chair Ellen Johnston announcing meeting, participants, and what to expect.
  • Registration is required. A Zoom link will be sent to registrants only.
State of CT Guidelines for Reopening Pools
Town Hall Meeting Highlights -  May 11, 2020

IMPORTANT! Share Your Voice!
By Jason Paige, RYWC, CSI Senior Committee Chair

  • Please take a moment to reach out to the Governor Lamont’s office and express how essential swimming is to you and your family.  There is the potential that pools will not be permitted to reopen here in CT unless we can draw more attention to how swimming is of great need to every community. 
  • Read this to learn more: Share Your Voice
  • Send the Governor’s office a message to share why we need pools reopened.
  • Reopen Connecticut Advisory Group is a “Panel of Local Health, Business, Workforce, and Education Experts Will Provide Recommendations to the Lamont Administration and Legislative Leaders on COVID-19 Strategy." Start networking -- review the list of panel members for contacts you may know. Share the names with others.

Sign Reopen Connecticut Pools petition.

USA Swimming and Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Webinar The THEN and NOW of Pool Operation and Programming Adaptations presented by Mick and Sue Nelson.

Open Water Swimming: Safety and Training

American Red Cross (ARC) Updated Protocol During Covid-19

UPDATES:

May 11 Update: Team Town Hall Meeting Notice. The meeting will be held Thursday, May 14 at 7:30 pm.

April 21 Update: Letter from General Chair Ellen Johnston regarding the 2020 Long Course Meet Schedule.

April 13 Update: Letter from General Chair Ellen Johnston regarding Phase 1 of CT Swimming Stimulus Program. Phase 1 includes:

  • Immediate House of Delegates Meeting refund to teams in the amount of $200 regardless of attendance.
  • Eligible CSI coaches will receive a CT Swimming Grant of $200.
  • Due to USA Swimming’s insurance coverage of virtual training led by a coach limited to a 1:8 ratio, CT Swimming will provide up to $400 to enable clubs to purchase Club Liability Insurance to cover virtual/remote/online dryland training. 

April 8 Update: Below are links to relief and loan programs offered to small businesses.

March 29 Update: Draft minutes from Board of Directors meeting held on March 26.

March 25 Update: Letter to CSI membership from General Chair Ellen Johnston.

March 17 Update: USA Swimming has cancelled all meets nationwide until April 30.

March 13, 6:30am Update: It has come to our attention that a spectator has tested positive for COVID-19 who was in attendance at the SOCO Age Group Invitational, March 6-8, at Southern CT State University. The infected person was at Saturday finals only and it was for approximately 15 minutes. If you were in attendance, please monitor yourself carefully, follow the guidelines from the CDC and call your family physician with any questions.  At CT Swimming the health and safety of our community is our top priority. Thank you for your cooperation during these uncertain times.

March 12, 3:25pm: USA Swimming strongly recommends all LSCs cancel sanctioned meets for 30 day. CT Swimming will follow this recommendation and all meets are cancelled, effective immediately, for the next 30 days.

March 11, 3:35pm: CT Swimming and Chelsea Piers have continued to monitor the latest recommendations from local and state leaders in response to the spread of COVID-19 in Connecticut.  In response to the latest recommendation from the CDC, WHO and government officials on large group events, CT Swimming and Chelsea Piers have made the decision to cancel the 2020 Connecticut Swimming Short Course Age Group Championships this upcoming weekend, which draws over 1,200 athletes, coaches, spectators and additional volunteers from across Connecticut. Please note that all splash fees will be refunded by CT Swimming.

We thank everyone for their patience as we went through this process, it was a difficult decision that was not made lightly.

Anyone who made a reservation at the Stamford Sheraton has until 6:00pm to cancel their reservation without penalty.

March 11, 9:40am Update: CSI and Age Group Championship meet management will meet today at noon. There will be an update following the conclusion of this meeting.
March 10, 7:10pm Update: Upon reviewing CDC guidelines and recent CT government declarations Age Groups Championship will proceed this weekend with the original schedule proposed on the condition that only athletes, coaches, and essential meet staff enter Chelsea Piers Connecticut.  There will be no spectator stands available or viewing area reserved.  We are investigating a live stream to YouTube.  While we understand this situation is not ideal, we wanted to find a way to let the athlete's compete and mitigate the number of people on-site.  We ask that you respect these conditions as they are described.

Information will be distributed in the next 24 hours regarding pick up/drop off as soon as Chelsea Piers works through the logistics.
Thank you for your patience as we navigate uncharted territory.
Please continue to check for updates.

March 10, 1:40PM Update: A conference call including Meet Management, Program Operations, Safe Sport, and General Chair recently concluded regarding the Age Group Championship meet.
  • As of now, the AG Championship will run as scheduled. Continue to check for updates.
  • CSI is aware of the unfortunate cancellation of the pending CIAC meets. After much discussion, it was decided that CSI cannot accommodate any additional entries.
  • Meet management continues to plan and work out the logistics to make this the best possible championship it can be under the circumstances.
  • CSI is will continue to stay on top of information released by the venue, local and federal governments.
  • The safety of our membership is of the utmost importance. All decisions and planning are with that forefront in our minds.
  •  Updates will be posted on ctswim.org.

03.06.20 Update to Connecticut Swimming Response to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): Below is a summary of venues and their COVID-19 statements for the remainder of March CSI sanctioned meets.

Wesleyan University (Senior Invite currently in progress; WHAT March 12-15; RYWC March 20-22)
Contact: Rachel Ludwig rludwig@wesleyan.edu
Web Link: https://www.wesleyan.edu/healthservices/coronavirus/https://www.wesleyan.edu/healthservices/coronavirus/
           Events  Wesleyan will cancel visits by guests from abroad and/or states that have declared emergencies related to COVID-19.
Notes: Wesleyan University has informed CSI that swimmers from states that have COVID-19 declared emergencies will not be permitted on Wesleyan's campus. Wesleyan University has also notified Meet Directors.

Southern CT State University (SOCO Invitational currently in progress)
Contact: Tim Quill quillt6@gmail.com
Web Link: https://inside.southernct.edu/coronavirus
Notes: None

Chelsea Piers - CT (CPAC March 7 and CSI March 12-15)
Contact: Jaime Barone: baronej@chelseapiersct.com
Web Link: https://www.chelseapiersct.com/updates/
Notes: None

03.05.20 Connecticut Swimming Response to the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): Connecticut Swimming (CSI) continues to monitor the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) and will utilize the recommendations and guidance of government agencies and public health departments in responding to situations for the meets hosted by the Local Swim Committee. As of now, CSI will host its normal schedule of events. Any changes to meet schedules will be communicated by meet leadership. CSI will take the appropriate precautions recommended by the State of Connecticut and Centers for Disease Control to ensure the safety of our athletes and spectators. Similarly, safety measures at swim meets will follow the practices implemented by the organizations responsible for the facility and as directed by the local health agency. Safety of our athletes and all meet participants is, as always, a priority. The latest information about COVID-19, including prevention & treatment guidance, can be found at: