Back-to-Swim: Update 3rd June

We hope this message finds you safe and well. It’s been a strange few months, to say the least, as a swimming community. We have had to adapt our normal routines and activities in order to prioritize the health and well-being of all Capetonians. Thank you for the part you have played in this effort, as a nation we have shown we can be resourceful and compassionate. As our province and sport moves to re-open, we have been advised to start the process to enable swimmers and coaches to get exercise permits. Swimming South Africa has appointed a compliance officer and we will be taking direction from Anton Jordaan.

Message from WCA and Swim SA

While we wait for the “all clear” from SwimSA and the respective sources, we still need to get a few things sorted on our end. The coaches had a meeting with both Lluwellyn Coetzee (President of WCA) and Alan Fritz (President of SwimSA). Alan gave us a guideline of things that need to be completed on his end – talking with government – but also gave us a clear view of what the members of SwimSA need to do.

Step 1: Register with SwimSA

  • The registration form that was sent out a while back is how you register with both the club, district, province and SwimSA. We will process those once your payment has been made.

One of the things Alan mentioned was being registered with SwimSA means that the government would issue permits that allow you, as a registered member, to start training again once we receive the “ok” from them. Remember that you must be registered to swim galas so let us get ahead of everything!

Step 2: Start taking your temperature every day

How we train and do things are going to be very different no matter how things turn out. One of the things we are going to have to start doing is not only taking your heart rate every morning – yes, you should be doing that – but also your temperature. We recommend that you start by making a logbook. Logbooks are an awesome tool to reflect on past seasons and are a way to see how you can improve. These now have the added benefit of having your temperature AND heart rate every day!

Step 3: Academics, academics and academics

At the end of the day, you are all student-athletes. Students first, athletes second. Academics will play an important role in your life and regardless of where you want to swim one of the first questions asked will be: “What do your academics look like?”

Step 4: Dryland

When this all started, we said get your dryland routine going. Some of you went above and beyond (Tai probably holds the club record for skipping and Wikus with the worst dive). This is even more important now as we head into the reopening of training and making sure that your limbs are ready. Doing strength work and stretching to make sure you don’t get knee or shoulder injuries when we go back is key. If you are unsure of what you should be doing, drop one of the coaches a message!

Rules and Regulations

As things start to open around the country we must remember that we are held accountable by our federation and what rules and regulations they implement. We had a very clear message about doing things too early: https://youtu.be/gdrjatzb19k . We at Vineyard want to get back into the water just as badly as everyone else, but we need to make sure we follow the rules and regulations set out by Government, SwimSA and at our training venues.

We all have a role to play going forward. Keep those academics high, those jump squats higher and we will see you soon.

May the force be with you

No swimming, No training

Lluwellyn Coetzee (President of WCA) and Alan Fritz (President of Swim SA)

Meet the Presidents

The President of Swimming SA (Alan Fritz) and President of Western Cape Aquatics (Lluwellyn Coetzee) address the WC Club Coaches on the current status of competitive swimming in this province. 2nd June 2020