The following document is a recommendation to be considered when returning to training. These are not insurance requirements. USA Diving insurance will continue to operate under the same standards it previously did prior to facilities closing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. USA Diving members will still need to abide by their facility regulations as well as all local, state and federal government mandates. Please remember all Safe Sport and MAAP policies must also be followed.

Post-COVID-19 Return to Practice Plan:

COVID-19 Symptom Assessment of diver and staff:

Symptoms MUST be monitored and recorded daily:

Prior to each practice a signed attestation log and pre-practice temperature check must occur. This will allow all staff, coaches and athletes to pause and self-assess for symptoms, signing that they are free of symptoms.

If symptoms are present, that individual will not be allowed to enter training facility and should remain home following self-quarantine practices. Seek medical attention if warranted.

People with COVID-19 have had a wide range of symptoms reported ranging from mild symptoms to severe illness.

These symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus:

  • Fever (greater than 38 degrees C or 100.4 degrees F)

  • Cough

  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

  • Chills

  • Repeated shaking with chills

  • Muscle and/or Body aches or pain (different than muscle pain following activity)

  • Headache

  • Sore throat

  • New loss of taste or smell

If any symptoms develop or are present. The individual should seek medical attention.

Return to practice should follow the recommendation of the family health care provider and public health. Current recommendation is self-isolation should continue for 10 days since symptoms onset or 72 hours following symptom resolution whichever is longer, but all symptoms must be resolved prior to return to activity. If diagnosed with COVID-19 a note from the individual family healthcare provider is required for return to training.

There is no evidence that the virus that causes COVID-19 can be spread to people through the water in pools, hot tubs, spas, or water play areas. Proper operation and maintenance (including disinfection with chlorine and bromine) of these facilities should inactivate the virus in the water.

While there is ongoing community spread of COVID-19, it is important for individuals as well as owners and operators of these facilities to take steps to ensure health and safety:

  • Everyone should follow local and state guidance that may determine when and how recreational water facilities may operate.

  • Individuals should continue to protect themselves and others at recreational water venues both in and out of the water for example, by practicing social distancing and good hand hygiene.

  • In addition to ensuring water safety and quality, owners and operators of community pools, hot tubs, spas, and water play areas should follow the interim guidance for businesses and employers for cleaning and disinfecting their community facilities.

    **information above provided by CDC, visit www.cdc.gov for more information For additional health information, please check with your state and local health departments websites for current updates on policies for your specific areas. Return to Training:

Phase 1:

Follow public health authorities shelter in place, training facility closure

  • Individual training sessions in your home using your own equipment
  • Virtual coaching/training  
  • Clean all equipment frequently using personal protective equipment as needed
  • Please see our Virtual Training Guidelines
     
 

Phase 2

Follow local public health authorities lifting of shelter in place requirements and re- opening of training facilities. If facilities re-open at this point:

  •  Required:
    • No COVID-19 symptoms in the past 14 days
    • If an athlete/coach/staff has had COVID-19 diagnosed they need a note from their health care provider to return to participation.
    • No carpooling to practice
    • Small groups of under 10 participants including
    • coaches/athletes/staff/lifeguards
    • Rigorous and frequent cleaning schedule before, during and after practice all high touch surfaces (i.e. mats, hand rails, pool decks, warm up and cool down equipment etc.) should be cleaned with appropriate disinfectant
    • Infection prevention measures should be followed during practice and in public
    • Cloth masks should be worn in to/out of the facility and in public spaces
    • Coaches should consider using masks during practice and should establish a 6 foot coaching box to maintain social distancing
    • Have hand sanitizer available
    • Maintain social distancing during practice
      •  Consider dividing athletes between dry land and boards to further maintain social distancing
    • Avoid touching face with hands
      • Chamois should be washed following each practice and not thrown on the pool deck
    • Locker-rooms can be used maintaining social distancing
      • Athletes should not share towels or personal hygiene products (i.e. soap)
    • No use of foam pits or hot tubs
    • Trampoline, harness, dry boards, dryland mats all should be cleaned between each participant and each use
    • Hand sanitizer should be available and used frequently

Phase 3:

Public health authorities allow facilities to re-open without limitation on group size

  • Required:
    •  No signs or symptoms of COVID-19 in the past 14 days
    • If an athlete/coach/staff has had COVID-19 diagnosed they need a note from their health care provider to return to participation.
    • All participants monitor symptoms and continue to sign attestation log
    • No carpooling
    • Continue infection prevention measures
      • No touching face
      • Frequent hand washing
      • Cover mouth during coughing and sneezing
      • Make sure infection prevention supplies are present
    • Normal training group size
    • Return to use of weight room with cleaning of equipment between each individuals use
    • Trampoline, harness, dry boards, dryland mats all should be cleaned between each participant and each use
    • Hand sanitizer should be available and used frequently
    • Dry boards and foam pits may be used, if cleanliness of the foam can be ensured
    • Continue to use own water bottles, chamois, towels, personal hygiene products (i.e.. Soap, deodorant, etc.)
    • Rigorous and frequent cleaning schedule before, during and after practice all high touch surfaces (i.e. mats, hand rails, pool decks, etc.) should be cleaned with appropriate disinfectant
  • Acknowledgement: We would like to thank the multitude of individuals who provided their feedback and insight when creating this document. It went through a significant evolution from its initial conception to final draft. Without the help of these individuals, this document would have been lacking indeed. We are sure this document will continue to receive feedback, and as a living document, we will continue to update the document based upon this feedback and new information as it becomes available. We would like to thank people in advance for their thoughtful guidance on continuing to improve this document.