News and Announcements


Now that BC is well into Phase 2 of our Covid-19 Emergency Plan, municipalities are considering the feasibility of reopening both indoor and outdoor pools. If BCSSA clubs wish to be considered to train within these facilities again, you must put together a “Return to Swim” plan focused on your own club activities and individual facilities.

BCSSA has put together a Guidelines Workbook for clubs as they are developing their own plans and procedures for keeping your swimmers, coaches, and families safe.

The document is linked at the bottom of this post.

We are also hosting a workshop on Thursday June 11, 6:30 PM, for club reps that want to review this document with us, or to clarify anything about this process. We will do our best to answer questions or to guide you in the right direction.

Register in advance for this workshop:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

BCSSA Return to Swimming & Aquatic Sports Guidelines & Workbook:

The re-opening of pools in B.C....

Posted by BCSSA Office at May 23, 2020 8:11PM PDT ( 0 Comments )

We are all anxiously awaiting the re-opening of pools across B.C.

There is an official process underway in partnership with BC’s municipalities and cities, public and private facilities, the Lifesaving Society and Swim BC, as well as BCSSA. We support this official process which follows the BC Public Health Officer’s Guidelines and will best ensure the health and safety of our athletes, coaches, volunteers and officials.

There is a process for pool re-openings and this process has been underway for several weeks now.

We were recently made aware that an online petition is being circulated among aquatic groups and facilities requesting that indoor and outdoor public swimming pools be open. This petition may or may not include the BCSSA logo, which may seem like our organization is the source behind it.

Please be advised that BCSSA does NOT endorse nor support this recent petition. We respectfully ask all those associated with BCSSA in any way to please not endorses, forward or share this petition.

We are committed to the health and safety of our athletes, families and all community members and will only proceed with pool opening in a way that is consistent with BC Public Health Guidelines.

We must ensure that there are safe processes in place for:

  • Protecting the employees at the facility with appropriate PPE, physical barriers, etc.
  • Establishing human resource policies that are compliant with workplace health and safety regulations, and labour codes
  • Establishing measures to avoid crowds gathering or long waiting times such as reservation systems
  • Determining the ideal occupancy rate in change rooms to allow for physical distancing to maintained
  • Establishing proper cleaning and disinfecting routines for common surfaces such as diving boards, water slides, hand railings, PFDs, sinks, toilets, etc.
  • Ensuring employees are trained in first aid and lifesaving techniques and procedures in a Covid-19 world
  • and more

Please rest assured that all of these are being considered and being planned for.

A safe return to sport is in the works with many areas hoping to have at least some of their outdoor facilities open for limited use before the summer is over.

I encourage you to view the documents shared in our last announcement regarding BC’s Return to Sport plan, if you wish to have more detailed information.


Check out next week’s Covid Cup programs…

Monday – ZUMBA cardio workout

Tuesday – Kids Class – The Importance of multi-sport participation

Wednesday: Core Strength Circuit

Thursday: Coaches Corner – Developing a Coaching Philosophy

IF YOU REGISTER WITHIN 12 HOURS of a workshop… please contact BCSSA directly at in order to ensure you get sent the login information in time. Thank you!


BC Government announces it’s “Go Forward Strategy”… key steps to safely operating your business or organization and reducing Covid-19 Transmission.

This document sets out the core measures for Government and sector partners to think through and plan for business and institutional resumption based on a sector analysis through its multiple ministries and sectoral partnership tables. .. read the full document here:

Also available is a document released by ViaSport outlining the Frequently Asked Questions about British Columbia’s Return to Sport.

This document includes information about the directive from the provincial government as well as considerations for those of us developing our club-specific plans for this upcoming season and beyond… read the full document here:


This week’s challenge…

Share your craziest, best talent with BCSSA and you could win the coveted COVID SWIM CAP!