Category: General Info

Level X Event – Sunday 13th July

Sunday 13th June

Level X event (as part of your / your child’s normal Sunday training session we will be giving our swimmers the opportunity to swim in this level X time trial.

As part of the risk assessment for this event please can all swimmers & volunteers read and follow the additional requirements that we are to put in place.for everyone s safety. Details below.

1.  Swimmers to keep face covering on when poolside / sat in their changing space

2. Volunteers to wear face covering where 2m+ can not be maintained e.g time keepers.

3.  All volunteers please ensure you have completed the Covid health form (Click link to form)

4.  Swimmers / volunteers, it is warm so please bring more to drink than you think you would normally need.

Good luck everyone swim well…..
Thank you


Congratulations

Congratulations to our newly qualified L1 teaching assistants Holly, Lauren, Phoebe and Tom.

Well done everyone & good luck on your first steps as a swim teachers.


Kingfishers Level X Swimming – Sunday 13th June & Sunday 27th June

Kingfishers Level X Swimming – Sunday 13th June & Sunday 27th June

Top Squad Junior, Senior & Development 5pm – 7pm session

We are running a Level X Swimming time trial this Sunday 13th June & Sunday 27th June all swimmers in the development & top squads will be given the opportunity to race against the clock to achieve a personal best time. Normal swimming will resume at the completion of the level X session. The session will be held under Swim England rules.

The times that any of our CAT 2 competitive swimmers achieve will be uploaded into the Swim England database & County Qualifying times can be achieved. For CAT 1 swimmers your times will only be recorded in the club records & not in the Swim England database.

The first session on Sunday 13th June will allow swimmers to swim the following two events:

  • 100m Butterfly
  • 100m Backstroke

The second session on Sunday 27th June will allow swimmers to swim the following two events:

  • 100m Freestyle
  • 100m Breaststroke

Masters 4pm – 5pm

All masters will also be given the opportunity to swim Level X. The head coach will agree the events with yourselves.

Development sessions 4pm – 5pm

These will be run as normal sessions.

For swimmers looking for qualification times for the 50m events we have entered the Beverley Meet.

If all goes well with the 100m level X events we may try and schedule some more events before the window closes in August.

Volunteer Officials:

We will require all officials (timekeepers) to be at the 4pm session for a briefing & we will run a trial session with the masters.

Please can everyone who has greed o support please confirm that they are still available.

 

Many thanks

Shaun


Update – Beverley County Qualifier (17/07/2021)

Update – Beverley County Qualifier (17/07/2021)

After a few issues/learning opportunities making this meet available through Swim Manager I believe we have now managed to correct our earlier access issues.

Please note all swimmers who have sent their entries to date to Shaun Vasey by email have manually been entered as prior meets.

Entries to date:

1454320 Charles Brown
145431 Harry Brown
1335485 Callie Hammond
963737 Eliza Hammond
1206017 Laila Hammond
1265281 Lucy Milburn
140536 Emily Millican
1145603 Isobel Vasey
1206015 Alicia Walls

Can I ask that all other entries be made using the Swim Manager Portal or through the email link. The new link file should be named

2021 Barracudas’ County Qualifier

The old link should now be closed and not working Barracudas’ County Qualifier

To enter log into your Swim Manager account and go to meets to make your selection. See screen shot below.

 

If you are experiencing any issues please get in touch & I will advise.

The meet will close to entries once full so please don’t delay making your entry as you may end up disappointed.

Many thanks

Shaun Vasey

Kingfishers Open Meet Secretary

 


Return To Swimming 12th April 2021

Parent and Swimmer Information April 2021

Welcome back to our swimmers, parents and carers. Please return to the same sessions you attended prior to lock-down. Just a quick reminder that Monday starts at 6pm; we managed one session at the new time before going into lock-down.

Outlined below is information regarding the procedures that have been put in place to ensure we can continue to have a safe as possible return to the pool. Can all parents / guardians please read through this even if you have done so before and where possible go through with your young person.

The key message across all of the procedures is HANDS FACE SPACE. There is signage in place around Scarborough Sports Village to remind us of this

Our club Covid Lead is Vicky Gough. She can be contacted by email on secretary@kingfishersswimmingclub.org.uk. This is also the email address to use as a point of contact for contact tracing

At each training session there will be a Covid Link person from the Club Committee or bank of DBS cleared volunteers who is monitoring that procedures are followed. All involved in the club have a collective responsibility.

Any problems will be communicated back to the Covid Lead who can address these and communicate where necessary with Everyone Active and the rest of the club.

Further advice on returning to swimming can be found on the Swim England Website here https://www.swimming.org/swimengland/pool-return-guidance-documents/under guidance for users.

Please use the remaining days before returning to the pool to make sure your young person is able to put their hat and googles on independently. Due to transmission risk we are unable to assist in putting on hats / goggles so please help your young person by encouraging them to practice at home. If putting a swim hat on is a struggle, they should arrive with the swim hat on.

Please do not come to a training session if your child (swimmer), yourself, someone in the household or the person taking your child to and from the session is showing any possible symptoms

  • a high temperature –this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
  • a new, continuous cough –this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or three or more coughing episodes in 24 hours
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste.

If any of the symptoms are shown please follow the government guidance on self-isolation.

The Swim England health survey that you completed electronically also includes diarrhea, vomiting and muscle aches (not associated with sport injury)and asks for a period of 7 days after recovery before commencing training.

REMEMBER >>>>>> NO FORM = NO SWIM = NO EXCUSES

Arrival / carpark

Please arrive no more than 10 minutes before your session is due to start. It is the parent / guardian’s responsibility to ensure the young person is safe and following the COVID-19measures while they are outside the building, the club is not responsible at this point.

You are advised to ensure your child / yourself as the swimmer are wearing suitable clothing for the weather as we are unable to allow swimmers in any earlier.

Please also make sure you arrive on time to your session i.e. If swimming at 6pm on Monday arrive between 5.50pm-5.55pm.

We are asking all swimmers to wear a face covering before and after training unless exempt under the government rules (age or medical). Please queue outside the building ensuring you are 2m apart from other swimmers / parents. When it is 5 minutes before a session is due to start, the swimmers will then be directed down to the pool by a member of the committee/volunteer having had their name checked against the list of forms returned

AGAIN A REMINDER>>>>>> NO FORM = NO SWIM = NO EXCUSES

Reception / entrance area

Swimmers then go straight down to the changing village, escorted by Kingfishers coaches or Covid Link personnel, keeping to the left-hand side of the stairs.

If swimmers touch the hand rail going down the stairs they should use the hand sanitizer which is situated at the entrance to the changing village.

Spectators are only allowed for swimmers under 8 years old or if a swimmer has SEND. This should only be 1 parent / guardian per swimmer.

Any problems please contact the Covid Lead. Please ensure social distancing is followed on the balcony. Everyone Active display signage requesting for masks to be worn on the balcony (unless exemptions apply).

Changing village before training

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our young swimmers are reminded to follow social distancing rules and not gather with their friends. Some were starting to do this as soon as parents were out of sight and needed reminders from volunteers. If it becomes a persistent problem, unfortunately they will not be able to attend sessions until they agree to follow the rules.

 

Due to transmission risk, our volunteers and coaches are unable to assist swimmers with putting on their swim hat. If your young person finds this difficult, please ensure they arrive to the session with the hat already on.

When swimmers go poolside they will be guided to an available area on the benches. If a swimmer is wearing a face mask / covering they should keep it on until the last possible moment changing and then place it in a bag (not on the seating).

Arriving beach style ready means having your costume / trunks on underneath your outer clothing. Outer clothing can be removed once in your area on poolside.

Swimmers should ensure that social distancing is followed in the changing village and when moving on poolside. We know our swimmers like to be social and this aspect has always been and always will be, a part of Kingfishers. However, at the moment swimmers should be focusing on changing and getting into the pool and therefore further reducing transmission risk.

During training

Swimmers should use their own equipment and avoid touching others equipment / kit bags. All kit should be named. Wet kit bags will need to be spaced out on poolside.

For some sessions coaches ask for swimmers to take the kit they need out of their wet kitbag and leave the bag where they have changed.

Water bottles should be clearly labelled with swimmer’s name. Water bottles cannot be filled while at the swimming pool so if a swimmer regularly needs to fill up their bottle they are advised to bring a 2nd drink.

Social distancing should be followed in the pool e.g. not all swimmers will be able to move forward and get their drink or equipment at the same time.

If swimming lengths,the first swimmer will get to the wall, all other swimmers should stagger apart down the lane. This will mean that the last swimmer in the lane will not finish their set at the wall.

Coaches and poolside covid link person will remind swimmers.

Changing after training

To minimize risk, we are asking swimmers to towel dry poolside and get dressed over costume / trunks and then shower at home. As soon as possible when drying, swimmers should put on their face mask / covering.

Once beach style changed poolside, we are asking swimmers to meet parents at the fire door to the left of the pool, which is to the left of the bike shed outside

Follow the path down and turn right towards the back of the building (staff car park)

A covid link personnel will support the transition to ensure social distancing is maintained, and all swimmers are collected safely.

We are reminding parents to arrive promptly at the exit point to minimize congestion around the exit door. Please ensure you come to the exit point, we do not have enough volunteers to escort your child to your car / across the car park.

We appreciate that you may want to catch up with friends but please ensure you follow the latest government rules regarding groups / social gatherings.

Coaching team and covid link volunteers will be around to support the transition between areas within the building and also inform of any procedural changes.

Any questions please contact the Covid Lead at secretary@kingfishersswimmingclub.org.uk

Thank you

Vicky Gough – COVID Lead / Secretary

Colin Simmons – Club Chair

Debbie Fox – Covid Link


Important Notice – Back To Swimming Update

Dear Parents/Guardians and Swimmers

I hope you are well and swimmers are ready for a return to the pool!

Following the latest government announcement the club is able to return, at last, on Monday 12th April.  Below is a summary of useful information and a request for completion of health forms (online) as soon as you can please:

:: Restrictions/social distancing still apply as before
:: Masters cannot return until after a further announcement in May
:: Juniors age 17 on 31 August 2020, but now age 18, CAN swim from 12th April
:: Covid-19 Health Screen and Risk Awareness Declaration Forms MUST both be completed before returning
:: Session times and pricing currently unchanged
:: Anyone with an unpaid membership/session fee and no arrangement in place will be unable to swim as they will not be insured
:: Updated Club Guidance Book will be issued later this week
:: Pro-rated billing will resume on 12th April, therafter normal billing on 1st May.

Please find below the link to the Covid-19 Health Screen and Risk Awareness Declaration Forms which we have put online as one form in 2 sections – for completion by swimmers AND volunteers:

:: Complete BOTH forms ASAP – no later than 24 hrs before swimming!
:: Remember to click SUBMIT on the very last page …
:: One form per family, individual Master or volunteer
:: Include all names of those returning now to swim/volunteer
:: If anyone cannot return now, complete the forms later but BEFORE returning
:: If absent anytime due to holiday/illness complete another form BEFORE returning.

NO FORM = NO SWIM = NO EXCEPTIONS

You can access the forms here:

http://bit.ly/HealthForms12April2021

These need to be completed for each swimmer and volunteer. The online form must be completed, as stated above, at least 24 hours before your first session so our volunteer admin team can process it.

If the form has not been received then you/your child will not be allowed entry to the session. Please pay particular attention to the Health Screen section as this advises what to do when illness does occur.

Please ensure your membership and session fees are up to date otherwise your Swim England Membership will not be live and you will not be insured to swim, so entry will be refused, unless you already have an arrangement in place or payment is received. Please email if you have any questions.

April training fees will not appear until 12th April (pro-rated for the month) and normal full month fees will restart on 1st May.  It takes 7 days approximately for direct debits to hit your bank account.  Bank transfers should be done on 12th April and any arrears cleared this week.

You can check your Swim Manager account and invoicing here:

https://kingfscar.swimmanager.co.uk/login

We realize this is to be done with less than a week to go – but I am sure you will appreciate we need to work with the most up to date information from the government and Swim England and in all other respects the club is ready to restart, as our volunteers have been busy during lock down.  We don’t set the rules but we all have to follow them!

The updated guidance booklet for swimmers will be sent via email later this week after a meeting with Everyone Active.

Any other updates and/or changes will be posted via email and in the Facebook Group – so please keep an eye out on both communication streams.

As always, if you have any questions please email myself as Club Secretary and Covid Lead:
secretary@kingfishersswimmingclub.org.uk

For other enquiries see the links below for the relevant contact points.

Thank you again for all your support in 2020 and we look forward to seeing you back in the water in 2021.

Regards

Vicky Gough

Club Secretary and Covid Lead

For assistance please contact:

Swim Manager and Accounts: admin@kingfishersswimmingclub.org.uk
Kingfishers Swimming Club is a registered charity in England No: 1093018.

Swimming Club Update- Re-opening News

Dear All

According to the government roadmap out of the pandemic, pools are due to reopen 12 April. We anticipate restarting on this date. The pool operator will not get the go ahead until the week before. As always you will only pay for the sessions that are offered and your swim manager account will be amended accordingly. Please keep an eye on your email as there will be an updated Covid health form to complete.

This will be sent once we have received confirmation of a start date.

We are all eager to resume some normality and look forward to this being the beginning of the new normal.

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Masters will receive an additional email update as it is expected to be May on the government road map for when masters can return

Any questions please contact the club secretary at  secretary@kingfishersswimmingclub.org uk

 

Vicky Gough
Secretary
Kingfishers Swimming Club


Meet the Committee – Colin Simmons (update)

So, after my omission of a personal picture I thought I would share my winter/summer persona.

Hopefully it won’t be long before you see me with the microphone at one of our galas.

Meet the Committee Series 12 + 1 (superstitious)

Here is the 12th plus 1 and final installment in our Meet the Committee series and we end the series with our Club President

Maureen Dickinson

We hope you have all enjoyed getting to know the committee a little better.

Q: What is your role(s) at the Club?
A: Club President and Swimming teacher
Q: When and why did you join Kingfishers?
A: 1976 when my daughter joined as a junior member
Q: How did you get involved and eventually join the Committee?
A: Sitting in the gallery wasn’t for me so I tackled any task that needed a volunteer, progressing through the ASA, RLSS and STA Teaching and coaching and Judging programs back in the 80’s and 90’s
I always tried to steer clear of joining the Committee because I spent so much of my time poolside, organising, and attending galas and as open water coach I was traveling with the team every weekend during the warmer months. However, when invited to become President of the Club the Privilege and honour was one, I could not refuse.
Q: Are you a swimmer?
A: I can swim and do when possible, had to complete RLSS water tests for teaching purposes and my claim to fame was a Castle Foot swim back in the day
Q: Occupation / favourite pastime / All time heroes?
A: Retired Dental Nurse and Tutor. I am a founder member of the Orthodontic National Group for Dental Nurses.
As a group we had a mountain to climb lobbying parliament to open the dentists act, this allowed us to formulate a career pathway for post qual specialist training, developing exams syllabus and format, for nurses and eventually therapists. I hated retirement I was suddenly without a fight or cause! So I became a volunteer at the hospice the gentle pace suits my new energy levels. Old age has nothing to recommend it apart from a head full of memories
Favourite pastime – after swimming!
Watching athletic sporting events – Open water training and Championship
Heroes after my family!
Mark Spitz, Adrian Moorhouse and more recently Adam Peaty
Q: What annoys you and what makes you happy about Kingfishers Swimming Club?
A: Annoys me? -Takers rather than givers and anyone who is not prepared to walk a year in our volunteers’ shoes.
Makes me Happy? – having the ability to share with and teach a child life changing and lifesaving skills and being a small part of their journey through the ranks of swimmers from beginners to pool-side helpers.
Kingfishers has been a significant part of mine and my family’s life for the past 45 years and has given us so many treasured experiences and memories. Plus the opportunity to work with and meet so many outstanding swimmers and families and forge so many rewarding friendships.

Meet the Committee Series 12

Here is the 12th and penultimate installment in our Meet the Committee series, our club chair

Colin Simmons

Q: What is your role(s) at the Club?
A: I’m very proud to be Club Chair, currently in my 2nd year.
Q: When and why did you join Kingfishers?
A: 2003. I was looking for a swimming club for my daughter Chloe to join and the club was recommended by Ginny Wilkinson, Chloe’s Pre school teacher. Chloe spent 2years as Club Captain.
Q: How did you get involved and eventually join the Committee?
A: Dave Cracknell identified me as a potential timekeeper, my first gig was a friendly gala at Whitby, then Team manager followed by joining the Committee, then various roles within the committee over the years
Q: Are you a swimmer?
A: I can swim, but lets leave it there!
Q: Occupation / favourite pastime / All time hero?
A: Driving Instructor / Sport / Outdoor activities – Fresh Air! / David Bowie / Mohammed Ali
Q: What annoys you and what makes you happy about Kingfishers Swimming Club?
A: I wish that all parents and carers would realise that we are only doing our best and instead of criticising from afar come closer and offer solutions.
Home Galas and club championships, when I see the fun that everyone is having while achieving personal and club goals.