The Waves of Westlake [Westlake Village Swim Team-WVST] is committed to promoting a safe, healthy and fun 2020 swim season amidst the current COVID-19 environment.  The WOW Board, coaches and staff are committed to complying with and enforcing all Charles County and Maryland State Department of Health guidelines to reduce the transmission of the COVID-19 virus.  As such, WVST reserves the right to suspend the participation of an athlete and/or their family in the summer 2020 PMSL swim program for consistent non-adherence to the following Standard Operating Procedures.

Participation Criteria:

An athlete, coach, WOW Board member, staff member, volunteer or guest – and anyone residing in their household – must meet the following criteria to be eligible to participate or attend Westlake Village Swim Team (WVST) practices, meets, or other events:

  • Have not tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Have not had contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days.
  • Cannot have a temperature over 100.4 degrees, a cough or difficulty breathing in the last 14 days

Any athlete, coach, WOW Board member, staff member, volunteer or guest experiencing any symptoms of a fever, recent cough, unusual fatigue, headache; testing positive for COVID-19; and/or has been exposed to someone who has the COVID-19 virus:

  • Shall immediately notify the WOW board of the situation.
  • May not attend practice or swim meets until 14 days after the fever or symptoms have ceased.
  • Athletes, coaches and staff must see a physician and be cleared to practice after being diagnosed or suspected of being exposed to COVID-19.

PPE Requirements:

  • All Coaches will wear masks during practices.
  • All Athletes will wear masks entering and exiting the facility.

Social Distancing requirements:

  • Athletes and coaches must maintain 6 feet distance at all times.
  • There will be markings on the pool deck for athletes to line up 6 feet apart.
  • Athletes will be assigned a practice lane.
  • Lane space will be limited to two swimmers (one starting on each end of the Pool).

Athlete/Family Protocol:

  • Athletes must arrive and depart in their swimsuit.
  • Athletes will NOT be able to change or shower at the facility.
    • Athletes will be permitted to line-up in their designated lane 5 minutes before their scheduled practice time.
  • If athletes arrive early, they should wait in their car until appropriate time to enter facility.
  • Athletes must leave facility immediately at the completion of their practice.
  • Parents/spectators will need to maintain Social Distance requirements at the facility while waiting for their swimmer (Please remain in your designated area).
  • Athletes should bring their own water bottle (already filled) and any other equipment required for practice.  Goggles, towels, and any other equipment will NOT be shared or borrowed.

Facility Procedures:

  • Locker rooms will be used for emergency use only.
  • Athletes will come to practice with swimsuit on and ready to swim.
  • Athletes will be permitted to line-up in their designated lane 5 minutes before their scheduled practice time.
  • There will be a 15-minute break between practices.  Athletes from the previous practice must exit the facility immediately.
  • In the event of a WOW athlete, coach, Board member, staff member, volunteer or guest testing positive for COVID-19, the facility will be shut down for 12 hours to perform a deep clean.