2020 Piranha Return to the Pool

– Week 2 practice sign-ups posted

Dear Swimmers:

New and returning Piranhas WELCOME to another year of Piranha Swimming!!   I welcome you to a group of dedicated swimmers, volunteers and coaches for the 2020-21 season.  
If you haven’t been to pool yet, PLEASE watch this Y opening/Piranha restart video and familiarize yourself with the Y and Piranha protocols.   These are step-by-step directions on what to do and what to expect when entering the Y and starting practice.  You are required to sign a waiver before entering the pool which you probably have already done when you enrolled.  If not, you can find the waiver here and at the bottom of the Y’sWelcome Back page or you can sign it at the Y.  
As always safety is, has always been and will remain our #1 priority.
Before you travel to the Y
  • Make sure your membership is current.
  • If you are sick STAY HOME.
    • Err on the side of caution.
    • Anyone who has a temperature 100.4 or over must be fever free for 72 hours before returning to the Y
  • Sign the YMCA’s on-line waiver.
    • Found at the bottom of the above link.
  • Anyone who has traveled to any of the states on the State of CT Covid States list MUST quarantine for 14 days before coming back to practice OR get tested and have a negative result.
  • Bring your face covering.
  • Wear your suit to the Y.
  • Make sure you have your goggles and cap (if you wear one).
    • Coaches CANNOT give you either.

Entering the YMCA

  • Everyone entering the Y MUST be a member or enrolled in a program.
    • Parents of Swimmers can enter the Y and watch practice, more details below.
    • If you don’t have any of the above, you may need to stop at the front desk.
    • It will be a self check-in and check out process at the front desk, NOT the check-in desk to the left as you walk in.
  • Before entering you will be need to stop at a kiosk outside to answer questions about your health.
  • Everyone will enter and exit the Y through the same front double slider doors, but there will be directional arrows showing which way is the entry lane and which is the exit lane.
  • Anyone who enters the Y MUST sanitize/wash hands upon entry and exit.
  • Anyone who enters the Y MUST wear a face covering and keep face covering on while in the facility or have a Doctors note explaining why you are exempt.
  • Anyone who enters the Y MUST must maintain 6 feet of social distance at all times except with household family members.

Entering/While on Deck

  • Swimmers will enter the pool through the Special Needs/Family locker room and exit through the lobby door.
  • Everyone will move around the deck in a counter-clockwise manner, there will be arrows on the pool deck showing direction.
  • Face coverings will be worn as long as possible before practice and put on as soon as possible after practice.
  • Swimmers will not be permitted to use the All Ages Locker rooms before or after practice.
    • Plan to arrive in your suit and leave in your suit.
    • This will need to change as the weather gets cold.  Once we have a solid plan, I will share.
  • Swim bags will be brought on deck and stored up against the wall behind the lane and at the end of the pool you are starting.
    • Lanes and swimmer configuration may be changed by the coaches.
  • No sitting in chairs or bleachers.  Basically touch as little as possible.
  • Towel service is suspended.  You must bring your own.
  • Always maintain 6 feet of social distance except for siblings and households.


  • Swimmers will need to sign-up for each days practice via Google Docs (just like signing up for a meet), links listed below.   A new Google Doc will be posted each week.
    • Coaches/Mary will not sign-up swimmers for practice.
    • You will need to download the Google Doc app if you haven’t already.
  • An on-line waiver must be signed – NO WAIVER – NO SWIM.
    • Waiver at the bottom of the above link.
    • No paper waivers will be accepted.
  • We will have a MAX of 4 swimmers per lane.  Using this 4 swimmer per lane set-up.  
  • Bathrooms are for emergencies only.  
  • Swimmers will wear face coverings for as long as possible before they start practice and put it on as soon as possible after.
  • See “Practice Schedule” header below for practice details.
  • NO sharing of anything of any kind except between siblings and households.  
  • Always maintain 6 feet of social distance except for siblings and households.


  • Parents will be allowed to watch/enter the Y regardless of membership.
  • All Parents MUST adhere to all the above protocols for entering and patronizing the Y; questionnaire, distancing, face covering, etc.
    • Every time you enter the Y.
  • If entering, we ask that only one adult per household watch/enter the Y for pick-up/drop-off.
  • No seating in the lobby will be available, stand room only.


  • All staff has taken/attended on-line Covid-19 safety and sanitation training.
  • All staff will go through same Y entry protocol as members.
  • All staff will wear face coverings while coaching on deck and in all areas of the Y.
  • All staff will help sanitize/clean pool after each practice.
  • Coaches CANNOT hand out caps or goggles or anything for that matter.
  • All staff will maintain 6 feet of social distance, always.

Practice Sign-in Sheets – Week of September 14

Practice Sign-in Sheets – Week of September 21

Practice Schedule.