Based on the new State of North Carolina guidance for mandatory masks, we want to pass on NSEA Swim’s new health and safety policy for practices.
NSEA Swim Mandatory Mask Policy:
1. Swimmers must wear masks while waiting in line to get into the pool facility. They can remove their masks when they put their swim bag on the pool deck and move into their spot in the pool. When swimmers grab their bags to leave the pool area, they will put masks back on.
2. Any in-person dryland practice will require all participants to wear masks until they are at least six feet apart from each other. Coaches will also need to wear masks until they are at least six feet from participants.
3. Coaches will wear masks on the pool deck when interacting with swimmers. They can remove their masks once they are able to maintain at least six feet of distance between each other and when swimmers enter the water.
4. Parents of swimmers are required to wear masks if interacting with each other during practice times. If parents can maintain at least six feet of distance between each other and are in an outside area, they can remove their masks. Once swimmers are done practicing, parents will need to put masks back on.
Our number one priority is keeping your children safe and healthy, and we want you to feel comfortable when you bring them to practice. Thank you for adhering to our safety guidelines!
NSEA Swim's William Forbes Creates Passion Project with Voyage
William Forbes, a member of the NSEA Swim Sea Devils, just fulfilled a passion. He worked with Voyage, a nonprofit in the Northside neighborhood of Wilmington, to create a raised garden in the Northside neighborhood.
William is passionate about addressing food security and contributing toward efforts to provide equitable access to healthy food to this neighborhood. For the last two weeks of school, William, a third grade student at Cape Fear Center for Inquiry, was assigned to do a passion project for school. His goal was to learn or do something in which he was deeply interested.
Beth Forbes, William's mother, said, "In our house, remote learning has been filled with carpentry and gardening. He asked Voyage if he could build a garden for them to complete his project."
The Northside is located in what's known as a food desert, an area that has limited access to affordable and nutritious food. His project was to build a second raised garden bed from the ground up so that local neighbors could have easy access to produce. Voyage will also be able to use the produce to provide free healthy cooking and nutrition workshops.
Voyage's Director Genna Wirth said, "William showed true leadership skills and led some of our Voyagers in building a second garden bed outside of the Hemenway Center."
"We met the Forbes family through our partnership with NSEA Swim last summer, and like many others in the NSEA Swim family, the Forbes have consistently jumped to get involved with Voyage any chance they got." She went on to thank William and his sister Abby and mother Beth for always supporting the community.
Voyage is an nonprofit organization that operates under the mission of connecting youth with pathways to success.Their ultimate goal is to create a sustainable replicable model that ensures the development of strong, self-sufficient families within communities that value and nurture our children and youth and fully prepare them for lifelong success.
NSEA Swim Contest: Swimmers Reenacting Pool Activities at Home
NSEA Swim hosted a fun contest for its swim groups -- reenact the swimming experience from home. Our competitive swimmers submitted a variety of videos and photos. View the winners below. A big thank you to all the swimmers for the creativity and hard work!
NSEA Swim Issues Guidance on COVID-19
NSEA Swim has been monitoring the COVID-19 event, and we will continue to assess our operational needs as conditions change and we react to federal, state, and local recommendations. Following are changes we are implementing immediately:
Based on the current COVID-19 health situation, North Carolina Emergency Operations Center (NC EOC) has mandated that all pools close effective March 25. As a result, NSEA Swim will discontinue swim team until the NC EOC determines it is safe to return.
All USA Swimming-sanctioned events have been cancelled or postponed. We will update the website when we are allowed to schedule long-course meets.
The Pool Facility
We are following CDC guidelines on cleaning, hygiene, and social distancing to limit risk of exposure. As guidelines change with the evolution of the virus, we will communicate any changes. If you are in a high-risk category, use your discretion about what is best for your family. Stay home if you are sick and away from the pool and other team members.
We have cancelled all swim programming until the health risk has subsided. We will update the website and Facebook site when we are able to reschedule our lessons program.
We encourage all of our members to follow healthcare recommendations to avoid infection and the spread of infection.
Continue to check this website for updated information, and please reach out to us if you need help during this time!
NSEA Swim Achieves Status as Safe Sport Recognized Club
On January 17, 2020, NSEA Swim earned USA Swimming’s new Safe Sport Club Recognition. Out of more than 80 swim clubs in North Carolina, only 13 clubs have been designated as Safe Sport. USA Swimming clubs can earn a Safe Sport designation by demonstrating a commitment to creating safe, healthy, and positive environments for all members. They accomplish this by developing and implementing athlete protection policies, Safe Sport best practices, and Safe Sport education.
In order to earn Safe Sport status, NSEA Swim implemented policies, procedures, and best practices for protecting athletes. In addition, the club demonstrated screening and hiring procedures, highlighted communication efforts to report misconduct, and urged the club's minor athletes and parents to complete online courses.
Board President Dave Witmer explains how the designation sets us apart from the majority of swim organizations in North Carolina. "Most of the other teams on this list are the elite programs in North Carolina. This is a huge deal for our competitive swim club and for our mission as a community outreach program."
According to USA Swimming, the organization's top priority is to keep athletes safe. The Safe Sport policies were put in place to abolish all types of abuse, including child sexual abuse. Towards that end, USA Swimming created the U.S. Center for SafeSport, which is a separate, independent, organization that oversees all sexual misconduct reports in the Olympic and Paralympic Movement. This organization created a baseline, called the Minor Athlete Abuse Prevention Policies, to identify acceptable safety standards limiting one-on-one interactions between adults and minor athletes.
NSEA Swim is a year-round swim club in Wilmington, NC, that formed late in 2018. The team swims competitively in USA Swimming meets locally, regionally, and state-wide. Its swimmers range in age from five to 16 years and include swimmers of all abilities, from beginners to highly competitive swimmers ranked state-wide. The team’s mission is to increase multicultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic diversity in the sport of swimming by fostering an inclusive environment at all levels of the sport. Our goal is to build a sport community where participants can work and learn together in a safe, supportive environment.
For more information about USA Swimming's Safe Sport Recognized Club program information, visit https://www.usaswimming.org/ssrp. For further details about NSEA Swim, contact Lisa Hill, Communications Director, at email@example.com.