The safety of our swimmers is of paramount importance to the club, and we take that responsibility very seriously.
All our coaches are trained in Adult/Child/Infant CPR & first aid, and have completed the Red Cross Swim Coaches Safety program. They are also fully certified USA Swimming Coaches and have been through a rigorous background check.
During swim practice, our coaches are responsible for the safety of the athletes. However, it is not possible for the coaches to patrol the locker rooms, reception area or parking lot while they are on-deck, so we need all parents and swimmers to be aware of their part in keeping athletes safe.
Coaches clear the pool at 5:55pm on Tues/Thurs, 6:40pm on Mon/Wed/Fri.
Showers should be cleared at 6:15pm on Tues/Thurs, 6:55pm on Mon/Wed/Fri.
Pick up is at at 6:10pm on Tues/Thurs, 6:50pm on Mon/Wed/Fri.
Volunteers will be present until pick up deadlines each day. If you will be late, call the front desk to make arrangements for the safe collection of your swimmer.
Transitions are always a challenging time for our younger athletes, especially after a vigorous practice. The athletic club have asked that a male parent be present in the boys locker room at the end of the white and blue practice, to ensure that swimmers behave appropriately and safely.
Stay on Deck
Swimmers MUST remain on-deck under the supervision of the coaches if a parent is late for an early session pick-up. Parents should notify the coach when taking a child from the deck, so that we can be sure they have been collected, and not wandered off. Swimmers may not wait out in the reception area or parking lot unless there is either a parent team manager or coach present.
At a swim meet, we employ a buddy system to ensure the safety of all swimmers in an unfamiliar environment. Swimmers should not wander around a facility by themselves. ALWAYS go with a friend, whether to buy a snack or use the restroom.
Swimmers who do not follow coaches instructions and put their team-mates safety at risk by misbehaving in the pool, on-deck or in the locker room will be counseled by a coach(s) in the presence of their parent or guardian. If the behavior continues, we may have to excuse the swimmer from practice and as a last resort ask the swimmer to leave the team (see the team discipline policy).
For the safety of all athletes, Coaches keep a copy of the medical records with them at practice and meet. Should there be an accident or emergency, pertinent information is available immediately. Please ensure that you fill in the complete form – EVEN IF YOU HAVE DONE IT BEFORE.
Hand the form to your coach or the club secretary on the first day of swimming.
If your child has a medical condition such as diabetes, severe allergies or asthma, the coach on deck must be made aware of any medication that your athlete may need to take during practice. Medication should be kept on deck. Coaches are not authorized to administer ANY medication to swimmers including inhalers, epi-pens or tylenol. If there is a life-threatening emergency, coaches will call 911.
All athletes on the Vashon Seals Swim team MUST sign a hard copy of the Lystedt Law which informs families about the risks of concussion. This form will be be kept with the swimmer’s medical information.
A concussion is a brain injury and all brain injuries are serious. They are caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head, or by a blow to another part of the body with the force transmitted to the head. They can range from mild to severe and can disrupt the way the brain normally works.
Even though most concussions are mild, all concussions are potentially serious and may result in complications including prolonged brain damage and death if not recognized and managed properly.
In other words, even a “ding” or a bump on the head can be serious. You can’t see a concussion and most sports concussions occur without loss of consciousness. Signs and symptoms of concussion may show up right after the injury or can take hours or days to fully appear. If your child reports any symptoms of concussion, or if you notice the symptoms or signs of concussion yourself, seek medical attention right away.
Symptoms may include one or more of the following:
- “Pressure in head”
- Nausea or vomiting
- Neck pain
- Balance problems or dizziness
- Blurred, double, or fuzzy vision
- Sensitivity to light or noise
- Feeling sluggish or slowed down
- Feeling foggy or groggy
- Change in sleep patterns
- “Don’t feel right”
- Fatigue or low energy
- Nervousness or anxiety
- More emotional
- Concentration or memory problems (forgetting game plays)
- Repeating the same question/comment
Signs observed by teammates, parents and coaches include:
- Appears dazed
- Vacant facial expression
- Confused about assignment
- Forgets plays
- Is unsure of game, score, or opponent
- Moves clumsily or displays incoordination
- Answers questions slowly
- Slurred speech
- Shows behavior or personality changes
- Can’t recall events prior to hit
- Can’t recall events after hit
- Seizures or convulsions
- Any change in typical behavior or personality
- Loses consciousness
What can happen if my child keeps on playing with a concussion or returns too soon?
Athletes with the signs and symptoms of concussion must be removed from play immediately. Continuing to play with the signs and symptoms of a concussion leaves the young athlete especially vulnerable to greater injury. There is an increased risk of significant damage from a concussion for a period of time after that concussion occurs, particularly if the athlete suffers another concussion before completely recovering from the first one. This can lead to prolonged recovery, or even to severe brain swelling (second impact syndrome) with devastating and even fatal consequences. It is well known that adolescent or teenage athlete will often under report symptoms of injuries. And concussions are no different. As a result, education of administrators, coaches, parents and athletes is the key for athlete safety.
If you think your child has suffered a concussion
Any athlete even suspected of suffering a concussion must be removed from the meet or practice immediately. No athlete may return to activity after an apparent head injury or concussion, regardless of how mild it seems or how quickly symptoms clear, without medical clearance. Close observation of the athlete should continue for several hours. The new “Zackery Lystedt Law” in Washington now requires the consistent and uniform implementation of long and well-established return to play concussion guidelines that have been recommended for several years:
“a youth athlete who is suspected of sustaining a concussion or head injury in a practice or game shall be removed from competition at that time”
“…may not return to play until the athlete is evaluated by a licensed heath care provider trained in the evaluation and management of concussion and received written clearance to return to play from that health care provider”.
You should also inform your child’s coach if you think that your child may have a concussion. Remember its better to miss one meet or practice than miss the whole season. And when in doubt, the athlete sits out.
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