By Jaime Vining
While businesses begin to reopen across South Florida, the Coral Springs Swim Club is stuck in the slow lane.
The community swim club, which pays membership dues to the city, requested the opening of Mullins Park pool to allow for more space and private lane reservations.
Currently, the pool is open to public swimming only. Swimmers and their parents must pre-register their lane for one hour at a time. One parent per swimmer under 12 is permitted poolside to supervise. The facility is closed for 30 minutes in between reservations for cleaning.
Head coach Bruno Darzi submitted a proposal to the city in May and asked that since they were allowing parents to watch practices for swimmers under the age of 12, the coaches could run private lessons, instead of having the parents just waiting.
This would allow the coaches to provide supervision and still safety coach the kids he said.
Darzi’s plan also calls for parents to sign a liability waiver before the kids returned to swim practice.
His proposal intended to help the city to create a safe environment for the athletes and coaches, and allow for the swim team to resume training at some capacity.
Darzi said he was told ‘per Broward County order 20-12 and city order, we are not allowing programming, training or team activities at this time.’
Since then, he has not received feedback on the proposed operational plan.
Darzi is adamant that the operational proposal that was submitted follows CDC guidelines, as well as recommendations from USA Swimming, Florida Gold Coast, and other national governing bodies, like the International Swimming Federation.
While Darzi has been unable to use the limited reservations the city is allowing to coach his swimmers, he points to other competitive swim teams across Broward and Palm Beach Counties, including TS Aquatics in Tamarac, Swim Fort Lauderdale, and East Coast Aquatic Club in Delray Beach, that have resumed swim practices.
Melissa Heller, Deputy City Manager, maintains that the City of Coral Springs is in Phase 1 of reopening, and there is no timeline from the State or County for moving into Phase 2.
“Broward County Emergency Orders do not permit youth team sports, so we have focused our reopening efforts to permit individual conditioning and open play opportunities,” she said.
“Please know that we are working to have additional lanes, and possibly another pool, available by the end of the upcoming week.”
The CDC advises that there is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread to humans through the use of recreational waters, and proper operation and disinfection of pools, hot tubs, and water playgrounds should kill the virus.
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Jaime Vining is a Florida native, but recent Parkland transplant. By day, she is a Florida Bar-certified Intellectual Property attorney, adjunct professor at the University of Miami School of Law, and an avid blogger.
Prior to earning her law degree, Jaime was a featured journalist for publications like the Orlando Sentinel and aXis Magazine.
Jaime is also a mom to two little boys and you will regularly find her running early mornings at Pine Trails Park trying to keep up with them.
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