Charles River Aquatics
28 June 2021
Charles River Aquatics (CRA) at the Boston Sports Institute (BSI), Wellesley
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the safety of CRA patrons and staff has always been paramount. As larger numbers of individuals are becoming vaccinated, CRA has elected to further modify safety policies as follows:
Updated Safety Policies:
--CRA encourages everyone to wear a mask--
- Fully vaccinated adults (ages 18+) are no longer required to wear a mask* to enter the natatorium.
- Unvaccinated individuals are required to mask at all times with the exception of while swimming.
- All youth (under the age of 18) must mask at all times.
- All fully vaccinated CRA Staff will mask at all times when working with youth (under age 18) and when approaching any adult patron.
- Any unvaccinated CRA Staff must mask at all times.
*In the interest of protecting our young patrons (not yet fully vaccinated, or too young to receive the vaccine), all patrons must mask in the presence of youth under the age of 18. CRA asks that all adults bring a mask to the pool and be sensitive to who is on deck. If youth are present, put on a mask.
Additional Operational Procedures:
- All patrons will continue to enter the natatorium at the BSI via the wet corridor and check in on pool deck. Patrons participating in Competition Pool programming will exit via the deck door and Teaching Pool programming, via the wet corridor and Door #4.
- There is no drop-in programming. All patrons must register in advance for specific times at which to swim.
- On deck bleachers and benches remain marked at 6 foot intervals to encourage social distancing.
- To minimize the overlapping of groups, patrons are asked to arrive as close to assigned pool time as possible and to depart immediately upon completion of activity.
- Changing rooms at the BSI are now open to adults on the CRA Masters Swim Team, enrolled in any adult Instructional Programming or the Lap Swim Program. Changing rooms remain closed to all youth with an anticipated opening to those under age 18 in late August. Face coverings must be worn at all times while in the changing rooms.
- Spectator seating remains closed.
- All patrons must thoroughly rinse prior to swimming. On-deck showers are available for this purpose.
- CRA will continue to carefully maintain the pools at the BSI, meeting all requirements as set forth by the CDC and the Wellesley Board of Health.
- Staff will continue to maintain a schedule of regular sanitization of high-touch surfaces.
The risk of exposure to SARS-CoV-2 does still exist. Should any patron or staff member exhibit symptoms, he/she will be immediately isolated and arrangements will be made for discharge.
As always, CRA asks patrons to stay home if not feeling well.
CRA anticipates further relaxing these operational procedures in late summer 2021.
Code of Conduct
Charles River Aquatics
The purpose of this Code of Conduct is to provide the guidelines necessary to create an educational, supportive, and safe environment for all Charles River Aquatics (CRA) patrons including coaches, parents, athletes, participants, officials and any other attendees at the Wellesley Sports Center (WSC) (d.b.a. Boston Sports Institute (BSI)). Youth athletic/sports programs play an important role in promoting the physical, social and emotional development of children and young adults. It is therefore essential for parents, coaches and officials to encourage youth athletes to embrace the values of good sportsmanship. Moreover, adults involved in youth sporting events should be models of good sportsmanship and should lead by example, demonstrating fairness, respect, and self-control.
Any, coach, parent, athlete, participant, official or other attendee found in violation of this Code of Conduct is subject to immediate removal from the facility and may be subject to temporary or permanent debarment.
CRA adheres to the policies of inclusion and safety as specified in USA Swimming guidelines, www.usaswimming.org.
Coaches and other responsible adults are expected to review this Code of Conduct, and adhere to it. Prior to use of the pools at the WSC, coaches and other responsible adults are expected to share the contents of this Code with their athletes, students, campers, and clients and support adherence.
Expectations of Conduct:
- I will review and adhere to the rules and Code of Conduct of USA Swimming. https://www.usaswimming.org/docs/default-source/safe-sportdocuments/safe-sport-basics/2018-code-of-conduct.pdf and I will encourage minors in my care and all others to abide by this Code.
- I will not engage in unsportsmanlike conduct with any coach, parent, athlete, participant, official or any other attendee and I will encourage minors in my care and all others to demonstrate good sportsmanship.
- I will not engage in any behavior which would endanger the health, safety or well-being of any coach, parent, athlete, participant, official or any other attendee and I will encourage minors in my care and all others to behave in this manner.
- I will not use drugs, alcohol or marijuana at the WSC and I will not permit any minor in my care to use. I, and minors in my care, will not attend, coach, officiate or participate in any activities at the WSC while under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or marijuana. I will discourage use among other attendees.
- I will not use any tobacco products, including electronic nicotine delivery systems (also known as e-cigarettes, e-cigars, e-hookahs, and e-pipes) at any of the facilities in which I swim with CRA and I will not permit any minor in my care to use. I will discourage use among other attendees.
- I will not engage in profane, abusive, violent or threatening language or behavior and I will not tolerate any such language or behavior from minors in my care, or from any others.
- I will treat all coaches, parents, athletes, participants, officials and all other attendees with respect regardless of race, creed, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation or ability. I will encourage this same respect in minors in my care and in all others.
- I will not damage any property or equipment at the WSC, I will remove all of my belongings upon departure, and I will properly dispose of trash. I will ensure this same respect from minors in my care and expect it from all others.
- I will be respectful of all other patrons at the WSC while attending programming in the natatorium. My behavior will not interrupt quiet enjoyment. I will expect the same respect from minors in my care and from all others.
Charles River Aquatics at the Wellesley Sports Center (WSC)
- No Running on pool deck, in changing rooms or in hallways
- Glass Containers are not permitted in the natatorium or changing rooms
- Pool patrons are not permitted to access storage closets or other areas restricted to staff
- Any person with a known communicable disease may not use the pools
- Any person with an open wound may not use the pools. Adhesive bandages are not sufficient wound coverage
- Supervision of Minors:
All minors age 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times while at the pools at the WSC for Recreational Swim, Lap Swim, and special events. Minors attending lessons, clinics, camps, team practices, or other classes may be unattended only during the time allotted for the program. Expectations of the Code of Conduct are to be followed by all persons at all times while at the pools at the WSC and must be reviewed with minors in advance of attendance at any program.
All minors age 12 and under must pass a basic deep end test before using the deep end of the Competition Pool during Recreational Swim or special events.
Coaches and adults supervising minors must abide by CRA’s Policy on the Protection of Minors
- Lap Swim:
Patrons swimming during designated Lap Swim hours must be 18 years or older.
- Swim Caps:
All persons with hair 6 inches or longer must wear swim caps at all times
All students enrolled in CRA swim lessons, levels 3 and higher, must wear swim caps at all times.
ALL patrons must thoroughly rinse before entering the pools. This keeps the pools clean, and ensures a healthy environment for all to enjoy.
- Changing Rooms:
Changing rooms in the natatorium at the WSC are available for use only while swimming. CRA is not responsible for personal belongings. Therefore, patrons are encouraged to bring valuables to deck while swimming. All belongings must be removed upon exit from the facility.
CRA expects all patrons to demonstrate respect and modesty. No children over the age of 4 are allowed in the changing room of the opposite sex. The Family Changing Room is intended for use by all, regardless of age, sex, sexual orientation, gender or gender identity.
- Children in Diapers:
Form fitting swim diapers, underneath rubber pants with leg gathers, are required for all babies and toddlers not yet toilet trained.
Strollers are not permitted on pool deck.
CRA upholds a strict policy regarding photography in and around the pools at the WSC.
All photographs must observe generally accepted standards of decency, in particular:
--Action shots should be a celebration of the sporting activity, not a sexualized image in a sporting context
--Action shots should not be taken or retained where the photograph reveals a torn or displaced swimsuit
--Photographs should not be taken from behind starting blocks at the start of a race, or exhibit an individual climbing out of the swimming pool
--Photographs should not be taken in the changing rooms or bathrooms
Diving boards, starting blocks, and other competitive equipment is only for use under the direct supervision of a coach or with special permission of CRA Management and lifeguards.
SCUBA equipment and personal flotation devices are not permitted in the pools at the WSC unless under the supervision of an instructor.
- Private Swimming Lessons:
The use of the pools at the WSC during recreational or lap swim to offer private swimming lessons is strictly prohibited. Only CRA staff may provide swim instruction.
*The possession of weapons, and the use, possession or distribution of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, or illegal substances is strictly prohibited at the Wellesley Sports Center.*
Children Enrolled in CRA Programming
CRA is committed to fostering a safe learning environment for all participants. Any disruption to the learning process will not be tolerated. Children will be issued a warning for the first infraction and given a supervised out-of-the-water timeout for the second. During a timeout, trained deck staff will discuss appropriate behavior with the goal of a swift return to the group.
Any child receiving three timeouts in one class period will be removed and sent home early.
Serious behavioral and safety infractions, such as hitting, pushing, kicking, or spitting on others, will not be tolerated and will result in immediate expulsion from the program. No refund will be offered for the remainder of the month or for the week of camp in which the incident occurred.
CRA is committed to providing a safe and civil educational environment, free from harassment, intimidation, or bullying for all program participants. Bullying, harassment, and intimidation will not be tolerated and will result in disciplinary action or expulsion from CRA.
CRA abides by the Anti-Bullying Policies put forth by USA Swimming. https://www.usaswimming.org/
Charles River Aquatics
Policy on the Protection of Minors
An adult is defined as a person aged 18 years or older.
A child (minor) is defined as anyone under the age of 18.
All staff (of CRA and of other user groups) must read and abide by policies for child safety and abuse prevention as outlined in this Policy on the Protection of Minors.
All programs must have a procedure to receive and investigate grievances and complaints filed by program participants.
All staff (of CRA and of other user groups) suspecting, observing, or receiving a report of child abuse or neglect must make an immediate report to CRA Management and to the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families, Child-At-Risk Hotline, 1-800-792-5200.
All Staff (of CRA and of other user groups) must meet the following requirements for the protection of minors:
- Speak to minors in a respectful manner, not in a manner demeaning or abusive. Refrain from using inappropriate language/humor in the presence of minors. This includes, but is not limited to: swearing, racial, sexist, or ethnic comments or jokes, or comments regarding physical appearance.
- Touching must be age and contextually appropriate. Touch should be based solely on the needs of the instruction being given.
- Physical contact with minors can be misconstrued by both minors and other adults.
Touch should be appropriate, public, and non-sexual (high-five, fist bump, handshake, pat on the back, etc.). Maintain proper boundaries at all times.
- Structure programs to eliminate any one-on-one time between an adult and a minor in a private area, not readily observable by others. To the extent possible, have at least two adults present at all times. This includes, but is not limited to, transporting a minor to/from activities, escorting a minor to the bathroom, changing facilities, showers, or waiting with a minor to be picked up. Staff (of CRA or other user groups) should not give a child whom is not their own, a ride home.
- Provide notice to parents/guardians that the pools at the WSC, including locker rooms and restrooms, are not exclusively used by user. Other groups will use the facility simultaneously.
- All staff (of CRA or other user groups) is prohibited from engaging in any sexually-oriented conversation with minors.
- All staff (of CRA or other user groups) is prohibited from possessing sexually-oriented materials or accessing similar materials on the internet in the presence of minors.
- All staff (of CRA and other user groups) is prohibited from accepting gifts from minors without the knowledge of the parent/guardian.
- All staff (of CRA or other user groups) is prohibited from the use, possession, or being under the influence of alcohol, marijuana, or illegal substances while working with minors. No one shall provide alcohol, marijuana, or illegal substances to a minor.
- All staff (of CRA or other user groups) athletes, participants, or other attendees will adhere to the Policy on Photography, as outlined.
All photographs must observe generally accepted standards of decency, in particular:
- Action shots should be a celebration of the sporting activity, not a sexualized image in a sporting context.
- Action shots should not be taken or retained where the photograph reveals a torn or displaced swimsuit.
- Photographs should not be taken from behind starting blocks at the start of a race, or exhibit a child climbing out of the swimming pool.
- Photographs should not be taken in changing rooms or bathrooms.
Spectators, including parents/guardians of youth participants, are not permitted during any instructional or team programming.
Parents/guardians of youth enrolled in Instructional Swim Lessons will be periodically invited for a visiting day. Observation is not permitted during summer/vacation camps or clinics.
Spectators are not permitted during any swim team practices.
Once restrictions in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic are lifted, spectators will be permitted to attend events.
Charles River Aquatics is not responsible for personal belongings. Do not bring valuables to the natatorium at the Boston Sports Institute.
- CRA does not offer refunds or credits for missed or cancelled lessons.
- CRA does not offer make-up lessons and cannot offer schedule changes for a single day.
- 30 days notice is required to drop enrollment.
- CRA does not prorate tuition.
- Requests to change class day/time will be honored when possible. Mid-month changes incur a $10.00 administrative fee per registration.
CRA does not offer refunds or credits, or schedule make-ups for missed or cancelled Private Instructional Swim Lessons.
CRA does not offer refunds or credits for missed Clinics or School Vacation Camps.
Cancellation/Change Policy, CRA Camp:
- Cancellation by April 1, CRA account credit, less $50 administrative fee
- Cancellation April 1–May 1, CRA account credit, less $100 administrative fee for the first week, $50 for each additional week
- Cancellation after May 1, no refunds offered unless there exists a waitlist for the week. If a waitlisted camper can take the vacated spot, cancellation will incur a $100 administrative fee for the first week, and $50 for each additional week cancelled, with the balance as a CRA account credit.
- Switching registration to a different scheduled week is dependent upon availability and incurs a $25 change fee
CRA does not offer refunds or credits for cancelled Summer Session Group Instructional Swim Lesson enrollment.
Registration for each summer session closes the Friday immediately prior to session commencement. Once registration is closed, changes to enrollment are not permitted.