California Swimming Is At Risk
Swimming is a way of life in California. More than 40,000 youth athletes and 440 small businesses depend on access to swimming pools. Because of COVID-19, many pools remain closed throughout the state, and those that are open have drastically reduced hours and lane capacity. The current patchwork of state and local policies impacting our sport does not reflect the reality that swimming is one of the safest sports available during the pandemic. Properly chlorinated water kills the coronavirus, and swimming is an individual, no-contact sport. Yet pools remain closed while professional and college sports, crowded shopping areas, and varied enforcement of health directives are permitted. The continued closures and limited access to swimming pools:
- Threatens the viability of swim clubs and their employees’ livelihoods;
- Affects communities hardest hit by COVID-19 disproportionately by reducing access to safe recreation spaces;
- Increases drownings by teaching fewer children to swim; and
- Restricts opportunities for California swimmers to compete for college admissions, scholarships, and access to national and international competition in the future.
We Must Partner with Policymakers To Create Opportunities for Our Children Support our effort to establish and grow relationships with state and local officials to achieve the following statewide objectives:
1. Reopen pools throughout the state, including those at high schools and community colleges, to allow youth to exercise and to promote physical and mental well-being through safe swimming in accordance with public health guidelines;
2. Create health equity and reduce drownings by expanding access to swimming for all children across racial, ethnic, and economic backgrounds;
3. Allow safe competitions within the state to enable California swimmers to compete for qualifying times necessary for national and international meets; and
4. Establish a dialogue between stakeholders and policymakers to ensure state and local responses to COVID-19 accurately reflect health risks as well as the needs and priorities of our sport and the California swimming community.
We Need Your Help to hire an effective advocate to achieve these objectives. Southern California Swimming will match donations dollar for dollar, and as a 501(c)(3) organization, all donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.
Donate today to protect the legacy and opportunities created by California swimming.