Health and Safety Policy - Swim 

Can Too Foundation

Program Health and Safety Policy

COVID-19 Specific Practices and Procedures

Ocean Swim Programs

This document sets out our Policy in relation to swim programs operating in New South Wales.


The NSW Government is committed to safely easing restrictions under the national three-step plan to progress towards a COVID-safe Australia. 

As of 1 July, the NSW Government has relaxed restrictions to enable community sporting activities including training sessions, to take place with up to 500 participants for businesses and organisations with a COVID-19 Safety Plan.

Contact sports are permissible under the regulations. Can Too acknowledges that contact between participants is likely to occur during open water training sessions due to the dynamic and changing natural environment we are swimming in AND for safety reasons. Physical contact will be kept to a minimum wherever possible. Participants engaging in a Can Too ocean swim program acknowledge and accept that such physical contact is likely to occur.  

Training pods will be designated specific training times and locations designed to avoid mixing participants between teams. Participants will not be permitted to train at other session times or locations outside of their designated pods. 

Can Too asks all program participants to avoid post-training sit-down refreshments/meals and instead to consider getting take-outs and gathering somewhere open where you can maintain physical distance from your fellow pod members.

Can Too Practices and Procedures

Can Too is committed to the health and wellbeing of the community - that means our participants and the community at large. We have introduced a number of practices and procedures to be observed during training to comply with the government guidelines and keep you safe.

These practices and procedures may be updated as required.

Our Obligations to Each Other

We can all help to keep ourselves and each other safe by adopting simple behaviours to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

By taking part in a Can Too program you agree to observe the following practices at all Can Too training sessions and events:

  • observe NSW state guidelines on maximum numbers for gatherings 
  • train only with your pod at your designated training location and time 
  • outside of the open water environment, maintain physical distancing between yourself and other participants and members of the public – stay at least 1.5m away from others at all times
  • in open water, be aware of your surroundings and, where possible, maintain physical distancing - keeping contact with participants, staff, water safety and members of the public to a minimum 
  • avoid physical greetings such as handshaking, hugs and kisses
  • practise good hygiene
  • bring your own water bottle to training – clearly marked with your name or other unique identifying feature
  • avoid using public water fountains
  • comply with the policies and protocols in place at your designated pool 
  • comply with individual SLSC policies and protocols 
  • respect the NSW SLS and swim facility policies of turn up, participate, leave – this means participants should avoid arriving early and are encouraged to leave immediately after the conclusion of training. Participants are welcome to disperse and utilise local facilities for take-out coffees/food 

When you practise good hygiene you:

  • cover your coughs and sneezes with your elbow or a tissue
  • put used tissues straight into the bin
  • wash your hands often with soap and water, including before and after eating and after going to the toilet
  • use alcohol-based hand sanitisers*
  • avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • clean and disinfect frequently used objects such as mobile phones, keys, wallets and work passes

*Alcohol-free hand rubs have not been shown to be effective against viruses like COVID-19, and experts recommend against using them.

What to Do if You Have Symptoms

Symptoms of COVID-19 include

  • fever
  • cough
  • sore/scratchy throat and
  • shortness of breath

Other reported symptoms of COVID-19 include

  • loss of smell
  • loss of taste
  • runny nose
  • muscle pain
  • joint pain
  • diarrhoea
  • nausea/vomiting and
  • loss of appetite.

If you have symptoms, please follow NSW Government advice on when and how you should be tested for COVID-19.

If you have even the mildest symptoms, stay at home - do not attend training - and immediately notify your Team Captain and Coach of the situation. Please also notify the Can Too office on

If you experience symptoms of COVID-19 and/or test positive for the virus within 14 days of attending a Can Too training session, please immediately notify your Coach and Team Captain. Please also notify the Can Too office of the situation on along with the date(s) and location(s) of any training sessions attended within that 14-day period. 

If you have been in close contact with a person confirmed to be infected with COVID-19, follow Government and State regulations and self-isolate for 14 days after your last contact with them. Do not come to training during this period. Please immediately notify your Team Captain and Coach of the situation. Please also notify the Can Too office of the situation on along with the dates(s) and location(s) of any training sessions attended in the 14 days prior to notification.

If you have travelled overseas, to Victoria, or to a designated hotspot in the 14 days prior to any of your training, do not attend training, notify your Team Captain and Coach of the situation and follow NSW Government advice. 

Additional Steps You Can Take to Protect Yourself and Others

Can Too recommends that you download and use the COVIDSafe App. 

Stay informed by downloading the Australian Government’s Coronavirus App and the Service NSW App