OAS Framework for Return
to Artistic Swimming Activity in Ontario

Over the past several weeks, the prospect for returning to the pool has improved with the Government of Ontario including indoor and outdoor pools in Stage 2 of its re-opening plans. While timing will vary, it is our responsibility to have a plan in place for our participants to safely return to the pool when the time is right.

Please click below to find the OAS Framework for Return to Artistic Swimming Activity in Ontario. This document is meant to provide information and guidance to clubs, coaches and the artistic swimming community more generally on best practices based on current information, and sets out a Return to Activity Plan for Level 1, land-based training, and Level 2, in-pool training with physical distancing. The next step is for clubs to develop their specific strategies and plans.

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Downloadable PDF Forms

Athlete Code of Conduct

OAS Declaration of Compliance

Release of Liability, Waiver of Claims and Indemnity Agreement

Release of Liability, Waiver of Claims and Indemnity Agreement

The Principles of Return to Artistic Swimming Activity


Physical distancing is proven to be one of the most effective ways to reduce the spread of illness during an outbreak. Return to sport must adhere to physical distancing in accordance with requirements of public health authorities and facility operators.

Safe Sport Environment

In these unique times, our commitment to providing a safe sport environment for all participants cannot waver. A return to sport program must be designed to ensure all aspects of a safe sport environment can be implemented and followed.

Planning and Communications

Planning and Communications A robust return to training plan that includes regular communication and education with key stakeholders including athletes, coaches and others, is key for any club.

Individual Health Monitoring

Daily individual health monitoring processes need to be in place. Individuals should not return to sport if they have been unwell (even mild symptoms), have had contact with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 or have travelled outside the country in the past 14 days. Staff or athletes at risk for severe illness from COVID-19 are recommended to review their specific health concerns with their primary care provider prior to attending training sessions.

Social Distancing

In addition to physical distancing, handwashing and cough etiquette add another layer of protection against the spread of COVID-19. Return to sport plans must implement and monitor appropriate individual personal hygiene practices among staff, coaches and all participants at home (away from training) and during training.

Equipment Cleaning

Surfaces frequently touched with hands are most likely to be contaminated however Coronaviruses are one of the easiest types of viruses to kill with the appropriate disinfectant product when used according to the label directions.