COVID-19 Info & Procedures

SPECIAL COVID-19 INFO AND PROCEDURES (updated March 21, 2022)

The Titans will fully comply with all applicable provincial, city, facility and governing sports body policies and procedures. This page contains detailed information and procedures which MUST BE READ AND FOLLOWED BY ALL TITANS ATHLETES, COACHES AND PARENTS. Please visit this page frequently as COVID-related measures change frequently.

All Free Trials must be pre-arranged:

  • Individuals wanting to try a water polo practice at no cost MUST submit a Request for a Free Trial ahead of time using this link: Titans Online Free Try-Out Request (titanswaterpolo.ca)
  • The purpose of the above form is to (1) collect information required in case COVID contact tracing is required, (2) ensure the mandatory Water Polo Canada Consent form has been signed, (3) help us determine what options would be best for the individual, and (4) share important COVID safety measures with the individual ahead of their scheduled free trial. 
  • Individuals requesting a free trial will be contacted to determine which specific practice they would like to try.

Full-Vaccination Requirements:

  • City pools no longer require full vaccination.
  • The University of Ottawa continues to require that everyone entering their facilities be fully vaccinated (except for those under 12 who are not yet eligible for vaccination and those with a valid medical exemption). For more details on their vaccination policies, see their pool-specific rules at the bottom of this page.
  • Carleton University now requires that everyone 5+ entering their facilities be fully vaccinated. For more details on their vaccination policies, see their pool-specific rules at the bottom of this page.
  • When entering a university facility, university staff might ask to validate the vaccination status of the participants, even though participants will have already uploaded their documentation on the university’s COVID application.

Mask Requirements:

  • City facilities, including pools, no longer require that masks be worn. The continued wearing of masks is a personal choice that everyone MUST RESPECT.
  • Both the University of Ottawa and Carleton University continue to require that a mask be worn.

Mandatory self-assessment:

  • BEFORE EACH PRACTICE, each participant (including spectators) and coach must complete a COVID-19 self-assessment.
  • For city pools, use the self-assessment located at https://covid-19.ontario.ca/self-assessment/.   
  • For the University of Ottawa pool and the Carleton University pool, see their pool-specific rules at the bottom of this page.
  • Participants must follow the instructions resulting from their self-assessment (those instructions evolve all the time).
  • BEFORE THE START OF EVERY PRACTICE, each participant must confirm to their coach that they completed their self-assessment and that they are fit to join the practice.
  • All information, including the individual’s identity, will be kept confidential.

Rules, Rules, Rules:

  • Below are general rules that apply across the board.  See the next section for pool-specific rules.
  • Show up only 10 minutes before your practice start time.
  • Spectators are now permitted provided that they abide by the facility’s COVID rules, including wearing a mask where applicable (e.g. university pools).
  • For a first-time free trial, one parent may accompany their child on deck until the child has been introduced to the coach, after which the parent must immediately leave the pool deck. Parents accompanying their children are considered a spectator and must comply with all the requirements that apply to spectators.
  • At the Carleton University pool, coaches must wear a mask at all times.
  • Everyone must wash their hands at one of the hands sanitizing stations when entering and leaving the facility.
  • Bring your own filled water bottle (water fountains are not accessible).
  • Participants must not share or lend any of their personal items.
  • Upon arrival for practice, the participants must report to the coach, confirm that they completed their COVID-19 self-assessment and that they are fit to join the practice. 
  • Our coaches will only look after athletes during the actual practice, so Water Fun parents MUST pick up their young children from the pool deck after their practice and accompany them to the change room to help them change into dry clothes quickly.
  • Parents of younger athletes (older than Water Fun) are encouraged to meet their children in the change room after their practice to help them change into dry clothes quickly.
  • Any Titans staff, including our lifeguards, have the authority to deny access to a participant if they believe a participant represents an unusual COVID-19 risk to the other participants (e.g. exhibiting a COVID-19 symptom, lack of attention to the COVID safety rules, etc.). Athletes who are denied access must remain seated in a safe location visible by the coaches, mask on, until they are picked up from the facility.

Pool-specific Rules:

  • Carleton University pool
    • Carleton University has a mandatory vaccination policy. All individuals  5+ accessing their campus and eligible for a vaccine must be fully vaccinated. Everyone wanting to use their facilities must comply with the following procedures:
      • Prior to their first practice, everyone (5+) must create an account in cuScreen and upload their proof of vaccination (1st and 2nd dose). Instructions on how to create your account can be found here. If you were vaccinated in Ontario and need proof of your vaccination, here is the link:  Ontario Proof of Vaccine Receipt.
      • Prior to each practice, before entering the facilities, log into your cuScreen account and complete your COVID Screening Self-Assessment.
      • If you get a GREEN checkmark, enter the facility and scan the Alumni Hall QR CODE (this tells the application which facility you are visiting).  If you get a RED status, go home.
      • Show your GREEN checkmark to the Front Desk Staff at the Welcome Centre and let them know you are there for water polo. They will let you in.
    • Athletes and coaches should enter the facilities no earlier than 10 minutes before the start of practice and go directly to the change rooms to get dressed.
    • Coaches must wear their masks at all times, including during the practice.  Athletes can take their masks off when they are ready to get in the water.
    • At the end of the practice, exit the pool deck via the emergency exit door (passed the women’s change room door). All traffic circulation when exiting the pool must be done in a clockwise fashion.
  • University of Ottawa pool
    • The University of Ottawa has a mandatory vaccination policy.  All individuals accessing their campus and eligible for a vaccine (born in 2009 or earlier) must be fully vaccinated.   Everyone wanting to use their facilities must comply with the following procedures:
      • Prior to their first practice, everyone (12 & older) must complete their vaccination declaration using this link: Vaccination declaration. You will first need to create an account (click on “Other” or “Student”, as applicable).  Once your account has been created, log into your account and complete your Vaccination Declaration. You will be asked to upload proof of both vaccinations.  If you were vaccinated in Ontario and need proof of your vaccination, here is the link:  Ontario Proof of Vaccine Receipt.
      • Prior to each practice, before entering the facilities, log into your U of O account and complete your Daily Health Check-in. The application will confirm whether you are permitted to access the facilities or not, and a confirmation email will be sent to you.
    • Athletes and coaches should enter the facilities no earlier than 10 minutes before the start of practice.  
    • Maintain a minimum of 2m distancing at all times except once the practice starts.
    • Athletes can take their masks off when they are ready to get in the water.
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