COVID19 Update – May 1, 2020
May 1 is our typical start day to the summer swimming season, but unfortunately this year, we will not be able to start in May. Burnaby Mountain Mantas continues to follow BC Ministry of Health Guidelines on social distancing. We have just been advised that pools in Burnaby will remain closed until at least the end of June.
The Simon Fraser Region is looking at moving the season back into July and August in a safe manner. Currently, Dr. Bonnie Henry has asked all amateur sports teams to create a “safe return to play” plan. The BCSSA board is creating what “safe swimming” will look like.
What we do know as of today: swimming this year will not look like it normally does. Even if the season starts in July, it is unlikely we could host swim meets. Already we know May and June are cancelled, and we do not know what July and August might look like. It is quite possible the entire season is cancelled.
All we can do right now is wait for more direction from Dr. Bonnie Henry and Adrian Dix. In the meantime, Burnaby Mountain Mantas is happy to offer FREE zoom workouts to all full members of the swim club. Unfortunately at this time, due to age concerns, we will not be able to offer these workouts to the mini mantas.
We will offer these zoom dryland workouts for free for the month of May while we wait for more direction on what we can and can’t do this summer. However, you must sign the attached waiver before you can participate in the zoom drylands.You must complete a separate waiver for each swimmer. The dryland links will only be sent to those families that sign the waiver. It is also important that only registered swimmers with BCSSA do these dryland workouts. So if you have other children who are not registered with BCSSA, they cannot participate (for insurance reasons.)
Coach Colin will reach out to the team directly with the dryland plans and schedule. In the meantime, please sign the waiver if you are interested in participating in the workouts.
The club will be refunding families for the lost portions of the summer season. We are just waiting to see what the season might look like before we start the refund process. Please be patient with us as we figure this out.
Thanks everyone for your patience. Also – thank you so much to our coaches who are volunteering their time right now. This idea was the coaches idea – they miss our swimmers and want to spend time coaching this summer, and have offered these sessions to help us all connect in these hard times. So thank you so much.
Burnaby Mountain Mantas Summer Club
Burnaby Mountain Mantas is a community-based summer swim club located in Burnaby, BC. We pride ourselves on creating an inclusive and encouraging competitive environment, allowing swimmers to achieve their goals through tailored development and quality coaching.
Burnaby Mountain Mantas are the top team in the Simon Fraser Region (2019) and placed second in the entire Province of BC at the 2019 BC Summer Swimming Provincials. Our swimmers rank among the top summer swimmers in BC.
Our competitive group swimmers range from the very young to age 18. The requirement to join our main competitive group is to be able to swim a minimum of 50 meters unassisted. New swimmers will be assessed to determine their swimming ability, and placed into a group of swimmers of similar speed and ability.
Our Mini Mantas Group is for our very young swimmers who can only swim about 25 meters unassisted. The Mini Mantas swim 3 times a week for the months of June and July. The mini mantas program is great for those young kids that love swimming but are just a bit too young to join the competitive team. Minimum requirement to join the mini mantas is to be able to comfortably place face underwater, and to be able to listen to directions.