As the health crisis around Coronavirus (Covid 19) continues to develop, we've realised that there is currently no single place to get information on every field of swimming - individual events and organisations have rightly put out information relating to what they do and their plans going forward, but we work across multiple fields and we see how often competitors cross codes in swimming - so thought it for the best to collate all the updates in one place.
Here you will find out about event cancellations and changes, our responses to make sure you're kept safe in our stores and any changing information from the Ministry of Health as it pertains to the fields we work with.
Ultimately, our aim is to keep everyone - our staff and our customers safe, but with this kind of shut down happening, we also know there are risks competitors have of losing motivation which could have long term consequences to their goals in the water and we want to make sure that doesn't happen as well.
March 24, 2020. 9:40am
As you will no doubt be aware, the New Zealand Government has instigated lockdown protocols for the next month or so for all non-essential jobs - and as much as the swimming community may not like it, that includes us.
Effective from today our stores will be closed until the country reopens.
Our webstore is open though - because of the lockdown we won't be able to fulfill orders until we're all cleared to get back to work.
We hope it passes quickly and in this tough time, we hope you still support us so afterwards we can still support you.
In the mean time, work on staying fit and healthy - Level 4 doesn't stop you from going outside to exercise, just do it with those in isolation with you and keep at least 2 meters apart.
Stay safe, stay brave and most importantly, stay home!
March 22,2020. 12:21pm
This has been a looong week. A week ago we were prepping for some big events, today we're grappling with the closure of public pools in every main centre in New Zealand. This morning Wellington became the latest city to close their facilities.
In each centre though there are still privately run pools, like Auckland's AUT Millennium that are still operating - these facilities are following MoH WHO guidelines though and monitoring user numbers to keep everyone safe.
On top of that we're recommending swimmers start looking at alternatives to keep themselves moving. Not only is a healthy body a strong way to fight the effects of Covid 19, it's important as well for helping to stay positive. So why not take a look at Open Water Swimming as an option. Every region has a number of groups that do this already, and as the water temp starts to drop a little, tools like wetsuits will help keep you going. We're even getting in some thermal wetsuits to help keep everyone moving.
We know it's a bit scary out there, that everyone is nervous - we'd be lying if we said we weren't ourselves. But we know that it will pass, and we hope that clubs, swimmers and groups we've supported over the years will return the favour and help us help them going forward.
March 17, 2020. 1:42pm
The last of the regional pool meets seem to now being postponed or cancelled.
March 17, 2020. 1:18pm
Swimming New Zealand has made the tough call to cancel several big events over the next few months. Here's an updated list of the events we currently know about.
March 16, 2020. 9:00pm
After an announcement today by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern putting in place restrictions on events of more than 500 people, we've seen a spate of events cancelled in an effort to limit the spread of Covid 19. These events cross a number of fields, like Triathlon, open water swimming and pool based events. We'll be working to keep updating our list as we learn more about what events are doing going forward.
March 16, 2020. 10:30am