Greetings from the CalM Advisory Board – we hope you are all well, maintaining social distance and adjusting to our time out of the pool.
This past Thursday, the Board met on video with Gaku, Tryn, Spencer and Lance Morrison (Assistant Director of Aquatics at Cal) and we would like to give you an update on our plans for CalM over the next month or so. We would love to hear back from you with your thoughts and ideas.
How long will we be out?
While there has not been any official announcement, we should anticipate that CalM will remain out of the pool well past the original April 8 milestone set by Cal. We don’t know how much longer our pools will be closed but expect an update from the University soon.
How is this affecting the CalM coaches and lifeguards?
While CalM workouts are suspended, Cal intends to continue to pay our coaches and lifeguards. We appreciate the University supporting our team in this very important way.
What about team membership fees?
For the month of April, you will be given the opportunity to either continue on as a regular dues-paying member of CalM, or temporarily suspend your team membership for a monthly charge of $10. If you suspend your membership, then your information will remain on the Cal Rec Sport system. If you cancel your membership, your information will be deleted and you will need to re-enter it if you rejoin later. While clearly the pandemic has impacted all of us and our finances, and each of you should make a choice based on your personal circumstances, the ability for CalM to endure and support its coaches and lifeguards continues to be dependent on fees from CalM members.
How are the coaches going to help us stay fit?
For those who choose to continue their memberships, the coaches are developing a program of dry-land exercise sessions which they will lead and members will be able to access via the internet. The on-line platform we will use (ZOOM) will be available through the University and free to CalM team members. The content and schedule for these live sessions is under development, but we envision that they will be held several times a week and at different times of the day for the convenience of our members. The coaches will also compile a library of videos that can be accessed by team members who are not able to attend the live sessions.
What about other ways to stay connected?
Many of you are already staying connected through informal, socially-distanced gatherings. We are planning to arrange some team-wide opportunities to get together on-line – stay-tuned and send us your ideas. To facilitate communications across the team, Ben Swiggett has also set up a free CalM SLACK account that we encourage members to join using this link: Join Calm SLACK!.
In addition, during this period we plan to post messages (with photos!) from current and former team members – as an example, see below a message from Joerg Bartz, recently married in India and now living and working in Singapore. If you would like to share a message to the team, please let the Board know!
What can CalM do to support our larger community?
Perhaps most importantly, we are looking for suggestions from the team on how the team can support our extended communities. For example, in the next day or so we will be sending you an invitation from Tryn to participate in a drive to provide much needed parkas and scrub caps to local health care workers. The Board is also considering a team blood drive. We encourage not only your ideas but also your active participation.
As always, feel free to contact any Board member if you have questions or comments.
Message from Joerg Bartz
(1:15 swimmer, mid-day and evenings)
Dear CALM Team,
These are very difficult times. Governments are determining our daily life like most of us have never seen. Lockdown, shutdown, separation of families due to travel restrictions, etc. This all makes sense for the public health. What can we do? What is in our circle of influence? Very little. We have to accept it and live with it. Stay active (yoga at home is a great idea), stay social via phone, email, social media (not too much of course!), read a good book, and hang in there! We swimmers have done so many endurance workouts. We can just treat this as a long endurance set! And the interesting part is that you don’t know when the set will end – very tough set 😉
Stay strong and be careful!
All the best from Singapore!