🌎 Tips on How to Return to Underwater Sports After COVID-19 from BetterHelp
While sports have started back up in some regards, some underwater sports are still holding meets, while others haven’t started up yet. Finswimming has occurred recently and it’s one of the few sports that’s started up.
How do you return to underwater sports after a pandemic? With the right precautions of course, and here, we’ll go over how underwater sports will come back after COVID.
Keep Your (Social) Distance
Social distancing will be one of those things that underwater sports will have to use. While the sports are individualized, you will still have to keep your distance. Some sports such as spearfishing don’t have to worry as much about the distance between others but swimming, especially competitive swimming, still needs to maintain social distancing.
Social distancing will be needed for a while, especially until a vaccine or treatment comes around.
The audiences as well will be more limited. There will be some, but it will be few and far between. And most of the time, you’ll have to keep a six-foot distance between one another.
Of course, you can still invite family to watch the competition, but it will be limited, so keep that in mind when inviting others.
The Mental Effects of This
COVID has taken a lot out of people. Between the stress of whether or not you’d have sports to come back to, to even the depression which has set in since this began, it hasn’t been easy for most people.
That’s why, getting help might be a good thing for you to do. A lot of people are still struggling with this, and usually it feels limited. Practices will be limited for a bit as well, and it could make you feel more isolated.
By seeking help you’ll be able to bounce back and have mental fortitude during all of this. It can be hard to stay strong, but as you get back into the world of underwater sports, it will certainly be easier for you as well.
Wear a Mask
And of course when you’re around groups of people you will have to wear a mask till a viable treatment happens. Many people are used to this already, but even when you’re in the locker room and later the pool, masks may be required.
It can be awkward, but you won’t have to wear them in the water since COVID doesn’t travel in water, so you’ll be able to take it off once you’re a safe distance from everyone.
Limited or Sporadic Practices
Finally, practices may seem a bit different for a bit. For starters, they may not be as often, and you may have either limited numbers of people, or even a more solo practice session.
That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be practicing on your own. Some pools are open, so you can start swimming today and get the practices in.
Some of the other underwater sports such as spearfishing don’t need to have groups of people, you simply go out. You just have to limit the numbers of people you’re around, and of course wear a mask.
A solo or more limited practice may be possible, and for some sports such as diving, you’ll be able to do this on your own.
You also may need to get used to wiping down equipment that you touch, such as lanes or even the diving board if you’re at the top and touch it. You also should get used to sanitizing your hands before and after.
With sports starting up, you may wonder if it is indeed possible to have sports in a COVID world. The short answer is yes, of course you can, you just need to take proper precautions, and be careful when you’re around others. That way you can keep people safe and free from any sickness that may cause harm to themselves or to other immunocompromised people.
Sports can come back, you just need to do your part and keep things safe as they do come back.
Marie Miguel Biography
Marie Miguel has been a writing and research expert for nearly a decade, covering a variety of health- related topics. Currently, she is contributing to the expansion and growth of a free online mental health resource with BetterHelp.com. With an interest and dedication to addressing stigmas associated with mental health, she continues to specifically target subjects related to anxiety and depression.