March 05, 2021
The Bahamas Aquatics Federation (BAF) has issued a stern warning to any other organization offering Bahamas Aquatics’ disciplines to cease and desist these activities, citing that these unauthorized and unregulated organizations are not authorized to carry out the Bahamas Aquatics COVID-19 safety protocols that are approved by the Ministry of Health.
“Learn to swim programs, competitive swimming, masters swimming and water polo all fall within the mandate of Bahamas Aquatics and we have successfully obtained the authorization of the Ministry of Health to resume learn to swim and water safety programs, as well as competitive swimming, masters swimming and water polo, using the COVID-19 protocols that have been developed. They are posted on our website www.bahamasqquatics.com and our Facebook page – Bahamas Aquatics,” as stated by a Bahamas Aquatics Federation press release.
The objectives of Bahamas Aquatics as per its constitution (C3), authorizes the national governing body for the sport in the country to regulate swimming and aquatics sports disciplines in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas. The Bahamas Aquatics Federation is the only organization recognized by the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture, the Bahamas Olympic Committee (BOC) and FINA (International Swimming Federation) as the official aquatics organization in The Bahamas.
Bahamas Aquatics is also the only federation approved by FINA to host and sanction aquatics events that include swimming, open water swimming, artistic swimming, diving and high diving, and water polo in The Bahamas. It is also the only federation approved by the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture and the BOC for these aquatic activities.
“The public is strongly advised to seek only Bahamas Aquatics registered clubs for any of these activities for many reasons, and particularly because registered organizations must have trained coaches who are adept in lifesaving and proper aquatics instruction,” as stated in the press release.
In New Providence, the following registered clubs are the only organizations approved by Bahamas Aquatics to offer sanctioned aquatics events – Alpha Aquatics, Barracuda Swim Club, Black Marlins Swim Club, Blue Waves Swim Club, Evolve Swim School, Lyford Cay Swim Club, MacFit 360 Swim School, Mako Aquatics Club, Mantas Water Polo and Swim Club; Sea Waves Aquatics Club and Swift Swimming. In Grand Bahama the only registered clubs that have been approved are Freeport Aquatics and YMCA Swimming.
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