COVID Safety During Swim Classes
The last couple of months have been… well, let’s just call it a learning experience.
Over the past few months, virtually every human on the planet has experienced what will be remembered as a major life event. We don’t want to minimize the effect of the pandemic in any way. Many people have lost loved ones and even more people have lost jobs, income, retirement savings, or financial stability.
On a much smaller scale, every single one of us has been impacted in one way or another. We’ve all had our plans derailed, our lives disrupted, and our idea of what’s normal completely re-defined.
Things have changed… but we are ready to start looking forward. Together we have learned big lessons… about how to pivot our lives and our businesses.
So, what’s new?
The aquatic industry was just recently permitted to restart across Ontario under limited conditions and for the time being, no contact swim lessons will be the new normal.
No Contact Swim Lessons
During your first swim lesson, all Aqua Life instructors will conduct a swim test to assess the swimmer’s level
If your swimmer is capable of doing a front crawl with side breathing for 5 m unassisted and back crawl windmill arms unassisted for 5 m they don’t need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian in the water
For non-swimmers and beginners, the teaching style is similar to what we use in parent & tot classes, where each child is accompanied by the parent in the water. The no-contact lesson is the biggest change since the swimmer requires physical support and hands on instruction. With the new methodology put in place, the instructor will demonstrate the skills and will guide the parents through how to instruct the child.
Lesson Ratio and Format
Private Lessons 1:1 ratio
Semi-Private Lessons (siblings only or same household family members) 2:1 ratio
Parent & Tot (1 parent & 1 baby) 1:1 ratio
Only 1 parent/guardian per family will be allowed on deck or in the water to assist the swimmer
Our classes will be 25 minutes long with a 5-minute cleaning period in between lessons. All used equipment will be disinfected at the end of each class.
Physical Distancing and Safety Measures
The use of non-medical face masks is recommended at all times, including on the deck or until you enter the pool
On arrival, clients must wash their hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer
Please limit your time at our facilities. We ask that our swimmers come to their swim lesson dressed and ready to swim
All swimmers are required to shower at home after the class
Swimmers and their parent /guardian must exit the pool deck immediately after their lesson to help minimize interaction with other swimmers or families
Only one family at a time is allowed in the change rooms
CDC shows that COVID-19 does not survive in pool water and that chlorine acts as a disinfectant
Aqua Life instructors are required to wear masks and/or face shields
A COVID-19 screening will be taking place prior to attending the class. Anyone who is currently unwell with a fever, cough, sore throat or shortness of breath, or other cold/flu-like symptoms, or report having been unwell in the last 14 days especially with cold or flu type symptoms will not be permitted to enter and should seek medical advice.
If you have any questions, suggestions, or are trying to find the way to taking your first dip into the wide world of water, then reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org,and jump in with us at The Aqua Life Swim Academy!