After two lockdowns due to COVID-19 pandemic, swimming pools have been permitted to re-open again (from 2ned of Dec 2020) and swimming lessons can re-start in almost all parts of England. Indoor swimming pools were permitted to re-open in England from 25th of July 2020, after #1 lockdown. Pools will re-open in December 2020 after #2 lockdown.
Nonetheless, Coronavirus pandemic has changes many things. For pools, many changes had to be implemented before pools could even re-open safely. The main swimming authorities in England like Swim England and STA have issued their own guidelines for safely returning to swimming pools.
If you are look forward to re-starting our swim lessons post pandemic. Rest assured that we have done a very thorough and new risk assessment to ensure safety of all.
The important fact is that properly chlorinated water inactivates Coronavirus
However, we still had to make many changes to our swim lessons to make them COVID-secure. We completely understand many people can be unsure of whether it’s safe to go back to swimming. So, here’s the summary of what we ask all of our swimmers and families do in order to prepare and enjoy swimming with us safely again.
1) Please shower at home, before coming to the swimming pool, we strongly suggest to all clients to showers at home before and after the lessons to reduce the touch points in changing rooms. Keeping pool water as clean as possible, is important that is why we ask all swimmers to shower before coming to the pool.
2) Please arrive at the facility no earlier than 7 mins before the start of your lesson.
3) Please use the hand-sanitiser gel (available at the door before getting to reception) to sanitise your hands and your child(ren)’s hands before entering the facility. The receptionist will also measure your body temperature before letting you to pass through and walk towards the swimming pool.
4) The number of people who can use the changing rooms has been reduced to a maximum of only 4/5 households. Therefore, we ask only adults who take lesson to come to the pool.
For children swimming lessons, all children from one household who attend swimming lesson post COVID-19, to be accompanied only with one adult to swimming pool. Adults can stay in the facility during the children’s lessons but, must follow social distancing rules.
We are asking all swimmers to turn up ‘beach ready’ for their lessons. Beach ready means spending the minimum time at the changing rooms to get ready before for your lessons and change after you are done. Please see the above photo for what ‘beach ready’ means.
5) There are some lockers available in the changing rooms but, we discourage you from using them to reduce the touch points.If you need to use them, please bring sanitising wipes to clean the lockers before leaving your staff inside.
6) Please arrive on the poolside on time (and not early) so your swim lesson can start promptly. Please pay a close attention to our system for arriving to the poolside and leaving the pool. Social distancing rules must be followed.
7) During the lesson, our swim instructors will maintain the 2-meter social distance during their lessons. Swim teachers try as much as possible, to deliver their teaching and coaching from the poolside.
8) If you have any swimming teaching equipment/toy available at home like a kickboard or noodle, please bring your own. If you don’t have any, that is fine. We put our swimming teaching equipment in the pool water (chlorinated water) to sanitise. We also don’t led swimming teaching equipments and toys to be shared between swimmers in one class.
9) After swimming lesson please leave the pool as soon as possible and take your shower at home. If you need to get changed and put clothes on before leaving the facility, pay attention to social distancing marks in the changing rooms and spend as little time as possible in the changing room. Be mindful of touch points and sanitise your hands and your child(ren)’s hands after leaving the changing rooms
10) If you or any member of your household has any of symptoms of COVID-19, you should not come to swimming lessons.
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