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Find out how we’re putting in place safe working practices for your child’s swimming during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Remember, if you or any member of your household has symptoms of COVID-19 do not attend your child’s lesson and register for a COVID-19 test.
A walkthrough of one of our venues
Our 10 steps to being COVID-19 secure
1. Fill in our survey
We want to know what your concerns are before we start lessons, so we’ve released a survey that all parents need to fill in. Parents with children currently enrolled in our swimming lessons should fill this form in by 16th August 2020. Any parents hoping to enroll a child in our lessons will be directed to fill this in while they’re booking with us.
2. Test and trace
When parents arrive for their child’s lessons, they will need to sign in using our QR codes. These will be handed out as cards parents can keep and we will also display the QR code around the building. Your details on this form will be kept up to 21 days and may be shared with NHS Test and Trace.
For anyone who has a mobile phone that cannot read QR codes, we will also have a member of the team poolside to sign you in.
3. Arrive ‘beach ready’
We’re asking parents to bring their children for swimming lessons ‘beach ready’, so they do not use the changing rooms before their lesson. This means arriving in their swimming costumes under a changing robe or dressing gown.
4. One-way systems and cleanliness
At all of our pool venues there will be one way systems in place and greater cleaning in place to help protect you and your children. This will involve cleaning the poolside down and high contact surfaces before we use the pool and between our lessons.
We will also be asking only one parent to accompany their child to lessons, owing to the limited seating capacity with social distancing.
5. Beginner lessons
We’re asking parents of children in beginner lessons to be in the water with them during lessons. This will enable your child to be safe whilst respecting social distancing between your child and the teacher. Our teachers will be out of the water on poolside while social distancing is still required.
6. Reducing numbers
Unfortunately, we will have to reduce numbers to adhere to guidelines from Swim England and the STA on swimming pool capacity while social distancing is required.
We will be cleaning our equipment between our lessons adhering to guidance from the Pool Water Treatment Advisory Group, which informs pool operator procedures.
8. Pool layout during lessons
We will be changing our pool layout during lessons at all our venues, so your child’s lesson may take place at a slightly different place on the poolside. Don’t worry, our team will be on hand to point your child to the right place before lessons.
9. We’ve trained our staff to teach during COVID-19
We’ve put on training sessions for our staff to make sure they’re able to teach while adhering to social distancing. We’ve also put members of our team through training provided by the STA on how to manage our swim school during COVID-19. We’ll be making sure that there is a trained COVID-19 officer at all of our venues when lessons start in September.
10. Risk assessments
We’ve written new risk assessments for our working practices to make sure our swim school is COVID-19 secure and is a safe place for everyone.
We know COVID-19 is tough on everyone, but we hope with these steps we will be able to carry on swimming and return to normal as soon as possible. We’re incredibly grateful for your support during these trying times!Hayley and team
Face masks must be worn by parents on poolside at all of our venues in line with government guidance.
Links to guidance we are following
The intended purpose for this document is to cover as many different swim school and swimming lesson scenarios as possible in line with the information the STA have to hand at the moment. We have carefully considered the sections from this guidance which applies to our swim school, and determine what control measures are reasonably practicable, and financially viable, for our swim school to implement in order to eliminate or minimise health and safety risks from COVID-19 in our swim school.
We’ve implemented the guiding principles that Swim England have proposed for swimming schools in the UK, so we can work with our pool operators reducing the risk of COVID-19. This guidance has been produced in collaboration with experts from across the sector.