The Swimming Swan LLC. – Covid-19: At-Home Client Policies
According to the World Health Organization paper titled, “Water, Sanitation, Hygiene and Waste Management for the COVID-19 Virus,” stated that the coronavirus responsible for COVID-19 is killed by 0.5 ppm or more of chlorine in the water, as well as other standard methods of disinfection. “Conventional, centralized water treatment methods that utilize filtration and disinfection should inactivate the COVID-19 virus,” the paper stated. “Other human coronaviruses have been shown to be sensitive to chlorination and disinfection with ultraviolet (UV) light.”
According to the CDC; There is no evidence that the virus that causes COVID-19 can be spread to people through the water in pools, hot tubs, spas, or water play areas. Proper operation and maintenance (including disinfection with chlorine and bromine) of these facilities should inactivate the virus in the water.
What you can do to help:
As with any cold and flu season, we ask that you do your part to keep your family and other local families, healthy and safe. We suggest regularly washing your hands and require that children, siblings and/or caretakers, that are experiencing known cold and flu symptoms stay home.
Please do not show up for lessons or programming, if exhibiting any of the Symptoms of Covid-19 by the CDC:
- Fever of (100.4° and higher)
- Severe cough
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Chills or repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain -Headache
- Green mucus
- Sore throat
- Skin rash
- Loss of taste or smell
We ask that you reschedule lessons if anyone in your family has been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, is exhibiting COVID-19 like symptoms, or has recently traveled from an area with widespread or ongoing community spread of COVID-19. Additionally, we ask that you take into account the CDC’s recommendations for appropriate cleaning and disinfection of household’s (found below):
Cleaning and Disinfection for Households
What The Swimming Swan Swim School is doing to protect your family from illness:
We are actively monitoring the news regarding COVID-19 and following the latest recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
- We are committed to immediate action and communication, to any impacted families, should we receive word of COVID-19 cases directly affecting the Swimming Swan LLC. operations.
- We ask that all Parents/Guardians on deck observing lessons wear face masks. Quick CDC Guidelines reminder.
- All Swimming Instructors will wear facial shields while teaching in-water and face masks while on deck.
- All Lifeguards will wear face masks while on duty. If in the event a lifeguard needs to perform an in-water rescue, the lifeguard will remove any face masks while getting in the water. Lifeguards are not expected to wear facial masks or shields prior to rescuing a victim. Lifeguards will not stop to “get ready” to rescue an active or passive victim under any circumstances nor will they jeopardize their own health and safety by covering their face and nose while performing an emergency rescue.
- We highly discourage sharing items difficult to clean, sanitize, or disinfect, or that are meant to come in contact with the face (for example, goggles, nose clips, masks).
- We ensure limiting usage – group lessons will only be scheduled for close family contact members.
- Current recommendations for proper distancing will be taken into consideration. Physical and visual cues or guidance maybe utilized to maintain those recommended distances when applicable.
- Swimming Lessons must be conducted in a chlorinated pool. All clients registered and payed are acknowledging and accepting their responsibility that Chlorine levels must be at .5 ppm or higher for swim lessons to take place. If chlorine levels are not adequate, then lessons will be forfeited for that day.
- Parents whom wish to get in the water with their child during lessons to ensure 6 feet social distancing between our Instructors and your child(ren) may do so, please notate this in your registration under special requests.
- Any parents, children or Swimming Swan staff should let us know if you are experiencing any Covid symptoms. We need to work together to ensure we are all staying safe.
During Lifeguarding and Safety & Health Classes
The following guidelines are designed to minimize the chance of disease transmission during training. These guidelines address how training can be done with social distancing in place. When social distancing restrictions are eased, skills (land-based and in-water) will require additional training to achieve the competency objectives:
- No one (instructor or participants) with a fever and other symptoms of COVID-19 should participate in any classes.
- Participants and instructors should wash their hands at the start of a class, during class, and following class.
- Participants will be provided with exam gloves, protective face masks, and protective eyewear at the start of class. Disinfectant wipes and hand sanitizer (or hand washing breaks), will be provided during class. Replacement items will be made available as needed.
- A minimum of 6 feet of separation of participants and instructors will be maintained whenever possible.
- Exam gloves, protective face masks and protective eyewear will be worn during land-based training (classroom or otherwise).
- There will be no person-to-person contact involving simulations for choking, rescue breathing, CPR, or bleeding control (direct pressure and bandaging). CPR/RB/FBAO-related skills will be performed only on manikins, including Heimlich Maneuver.
- Bleeding control practice requires each participant to have his/her own clean gauze pad and gauze roll. To avoid close contact with others, participants will practice bandaging on themselves.
- Stations for manikins with AED training devices should be placed at least 6 feet apart from each other. Only one participant at a time will use a manikin and AED training device. Equipment will be disinfected by participants between uses.
- Participants will use their own resuscitation masks when practicing on a manikin. The manikin and mask/valve with be disinfected following each use.
For layperson training classes, CPR will be instructed using the Compression Only (Hands Only) guidelines, thereby eliminating the need for any rescue breathing in any manikins.
- When social distancing restrictions are eased, skills (land-based and in-water) will require additional training to achieve the competency objectives.
- Transmission of any diseases via pool water is extremely unlikely if chemicals are maintained properly. But, pool water should not be used as a disinfectant for any class equipment.
- -In-water rescue breathing will not be practiced at this time. The simulated patient will be positioned face-up on the rescue tube, the airway opened with the jaw thrust, and the patient moved rapidly to the extrication point.
- When social distancing restrictions are eased, best practices suggest limiting exposure when participants are paired during skills (e.g. pair up with the same person for practice).
- During pre-service training, employers should include any additional PPE training.