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The Swimming Swan LLC. – Covid-19: Staff 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. 

Staff Policy Changes due to Covid-19 

Swim instructors: 

  1. Face masks must be worn upon arrival for all shifts.
  2. Maximum of 2 students in each lesson.
  3. 3 students allowed in the same family if they are siblings and/or reside in the same household.
  4. Instructors will receive chlorine test kits and you must administer and test the chlorine before getting into the pool.


  1. Face masks must be worn upon arrival for all shifts.
  2. The infectious disease status of any person (guest or staff) will likely be unknown at the time of an emergency. Individuals in need of care may be asymptomatic, yet highly infectious. For this reason, Lifeguards will treat all incidents as if the person is infectious.
  3. Because viruses can be transmitted from the hands of a responder to the face through touch, gloves and masks are used to help prevent disease transmission. 
  4. Lifeguards are required to use protective surgical masks when responding to an emergency 
  5. Evidence also suggests that the conjunctivae, the mucous membrane that covers the eye, could be exposed to droplets and aerosols from infected persons during close contact. For this reason, eye protection (goggles or face shield) is also required 

Lifeguards must have Individual response (hip) packs and they should contain: 

  • Medical exam gloves 
  • Protective masks 
  • Hand sanitizer 
  • Disinfecting wipes 
  • Resuscitation mask 
  • Additional PPE to consider: surgical mask, protective eyewear, and Viromax filter in its original packaging 

Instructor Trainers 

  1. Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) During Class 
  2. Each attendee must be provided his or her own medical exam gloves, protective face mask, protective eyewear (goggles or face shield) and resuscitation mask for use with select skills. These items should not be shared. Additional items that should be available are soap and water stations or hand sanitizer, and disinfectant wipes/solutions. During pre-service training employers should include any additional PPE training.

Equipment Preparation 

All equipment should be cleaned and disinfected before, during, and after class use according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Diluted household bleach solutions, alcohol solutions with at least 70% alcohol, and most common EPA-registered household disinfectants can be used. This process includes:

  • Before Class – Instructors must ensure that equipment has been cleaned and disinfected before use. 
  • During Class – Attendees should use a disinfectant (e.g. alcohol, disinfecting wipes) after each use. Particular attention should be given to the face and chest of manikins and resuscitation devices (Masks, BVM, V-VAC and NRB). 
  • After Class – Instructors must thoroughly clean and disinfect equipment immediately after class. 

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