On March 14th we shut down our classes - drowning prevention for us essentially stopped. Of course, we have drowning prevention materials in our free online class (check our website for info!). We cannot tell a lie, it’s been difficult to stay home, flatten the curve, and not be a part of our swimmer’s lives. We know that the number one cause of death for children ages 1 to 4 is drowning. Read that again!

So we are doing everything we can to adjust to the new normal so we can get back to teaching swimming and working on drowning prevention ASAP! Some of the changes you should expect will be very noticeable:

  • Instructors will be wearing masks and face shields

  • Instructors have a health log to fill out before class that includes student and instructor temp taking (we have no contact temperature guns)

  • We will be using outside entrances/exits

  • Social distancing on deck is a must-do!

  • Hand sanitizer before each class for instructor

Some things you may not see, that we are doing - we have UV boxes for toys and will continue to use a childsafe cleaner called CleanSmart. We may make other changes too as we work with the health department, our association USSSA on best practices, and follow the guidance of the CDC. We have been heavily involved with our association in creating the best practices to get back into the water as soon as possible. Additionally, we have joined with other swim schools in our association across the nation to do the following:

  • Write letters to the Governor of Florida, our national and local leaders asking to re-open our swim school as we are essential to teaching our kids life-saving skills.

  • Creating best practices to keep kids safe in the water

  • Working with the CDC to follow their guidelines when re-opening

Whew! Adjusting to this new normal is incredibly difficult for everyone. We know it causes fatigue, mental stress, and a sense of loss. We are doing everything we can get back to the water and your kids even if things look completely different. As always, we welcome your input, and can’t wait to swim with you! Hopefully sooner rather than later!

One of our business models is putting others before ourselves. That is why we were one of the first swim schools, if not businesses in the area, to close our doors, or more like yours, to flatten the curve and keep others safe. People thought we were being too hasty, but we knew that if we accidentally infected one of our students going from house to house, we would be lying about our business principles; plus we would feel terrible. The question remains is how can we continue to help others keep their sanity and safety?

If you know about our program, it involves homework, we give you things to keep practicing on during the week, or in between classes. We wanted to keep implementing that school of thought which basically means to keep practicing. Although it is a little difficult for 1-1 swim lessons, Miss Kristen, being the genius that she is, brought to people’s home Aqua Fitness classes. (Full disclosure: she is obviously not the one writing this post, she is way to humble to write like this) These classes are implemented to help people keep moving in the water at their own home, and at their own pace if they want! Homeschooling at it’s finest.

We still wanted to help people continue to keep their physical exercise but still remain cautious to stay home. This world right now is scary, no other word to describe it. So having those little things that you can remember doing before all of this, like Aqua Fitness classes, bring a sense of comfort in these times. Plus, if something can get you to go outside and away from family members that are driving you nuts, then that is a job well done in our book. I kid, of course. I love my family…

We do not know when we are going to start lessons up again. As always, safety is number one, so ultimately, when we feel that it is safe for everyone to start lessons again, that is when you will see our smiling faces again. Until that time, keep active, stay home, and stay safe.

“The Capacity to learn is a gift; the ability to learn is a skill; the willingness to learn is a choice.” - Brain Herbert

We often value the product or end result of learning, rather than thinking of learning as a continuous process that we all must continue to engage in to be our best. We believe that the best educators in any field are those who continue to push themselves to learn and grow. We could stop at just maintaining our lifeguard and CPR, First Aid/AED certifications and our current degrees. But do we really stay current with the best trends in water safety, instruction, student special needs and expanded services if as your instructors we do not further our education?

Since our opening on Jan 1, 2018, Miss Abby and Miss Kristen have both taken the Water Safety course/certification offered by OSHA, Fine Point Instruction offered by USSSA and attended numerous sessions at our conference including one about gentle survival swimming.

Miss Abby is currently furthering her education formally through university courses. Of course, as she studies the bones, ligaments, and muscles her knowledge can only help her swimmers as work on their technique. She is constantly sharing with Miss Kristen her new knowledge. As she continues in this area of medical course work we can only expect her knowledge to help us with any student that may have physical limitations/needs.

Miss Kristen has completed the Autism Awareness Certification and Aqua Fitness Certification. She is currently working on her Special Education Needs Certification. These certifications all allow Miss Kristen to adapt her teaching to student needs in a more effective way. The Aqua Fitness certification allows Miss Kristen to grow into an area she has always loved.

Why do we keep taking these classes? Good is not good enough. We want to know as much about each student’s situation as possible, to adapt and teach in the most effective way possible. We love our program but recognize that our learning more helps shape our program that only benefits our students. Instructors that fail to continue to learn are failing their students. Our continuous learning plan includes more university work for Miss Abby, along with Aqua Fitness for her this fall. Miss Kristen will work on more classes in the area of health concerns to help our students with limiting health conditions.

*In the Naples, Bonita Springs, and Fort Myers, Florida area!
*Not serving areas of: Marco Island, Immokalee, Cape Coral, North Fort Myers, and Lehigh Acres, Florida. 
 Tel: (941)564-5140
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