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!