Swim Lessons Are STILL Essential
Today, nearly a year into the pandemic, swim lessons remain as important as ever. In fact, some states and cities have deemed swim schools an essential business amidst closures. After all, drowning doesn’t pause for a pandemic, and in fact, may increase. According to pediatrician Ben Hoffman, MD, FAAP, chair of the AAP Council on Injury, Violence & Poison Prevention,
“Drowning is the single leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 4, and it’s one of the top causes of death for teens. As children are at home more due to social isolation recommendations, they may have more access to pools, bathtubs, and other sources of water – all of which pose a drowning risk.”
Working from home has also contributed to a distracted environment. In fact, nine out of 10 drowning deaths occur when a caregiver is supervising but not paying attention. Giving children the knowledge to find air, roll over, and get out of the water are all invaluable skills when at home as well as when enjoying the water. And all of these skills can be learned in swim lessons.
Looking back to the spring of 2020, Aqua-Tots Swim Schools partnered with the United States Swim School Association and many respected colleagues in the swim school industry to establish safety standards to protect families when attending swim lessons. Because of our Full Circle of Safety, swim lessons have continued throughout the coronavirus pandemic in the vast majority of our communities, and we continue to stand behind these methods as we develop safe and confident swimmers all over the world.
So, how safe are swim lessons during the pandemic, anyway? Small class sizes, social distancing practices, enhanced cleaning procedures, and commercial grade sanitation systems along with increased pool chemical checks are just a few of the ways that Aqua-Tots Swim Schools is keeping families safe and healthy.
According to the US Swim School Association, “Indoor swimming pools are required to have a very high ventilation rate to assist in removing the byproducts of the chlorine that is added to the pool water, which means an indoor pool area will have the highest air turn-over and most fresh air of any other space within that building. Reducing air velocity is important in indoor pools to reduce evaporation, however, it turns out that reducing air velocity also helps minimize the spread of airborne pathogens.”
Additionally, the CDC is “not aware of any scientific reports of the virus that causes COVID-19 spreading to people through the water in pools, hot tubs, or water playgrounds. Plus, proper operation of public pools, hot tubs, and water playgrounds (such as at an apartment complex or owned by a community) and disinfection of the water (with chlorine or bromine) should inactivate the virus.”
This is all great news for water safety! We commend community leaders who have stepped up to declare swim lessons an essential service, and we are grateful for families who continue to make swim lessons a part of their weekly routine. Keeping children safe and healthy can begin with water safety. Jump in!