COVID-19 Health and Safety Information
What is Arkansas Swim Academy doing to keep our swimmers and team members safe and healthy during this time?
The health and safety of our swimmers is our #1 goal. Honestly, the safety of children is why we opened Arkansas Swim Academy. Swim lessons save lives.
Our Air Quality
The following is a comparison of the ventilation rate of our indoor pool compared to other building types:
- 8 times more ventilated than an office space
- 4 times more ventilated than an elementary classroom
- 2.6 times more ventilated than a science laboratory
In fact, there is no other building type listed in the standard that comes close to the required ventilation rate of an indoor pool. In general, swimmers and coaches are at more risk in other approved buildings than an indoor pool, due to the high ventilation rate requirements of an indoor pool facility.
In accordance with CDC and state guidelines, Arkansas Swim Academy is limiting the number of classes and lessons that take place at one time inside our facility. The classes will be physically spaced out throughout the pool.
All coaches and team members’ temperatures will be checked when they report to work and we will all wear masks when not in the water and will wear face shields while teaching.
The CDC instructs “that there is no evidence that COVID-19 can spread to humans by using pools.” The chlorine removes or inactivates the virus that causes COVID-19. Our pool goes beyond chlorine clean with a UV light filter that sanitizes to the point it provides drinking water grade filtration. This is just one way we have raised the bar on cleanliness.
And of course, we will practice extreme hand washing, we will sanitize all pool toys, surfaces and the entire facility as excessively as possible.
We ask that all our families comply with Arkansas’ mask mandate. While in the facility, all parents/guardians and all children 10 years and older are required to wear a mask, other than while in the swimming pool. If you have a fever, symptoms, or have been exposed to someone diagnosed with COVID-19, we ask that you not enter the facility. Arkansas Swim Academy has an extremely flexible make-up policy. We hope that giving our families free make-up classes will alleviate the pressure of missing a swim class during these times.
In an effort to maintain social distancing, Arkansas Swim Academy has adopted the following procedures:
- We ask that families enter the lobby and check in just a few minutes prior to their classes. We will have a no touch check in system.
- We ask that, if possible, all students arrive and leave Arkansas Swim Academy in their bathing suits (we do not want families congregating in the changing room for now).
- Parents are allowed to view lessons from the viewing area or our outdoor patio. Our viewing area is set-up with chairs spaced out 6 feet apart, which follows the CDC guidelines. If the viewing area has reached capacity, we will ask that only one parent accompanies the child into the facility.
- Class times are being staggered in order to have fewer people entering and exiting the building at the same time.
- There is a separate entrance and exit to the pool deck to enhance social distancing. We will also have traffic flow in one direction around the pool.
- There will be no play area in our lobby for the time being.
- Monday afternoons are reserved for private or semi-private lessons only. Our building is closed Monday mornings to ensure that our facility remains extra sanitary for these lessons.
- Everyone entering the facility will have their temperature checked. If the temperature indicates a fever, we recommend that they return home and we will gladly add a make-up lesson to their account.
Choose from our small classes to private lessons. Monday afternoons, the facility is dedicated entirely to private and semi-private lessons. In addition, we have increased the number of private lessons offered.
Please remember that we are in a chlorinated environment and have the highest quality UV sanitation and purification systems making our pool one of the cleanest places in the community. Whenever the weather allows, we will also take advantage of our four large garage doors which will circulate fresh air. The CDC recommends “circulating outside air as much as possible, for example by opening windows and doors and prioritizing outdoor seating.” One more reason to swim with Arkansas Swim Academy right now is that year-round swimming is great exercise which strengthens the immune system and makes children more resilient to stress and illness.