Providing a Fun, Safe, and Relaxed Experience for all Our updated guidance and advice for Aquatots Swim Lessons for 2022
Working together to provide a safe & fun
experience for everyone long term.
18 months ago Aquatots implemented several procedures and requirements at our venues to ensure our lessons were a COVID secure environment. We were delighted with how readily, willingly, and quickly, our swimmers adapted to the required changes to help us protect everyone whilst returning to swimming.
Thank you, Aquatots Families!! - We will forever be grateful to every family that worked with us, to ensure that lessons continued whilst keeping everyone safe.
Moving Forward - Since then, we have cautiously taken steps to modify our swimming practices and ease towards our pre covid experience, introducing changes gradually, to enable our swimmer's reassurance and comfort.
We are all set for 2022!
As we look forward to a very positive Spring and the latest relaxation of restrictions, announced on Wednesday 19th January, we wanted to confirm just what practices and processes you can expect throughout your Aquatots lessons during this current Winter Term.
Our Aim - To provide our swimmers with the most fun, safe, and smooth running experience possible.
Please be aware that measures may differ from pool to pool and more specifics on your pool will be provided upon booking and confirmed by your Aquatots Teacher.
What we ask from our Swimmers and Teachers when attending an Aquatots Lesson
- Face Masks - Similar to many indoor venues we will continue to request that all adults wear a face-covering whilst moving around the building and in the changing rooms especially. This can be removed before entering the pool.
- Arrive Swim Ready - Please continue to arrive Swim / Beach Ready – To minimise time spent within changing areas we ask that all swimmers come to the pool swim ready, with swimwear under their clothing. The only exception will be our baby swimmers still in nappies as changing into swimming nappies can still happen in designated changing areas. Everyone will however be able to change after the lesson but we would ask that this takes place as quickly as possible and you are exiting the building within 15 minutes of your lesson finishing. A great option for children is a quick change into a baby grow or onesie for a swift change.
- Swim Bubbles - All swimmers will remain with the same group at all times and avoid any class crossover or "extra" swimmers arriving from week to week. This also assists with Track and Trace should the need arise and therefore make up classes will not be permitted for the foreseeable future. We hope you understand that this is for the safety of everyone. As always please be assured that your teacher will ensure that you catch up during class on any skills you may have missed previously.
Maintaining a Hygienic Environment
- Baby Change Mats - We will continue to recommend bringing along your own change mat. The roll-up versions are very easy to travel with. An example can be seen in our webshop. Alternatively, an extra towel will suffice.
- Hand Sanitising - Hand Sanitisers will still be available at the entrance to every venue and cleaning sprays to clean any high touch points after use. We would ask that you please continue to make use of both items. Our venues are thoroughly cleaned before our arrival and once we have departed. During lessons, our teachers will carry out regular sanitising around the poolside, and cleaning stations will be available throughout the building for parents to wipe down areas after use.
- Goggles / Swim Hats - Sharing such items is not the most hygienic of options so although teachers may have one or two spare, we would continue to request that all swimmers bring along their own items when required. For our child level swimmers, enjoying snorkeling, we will be able to provide one or two spare sets of fins for those forgotten but will no longer supply spare snorkels or masks due to the nature of their use.
- Shoe storage - If the venue you attend has a shoe rack on site please feel free to use these now however in case this is not an option please bring a spare bag that allows you to keep these with the rest of your belongings rather than taking up floor space and creating a trip hazard.
We are still all in this together Help us to help you
- Please observe social distancing and keep your child with you at all times both outside the venue in parking areas and whilst in the building.
- Use all hand sanitisers and cleaning stations where directed.
- Please comply with all directional signage within the venue.
- Please keep changing times to a minimum and arrive Swim Ready.
- Please arrive promptly and depart soon after your lesson is complete.
- Please be patient if asked to queue.
- Please ensure you have read and understood your pool venue instructions before arrival.
- Please follow all instructions given by your Teacher. As well as being highly skilled swim teachers, they are the most knowledgeable people you will have at your venue on how best to stay safe whilst with us.
- If you wish to discuss any individual issues with your teacher, can we ask that this takes place via a call outside of the lesson to ensure that we can swiftly exit swimmers from the water?
- Most importantly if you are unwell or display any Symptoms of Coronavirus please do not attend your lesson and notify us via phone.
Your Checklist of what to bring
- Your Pool Venue Instructions.
- Swim Nappy for your little one. Two tight fitting layers as normal.
- Swimwear on under your Clothing except for Nappy wearing Babies / Toddlers.
- Towels for Parent and Child.
- Change Mat extra thick towel for our younger swimmers who need to be laid down for changing.
- Extra Bag for Shoes to be placed in.
- Goggles / Swim Hat or Snorkel & Fins kit - if required for your lessons.
- Face Mask.
- Your own hand sanitiser and wipes as a precaution.
- Snorkel kit for child levels only
And finally...One of the safest places to be! Let's not forget that all of our swimming pools are treated with Chlorine which is understood to deactivate the virus within 15 seconds, meaning the swimming pool environment, is one of the safer areas to be, with hands staying sanitised for the duration of the time you are in the water.