The New NormalOur updated guidance and advice for Aquatots Swim Lessons with effect from 18th October 2021
Working together to provide a safe & fun
experience for everyone long term.
12 months ago we implemented a number of procedures and requirements at our venues to ensure our lessons were a COVID secure environment and 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. 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.
The re-introduction, of hands on approach to Teaching, has been one of the most positively received changes and of course the reintroduction of playtime on the raft!!! What a joy it has been seeing the children’s excitement at lessons ending with this most fun of activities.
WELCOMING BACK THE FAMILY!
There are still some guidelines that we will need to keep in place, these are listed below. We are delighted to confirm, that at the majority of our pools, we are ready to welcome spectators back into classes, allowing family members to enjoy that wonderful experience of watching your little ones in their Aquatots lesson.
We will need to manage attendance carefully, to ensure that we are able to maintain acceptable or required social distancing between visitors and swimmers in accordance with the swimming venue guidelines. Spectator attendance, at the moment, will need to be pre agreed on a week by week basis with your teacher. At some pools, we may only be able to permit one of two people per lesson in which case it may well be that a spectator can only visit once per term and we do have a very small number of venues that are not yet ready to welcome back spectators but your Teacher will be able to advise you regarding the requirements for your pool.
More good news is, where possible, at our larger pools, we will also return to allowing a second partner into the water particularly for photo week which we know will be a welcome introduction, for those upcoming festive family shots.
Taking into account the feedback from both our swimmers and Teachers, we believe that these two additions will be very much welcomed for the Autumn Term, we will need to keep some guidelines and requirements in place for the longer term. Rest assured, all of our practices and processes will be focused on providing our swimmers with the most fun, safe, and smooth running experience possible for future lessons.
So here is our new Normal that we ask all swimmers and Teachers to follow during your time with Aquatots.
Please be aware that measures may differ from pool to pool as we follow the local authority and venue guidelines which could change at times depending on local infection rates.
What is staying, for your safety and to keep classes running smoothly
- 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 your 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 web shop. 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 pool side 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 snorkelling, 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 which 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 understand 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 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 With the exception of 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
Thank you to all our swimmers that took the time to complete our survey on what a return to normal should look like. We hope that all of the above measures continue to provide our swimmers with the safest and most enjoyable experiences.
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.