COVID-19 Safety Information and FAQs
We know many of you have been anticipating the reopening of our swim schools, while some of you may not be ready to return, and that is okay. This message is to inform you that over the last several weeks we have developed a comprehensive plan to protect our staff and members based on the safety measures the State and local government agencies have mandated for the reopening of our swim schools. Although we finally were given the green light to open, some changes were made to our program so we can do our part to keep everyone safe. Beginning Monday, June 29th we will offer weekly semi-private Sprint Swim Camps so that we can get back to our passion of teaching swimmers to stay safe in and around the water until we ar to return to our regular swim lessons. However, when our regular swim lessons resume, we will continue with a lower ratio class to limit the number of swimmers and members in the building until we feel it is safe to increase this ratio. We hope to return to our regular summer swim quarter starting July 5th. We will notify you about registration
When will ASA Reopen?
- We are excited that the American Swim Academy will be reopening all locations on Monday. June 29th and will offer swim camps. Based on the most recent guidelines provided by the state and local authorities we are confident that we will provide a healthy environment for your children to continue their swimming journey.
Is It Safe to Swim?
- The CDC has stated that “There is no evidence that COVID-19 can be spread to humans through the use of pools or hot tubs. Proper operation, maintenance and disinfection(e.g. with chlorine or bromine) of pools and hot tubs should remove or inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19.”
- Every ASA pool meets and exceeds the health standards set by the CDC and the County Department of Health.
What Will Stay the Same?
- The same kind, highly trained and fun team members at ASA.
- Your swimmer’s progression through our levels.
- The fun, lots of laughter and smiles that each child experiences at ASA.
- Our specialized chlorination and filtration systems for our pool water that enable us to have the highest quality water.
- Our 5 pools all have an Ultra-violet (UV) sanitation treatment system to provide extra protection against the spread of water-borne diseases.
What IS Going to Change?
- We will have a reduction of people in our facility (including the pool area) at one time.
- Social distancing will be enforced in all areas.
- Our team members will be wearing a combination of masks and face shields to protect our members and other staff.
- Staff screenings will be conducted upon arrival.
- We will increase disinfection of hard surfaces within the facility, all high touch surfaces will be disinfected hourly.
- We have redesigned the traffic flow at each location to facilitate one way traffic and ensure distancing.
- Each member will have a designated place to wait for class to begin and each member will have a designated location to view their swimmer’s class.
- We will be implementing a “Wrap & Go” system to limit exposure while we are in the building.
- Additional signage will be placed throughout our buildings to help remind everyone of good social distancing.
- Vending machines/water fountains will be unavailable.
- We encourage all members to use the restroom before leaving home for class. Bathrooms will be available for use but showers and change rooms will be closed.
Will Facial Coverings be Required?
- Face coverings are required for anyone 3+ years
Will You be Doing Wellness Checks?
- Yes, we will be doing health screenings on all team members when they arrive to work each day
- Yes, the temperature of the caregiver and swimmer will be screened before entering the building
- We are also relying on families to self-screen and stay home if they have any symptoms
- Before you enter the school, we are required to ask if the caretaker and the swimmer have experienced a fever or cough.
How Will You Help Us with Social Distancing?
- One caregiver per swimmer is allowed inside the swim school. Only siblings who are not mobile (babies who are not walking) may accompany the caregiver.
- The bleachers will be marked with a designated place for you to view your swimmer’s lesson. We have placed the decals strategically to ensure you have the best view of your teaching station possible while adhering to the required distancing guidelines.
- We ask that members arrive only five minutes before their scheduled class time to keep occupancy numbers within guidelines and walkways clear. You will receive additional information on the designated area for you to wait for your class during those 5 minutes before class.
- Swimmers should come dressed and ready for class.
What Enhanced Cleaning are You Doing?
- We have enhanced our cleaning and disinfecting to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by using CDC authorized disinfectants and focusing on cleaning the high touch areas.
How Clean is Your Pool Water?
- Because we care about the safety of our staff members and our families, we have always had cutting-edge technologies that include state of the art regenerative filters, which filter particles down to 1 micron.
- In every one of our ASA facilities, we also use specialized chlorination systems that ensure proper chemistry and enable us to have the highest quality water possible for members and instructors at all times.
- All 5 locations have an Ultra-violet (UV) sanitation treatment system to provide enhanced disinfection. These UV systems are not required by the health department, but we invested in them as an extra measure of protection.
- American Swim Academy has a full-time maintenance staff who monitor and service each location daily. This allows us to ensure the highest quality of water for our staff and members.
How Can I Help Keep Everyone Safe at the Pool?
- In general, if you are sick or exhibiting symptoms of any illness, we ask that you fully recover before returning to the swim school. Please follow our guidelines and let us know if you will be missing class in order to qualify for a make up class.
- Remember, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) still recommends the following preventative actions you can take to improve your chances of staying healthy. Our staff members are following these recommendations and we encourage you to do so as well:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipes
What About the Lessons We Missed?
- We have added ASA credit which will never expire to your family account for any missed classes from the Spring quarter that your swimmer(s) missed due to the closure.
Water Quality Information Water Filtration – DEFENDER® REGENERATIVE MEDIA FILTER The Defender filter will remove particles down to 1 micron. With the growing concerns about waterborne illnesses (WBI) such as cryptosporidiosis, the smaller the particle removal the better. The Defender filter is especially effective on pools with heavy bather loads because of the increased filter area and dirt holding capacity. Defender filter will also retard the increase in turbidity. A major contributor to turbidity in pool water is the treatment chemicals, especially sodium hypochlorite. UV Disinfection ETS-UV™ DISINFECTION GENERATORS How UV Disinfection Works UV light provides effective inactivation of microorganisms such as bacteria, viruses, molds and pathogens without the use of chemicals. UV light works by causing permanent damage to the DNA or RNA found in all living species. Once DNA becomes damaged, or dimerized, the organism, such as Cryptosporidium, is unable to carry out the routine cell functions of the respiration, the assimilation of food and replication. Once the cell is rendered non-viable, the organism cannot cause infection. ETS-UV generators have been validated for performance per rigorous industry specific standards for drinking water, water reuse and recreational water applications. Chlorine Sanitization Per the CDC: “There is no evidence that the virus that causes COVID-19 can be spread to people through the water in pools, hot tubs, or water playgrounds. Additionally, proper operation of these aquatic venues and disinfection of the water (with chlorine or bromine) should inactivate the virus.” All American Swim Academy pools use chlorine as the primary means of sanitization. As you may know the CDC recommends chlorine bleach as a surface disinfectant for use against Covid-19, it sanitizes pool water in the same way.
What is chlorine and how is chlorine made? Chlorine is a naturally-occurring chemical element and one of the basic building blocks of matter. Chlorine is produced from ordinary salt, by passing an electric current through a solution of brine (common salt dissolved in water) in a process called electrolysis. Why is chlorine added to swimming pools? Chlorine is added to the water to kill germs. When it is added to a swimming pool, it forms a weak acid called hypochlorous acid that kills bacteria like salmonella and E. coli, as well as germs that cause viruses such as coronavirus, diarrhea and swimmer’s ear.