- 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 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
- Water Quality Information and 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 filters 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 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, bypassing 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.