COVID-19 Safety Protocols and Procedures

Recognizing that the emergency order is still in effect here in Ontario, and that there are no specific directives regarding private swimming lessons, the following protocols and procedures will be implemented by SPLASH in accordance with public health guidelines and Lifesaving Society resources to ensure the well being of all SPLASH participants this summer.

  1. All clients agree to perform a daily health self-assessment of students and household members and to report any of the following symptoms to SPLASH: fever, chills, cough, stuffiness and/or runny nose, shortness of breath, sore throat/difficulty swallowing, loss of taste or smell, pink eye, headache, digestive issue including nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, muscle aches, tiredness, lack of appetite. Exposure to anyone experiencing any of these symptoms must also be reported to SPLASH immediately.

  2. Physical distancing between instructor and students as well as any family members or observers must always be a minimum of 2 meters. Past polite niceties including handshakes, high fives, hugs etc. will not be a part of the SPLASH experience this year. Adaptive lesson planning will have to be implemented including but not limited to instructor demonstrations without physical manipulations/touching, use of manikins for demonstrating first aid procedures. Important to note, is that lower level swimmers who would normally require the instructor to hold them in the pool will have to be accompanied in each lesson by a family member or guardian to perform these tasks; the instructor will guide the assistant from a safe physical distance.

  3. Equipment can be a transmitter of the virus and therefore all clients agree to provide their student(s) with their own goggles, dive toys, pool noodles, flutter boards etc.

  4. As per usual, parents can expect to receive feedback from the instructor on their child’s progress; these conversations will take place at a safe physical distance or via email, phone call or text.

  5. Clients accept that the instructor will not enter their home to access the pool and agree to keep the environment (i.e. gate handles, pool side furniture, pool ladders etc.) cleaned and disinfected to prevent the transmission of the virus.

  6. All payments will be sent to SPLASH via e-transfer upon completion of the session (deposits of 50% of session fee still to be e-transferred upon registering); no handling of cheques or cash is accepted this year.

  7. Please sign, witness and forward all necessary forms including: registration, insurance waiver, pool maintenance rules and COVID-19 policies and procedures to SPLASH prior to the start of your first session.

 

As the owner and operator of SPLASH I will continue to monitor the government guidelines regarding the pandemic and will also continue to partake of the Lifesaving Society webinars for further professional development instruction to ensure I am adhering to best practices. SPLASH remains confident that our model of private, at home swim instruction is the safest way to enjoy a healthy and fun summer in the pool. Please reference www.covid-19.ontario.ca for up to date, reliable information and as always feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have.

 

Being well informed will ensure we all have a safe and happy summer.

 

~ Lauren Boultbee 

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