Swimming Lessons

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COVID-19 Safety Plan for Swimming Lessons

Pool Policies & Procedures

COVID-19 has had a huge impact on the way we live, play and work. Swimming and other related activities are excellent ways to get the physical activity needed for a healthy lifestyle. The use of swimming pools is considered a low risk activity as long as the pool is operated and maintained properly and everyone does their part to keep others safe.
The BC Centre for Disease Control and Prevention states:
“There is no evidence that the virus that causes COVID-19 can be spread to people through water in pools, hot tubs, spas, or water play areas. Proper operation and maintenance (including disinfection with chlorine and bromine) of these facilities should inactivate the virus in the water.”
Policies and procedures for the Lakeview “Peanut” Pool, Lavington Wading Pool and the Polson Spray Park have been developed to minimize the risk that COVID-19 poses to the health of its employees and to the public. It is imperative that all posted guidelines and directions from the lifeguards are followed at all times.
Here are some things to consider before you come, and during your visit:

  • Do not come to the pool if you are sick or feel unwell, or if you have been told to self-isolate.
  • Everyone must wash/sanitize their hands when entering the pool area using soap and water or hand-sanitizer.
  • Come dressed ready to swim. Shower before using the pool and when you get home.
  • Do not spit or blow your nose in the water.
  • Practice physical distancing by keeping 2 metres (6ft) between family units.
  • Do not bring valuables or extra belongings to the pool.
  • Our maximum occupancy for Lakeview “Peanut” Pool is fifty (50) persons including staff. The maximum occupancy for Lavington Wading Pool is twenty-five (25) persons including staff. The maximum occupancy for Polson Spray Park is fifty (50) persons.
  • Lavington Wading Pool Outdoor Swim Lessons have been modified to accommodate physical distancing recommendations. All swimmers require a parent/caregiver to participate in the water with their swimmer.

If you have any questions about our COVID-19 Safety Play, the pool schedule, or swim lessons please call 250-550-3670 or email outdoorpools@vernon.ca

Pool Rules

  • Children 5 years & under must be within arms reach of a guardian 12 years & over at all times.
  • Proper bathing suits are required.
  • No running on the pool deck.
  • No diving.
  • No pushing, dunking or horseplay.
  • No glass in the pool enclosure.
  • No smoking.
  • No alcohol.
  • Do not use the pool if you are sick or feel unwell.
  • Everyone must wash hands when entering the pool area with liquid soap and water or hand-sanitizer for at least 20 seconds.
  • Do not spit or blow your nose into the water.
  • Practice physical distancing by keeping 2 metres from one another

Clear Pool Immediately Upon Whistle Blast
Pool may close early due to lack of patrons and inclement weather.

Additional COVID Modifications

  • Facility users are required to come ready to swim, leave any unnecessary belongings at home.
  • Change room access is limited to 1 family unit at a time.
  • Facility entrance and exit is through the designated gates only.
  • Facility users are required to wash their hands upon entry to the facility. At Lakeview, a hand washing station is provided. At Lavington, showers are available inside the pool entrance. At Polson Spray Park, washrooms are located in the park building.
  • Facility access will be limited to 1 hour durations when facility occupancy limits have reached capacity.
  • The green space at Lakeview has been divided into family pods to allow for appropriate spacing within the enclosure.
  • Facility users should follow Provincial Health Officer’s (PHO) physical distancing recommendations of 2 metres (6ft) at all times while visiting the facility.
  • Facility users are encouraged to put on a mask when physical distancing cannot be maintained. However, face coverings are not permitted in the water.
  • The public spaces within the facility will be cleaned and disinfected a minimum of twice daily and when visibly dirty. High touch point surfaces will be sanitized twice daily.

To reduce the spread of COVID-19 while participating in a program:

  • As much as possible, maintain 2 metres physical distancing 
  • Hand wash as per BC Centre of Disease Controls Guidelines:
    • At arrival and before heading home
    • Before and after any transition in activities
    • Before and after eating and drinking
    • After using the washroom
    • Whenever hands are visibly dirty
  • Follow all guidelines set by the Provincial Health Office

ILLNESS/TRAVEL

Those who have symptoms of a cold, flu, or with any coughing / sneezing, or family members within their household who are sick or self-isolating, will not be permitted to attend  (refund/credit provided). 

Those who have travelled or been in contact with someone who has travelled outside the Province/Country will not be permitted to attend.

FIRST AID PROCEDURES 

All lifeguard and instructor staff have been trained in updated COVID-19 protocols. They will follow these procedures and be provided the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment as required.

PARTICIPANT INFO

For further and more detailed information please see the COVID-19 Swimming Lesson Participant Information.

OUTDOOR POOLS REOPENING PUBLIC INFORMATION

COVID-19 Swimming Lesson Participant Information

SWIMMING LESSON PARTICIPANT

Following the recommendations from both the Canadian Red Cross and the BC Lifesaving Society, we have adapted our swimming lesson delivery for  COVID-19 protocols.  If you have any questions or suggestions, please do not hesitate to call one of our Aquatic Leaders at outdoorpools@vernon.ca or 250-550-3670.

  1. All participants, child and parent/caregiver, are required to answer a daily health assessment prior to the start of the lesson starting.  If you or your child is sick, you are to stay home and self-isolate up to 10 days until symptom free.
  2. All families are required to fill out a COVID-19 waiver form prior to the first lesson.  This is attached for you to fill out and bring on the first day.  There will be paper copies available as well. All levels are parented. 
  3. Parent participation in the water is required to ensure the child is safe in the water and reduces the contact with the instructor.  It is highly recommended that they same parent/caregiver attend all the lessons to reduce the number of contacts at the facility.
  4. Physical distancing of 2 metres must be observed at all times between instructor and swimmer, and swimmer/parent pair and other swimmer/parent pairs.
  5. All families are required to wash their hands and have a cleansing shower before and after using the facility.
  6. Class time has been reduced to 25 minutes to accommodate for cleaning and disinfection between classes.  The first 20 minutes will be instructional, followed by 5 minutes of free play.  At the 25 minute mark, you will be asked to leave the facility so our instructors can clean and prepare for the next lesson.
  7. You are encouraged to bring your own personal equipment (ie. Goggles) and are not to be shared with other swimmers.  The use of non-medical face coverings are encouraged when physical distancing cannot be met; however, any type of face covering is not allowed in the water due to an asphyxia risk.
  8. The facility will be providing limited instructional equipment for use during your lesson.  These have been disinfected between uses.  Please ensure you use your designated equipment bucket provided.
  9. The instructors will be following the Red Cross Swim Preschool and Red Cross Swim Kids Progressions, and an evaluation of the swimmers progress will be provided at the end of the lesson set.  Each swimmer/parent pair may be at different abilities at the same time.  Be patient, work with your child, and have fun.  The more the parent/caregiver can participate and have fun in the water, the quicker your child will progress. 
COVID-19 ASSUMPTION OF RISK AND PERMISSION FORM
How do I Register if I don't have a credit card for on-line payment?

If you don't have a credit card for the online registration process, please call the recreation centre office to arrange for registration.

Please ensure your online account is set up and your Childs account details are in place. 

FAQ’s

Please read below for some common questions we hear. If there is something we have not covered here we want to hear from you. Email us at learntoswim@vernon.ca  and let us know your question(s)!

My child usually swims with an instructor, why does a parent/caregiver need to attend?

All levels are parented.  Parent participation in the water is required to ensure the child is safe in the water and reduces the contact with the instructor.  It is highly recommended that they same parent/caregiver attend all the lessons to reduce the number of contacts at the facility.

I have two kids registered in lessons, how many parents/caregivers are required?

We require each child registered to attend with one parent/caregiver.  If you have registered two children, you are required to have two parents/caregivers available and participating during the swim lesson.

My child woke up sick; what should I do? My child will be missing one day of the lessons, do you need to know?

Please inform the aquatic staff as soon as you know  your child will not be attending a day of the lesson set, if for reason other than sickness.

Please keep children at home if they are sick or any family members are sick. Those who have symptoms of a cold, flu, or with any coughing / sneezing, or family members within their household who are sick or self-isolating, will not be permitted to attend. 

The Health and Safety of our participants and staff is our number one priority. During this unprecedented time, if you can't attend lessons due to sickness of the child or a family member, we will withdraw your child from the lessons. If we withdraw your child due to illness, they will not be permitted to return to lessons for fourteen days, potentially affecting other lessons. We would appreciate being given as much notice as possible if you need to withdraw your child so that we can plan our programs appropriately. Thank you for your cooperation on this matter. Please contact the Recreation Centre 250-545-6035 (ext. 0) (be sure to include your child’s name and the swimming lessons they are in).

Do we need to wear masks to the pool?

At this time, we do not require masks. If you feel more comfortable wearing a mask, we encourage you to wear one. If you need to speak directly with a staff person we ask that you maintain the recommended physical distancing.  Any type of face covering is not allowed in the water due to a risk of asphyxia.

Will my child receive a swim progress card at the end of the lesson set?

Yes. The instructors will be following the Red Cross Swim Preschool and Red Cross Swim Kids Progressions, and an evaluation of the swimmer’s progress will be provided at the end of the lesson set.  Each swimmer/parent pair may be at different abilities at the same time.  Be patient, work with your child, and have fun.  The more the parent/caregiver can participate and have fun in the water, the quicker your child will progress.

Do swimming lessons run on STAT holidays?

Yes.  Outdoor swim lessons are scheduled to run on Monday, August 3rd.