Safety is one of the core values of KidsCanSwim. During our COVID-19 closure, we have put countless hours into developing an operations protocol tailored to the parameters and limitations the virus response has necessitated. Our appointed COVID-19 safety and implementation officer has consulted with specialists to optimize the KidsCanSwim experience and reduce the chance for viral transmission.
Pools Are Open!
As of June 08, Premier Doug Ford and the Ontario Government announced that pools would be opening to the majority of Ontarians including the Ottawa region on 12 June. While we are incredibly excited to get back in the water, this re-opening has come with restrictions, most importantly that physical distancing be maintained throughout the facility and in the pool by:
- Reducing resting areas and pool capacity.
- Limiting and distancing pool-side seating.
- Providing timed entry (e.g., appointment only).
- Disinfecting equipment between uses.
- Ensuring swimming lessons are in line with physical distancing measures. For example, only other household members can assist swimmers with physical contact.
The most notable restriction provided by the government was that we are not allowed to provide any physical corrections to swimmers despite this being a valuable teaching tool. Therefore, to facilitate physical corrections ALL swimmers must be accompanied by a parent or guardian when taking swimming lessons. We remain optimistic that we can resume teaching our excellent curriculum the way it was meant to be in the near future when it is deemed safe to so!
To read the full document outlining the government’s plan for Stage 2 of Re-Opening including pools, click here.