Eventually, health authorities will start easing quarantine rules. Parents and kids alike will be eager to get back into activities. Choosing the right ones in a post-quarantine world will require special consideration.
When swimming lessons are permitted to resume, there will be understandable hesitation from parents. Hundreds of individuals frequent aquatic and recreational centers daily and the risk of transmission will be on people’s minds. Fortunately, any business location including swimming centers will implement the latest health & safety measures diligently, in response to COVID-19, as it has been the case so far.
That being said, some MIS swimming lesson options will offer less risk than others. Let’s break it down.
#1 Safest Option: At-Home Lessons
Having the lessons in the comfort of your own home removes any uncertainty and risk associated with going to a public pool. There is only one risk to consider – if your swimmer needs physical guidance to learn by our instructor.
If your swimmer is not independent in the water, they will need to be assisted in the water. One option to consider is to join your swimmer in the water, while being instructed from a safe distance.
As a rule of thumb, always choose an instructor you feel comfortable with from our pool of qualified professionals. Read their profile, inquire with customer service, and get to know them.
Ask us about our safety policies for sending instructors to your home. Be sure to understand what is required on your end. Communicate frequently with your instructor during the classes and work together to create the safest possible environment.
Don’t have a pool? Splitting classes with trusted neighbours, or using a family member’s pool are good options too. Only consider this when permitted by municipal and provincial health authorities.
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#2 Safest Option: Private Swim Classes
If you don’t have access to a pool and must go somewhere for your swim classes, private swim classes have 2 distinct advantages: There are no other children in the pool and therefore fewer parents are on site.
Ask us about the safety policies we have in place for our instructors. You can improve your experience by communicating in advance with the instructor about pool access, avoid shaking hands, wash hands before and after the instructor arrives/leaves.
Each pool location will have its own safety protocols. Make sure you know them and understand them prior to arriving. It may change the way you typically prepare for your lesson. Depending on the traffic and use, a public pool, private pool, in a fitness center, hotel, or residential complex will have different protocols.
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#3 Safest Option: Group Class
For the reasons mentioned above, group classes will be the highest risk type of swim lesson to participate in. It involves crossing paths with many individuals, and hence you will find yourself in the busiest facilities. From change rooms to the pool surroundings, there will be more to consider than your other 2 options.
Just like at-home and private lessons, the risks associated with group lessons can also be mitigated by implementing social distancing and other recommended safety guidelines.
Our group swimming lessons are currently on hold to adhere to Quebec’s COVID-19 safety guidelines. Subscribe to our newsletter to be the first to find out when registration will open.
It is up to parents to sift through all of this information and choose what is best for their family. We are here to work with you, support you and ensure that you have a fun and safe experience. MIS is committed to work with our pool partners and promise to do our part to the best of our abilities and with the information we have at the time given by relevant governments.
Let’s work together to put safety first.