Why Swim School Pools are Safer Environments
“Our pools are one of the most sanitised environments you can be in…”
Did you know, we were proud germaphobes long before the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak and we will continue to ensure everyone’s health is at the forefront!
We’ve always taken, and will continue to take, health and safety seriously, in line with Government regulations. Not just because we have children as young as 6 months in our classes but because our business is all about saving lives and staying healthy.
Our last update provided an overview of increased disinfecting and cleaning around the pool.
Further preventative measures we are now taking include:
- social distancing where possible – our class sizes have always been small, so there’s plenty of room on pool deck to practice social distancing. You won’t be surrounded by crowds
- modifying our lessons as much as we can to incorporate social distancing. However, it’s important to note that our policy has always been that parents don’t bring their children to swimming lessons whenever they are sick
- offering additional make ups to your bank of 8 per year to help you if you do wish to postpone lessons
We also ask that you consider minimising you and your child’s time spent in the change rooms by arranging for your child to arrive already wearing their swimmers and to shower at home after lessons.
We want to reassure you that the risk of contracting COVID-19 (Coronavirus) from a swim centre that is properly operated and maintained is very low. The risk of contracting the virus from swimming pool water is also extremely unlikely.
Without boring you with too much chemistry, here is why a learn to swim school environment, like Aquabliss, is one of the safer environments you can be in, outside of your own home!
Why Swim School Pools are Safer Environments
All swimming pools are legislated to maintain minimum disinfectant levels within their pool water. In most cases, the addition of chemicals to pool water is controlled by sophisticated automatic chemical dosing equipment. At Aquabliss, all our plant room equipment is maintained and serviced regularly, and to the highest standards, by companies such as Roejen, who are experts in this field.
A Plethora of Sanitisers – Bleach, Salt, Chlorine and UV Kills the Germs!
Our pools use Sodium Hypochlorite (essentially bleach) and Calcium Hypochlorite (a very strong bleach) as our primary disinfecting agents. Or Sodium Bromide (essentially salt) which converts into Bromine after being activated by chlorine (yes, more sanitisers). The level of these sanitising agents are maintained above the minimum levels required by NSW Health at all our centres.
To back this up, we also have a secondary system called Ultraviolet (UV). UV pool sanitisers utilise a cutting-edge, non-chemical process that uses germicidal UV light rays to sanitise water, air and surfaces that may be contaminated. This high intensity germicidal light ray alters or disrupts the DNA or RNA of targeted organisms such as algae, bacteria, viruses, cysts and protozoa.
Leftover Debris is Regularly Filtered Out
After killing the nasties in the water, we use filters (such as Ultra-Fine Filters or Waterco Sand Filters) to remove leftover debris down to 1 or 2 microns. That’s really, really small!
The entire volume of water in all our pools passes through this process every few hours! On average, our 25m pool every 3 ½ hours and for our smaller learn to swim pools, about every 2 hours.
As a Further Check – We Use Even More Chlorine!
To top this all off, we super chlorinate (C5) our pools every two weeks in line with the NSW government health regulations and all pools undergo independent microbiological testing every month without fail. This is just to make sure that we have extremely clean water in our pools, which we also manually test numerous times throughout the day.
Is it Safe to Swim in Our Pools?
Yes, we believe it is.
When in the water your whole-body surface is being sanitised. The pool deck floor is often covered by the same sanitised water and in addition, is regularly disinfected. We have now increased cleaning and sanitising of all areas. As such, we believe our pools are one of the most sanitised environments you can be in, outside of your own home.
Sick, Been Overseas Or in Close Contact With Someone Who Has?
Customers must refrain from attending swimming if you are currently sick – with any illness, as is our usual policy anyway. Additionally, do not swim within 14 days of being overseas (anywhere) or within 14 days of being in close contact with someone who has.
More Make Up Lessons Being Offered
You can use your make up lessons for any absences. We are also offering additional make ups to help you manage any absences due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), if you are running low.
Keeping “Heads Above Water”
We are a small business. We hope that you will support us through these trying times so that we, and our staff, can keep our “heads above water” so we can continue to do the same for your child.
One Last Thing…
Ross Gage, CEO of the Australian Swim Schools Association, has released a statement encouraging parents to keep up swimming lessons. In case you haven’t read it yet, click here!
As we work through this unprecedented time together, please contact us if you have any additional questions, concerns or suggestions.