COVID19 Information Center

We’re excited to announce the reopening of our swim school on June 1st!

With a few adjustments, we believe we can keep our students safe. Thankfully our student-to-instructor ratios are already appropriately small and we will be keeping our class structure as is! That means that you and your family can keep the same class time and day!

Below you will find information on COVID-19 as it regards the swimming pool, our new procedures for guests and staff, and some FAQs. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or believe more research or resources are needed.

Thank you to all our families for all your support!

Visitor Expectations and Guidelines

We appreciate everyone’s commitment to keeping our students safe and healthy! To continue to do so, we have added a few guidelines to follow when using our facility.

  • Only 1 parent/caregiver per family.
  • Our front door, near the dive shop, will be for entering. The side door, next to the swim desk, will be for exiting.
  • We encourage wearing face-covering while in the building.
  • All students should come dressed in their swimsuit.
  • We ask that all Gypsy patrons, swim students and caregivers, take their temperature before entering our facility.
  • As always, staff, students, and caregivers are expected to attend only when feeling well. Anyone with a fever or signs of an illness should stay home.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available at building entrances, swim desk office, and the parent waiting room. Hand washing is available in the restrooms.
  • Showers are limited to rinsing off before and after lessons only. To limit exposure and wash time, we have removed the shower curtains.

COVID-19 and Swimming Pools

The quality of our pool water has always been a priority for us. Following Wake County guidelines, our pool is tested 2 times a day to ensure proper health and cleanliness of the water. Currently, there has been no sign of the virus spreading via pool water. This means the virus cannot live and be passed through the water. However, it does not mean that anything submerged in the water becomes disinfected. For the disinfecting of our equipment and touch surfaces, we use a different solution.

There is no evidence that the virus that causes COVID-19 can be spread to people through the 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.

CDC – Water and COVID-19 FAQs

New Procedures

  1. Our parent room tables have been removed to limit touch surfaces and more seating options have been added to the patio, retail, and outside spaces.
  2. Our staff is required to take their temperature before starting their shift and those with temperatures or signs of illness are not allowed to work.
  3. Our staff will be teaching lessons with a clear face shield. This will take some getting used to for the staff and students. What we like about this is that it provides a barrier between the staff and student but still allows the student to see their teacher and their expressions. This is so very important, especially for our little ones, when they are working on water comfort and building trust in the water.
  4. Our facility has always been deep cleaned at night after lessons, but we will be adding touch spot cleaning throughout the day as lessons rotate. We will also disinfect toys and swim equipment used during the lesson before another student is allowed to use it.

Disinfection

Using the CDC’s guide for cleaning businesses and the EPA approved list of disinfectants, we will be spraying down touch surfaces and submerging toys. To keep little one safe, we will keep the submerge tanks away from the pool deck and other publically accessible areas.

FAQs

Below you will find some frequently asked questions regarding COVID-19. If you do not see your question answered, please contact us!

According to the CDC, there is no evidence of the virus being able to spread in the water.

There is no evidence that the virus that causes COVID-19 can be spread to people through the 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.

CDC – Water and COVID-19 FAQs

While the virus cannot live in the pool, the pool water does not disinfect items placed into it.

For the non-porous toys, like duckies, we will be using a CDC approved wash during the early morning when families are not around. Toys will be provided to the swim instructors to use at the start of each class, then moved to the ‘to-be-washed’ bucket.

We try to limit the number of touch surfaces students and visitors interact with to the best of our abilities. We prop open doors to the bathrooms and to different rooms, hold open doors for swim students entering and exiting the pool area, and when possible, we prop the outside doors open.

Between each class, we wipe down touch surfaces on the pool deck, such as ladder and bench handles. Outside the pool deck, we clean down handles and touch surfaces several times a day and deep clean the whole building several times a week.

We are going to remove our tables and add seating to new locations to promote social distancing. The dive shop is also open to allow parents to watch from there if they wish.

They will be within 6 feet of the instructor and other classmates. We will still be using benches and hands-on contact with teachers. The teachers, however, will be wearing clear face shields. We will also be staggering the dependent and independent lanes as best as possible to keep children from grouping together.

Outside of the pool, we ask that all visitors and staff wear a type of face coverings.

In the pool, we will not ask students to wear face coverings.

Our staff will be teaching lessons in the pool with a clear face shield. This will take some getting used to for the staff and students. What we like about this is that it provides a barrier between the staff and student but still allows the student to see their teacher and their expressions. This is so very important, especially for our little ones, when they are working on water comfort and building trust in the water.

Face shield example

Example of our face shields to use during swim lessons

The occupancy of the swimming pool is 153 people. The occupancy of the parent room is 72 people. We do not anticipate our operations ever exceeding 50% of these numbers.

More specifically, for pools in Phase 2 states that the maximum number of swimmers is 10 per 1,000 square feet. Our pool is 75 feet by 40 feet, or 3,000 square feet, and classes will be spread out to keep classes within these specifications.

No. We do ask that either students, or their parents, take their temperature before visiting our facility.

Our staff is also required to take their temperature every day before beginning their shift. Anyone that shows signs of being sick, or high temperature, is not allowed to work and we will provide a substitute teacher.

Lap swimmers may use the pool when swim lessons are not using a majority of the pool. This is usually from 10 am to 3 pm. Please call ahead if you want to check the availability of the pool.

For those that were with us in March, your 2 weeks’ worth of class credits will be applied to June’s bill. This means that 2 of the 4 weeks will be covered by credits and you’ll only be charged for 2 weeks, or half your normal monthly bill.

If you do not want to be charged in June, you must contact us by 5/31/2020. However, this does mean your spot will be lost.

If you do wish to reserve your spot and return later, you will be charged for June with the ability to use unlimited makeups once you return.

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