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Goldfish Swim School Reopens as American Academy of Pediatrics’ Warning Drives Home Importance of Learning to Swim
As the risk for childhood drowning increases amid the pandemic, Goldfish Swim School is proud to have reopened its doors to provide children lifesaving skills in a safe environment. While the global pandemic has caused much of the country to shut down and families to stay home, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) warns of an increased threat in childhood drowning this summer. As many families rely more heavily on unsupervised lakes and beaches, and parents seek to utilize backyard pools while balancing at-home distractions, remote working situations and more, swim lessons and water safety becomes increasingly important.
As Goldfish Swim School has started welcoming the Richmond community back to its school, the safety and wellbeing of students, guests and team members remains its top priority. While the school has always taken great pride in the cleanliness and safety of its facility, managers have worked closely with local health authorities and in accordance with Centers for Disease Control (CDC) guidelines on reopening plans to ensure the safest environment possible. Protocol found in Goldfish Swim School’s Safer. Stronger. Together. TM initiative has helped ensure a safety-focused and thoughtful return to the school. Notable adjustments have been made to class sizes, sanitization procedures and school policies to ensure social distancing and to abide by Virginia’s health department regulations. Some of the various updates include:
- Health Assessments: Prior to entering, members will be asked to self-asses their health and the health of their children. If anyone is not feeling well, has a fever, shortness of breath or any COVID-19 like symptoms, or has been directly exposed to COVID-19, they are to cancel their lesson and makeup lessons will be credited to their accounts. Team members will also be evaluated with a health assessment upon arrival for each shift.
- Protective Equipment: Face masks are in our lobby are required and face shields are worn by our swim instructors in the pool.
- Social Distancing: Members are being asked to maintain social distance from one another in the parent viewing area. Chairs in the viewing area will be set up to reflect state and local recommendations. Children will also be seated at a safe social distance from one another in the pool during lessons. Instructors will also maintain social distance from children where applicable, but will absolutely assist swimmers as needed to provide a safe swimming experience. Class sizes have been reduced from 4 students to 1 teacher to 3 students to 1 teacher.
- Increased Facility Cleaning and Sanitization Stations: There is an increased attention to high traffic areas and commonly touched facility elements. Schools will also continue to provide antibacterial hand soaps and hand sanitizer, with increased availability in key areas of the facility.
- Removal of Commonly Shared Amenities: Shared amenities such as books and toys, hair dryers, hair products, quarter candy and in some cases, retail items, will be temporarily removed to help prevent the spread of germs and bacteria. If members need something to purchase for lessons, the front desk will be able to assist.“The last few months have been a challenge, but together we stayed separate, we stayed strong, we stayed safe – and we’re thrilled to reunite and dive back in,” said Kim Robinson, owner of Goldfish Swim School – Richmond. “We thank our community for their patience and commitment and look forward to planning a celebration when we are permitted to do so. For now, we are so grateful to welcome back our members, both existing and new, as we have been able to safely reopen during the summer months as water safety becomes more important than ever.”
With rising concerns of an increase in childhood drownings this summer, Goldfish Swim School – Richmond is committed to helping families promote water safety with their children whether it be in the pool or out. Amid the pandemic, it launched ‘Goldfish At Home’ providing free, virtual dry-land swim lessons to families throughout the community, along with a variety of online and interactive water-safety focused initiatives and activities. Upon reopening, Goldfish Swim School – Richmond continues offers a wide range of swim lessons and water safety instruction to infants and children ages four months to 12 years, utilizing the school’s renowned proprietary curriculum, The Science of SwimPlay®, which helps to build life skills both in and out of the water using play-based learning in a fun and safe environment.
Given how quickly COVID-19 continues to evolve, Goldfish Swim School – Richmond is constantly monitoring for new developments and will continue to reevaluate steps and actions to assure it continues to do the right things, as well as following the guidelines outlined by the CDC and the local public health officials.
For more information on Goldfish Swim School – Richmond and re-opening details, please visit GoldfishSwimSchool.com or call 804.967.3100.