Enhanced Safety Measures Implemented by Hamilton Aquatics to ensure all swimmers are safe during COVID-19
“All swimming pools and water sports in Dubai can now be officially reopened”, announced by the Dubai Sports Council on June 13th, 2020. This was the most exciting news for people in Dubai after some time but mostly for swimming athletes and the Hamilton Aquatics family. We always believe in ‘inspiring sporting achievements’ within all our swimmers and we are thrilled to welcome our swimmers back and guide them through their swimming journey.
As happy as we are as a Swimming Academy to be back in the pool, the safety of our swimmers is our top priority in this current situation. We are fully aware of the criticality around COVID-19, thereby we completely understand the various questions you must have in mind, being a parent.
Is it safe for my child to get back in the pool? Should I allow my child to resume their swimming classes? What are the measures taken by Hamilton Aquatics to ensure the safety of my child in the pool during Covid-19? We all know the thoughts we get, especially when it comes to the wellness and safety of our children.
The steps Hamilton Aquatics is taking to ensure the SAFETY of your child at the swimming pool.
1.All swimmers must get a thermal scan upon entering the facility.
2.All swimmers must enter wearing a facemask except when in the pool while swimming teachers must be wearing a mask throughout the session.
3.Changing rooms are not available. Swimmers must come and go to sessions with their swimsuits underneath their clothes.
4.There will be no sharing of equipment.
5.Swimmers must maintain a social distance of at least 2 Metres.
6.Swimmers must bring their own named water bottle, which must stay with their bags all the time.
7.Spectators are not allowed within the facility and must wait in their car in the designated area.
8.All our swimming teachers have been COVID-19 tested.
9.Sessions duration will be aligned with Government guidance.
10.Lane capacities will be in alignment with Government guidance.
11.Zones have been identified at each venue to ensure social distancing between training groups.
12.Swimmers to coach ratios will be in alignment with Government guidance – not exceeding 15 to 1.
13.Specific resting points identified to ensure social distancing between repetitions.
14.Once swimmers have left the athlete zones, each space will be sanitised before the next session.
15.All our swimming teachers, lifeguards & staff are well versed about the risk of the COVID-19 and very strict about the safety measures and rules set by Hamilton Aquatics to ensure the smooth running of your child swimming sessions.
‘The risk of contracting the coronavirus in water is very low’
Our determination in ensuring your child’s safety in the pool does not stop here! Besides, the measures mentioned above, we are insistent on understanding how the coronavirus reacts in water and how safe it is to swim during the current circumstances. As a responsible Swimming Academy, we assure parents that it is acceptable to allow your child to go back to the Pool. This can be proven by some leading health institutions in the world.
“There is no evidence that the virus that causes COVID-19 can be spread to people through the water in pools. Treating swimming facilities with chemicals including chlorine should inactivate the virus in the water.” – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USA
“There’s nothing inherent about ocean water or especially pool water that is risky. The bug isn’t transmitted via a waterborne route. Chlorine and bromine that are in pools inactivate the virus and make it even lower risk in terms of catching it from the water.” Dr. Ebb Lautenbach, Chief of infectious diseases at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine.
“The coronavirus doesn’t survive in chlorinated water,” infectious disease expert Amesh A. Adalja, MD, senior scholar at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security in Maryland.
Why swimming is not a concern for the novel coronavirus?
· It’s a respiratory virus, catching it involves inhaling it, not swallowing it
· When you add chlorine to the mix, the coronavirus is a highly unlikely threat.
We are all super excited to welcome our swimming family back in the swimming pool and thank you, parents, for your trust in Hamilton Aquatics
Linda Parisot, parent of two swimmers from our swimming academy says, “I’d like to take this opportunity to commend your entire club on your professionalism throughout this unprecedented time. You have consistently kept us the parents in the loop with updates while keeping the kids motivated at the same time. It is refreshing to see that you haven’t only taken great care of your clients, but your staff as well. Your dedication to your employees has not gone unnoticed. It gives us great confidence and pride to keep our children in your care”.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we have seen a standstill in the world for a couple of months. We do want our swimmers to fall behind when it comes to their passion for swimming, but we would not at any cost risk their lives. The safety of your child and the Hamilton family comes first!