Swimming safety amidst COVID 19
No one could have predicted that we would be temporarily closed by the first day of April, but as we are all well aware, there are repercussions to every sector, including swim schools and aquatic centres. It feels like a bad April fools joke, but it is very real. The world is changing, and policy evolving, at a concerning pace, without the toughest measures to date now in force. Hopefully we are, as a nation and worldwide, able to get on top of this threat as quickly as possible.
In the meantime, community safety is still our priority. We will continue to follow advice from NSW Health and post any further updates on our website. We thank our customers for your understanding and continued support during these challenging circumstances and encourage you to reach out and discuss any thoughts or concerns with us at any time in the coming weeks. Let’s work together to stay positive, look after each other and protect the vulnerable amongst us, and look forward to a time when we can recommence swimming lessons and prioritise the swim safety of our children. Swimming skills do deteriorate without practise, and we will be providing lots of opportunities to make up missed lessons once we reopen to minimise the long term loss of swimming skills.
Please watch your children around water, and be extra vigilant about the backyard pool, especially with the amount of time children are spending at home so drastically increased. Check the pool fence and gate, remove anything close to the fence that could be climbed, talk to children about water safety and out of bounds areas and supervise children at all times. With many directed to work from home and keep children home from day care or school if possible, parents are under more pressure than ever to multitask and supervise children whilst also attending to work responsibilities. Children can drown in less than 2 inches (6 centimetres) of water, in less time than it takes to write an email or make a phone call. That means drowning can happen in a bath, sink, toilet bowl, fountains, buckets, inflatable pools, or small bodies of standing water around your home, such as rainwater puddles.
We have lost 1367 lives to drowning in Australia in just the past 5 years, and drowning remains the number 1 cause of accidental death in under 5 year old’s. This is an ongoing threat that we need to reduce and finally eradicate, and the temporary closure of swim schools – no matter how necessary – is a set back to this aim.
Stay home, stay safe, see you soon.