The world is getting closer and closer to normal, and this summer is looking to be the first time in over a year that we get to truly be social and have a sense of normal. I am personally looking forward to getting together outside with friends and have my daughter, Reilly, now 16 months old, meet her extended family and friends. My name is Kevin, and I don’t normally write our monthly blog, but since it is water safety month, and I’m a new parent, I thought I would give it a shot.
I little bit about myself. I have been a lifeguard since I was 15 and a lifeguard instructor for the Red Cross since I was 16. Now at 33, I have seen I lot in my career and I have learned that it’s more about prevention when it comes to water safety. So, let me take you back a few years and tell you a story from my time as a lifeguard at the Hellertown Pool.
Lifeguarding at the Hellertown pool are some of my favorite memories growing up, as pretty much all my closest friends were lifeguards as well; however, it was not easy by any means. With hundreds of people in your section alone, it was a daunting task. I remember guarding down at the deep end at the slide area. That day there was a family with a little boy who had to be no older than 3. The parents were not paying attention to him as well as they should. Before you know it, he had walked from the other side of the pool and started climbing the steps to the slide. Luckily, I saw him halfway up and was able to get to him before he slid down. The mother was very grateful, and I hope learned an important lesson about watching her children at the pool.
You see, what most parents don’t understand is just because there is a lifeguard on duty at the pool, that doesn’t mean you don’t have to watch your child. You are the best line of defense for your children. Lifeguards, as well trained as we are, don’t always see it all. So, get in the pool and play and watch the same trick (repeatedly). Your children want you to be in the pool anyway.
If you don’t want to get in the pool, make sure your children are enrolled in swim lessons and know their own limits. And be sure an adult is always watching them. Swim-in Zone has water watcher badges at the entrance. These badges are for an adult to wear while the children are playing in the pool. While wearing the badge, you promise to put everything else aside, the phone & that book you were reading or even the conversation you were having, and just watch the children, so they are safe. These are great for when you are at summer parties. I don’t know how many times I have been at a party and I end up being the lifeguard because no one else is truly watching the children in the pool. I have one final story to leave you with.
A couple of summers ago, my cousin was having a get-together with friends and family (I wasn’t there). They have a pool right outside on their back porch. As the night went on everyone was enjoying the party and all the kids were out of the pool. But his daughter saw a toy in the water and was reaching for it and slipped into the pool. She didn’t know how to swim and sunk to the bottom. You see, drowning is silent, especially with small children. No one heard her go in and no one saw her either. Until my cousin finally saw her at the bottom. He dove in and got her out. She came up coughing, but was, fortunately, okay. When he got out of the pool, he asked everyone who was watching her?!
At parties, you think there is enough people around that someone will see or hear something. But that isn’t always the case. That is why you must make sure someone is always watching the pool, even if the kids have left the area and the party is winding down.
I want to take some time to leave you with a few additional things if you have a home pool:
If a child is missing, check the pool first!
Install a pool isolation fence
It should be at least 4ft high with a self-latching gate
Install alarms on the doors leading to the pool and even in the pool
They make water surface alarms that go off if something disturbs the surface of the water
Learn the signs of drowning and learn CPR
Enjoy the water with your child. Get in there, play games, and just be a kid again too!
School Year Option (SYO) registration will begins on May 19th. If you are new to us or just hearing about SYO for the first time here is a bit more information.
SYO allows you to sign up for our Fall, Winter, & Spring Sessions all at once.
Priority scheduling! Being the first families to schedule classes in all sessions allows you to schedule multiple children at once on your preferred day and time.
Multiple payment options including automatic monthly.
Keep same day and time throughout the school year if you choose.
Changes to your schedule happen before all others can sign up.
All school year option families will not see any price increases if there are any throughout the year.
Am I guaranteed to keep the same instructor throughout the school year?
Unfortunately, no. We cannot guarantee the same instructor for the entire year as their availability may change from session to session. We will do our best to keep the same instructor if possible. Having first priority in our schedule gives you the best chance to keep the same instructor.
How can I schedule my children?
You can schedule over the phone, in-person, or online. We suggest calling if you cannot find what you need online as SYO families are building our schedule for the year.
We are very excited for this coming school year and we look forward to seeing all your children’s progress!
With 2020 coming to a close we are excited for 2021 and what it will bring. We are starting 2021 off with our spring session enrollment. Here are the details so you are prepared to sign up your swimmers and have a safer summer.
Winter Session Students – January 1st Online Only
January 2nd our phones and the front desk will be open for enrollment
Previous & New Students – January 16th
Can I sign up for winter to get into spring session early?
Yes! We still have plenty of learning in our winter session and by signing up now you can gain early access to the spring session.
How long is the spring session?
Spring session will run from March 1, 2021 to June 13, 2021.
There are 15 lessons this session, except for Mondays & Sundays which have 14 lessons. No Class Easter Sunday and Memorial Day. There will be a class on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of Memorial Day weekend.
What will class sizes be?
We understand that class size is very important for safety right now. Class sizes for our group class will remain limited to:
30 Minute Group – 3:1
45 Minute Group – 4:1
Parent-Child – 5:1
Swim Team – 6:1
What are your popular times?
Below are the popular times for each day of the week by the hour. We offer class time and day changes at no additional charge.
How can I sign up?
You will be able to sign up for the spring session online, over the phone, or in-person. When signing up in person please remember to maintain social distance and wear your mask.
This letter is being sent to all families enrolled in our fall session. A part time teacher reported symptoms compatible with CoVid last night and was tested today. She will quarantine for 14 days. Her only symptom was a distorted sensation of taste and otherwise feels well in every way. She has had no fever, fatigue, or achiness. There has been no change in her feeling of well-being this morning.
Also, this morning we sent another part time teacher for testing. These two teachers live together. She will also be quarantining for 14 days. Unfortunately, with the number of cases on the rise in our area, our staff may be in contact with positive cases requiring quarantining. As required by the PA Health Dept. all of our staff have been wearing masks/shields while in the pool and building.
And so, with an abundance of caution, we have decided to cancel all classes for the remainder of the fall session, during which time all staff will be tested. Classes will be cancelled starting today Tuesday, November 17 at 3pm, and resume classes when our winter session starts on November 30. Families may choose a family swim time, make-up, or credit on their account for the missed classes.
Our pool and building will be open with limited staff to enable lap swim, water walking and family swim time. We will be adding times to the schedule for you to book a time on-line for the family swim.
If you have questions related to your personal situation, please consult your doctor for further advice.
All of us at Swim-in Zone know that swim lessons are essential. We remain committed to our mission of providing high quality swim lessons that create happy, safe, and confident swimmers, who love the water as much as we do! Jim and I sincerely value the trust you put in us to care for and teach your children and will always try to deserve your trust in the future.