We hope you and your family are doing well during this difficult time. When we reopen Swim-in Zone will look very different. We believe that learning to swim is a very important life skill for the entire family, and, in fact, swimming lessons reduce child drowning deaths by 88% according to the National Drowning Prevention Alliance. So, to help parents feel safer bringing their children to swim lessons, we have implemented new entry and cleaning procedures and policies maintaining social distancing.
Dealing with our new normal, we are planning for only private lessons, sibling groups, and small parent-child classes. We may start adding some weeklong group lessons when restrictions are less severe possibly in late summer.
Knowing how chlorine works to kill the virus makes us feel more comfortable about reopening! CDC says chlorine at 2ppm (our normal level) kills the virus, disrupting the sensitive capsule with the virus protein inside it. In addition, we also have our UV which denatures the alignment of amino acids in the protein rendering it unable to replicate. Yeah for chlorine and UV!
This is what we have decided so far:
We have been maintaining payroll. We are awaiting government funding of the Payroll Protection Program but have not yet received it. We are waiting on our government and bank loans.
The spring session has officially ended, and we are reopening with an Interim Session when permitted to do so. We are setting a moving target date of May 15 for reopening, which has moved to June 4th as on May 13, 2020.
Group classes can no longer be our model when we re-open, and so, we are immediately planning for private lessons and treat the weeks prior to the start of our summer session on June 15 as an Interim Session.
Credits were assigned to each family’s account based on the amounts paid. Thank you to those who paid in full for the spring session or school year option. You will see credits applied for all classes from March 16 -June 15.
You can use your credits to sign up immediately for the Interim Session and or the summer session. To sign-up online for the Interim Session, click the “spring” session button on the parent portal.
Your credits may be used for classes this interim session, summer, or deferred to fall, next spring, birthday parties, or for anything we sell. They have no expiration date.
School Year Option enrollment has been postponed until we can safely resume group classes.
Social distancing outside the pool
Plastic partition barriers to protect staff and clients at the front desk.
Staff will be wearing face masks for as long as required.
Limit 1 Parent/caregiver per child. Parents may sit 6’ apart in the party room or take a chair into the natatorium.
There will be an “in” door and an “out” door to the building as well as the natatorium.
No camps this summer.
No dolphin dough cards or treats. Please bring a treat for your child.
We will have hand sanitizer and disinfectant available,
The requirement of normal temperature and the use of hand sanitizer when entering the facility for staff and families.
Parents and children > 4 are encouraged to wear coverage over their mouth and nose.
Social distancing inside the pool and natatorium:
Instructors will wear face shields in the pool.
Limiting pool to 6 or 7 instructors at a time means that we will be teaching only private or semiprivate classes in which everyone is living in the same house (siblings only).
Parent-child classes will be limited to 3 children.
In all classes, parents are invited to get into the pool if they wish, for hands-on with their own children. An added benefit to this is that the parent understands what is going on in the class and will learn the skills to teach and how to teach them. However, only parents in the parent/child classes are required to get into the pool.
We may be into warmer weather by the time we re-open, and it will be OK for your child to come wearing their bathing suit and leave in their bathing suit employing an optional “Wrap and Go” policy. Please shower at home.
Toys will be limited to those we can constantly and completely dunk in the pool. Feel free to bring your own toys.
Make-up classes: Temporary change in our usual make-up policy.
There will be an additional charge of $10/lesson until the necessity of only private and semiprivate classes no longer exists.
For all classes including parent/child, we will schedule special make-up days/times for the make-up lessons. Call or sign-up on-line for make-ups. Your usual teacher will probably not be teaching your private make-up.
These are temporary changes to our usual policy until we can resume free group make-ups.
We hope that the above information helps to ease some of your fears about returning to our business.
FYI: Wish Swim-in Zone a Happy Birthday on May 24. We opened 16 years ago!
Thank you for your support! We sincerely appreciate it.
Wonderful Spring! Swim-in Zone is in the midst of a busy season. Sign-ups are on-going.
Spring is usually lively because parents want to give their children a head start on summer. Typically, children lose some of their swimming ability during the off months, but they gain maturity and coordination. The recommendation is that to regain those lost swimming skills, 1-2 lessons are usually required for every month off and out of the pool. Spring lessons end June 16. Summer lessons start June 17.
Our Theme: “For a Safer Summer”
We include safety skills practice into all levels. We designate a SAFETY Week during each session. The teachers focus an additional 5-10 minutes on the safety skills listed on the child’s level sheet, as well as the proper use of life- jackets, rescue equipment and techniques. Did you know that a person in trouble in the water rarely kicks, and cannot call out for help?
What Safety Skills Do We Teach at Swim-in Zone?
Rollover to breathe
Fall of steps? Turn & go back
Fall off the noodle? Go to your back, float and call for help
Use the bottom to push up to get a breath (safety jumps)
4 ways to get to safety after jumping in.
Ask a grown-up to help get the toy –don’t get it yourself
Wait for the grown-up. Kids go in the pool last & out first.
Mom/Dad put your lifejacket on & take it off, so Mom/Dad KNOW it is off.
Rules for safe jumping & div- ing. What is the depth?
Information about rip currents
Jumping in without goggles
Learn how to help by throwing something that floats.
Spinal injury prevention
Water Safety Challenge– an optional event
We know that MOST drowning incidents do NOT happen when a child is wearing a swimsuit and goggles. Children should be prepared to handle an unexpected situation, so Swim-in Zone is offering a time to float test your kids wearing their clothing.
Water Safety Challenge in CLOTHING– what the kids need to do
Children will be asked to pretend to fall into the pool fully clothed, float on their back and call for help.
Children will be asked to pretend to fall into the pool fully clothed and get back to the side of the pool unassisted.
Children will be asked to tread water wearing their clothes.
Sign-up for our Water Safety Challenge: Kids come fully clothed and pretend fall into the pool and save themselves by floating on their back, calling for help and getting back to the side. $10 per 15 minute challenge. Call the front desk to schedule.
Easter Egg Hunt
for current spring swimmers is April 20 at 3:30pm. Adults MUST be in the water with their children ages 5 and under. Stay in the water and swim until 5pm. $7.50/child or $20 for the family. Limit 100 pre-registered children. Sign ups start March 20.
Fun Swim Meet
Friday, May 3 6:45-9:00pm. All ages 100 swimmers
What fun! Younger swimmers will swim across the pool and older swimmers will swim lengths. We have an event for all ages. Every swimmer gets a ribbon. No charge for swimmers in our spring session. Pre-registration required. Forms available at the Front Desk.
Records Broken at our Latest swim meets.
Liam Rummer (13) 50 IM 48.47
Michael Timm (10) 50 IM 48.75; 50yd. butterfly 56.47
Ryan Grieg (6) 30 ft. freestyle 10.16
Christopher Oliveira (14) 25 yd. free 16.56
Emily Korniyasov (12) 25 yd. butterfly 23.28
Reilly Jankowski (3) 30 ft. freestyle 31.72
Patrick Roberts (5) 30 ft. butterfly 11.87
Jason Deppner (7) 30 ft. freestyle 9.59
Karsten Immerzeel (10) 50 yd. freestyle 38.22
Valia Tsirakis (11) 50yd IM 42.18
Maja Romero (13) 25 yd. freestyle 17.84; 25yd. Breaststroke 27.31
Layla Nelson (5) 30 ft. freestyle 7.81; 30 ft. backstroke 9.97; 25 yd. backstroke 31.18
Brianna Carvalho (12) 100yd IM 1:02.25; 50 yd. breaststroke 43.03
FYI: Breath Control:
Swimmers should exhale underwater through their nose and mouth then inhale quickly- not hold their breath. Swimming is exercise. Rhythmic breathing is calming to the body and keeps the swimmer in control. Do not buy a face mask with the nose enclosed for the kids– they will never learn to keep water out of their nose, severely limiting their ability to swim.
Check out our parent portal on our website! User name is the email address we have. Make your own password. Sign-up for make-ups and to make a payment! Sign up for classes online. Call if you have trouble accessing the parent portal.
Make-ups Must be completed by the end of the session!
Group: Group make-ups are offered throughout the session. All make-ups are 30 min. with a ratio of 4:1. Sign-ups on par- ent portal 10 days ahead. Our website and App have the full schedule.
Parent/Child: Make-up a par- ent/child class by coming to another class. Dippers classes are made-up by attending a parent/child class. No pre-sign- ups are necessary for either.
Swim Team, Gold and Purple: Swim team practices are made-up by coming to another practice. Gold & purple level swimmers may attend a pre- scheduled make-up day or come to a swim team practice.
About Lifejackets for Kids
US Coast Guard approves lifejackets, or PFD’s (Personal Flotation Devices). Pennsylvania law requires children <12years and all non-swimmers to wear a USCG approved device when boating. The different types for children are:
Type II PFD is for anyone of any weight (infant to adult). It is designed to float the wearer on their back and may turn an unconscious person face-up.
The jacket-type or Type III PFD is designed to float the wearer. It may float the wearer face down or on their back. It will NOT turn an unconscious person face-up. Children must be over 30 lbs. and able to kick upright, or they will fall face forward.
Type V (Special-use device)– aka “puddle jumper” is for children 30-50lbs. The ones with the shoulder straps prevent the children from pulling the puddle jumper off their arms, sliding it down over their hips and taking it off themselves.
Devices without a USCG approval number carry the disclaimer “only to be used in water in which the wearer is within it’s depth”. When you purchase a flotation device for your child please check the manufacturer’s information.
When can my child tread water?
Treading water is complicated.
a supportive kick that pushes the water down.
sculling hand motion to push the water down.
A child’s head weighs 6-10 lbs.- a lot of weight to push up. Putting the head back, allows the person to breathe and float.
Weak & non-swimmers of any AGE CANNOT tread water at all– no sup- porting kick.
Children who can swim and are fairly comfortable in the water:
Age 3 about 2-3 seconds
Age 4 about 4-7 seconds.
Age 5 about 10-12 seconds
4 different programs available this summer
3-hour Week-long Morning Camp for 5 days Includes: lesson + fun swim + activity/craft
Accelerated Weeklong Classes (five 45 min. group lessons): Offered Mon-Fri 9a-3pm for the entire summer, or in the evening during selected weeks.