Back to Swimming Protocols
Here is some useful information about Covid-19 precautions and protocols at The Water School.
Things WE are doing to prevent infection;
- Keeping numbers small to improve social distancing.
- We have installed an outdoor picnic/play area for parents and younger children to use.
- Increasing the rate of cleaning, filtering and sterilization of the pool water.
- Wearing face shields when we need to get close to a swimmer.
- Thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting all equipment and the changing rooms and toilets after every class.
- Ensuring all staff are temperature checked regularly and that all staff know what to do if anyone (staff or customer) becomes ill.
Things YOU can do to help
- Don’t come to the pool if you or anyone in your family or workplace is showing symptoms or has tested positive.
- Be as ready as possible before you get here to reduce time spent in the changing room before the class.
- Arrive as close to start time as you can for the same reason.
- Sanitize your hands on arrival, before entering the pool and when you leave.
- Be aware of social distancing in the pool, on deck and in the changing areas and lobby. Try to keep your distance at all times.
- Adults should wear a face covering if possible in the lobby and in the changing room. You do not need to wear a face covering in the pool itself.
- If you are bringing children to classes make sure they sanitize their hands. Please do not wait in the lobby to watch your child swim, wait in your car or in our picnic/play area. However do feel free to pop in and check on your child’s swim class from time to time.
- After the class please get dressed as quickly as possible. Big fluffy towels and dressing gowns are a great idea, especially for children. Flip-flops, loose clothes, anything that will reduce the amount of time spent in the changing room. Plan to have your children dressed within 5 minutes. It may help to make a game or race out of it!
- And finally, don’t forget to sanitize your hands one last time on your way out!
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to call us on 027 66134 or 086 8109071.
We WILL beat this by working together!
Parent and Toddler Classes
Parent and Toddler swim sessions are starting up again on Thursday September 3rd at 10am. Please call us or email us to book a place as we have very limited space and we don’t want to have to turn anyone away. The cost remains €7 per child.
AQUAFIT IS BACK!
Starting 1st september. Tuesdays at 9:45am, Wednesdays at 9:45am or Thursdays at 6:45pm. Please TELEPHONE us in advance to book (027 66134 or 086 8109071) as places are strictly limited to ensure social distancing. See you soon!
AQUASTRETCH IN SEPTEMBER.
Our New Floor Makeover!
CUSTOMERS AT THE WATER SCHOOL (COVID-19)
We will have to make some changes to the way we run things here at the Water School in order to safeguard everyone during the Covid-19 pandemic. We also want to maintain the highest possible teaching standards and ensure that every customer has a good experience every time they come here. Classes (particularly children’s classes) will have much smaller numbers so that we can maintain social distancing. This means we will not be able to teach as many people as normal and you may be on the waiting list for longer than you would like. Please be patient- we will get to everyone eventually!
When you are coming to a class here there are certain things you can do to help us ensure everyone’s safety:
- DO NOT COME TO THE POOL IF YOU OR ANYONE IN YOUR HOUSEHOLD HAS COVID-19 SYMPTOMS
- (Fever • Coughing • Sore throat • Shortness of breath • Loss of taste or smell • Temperature above 37.5ºC • Fatigue • Unusual muscle aches and pains • Diarrhoea)
- Shower before you come to the pool.
- Come wearing your swimming togs if possible.
- Enter the building one family group at a time. Please queue outside the building observing social distancing or wait in your car until called by the receptionist.
- Sanitize your hands as soon as you come into the building.
- Do not bring younger children into the building if possible.
- If your child uses armbands please bring them with you if possible. We will not be lending out armbands or goggles, but we do have them for sale.
- Our changing rooms now have alcoves/cubicles. If you are bringing more than one child please use just one cubicle where possible.
- Please wait in the cubicle until the class is ready to start.
- Please put all your belongings (including shoes) on the bench or hang them up. Leave nothing on the floor.
- As soon as you come through the shower and onto the pool deck please sanitise your hands again (and if you go to the toilet or to the changing room for any reason during the class, don’t forget to wash your hands before coming back into the pool.)
- Please try to observe social distancing in the water (but be assured that the water itself is continually sterilised and will not harbour the virus).
- If you use any equipment in the pool (floats, woggles, etc) please make sure you use the same item throughout the class- it will be sterilised afterwards.
- At the end of the class please allow for social distancing when using the ladder and steps. Sanitise your hands again before going into the changing room.
- If possible, bundle your child (or yourself) up in towels/dressing gown and spend as little time as you can in the changing room. If you need to get fully dressed bring loose fitting clothes that are quick and easy to put on and slip-on shoes.
- If you would like to talk to an instructor after the class tell the desk attendant and they will arrange for that instructor to phone you later.
- Lastly, don’t forget to sanitise your hands on the way out!
Phew! What a long list! Thank you for your help. Together we will all get through this.
As we all know The Water School has had to close due to the Covid-19 pandemic along with the rest of the country. Unfortunately we cannot know when we can re-open until we recieve advice from the Government and the HSA. We are monitoring the situation daily and hope to have some news as soon as possible on the 5th of May. In the meantime we are busy re-decorating and planning for new ways of operating later this year.
Until then we wish our customers all the best and are looking forward to seeing everyone again when we reopen!
Next set of Classes!
As soon as possible!🤞
REDUCE HOLIDAY DROWNINGS
The tragic number of drownings on holidays at home and in Europe, including the UK are shocking and upsetting. I imagine anyone who has gone on holiday with their family has been upset by this type of news in the past and would not expect such a thing to occur. Naturally questions may be asked about the operation and safety of the pool concerned, the simple fact is that if the pools were lifeguarded these tragedies might have been avoided.
Very few leisure pools throughout Europe, including Ireland, are properly lifeguarded. As long as this state of affairs continues such tragedies will be repeated time and again. Good lifeguarding is more about prevention of accidents than actual rescue. A qualified, observant lifeguard will usually intervene to prevent people getting themselves into a difficult situation in the first place. Even very competent swimmers familiar with deep water can suffer surprises such as epilepsy, heart attacks etc. Lifeguards are invaluable in helping to minimise such occurrences.
Here at the Water School we dedicate our time to teaching people of all ages to swim both safely and competently. Many people are complete beginners when they come to us and others can already swim but recognise that they need to improve their technique. Quite often we have people who are self-taught to swim in the sea and believe they are stronger swimmers than they are. They forget that the fresh water of a swimming pool does not offer the same buoyancy as the sea. They can get a shock when they find that it is more difficult to stay afloat in deep fresh water.
Being able to swim is not the same as being able to swim well and even able swimmers can get a cramp etc. We do not allow anyone to swim, no matter how competent, without a dedicated lifeguard on duty. It is my belief that this should apply in all swimming facilities.
We are asking that every family booking a holiday, anywhere in Europe with a pool, asks whether the pool will have a dedicated lifeguard on duty during all hours of operation.
It is our hope that this simple question, when asked in enough numbers, will encourage site owners to consider the importance of providing a dedicated lifeguard at their facility.
Please help us reduce drowning tragedies by campaigning for dedicated pool lifeguards and better, safer holidays.
The Benefits of Water Exercise for Older People
- Water supports your weight.
- Warm water soothes joint pain.
- Water exercise is best of back, hip or leg problems.
- Being in the water improves your circulation.
- You have a greater range of movement in the water.
- Your body works more evenly in the water.
- Water absorbs impacts and shocks, protecting your joints.
- Warm water regulates your temperature.
- Water provides resistance, even very gentle exercise will considerably strengthen your muscles’
- Warm water relieves stress and anxiety and gives a feeling of well-being.
- Water School the water temperature is 30c and the air temperature is approx. 29c in the pool area and the changing rooms and the humidity is regulated to a comfortable level.
Give us a call on 027 66134 for information on Water Therapy, Gentle Exercise or Learning to Swim.
Aquafit for Injury Rehabilitation and Post-Surgical Recovery
If you have an injury or a weakness in a particular area- or are recovering from an operation for such a problem, then water exercise is ideal for you. Providing an surgical scar has healed sufficiently (usually 6 weeks) exercising in the water is both comfortable and soothing. Successful pain management during exercise is far easier in the water then on land. Tell the Aquafit instructor your specific problem and she will design an exercise program suited to you. Aquafit can help you feel more in control of your own recovery process as you improve your mobility, strength and balance.
Aquafit and Pregnancy
Aquafit is a safe and comfortable way to exercise which is suitable right up to the 7 month of pregnancy ( our gentler Aquastretch classes are suitable for any later than the 7th month). The water supports most of your body weight- allowing you to exercise your whole body, especially the legs and back , without compressing the joints. The even water pressure all over your body encourages the flow of blood back to your heart through your veins (just like support stockings). Tell your Aquafit instructor your due-date and any physical problems you may be having and she will tailor an exercise program for you. Aquafit is also great for helping you regain your shape after the birth (though you have to wait at least 6 weeks after the birth before getting back in the pool).
Open Water Swimming
We are delighted to have been part of Saturday’s Southern Star feature on open water swimming. The feature, written by Siobhán Cronin, focuses on the growing trend for year-round open water swimming. There are a number of groups in West Cork now practising this addictive activity year round in stunning scenery.
Here at the Water School we have noticed a huge interest in open water techniques since we opened 10 years ago. So much so that we are hoping to start a specific course for open water swimmers as sea swimmers can find difficulty with the difference in buoyancy levels between sea and fresh water. We are always happy to come out to meet any group and provide advice on technique and safety. One to one time can also be provided to individuals looking to increase their safety in the open water.
As ardent believers in the joy of swimming and being in the water we are delighted to see safety being taken seriously as well as the enthusiasm displayed for open water swimming.
Did you know….
You can but a book of 7 tokens for our Aquastretch/Aquafit classes for €55! Its a great gift idea for anyone looking to improve their fitness, or work off those excess mince pies, in the New Year! Give us a call on 027 66134 or enquire in the lobby for more information about the classes, or to pick up a book of tokens
GOOD LUCK ELLEN!
Ellen is one of our teachers. On the 22nd of October she is heading off to Sydney, Australia as part of Ireland’s Ladies Tag Rugby Team.
Ellen and the other ladies will be representing Ireland in the International Ladies Tag Rugby World Cup. This is a new sport which receives very little official funding and team members are expected to pay for their own flights and expenses.
The Water School are collecting money to help Ellen with her expenses and we wish her and her team the very best of luck in the
Welcome to Castletownbere Transition Year
This week Transition Year students from the Beara Peninsula are coming to The Water School for swimming lessons. Also included in their program are elements of water safety, water confidence, team building and aquafit!
We are planning to paint a mural onto our new front wall. If you have any ideas, or would like to be involved in the painting, please let us know. We know there are some fabulous artists of all ages here in West Cork.