The WSD Learn To Swim Program has been redesigned to meet physical distance guidelines. Instructors will be trained to perform lessons to meet physical distancing guidelines. In addition, instructors will wear clear plastic face shields while teaching to protect clients and themselves. At each teaching station, instructors will have a mesh bag of tools, and toys that will remain floating in the water at all times and therefore continuously being disinfected.
Students in the WSD Learn To Swim Program will still enjoy the dynamic nature of station advancement while limiting contact with new groups and instructors. Students will stay with the same instructor for three lessons. Group changes and station advancement will take place on the 1st and 3rd lesson of the session.
Swim lessons will be staggered to offer time for one group to enter while another group exits. There will be fifteen minutes for the group exchange to occur.
|2021 Fall SUNDAY LEARN TO SWIM SCHEDULE
(DATES ARE DETERMINED BY POOL AVAILABILITY AFTER VARSITY SCHEDULES ARE CREATED AND RELEASED)
|2:00-2:30 pm||Parent-Tot, Level I, Level II, Level III, Level IV, Level V|
|2:45- 3:15 pm||Level I, Level I, Level II, Level III, Level IV, Level V|
|3:30-4:00 pm||Level I, Level II, Level II, Level III, Level IV, Level V|
AT THIS TIME ONLY GROUP INSTRUCTION WILL BE OFFERED.
AREA 1: Entering The Building, Area after Entry, and Lobby Bathrooms
PATRON ENTRY PROCESS
- Signage will be posted on the main lobby door informing patrons of our entry/exit process.
- Face masks will be necessary upon check-in for parents and participants. A protective barrier will be in place at our check-in counter (concession stand) to protect the supervisor checking in patrons.
- Only one adult family member may accompany the child/children participating in lessons.
- A screening form must be complete for each participant and parent/guardian accompanying their child to lessons.
- Patrons will be directed to wait in designated marked spaces in the lobby until their child is called into the pool. Doors will be specifically marked as entrance and exit points, proper signage will be posted regarding masks, symptoms of COVID 19, and the space for maximum occupancy.
- A hand sanitizing station is at the front door for all patrons entering the facility to utilize.
- Families will be asked not to arrive prior to 5 minutes before their scheduled class time. If families arrive early, they will be asked to wait outside the facility.
- We recommend all participants come dressed in their bathing suits to limit the use of locker rooms.
- Lobby Bathrooms: Lobby bathrooms will only be permitted for use upon arrival. We will designate the general locker rooms on the pool deck for use one a lesson is complete and to be used as the exit point.
- Students will be called to class by the Aquatic Director who will hold doors for them and direct them to their classes. Class rosters will be called in advanced groups first and beginner groups last. The teachers will meet their students at the door and walk to a designated area in the pool. Class spots will be designated by specific signage as seen here:
- At the end of class, parents will return to the door that the child entered into the pool to retrieve their child. They will then be asked to accompany their child into the general locker rooms to change and exit the facility. Patrons will exit the facility out into the hallway to ensure minimal crossover traffic.
AREA 2: POOL
- PROTECTION FOR INSTRUCTORS
- Proper pool chemistry is more important than ever. Our pool chemistry is tested twice per day and we use top of the line chemical controllers to ensure proper water treatment and disinfection.
- All instructors will be provided a clear face shield to teach. This shield will go down past the chin and around the face to create a barrier to protect them from coughing and sneezing.
- Instructors will be assigned a zone to work in for their entire shift.
- Curriculum will be adjusted to deter face to face contact. In many instances, skills can be modified with the instructor off to the side of the student.
- Instructor to student ratios will be limited to 5 students to 1 instructor. The instructor will remain with this same set of students throughout the session, only advancing a student in the first or third class if needed.
- The instructor has to fully submerge between students to sanitize prior to touching the next student.
- The pool will be set with six distinct teaching sections separated by cones to be sure each teaching group is separated from each other. This is necessary to keep kids safe from each other in individual groups.
- No more than 30 students or 6 lesson groups will be permitted into the pool at one time.
- PROTECTION FOR STUDENTS
- Proper pool chemistry is more important than ever. Our pool chemistry is tested twice per day and we use top-of-the-line chemical controllers to ensure proper water treatment and disinfection.
- Students will be limited in what they can bring into the pool area: a face mask, towel, goggles, and a swim cap are the only items permitted to be stored on the deck while a student is taking the class.
- Face masks will be required for each student upon entering the pool. The masks can be removed once the child is seated with their group and stored with a towel.
- All children participating in lessons will be assigned a kickboard for the class to limit the sharing of equipment during a 30-minute lesson. After each lesson, a new set of kickboards will be supplied for the next group entering the building, and the used set will be properly sanitized.
- The use of small toys that have holes or textures will not be permitted during this time.
- Hard surface toys; such as dive rings, will be kept in mesh bags at each teacher’s station. Keeping these items in the water for the entire class allows for constant sanitization.
- No goggles will be kept in the office or loaned to a student who does not have their own pair for class.
- The curriculum will be adjusted to deter face-to-face contact. In many instances, skills can be modified with the instructor off to the side of the student.
- Breath control skills should be performed with students breathing to the side.
- Instructor to student ratios will be limited to 5 students to 1 instructor. The instructor will remain with this same set of students throughout the session.
AREA 3: POOL GALLERY
- PARENT/GUARDIAN PROTOCOL
- A mask is required to be worn at all times while in the Natatorium.
- The pool gallery will be open for a family member to view the lessons. The bleachers have a designated mark for seating and family members are expected to adhere to social distancing guidelines.
- No one will be allowed to stand along the catwalk. You can view lessons from either side of the bleacher area.
- Once your child’s lesson concludes you must exit the gallery and pick your child up on the pool deck.
- No communication will be permitted between the parent and the instructor. If you have a concern about your child’s lesson you must address the Aquatic Director or Supervisor.
- You will escort your child out of the pool from the general pool locker room area. The lobby bathrooms will be designated for those patrons entering for the next session of lessons.
AREA 4: GENERAL LOCKER ROOM USE
- Locker rooms have been designated with orange stickers to indicate social distancing guidelines.
- Please use only the locker space marked in orange.
- Showers will not be permitted for use at this time.
- Once your child is changed you must exit the locker room toward the hallway. DO NOT REENTER THE POOL AREA ONCE YOUR CHILD IS CHANGED.
- The doors will be clearly marked as entry and exit points.
- Please do not keep any items in the locker room.
WSD LEARN-TO-SWIM PROGRAM
Wilson School District has been offering its community a swim lesson program since 1966 and one of its main purposes has always been to provide individuals with the ability to improve their swimming and water safety skills. Lessons are designed for students of all ages from six months to adult. Students are placed into classes based on age-appropriate levels and current swimming abilities.
As a goal-driven program, Wilson’s well-trained instructors will work with students to help master each skill within a level before advancing them to the next level. Learn to Swim lessons emphasize a progressive step-by-step approach to teaching your child to swim safely and correctly. Swimming instructors teach each swimmer individually and class sizes are purposely kept smaller in order to keep a good student to instructor ratio, this helps to create an environment that promotes greater success. On average a group within a class session will be 5:1 student to instructor ratio and will never exceed a 5:1 ratio for the more advanced levels. All sessions are supervised by Erin Goodhart Kurtz or a designated Aquatic Supervisor. For swim lessons, children will be grouped by their current swimming ability. Swimming is not a natural skill for most people to learn, so learning to swim will take time, practice, and confidence. This is one of the best students to instructor ratios for swim lessons in Berks County.Current Class Offerings, Costs & Registration
PLEASE REVIEW OUR SKILL CHART AS SOME LEVELS HAVE BEEN CHANGEDReview the WSD Learn-To-Swim Skill Chart
Specific Lesson Programs offered range from (Click for their descriptions):
- Parent and Toddler Level I (6 months to 3 years)
- Levels I & II (Beginner: Child must be at least 3 years old to enroll in beginner lessons or have approval from the aquatic director)
- Levels III & IV (Intermediate)
- Levels V & VI (Advanced)
Please note that the ages of the children are used only as a guideline to help determine levels. The most important factor in determining what class to register for is the skill level of the student. If a student is 7 years old but still at a Level II ability, the student should be signing up for the Level II course. Students will be matched appropriately with other students in their appropriate age range within the class.Current Class Offerings, Costs & Registration