LAST UPDATED NOVEMBER 24th, 2020
Hello Families and Swimmers!
Our BRAND NEW Facility will be opening on January 12th, 2021 and we are thrilled to have you join us! We believe that everyone deserves to have an incredible swimming experience in a fun and safe environment, so we will be continuously updating our safety measures to be in line with government and health regulations. We understand that this has been an incredibly challenging and worrisome time, and we have been thinking of all of you throughout our months apart. We ask that you be patient with us as we navigate the new normal. We understand that not everyone will feel comfortable returning to lessons right away but we can’t wait to welcome you back when the time is right for your family. We want to thank you for your ongoing support - especially through these challenging times.
2021 WINTER TERM SCHEDULE
Our 2021 Winter Term Schedule is now LIVE! Please note that it was based on the maximum 50% occupancy with built in physical distancing (requirements before the Winnipeg Metropolitan Region reached CRITICAL Code Red on November 6, 2020). As we know, a lot can change before we open in January 2021, so we will be adjusting our schedule if needed before our registration dates, and we will communicate this through email, online, and through social media. We will continue to adapt in order to keep our swim families and staff safe so don’t be surprised if you see additions or changes to the precautions that we’re taking. As of November 23rd, Manitoba is still in CRITICAL Code Red - if Code Red is extended past January 12th, 2021, the H2O Academy will either:
a) Shorten the 2021 Winter Term
b) Close the 2021 Winter Term and move students to the 2021 Spring Term
Once the Government of Manitoba updates their restrictions in mid-December, we will provide more information and an update to families. At anytime, families can request a credit that never expires or a refund. In the meantime, we hope you will consider supporting local business and give the gift of swimming this holiday season with an H2O gift certificate! #supportlocal #ShopLocalMB
We have been working hard to ensure that we are able to keep our families, students, and staff as safe and healthy as possible. You may see additional precautions being implemented or existing protocols modified in order to keep you safe as the state of affairs change in Manitoba. The health and safety of our families, students, and faculty are our number 1 priority, and we will be implementing the following protocols at our new facility:
· All clients, parents and staff who are in the facility must wear a mask.
· We will do a temperature check for everyone who enters the building, and everyone must sanitize upon entering.
· COVID-19 Safety form must be electronically signed and filled out prior to each class
· We will have 1 way traffic flow when going in and out of the pool & viewing area, please look at directional Arrows.
· Swimmers are not required to wear a mask when IN the water.
· Students will maintain physical distance except for brief encounters with teachers.
· We can only accommodate one spectator per swimmer, if it is a parented class then no spectator will be allowed.
· Sanitizing of all high touch areas will be done periodically during hours of operation.
· If we are mandated by the government to shut down for a brief period, we will offer families the option of a credit or a refund for classes that have been suspended.
“It takes a village,” and we are confident that the H2O Academy Community can work together to create a safe environment for our families.
Frequently asked questions
Is it true I can only swim with members within my househould or private lessons?
The Government of Manitoba has advised us that as long we are under the allowed capacity and can maintain physical distancing of 2 m, then we are allowed to hold group lessons. If you feel more comfortable with privates lessons or cohort classes, that is also an option for you!
Do we have to wear masks in the pool?
No. Masks will be compulsory inside our new facility, but are not be worn in the water. Our teachers will be wearing water appropriate PPE while teaching.
I have 2 kids in classes, can my 4 year old wait on the pool deck by themselves for their class while I'm in the water with my baby?
No, for safety reasons all children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult in our new facility. It is not the lifeguard's or swim teacher's responsibility to supervise children who are not actively participating in a class. Due to COVID-19 restrictions we will have limited capacity, however we will be allowing one adult caregiver per child.