Important Notice from Shellharbour Swim Academy – COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

Shellharbour Swim Academy (SSA) would like to update you on our response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus). We would also like to assure you that the wellbeing of our customers and staff is, and always has been, our highest priority. SSA continues to take its guidance and direction on the Coronavirus matter from the relevant expert local health authorities, such as NSW Health. This is monitored on at least a daily basis.

We are also monitoring Coronavirus situation globally and takes seriously the advice of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Australian Government Department of Health.

We would like to note that on the 6th March, Australia’s Chief Medical Officer, Brendan Murphy, reminded parents to “go about their normal business without fear”.

We understand that parents are feeling cautious regarding their children’s, and their own, health. We would like to assure you that we have further increased precautionary measures to ensure the health and safety of our customers and staff.

All SSA staff are receiving ongoing instructions on enhanced hygiene and safety protocols. Staff are being asked to be diligent in their own personal hygiene, using soap and water to wash hands thoroughly, and hand sanitizer where available. Staff have been informed to seek medical advice and self-isolate if they are showing the symptoms of Coronavirus or have been in contact with someone who has, or is suspected of having, Coronavirus.

Our cleaning staff have been asked to use greater personal hygiene to prevent the spread of any germs. They have also been asked to be more detailed in their cleaning of all swim centre areas, including change rooms, toilets and reception.

We can guarantee that all cleaning staff are using commercial grade, anti-bacterial cleaning products.

Pool Water Sanitation

In addition to treating our pools with chlorine, our pools have an Ultra-violet (UV) sanitation treatment system to provide substantially greater protection against the spread of water-borne diseases. These UV systems are not required by the Health Department. They are an effective way to remove anything in the water that might have passed through the filters and not been oxidized by chlorine before it returns to the pool.

Numerous leading health authorities around the world are stating that there is no evidence that Coronavirus can be spread to humans through the use of pools. Proper operation, maintenance and disinfection (e.g. with chlorine – as per Australian requirements) of pools should remove or inactivate the virus that causes COVID-19.

  1. If you or your family have recently visited, passed through, or had a stopover in China, Iran, South Korea, or Italy in the last 14 days, we ask that you do not send your children to the Swim School until you have a medical certificate from your GP or they have been back in Australia for at least 14 days with no symptoms of the virus.
  2. If you have had contact within the last 14 days with someone from any of these areas or with someone who exhibits symptoms of the virus, we also ask that you do not send your children to the Swim School until you have a medical clearance certificate from your GP or 14 days have lapsed.
  3. If you have not been in known contact with any of the above, you should feel confident to send your child to the Swim School. This is, of course, unless they have any of the flu-like symptoms associated with Coronavirus, in which case, as with other viruses, you should visit your GP and keep your child at home until the symptoms have cleared.

The effective implementation of these procedures will require the support of all members of our Community, as it is beyond the capacity of any Swim School to be able to police every instance. Please be alert (whether as parents, staff or students) to any presenting symptoms related to a fever or respiratory difficulties. These include a cough, shortness of breath, rapid breathing, a sore throat, or a runny nose. Please visit your GP if you, or your child, presents with these symptoms.

We anticipate all normal classes and routines to proceed as scheduled, unless health authorities advise otherwise.


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