The CDC has said it is not aware of reports that the virus that causes COVID-19 spreads through people in pools or other treated aquatic venues, meaning that swimming is a pandemic-era activity that can keep you safely active this winter. These indoor private and public swim schools have protocols in place to reduce risk for students and staff, including health checks, frequent cleaning, staggered classes, use of masks and social distancing when and where appropriate and reducing or eliminating touchpoints and shared equipment. As always, stay home if you feel sick or have tested positive for the coronavirus and adhere to all rules and guidelines. Ready, set, splash!
Open for reduced capacity classes, the facility with locations locally in Falls Church and Dulles offers a new customer flow to move through locations, spacing between classes in the pool and face shields for instructors. Classes follow Virginia’s guidelines, social distancing and their own guidelines, including capping the student-to-teacher ratio. Locations offer weekly classes as well as multi-sibling classes and private classes; offerings include Water Comfort for babies aged 3 months up to 1.5 years, Stroke Development for kids aged 2.5 years to Kindergarten, Stroke Enhancement for kids who have gained more skills, adult swim lessons at the Dulles location and multi-family swims per month. // Multiple locations
There are locations of the popular swim school in Reston, Ashburn, Falls Church and Alexandria, offering swim lessons using their holistic philosophy, The Science of SwimPlay®, to build life skills in and out of the water using play-based learning in a fun and safe environment. Mini classes are designed for those aged 4 to 35 months, Junior for ages 3 and 4, Glider for ages 4 to 12 and Pro for ages 4 to 12; there is also a swim team option for kids ages 5 to 12 years and family swims. Locations work hard with state and local health authorities to ensure safe environments through social distancing, limited capacities, health assessments, masks, increased cleaning and removal of commonly shared amenities. // Multiple locations
The sprawling Springfield fitness complex has a 52-meter, Olympic-sized, Myrtha training and competition pool with an infinity-edge overflow gutter to reduce wake, removable headwall, 20 track start blocks and movable bulkhead to split the pool based on aquatic activities In addition to being home to the USA swim team and water polo program, The Pool House offers swim clinics for beginners, intermediates and experts. Group youth lessons are offered for ages 4 to 18, while private lessons are offered for kids and adults from beginner to advanced. Lessons are available with or without membership. // 6805 Industrial Road, Springfield
The Dunn Loring/Vienna location of this family-favorite swim school is back open at the Courtyard Marriott, offering lessons based on their philosophy of an individualistic approach with highly-trained child-friendly instructors, warm water, year-round, ongoing enrollment, small classes and all ages, from 3-month-old infants to adults. Kids class levels are based on assessment and skill, are 25 minutes in length and are at a 2:1 student to instructor ratio; adult and private classes are available upon request and subject to schedule availability. Covid-19 protocols including additional cleaning, daily health checks for staff, students and families, request to arrive wearing swimsuits to reduce touchpoints, touch-free check-in, staggered class times and limiting equipment used. // 2722 Gallows Road, Vienna
There are locations of this school in Woodbridge, Leesburg, Fredericksburg and Gainesville, offering a Splish Splash Baby Class (2-5 months with parent or caregiver) Swim Babies (6 months-3 years), SwimTots (3-5 years), SwimKids (6 years to teens), a Stealth Swim Team and lessons for children with special needs. Registration is ongoing. // Multiple locations
Many of the county’s RECenters offer swim lessons, including the popular Baby & Me (ages 6-18 months with parent or caregiver), Toddler & Me, (19 months to 3 years with parent or caregiver), Pee Wee Paddler (ages 3-7), Swimming for Children (ages 6-12) and Stroke Mechanics (ages 6-18); adult classes are also offered. Private and semi-private lessons allow instructors to provide more individualized attention, helping overcome obstacles which may require more time or dedication than a standard swim lesson. Locations adhere to CDC, Virginia and Fairfax County health and safety protocols. // Multiple locations
The Woodbridge facility is offering parent/child swim lessons, Levels 4, 5 & 6 and Swim Team Prep for kids, as well as adult intermediate and adult classes including adults who fear the water. In March, the facility will start Levels 1 & 2. All classes follow the American Red Cross swim lesson curriculum. There are also private and semi-private class options, and they adhere to CDC, Virginia and Prince William County health and safety protocols // 13025 Chinn Park Drive
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