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COVID-19 Pool School Protocols

COVID-19 Pool School Protocols


New Policy and Procedure:

Each family must agree to the new Agreement via the Parent Portal. Addition to the agreement includes a COVID-19 release. The new Agreement must be accepted and e-signed prior to student’s arrival for lessons.   


  1. Orientation scheduled for all personnel 6/19/2020
  2. All employees must complete their COVID check 1 hour prior to arriving at St. George’s
  3. No school on school competition
  4. All employees must wear a mask
  5. All participants must make a reservation 24 hours in advance
  6. No walks up allowed
  7. Signage posted at all entrances
  8. Participants must provide their own water and towel
  9. All tables, chairs, and benches removed
  10. Each coach will have their own chair marked with their name while they are working Arrival to Campus

Arrival to Campus 

  1. Everyone must use the Wolf River entrance
  2. Customers must remain in their cars while waiting
  3. There should be no adults or children out of the car while waiting on swimmers
  4. Participants must sign in at the back door of the aquatics center
  5. Once the participant is signed, the parent must return to their car and remain until pick up
  6. Walking campus or children playing in indoor and outdoor spaces is prohibited
  7. All social distancing guidelines must be adhered Parking


  1. We ask that you try to keep one parking spot open between cars
  2. All social distancing guidelines must be adhered Entering employees/participants

Entering employees/participants

  1. Everyone will be temperature checked before entering, any temperature above 100.4 will not be allowed to enter
  2. A list of questions will be asked of each person
    1. Have you been in close contact with a known confirmed case of COVID 19?
    2. Are you experiencing a cough, shortness of breath or sore throat?
    3. Have you had a fever in the past 48 hours?
    4. Have you had a new loss of smell or taste?
    5. Have you had vomiting or diarrhea in the last 24 hours?
  3. Each person must sanitize their hands before entering
  4. One employee will sign in people
  5. There will be markers on the floor or ground for people to stand 6 feet apart to create a line at sign in
  6. Each person will report to their workspace and there should be no shared workspace
  7. All social distancing guidelines must be adhered Pool School Preparations and Controls

Pool School Preparations and Controls

  1. Every parent must sign a release before they can enroll for a lesson
  2. There will be a daily schedule of students and time. Attendance will be taken
  3. Students will not be allowed to enter the pool prior to their lesson time. No parents will be allowed on the pool deck
  4. Only students and instructors on the pool deck
  5. Entrance will be the back door of the pool
  6. Everyone will exit through the flap of the pool closes the fieldhouse
  7. Restrooms and locker rooms are closed
  8. No communal use of equipment. Pool School will not provide goggles, noodles, toys or kickboards
  9. After the lesson, all frequently touched surfaces will be wiped down with disinfectant.
  10. All signage required by CDC will be in place.

To help support a very worthy effort we want to remind people what makes a safe backyard pool.

  1. A fence around the pool that is at least 4 feet high!
  2. A gate that closes automatically whenever someone enters or exits the pool.
  3. A latch that locks automatically and is out of reach of small children.
  4. Any doors that open onto the pool area has an alarm, buzzer, doorbell chime, anything that makes the homeowner aware that someone has entered the pool area.
  5. All non-swimmers wear a lifejacket, not floaties. Remember, anything you inflate can deflate.
  6. Take all toys out of the pool when you have finished swimming. Children see floating toys as an attractive nuisance and fall in when trying to reach them.
  7. Whenever kids are in the pool there is an adult watcher who is not talking, texting or playing on a cell phone.
  8. If you own a pool know CPR, if you don’t own a pool know CPR.
  9. Remind children of the #1 swimming pool rule – do not enter the pool unless an adult is present!
  10. Enroll your child in swim lessons.

Drowning is the leading cause of non-medical deaths among preschoolers. An average year sees 3,000 drowning in the United States. For every drowning there are 3 near drownings that are serious enough that an emergency room trip is warranted. Follow the above rules to keep your children safe and happy around the water.



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Address: 1880 Wolf River Blvd. Collierville TN 38017
Phone: 901-386-1999
Directions: From the intersection of Poplar Ave. and Houston Levee Rd., take Houston Levee north three miles until reaching Wolf River Blvd. (Walgreens on corner). Turn east on Wolf River Blvd, drive past apartments and homes on left. Turn left into campus. Follow main drive into campus. Academic building and chapel are on the right. Athletic facilities are behind academic building (continue on main drive). The Pool School is in the Aquatic Center located between the Field House and Tennis Courts.
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Website: www.swimpoolschool.com

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Prepare: Should my child use goggles?

The use of goggles is a personal choice. Some students may have eyes that are sensitive to pool water and benefit from the protection goggles provide. Other students may not feel comfortable wearing goggles on their face. Goggles may provide better sight while in water but can distort a child’s vision out of the water such as while walking on the pool deck. When making a choice, consider what works best for your child.

What should I do if my child cries during swim lessons?

When a child cries during a swim lesson it’s very tempting to reach out and comfort them. They may be uncomfortable in their new surroundings, being in the pool water or separated from you. This is not uncommon. Our instructors will work with your child to ease their fears. It could possibly take several lessons before a child develops trust and confidence, so patience is key to the learning process. Each child’s individual needs vary.

Here are a few pointers.

  • Arrive at least 15 minutes prior to their first lesson. This will allow your child to become accustom to their new environment. By watching a class in progress he/she will gain the concept of what they are going to be doing. Take advantage of this opportunity to point out to your child the fun things other kids are doing in their lessons.
  • Much like at daycare, many children will relax and focus on their instructor once the parents are not with view. If you feel this applies to your child, the aquatic center is large enough for you to move to a seat beyond your child’s line of site.
  • Show your child you are confident and eager for them to enjoy learning to swim.
  • Include positive conversations about swimming before and after a lesson.
  • Turn those tears into cheers by focusing on their accomplishments big and small.

Do parents need to be in the water with their child?

The only class in which a parent or guardian must be in the water with their swimmer, is the Parent/Tot class. Other than the Parent/Tot class, parents may not enter the water with their children. Seating is provided on the pool deck for the parents and families to watch the classes and support their swimmers.

My child was recently or is not potty trained?

Swim diapers are required for any child not potty trained. Both reusable and disposable swim diapers are approved. Ensure the fit is snug at the waist and thighs to prevent leakage.

What do I need to bring to class?

The only necessary things to bring to class are a swimsuit and towel. Changing rooms are located in the Field House.

For more Questions and Answers, please visit our websites FAQ.

We are looking forward to seeing you soon!
Thank You!

Coach Rob is a Level 5 swim coach, the American Swim Coaches Association’s highest classification. He was an assistant coach at the University of Alabama under Olympic swim coach Don Gambril. Coach Rob has trained national and junior national champions, high school, and collegiate All-American competitive swimmers. He was the head coach of the United States National Junior team and has been the coach of the year in many different locals, the latest being the 2009 Tennessee High School Coach of the Year. He is currently the St. George’s High School high school swim coach.

One week every four years is like Christmas to all of us involved in the sport of swimming. The top athletes in the sport put a very bright spot light to our sport and make the country aware of the wonderful sport of swimming and the great athletes that compete for the USA. Here are some highlights so far - 

  1. We are racers. Watch Lilly King, Katie Ladecky and Michael Phelps pull races out at the very end of the pool. That is a skill that our country prides itself on. We know how to race and we know how to win. When the race starts everyone wants to win, but some people refuse to lose when it is late in the race and everyone is very tired, Both Katie and Lilly found another gear in the last 10 meters of their races. Thank you for making us all proud.
  2. Our athletes are clean. There have been very few swimmers from our country that have been on the dark side of performance enhancing drugs. I am proud of the proactive stance we have and appreciate that our governing body, USA Swimming has been a leader in trying to enforce strict drug guidelines. Everyone should appreciate the stand that Lilly King took prior to the 100 breaststroke. She ramped the pressure on herself to Mach 2 with her comments and then stood up and delivered. Incredible and I have a new hero in the sport.
  3. Watch how we swim relays. The USA really knows how to crank out relay medals and the majority of them are gold. Our swimmers understand team concept much better than most other countries. It is important on a relay team that the anchor is not the fastest but the toughest. The person who will die before they let another team get by them but the other swimmers on the relay need to know the match-ups and the weak swimmer needs to be exploited on the other team and the slower swimmer on our team needs to be protected. Great racing.

Watch the swimmers, watch their strokes. Get a picture in your mind of what a great stroke looks like and try to imitate it in practice. Most importantly - GO USA.



Parents ask why we use fins in the upper levels so often. We find that fins are a marvelous teaching tool. Most people's definition of swimming is not drowning. While we talk to the student about technical aspects of their stroke all the student is thinking is that they are in deep water and I want to make it to the wall. The use of fins takes all of the trepidation away and allows the student to think about the coach's instruction. It also makes it easier to do complex stroke drills that are used to teach stroke mechanics. These drills are used on Thunder and it allows the kids to have a successful first attempt at mastering a difficult task.

Fins also help improve the swimmers kick. They have to kick straight legged and it increases the ankle flexibility, one of the keys to a strong kick. Some kids have a tendency to lock their ankle, almost like they have a boot one their foot.  The fin forces the child to have a larger range of motion in a good swimming technique. It really improves the strength of the legs and allows them to become strong kickers, one of the checkmarks for a successful competitive career.

Finally, fins are fun. It is great to be jet propelled in the water. It builds confidence and when we start to reduce the amount of fin time the swimmers make a transition to a successful competitive athlete.

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