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RUH hydrotherapy pool – new health and safety rules

We want you to know about the changes we’ve made to swimming lessons at the RUH hydrotherapy pool so that you can make an informed decision about booking swimming lessons with us.

All current Government Social Distancing and Public Health England guidelines must be followed at all times by everyone using and entering our facilities. Everyone over the age of 11 must wear a face covering.

Please shower and use the toilet before you visit the pool. Please come with costume underneath clothes, showered and ‘beach ready’.

Illness and self-isolation:

Anyone feeling ill or showing signs or any symptoms of Covid-19 or any other illness should not attend the facility and follow NHS guidance. Before your first lesson, you will be asked to sign a COVID-19 health statement. This will be sent to the account holder to complete on behalf of their family.

We are under no obligation to refund or transfer your money in the event that you are unable to attend part of or the entire course. We regret that we are unable to offer an alternative for missed lessons. Unfortunately, what seems like one simple request is an impractical administrative task when spread across hundreds of clients.

If a pool cannot be used or if we cannot find a replacement teacher in the short term, we will endeavour, where possible, to re-schedule your lesson. In this instance we are not responsible for any travel expenses incurred. In the event of our having to cancel a lesson we will credit your account or if you prefer, provide you with a refund for that lesson.

Communication:

All communication must be done over the telephone or email. We are unable to speak to parents at the facility unless it is an emergency. This is to avoid unnecessary interaction and to ensure the safety of all.

Arrive on time – you may not be able to enter if you arrive late.

When you arrive, there is a hand sanitizing station by the entrance lobby and masks available. Adults please always wear masks indoors (children under 11 years are exempt).

Only one adult to accompany each swimmer inside the premises to reduce the number of people in the building. No siblings unless they are also having a lesson.

Swimmers must queue in their group (by socially distanced markers) outside the entrance to hydrotherapy and wait for the teacher to let them in.

Please arrive on time for your lesson. Water safety is paramount, and this door is kept locked during lessons. You may not be able to enter if you arrive late for the start of your class.

Be dressed ready to swim:

Swimmers to arrive no more than five minutes before the start of class and be “ready to swim” under a toweling robe or onesie.

On entry to the hydro reception area, remove your shoes (slip on shoes / flip-flops please!) and carry all your belongings to your cubicle.

We staggered our lesson times and designated areas for swimmers and their parents in the changing cubicles to allow for everyone to social distance.

Keep your belongings in your cubicle and in the care of a parent/guardian.

If swim hat and googles are needed, swimmers must have them properly fitted before they attend class and must be completely ready to swim. Parents / guardians must fit all non-swimmers with armbands (provided).

If a child needs hair adjusting / nose blowing / toilet visit or anything else! We will ask them to go back to their parent/guardian in the cubicle.

Safety Notices and Cleaning:

We will provide clear notices around the facility to remind everyone of Government advice and our cleaning of the premises and equipment will adhere to Swim England / STA and Public Health England guidance.

There is a break of 15 minutes between every session to allow time to clean all areas before the next class. Once the venue has been cleaned and ready to use again, your teacher will let you into reception.

Parents are not permitted on poolside. If you wish to view the swimmers, please look through the window, please ensure you wipe the areas you’ve been in contact with, using the disinfectant wipes provided.

Hand sanitizer and masks are available. If you choose to view the swimmers through the window, please ensure you wipe the areas you’ve been in contact with, using the disinfectant wipes provided.

Our Teachers will be teaching from the poolside to maintain social distancing at all times.

Non Swimmers: If you wish, one parent may accompany their non-swimmer into the water, they will only assist their own non-swimmer and will have plenty of room in the pool to ensure social distancing is maintained. It is our intention that parent support is for a limited-time only and we want to get the children swimming independently as soon as possible. Your teacher may discuss this with you in more depth.

Our swimmers have not practiced in a long while and we expect them to be nervous and rusty. Your teacher may choose to give swimmers extra floatation devices if they see fit. This is for their own safety during the lesson.

During swimming lessons:

We will ensure that our swimmers have plenty of room and will meet all Swim England/STA and Government guidelines with regards to required space to swim.

Number of bathers in the pool will be based on Swim England/STA and Government guidelines and will be continually reviewed.

The aim is to avoid people congregating in any area. If you wish to see how your child is getting on, please look through the window into the pool area and take it in turns to view. Once you are done, please use the disinfectant wipes to clean the viewing area ready for the next person.

Siblings

Siblings are considered to be in the same ‘social bubble’. Any siblings who have swimming lessons may wait with their parent/guardian in the cubicle until it is their turn to swim.

If your sibling is likely to want to escape from the cubicle in a bid for freedom, you must let your teacher know that you are leaving. If it is possible to let us know in advance, please contact Lisa (01225 800212 or email [email protected]) to let her know that you intend to take your sibling to the café while your swimmer is having their lesson.

DO NOT leave the site for any reason. We may need to contact you in an emergency. Please return in good time to help change your swimmer. Your teacher will let you back in once all the children are safely off poolside and in their changing cubicles.

At the end of the class

All swimmers will use their allotted changing cubicles to towel dry and get dressed.

Do not use the showers. They are all out of action. Please shower at home.

The toilet at the end of the changing corridor is available for use.

Parents and swimmers must endeavor to leave the premises within five/ten minutes after class.

Once ready to leave, put on your shoes and exit along the left-hand side of the corridor, follow the one-way system.

Siblings please leave the changing cubicle after the first lesson – there is a 15-minute gap between each session because the teachers need to disinfect the area. You are welcome to queue for the next session in the corridor.

Other rules to remind you of:

Prams & Pushchairs:Must be left in the covered, colonnaded area outside the hydro building. Please do not bring them into the building. We are not responsible for left or lost property.

No Food: No Food is to be brought onto the premises at any time. This is important because we have a swimmer with a food allergy, plus it takes ages cleaning up all the crumbs!

No Running Parents please do not let your children run around anywhere in the building, the changing rooms and toilet areas will be wet and can be slippery. You are responsible for your children and you must stay with them at all times, before and after class to ensure their safety and to ensure they follow social distancing guidelines.

Photography / Filming: No photography or Filming at any time. We use a professional photographer with DBS for our publicity photos and videos. We will inform you if a photographer is due to visit and you are welcome to their images of your swimmers. If you DO NOT wish your swimmer/s to be photographed, please select ‘NO’ to the Photography Consent section on your Swimcentral account.

Locked Doors: Locked doors are locked for a reason – Safety. Please do not force open, it sets all the alarms off.

Talcum Powder: Please do not bring talcum powder onto the premises. When it gets wet, it is incredibly slippery and very difficult to clean up.

Toilets: please go to the toilet before you come swimming. There is one toilet available. Parents must always accompany their children to the toilet and ensure it is left flushed and clean for the next user. Cleaning wipes are provided and please ensure social distancing is always maintained.

Have you seen our health and safety video?

If you’re unsure of what to do, please take a look at our walkthrough video below.

Hydro pool safety video

Questions, queries about your first swimming lesson back?

Please call 01225 800212 or email us: [email protected]

Welcome back to the RUH Hydrotherapy Pool – safety video

Hello all RUH Hydrotherapy Pool Swimmers!

Things will look a little different at the pool this term. The safety of swimmers, parents and staff is our number one priority. We’ve worked hard to adapt and enhance our swimming lessons so that you can access them in the safest way possible.

We all need to stay alert in order to control the virus and save lives.

We’ve made a video to help you familiarise yourself with some of the changes. Take a look and don’t forget to read through our RUH Hydrotherapy Pool Health and Safety Rules before your visit.

Questions, queries about your first swimming lesson back?

Please call 01225 800212 or email us: [email protected]

Track and trace on our sites – Coronavirus QR code

QR code for Track and Trace

Coronavirus QR code

We have created a QR code which will be displayed at each of our venues for the puposes of collecting visitor information and to help trace and stop the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). It is a temporary record of visitors to the site to assist the NHS with Track and Trace.

Please scan the QR code when you arrive.

Customer registration

You can check-in at the venue easily by scanning the QR code on entry. There is no need to download an app!

Data storage and privacy compliant

We are using a company called Sproutsend to capture and securely store the data with the date and time of check-in. Data is collected, stored and deleted as per Government Guidelines (details below).

Privacy policy – data related to COVID check-ins

What data is captured?
Each customer is able to customise the type of data captured.

This can include but, is not limited to:

  • Date and time you entered a venue
  • The venue you visited
  • Name
  • Email address
  • Phone number

How is the data used?
Your data is securely stored and only used if required for rapid contact tracing. It is collected for a specific purpose – contact tracing and cannot be used for any other purposes. It is deleted after 21 days. Sproutsend provides a service to assist venues in meeting government compliance and will not sell or use data for any purpose other than as required to operate this platform.

How long is data stored?
Your data is stored for the period of time as required by the UK government. The UK Government says that businesses should keep a temporary record of customers and visitors for 21 days and assist NHS Test and Trace with request for that data if needed.

I have more questions about your privacy policy
If you have any concerns, questions or require further information, please send an email to [email protected]

 

Prior Park Pool new health and safety rules

We are keen for you to know about the changes we’ve made to swimming lessons at Prior Park College so that you can make an informed decision about booking swimming lessons with us.

All current Government Social Distancing and Public Health England guidelines must be followed at all times by everyone using and entering our facilities. Everyone over the age of 11 must wear a face covering.

Please shower and use the toilet before you visit the pool. Please come with costume underneath clothes, showered and ‘beach ready’.

Illness and self-isolation:

We ask that anyone feeling ill or showing signs or any symptoms of Covid-19 or any other illness should not attend the facility and follow NHS guidance. Before your first lesson, you will be asked to sign a COVID-19 health statement. This will be sent to the account holder to complete on behalf of their family.

We are under no obligation to refund or transfer your money in the event that you are unable to attend part of or the entire course. We regret that we are unable to offer an alternative for missed lessons. Unfortunately, what seems like one simple request is an impractical administrative task when spread across hundreds of clients.

If a pool cannot be used or if we cannot find a replacement teacher in the short term, we will endeavour, where possible, to re-schedule your lesson. In this instance we are not responsible for any travel expenses incurred. In the event of our having to cancel a lesson we will credit your account or if you prefer, provide you with a refund for that lesson.

Communication:

All communication must be done over the telephone or email. We are unable to speak to parents at the facility unless it is an emergency. This is to avoid unnecessary interaction and to ensure the safety of all.

Arrive on time – you may not be able to enter if you arrive late.

Swimmers must queue in their groups (1, 2 & 3) outside the fire door and wait to be asked onto poolside.

Please arrive on time for your lesson. Water safety is paramount, and this door is kept locked during lessons. You may not be able to enter if you arrive late for the start of your class.

We staggered our lesson times and designated areas for swimmers and their parents around the pool at any one time to allow for everyone to social distance.

Only one adult to accompany each swimmer inside the premises to reduce the number of people in the building. No siblings unless they are also having a lesson.

Swimmers to arrive no more than five minutes before the start of class and be “ready to swim” under a toweling robe or onesie. Change on poolside and put your belongings in a bag for the care of parent/guardian. There will be no access to changing rooms at the beginning of the lesson.

Everyone must sanitize their hands at the main entrance. Sanitizing stations will be provided.

Please wear slip-on shoes or wear the shoe covers provided. Shoe covers can be reused so please, take them home and use them again, and again, and again.

Swimmers must have swim hats & goggles (if needed) properly fitted and must be completely ready to swim.

Parents / guardians must fit all non-swimmers with armbands (provided).

All internal seating will be removed. All internal doors will be pinned back and open.

Safety notices and cleaning:

We will provide clear notices around the facility to remind everyone of Government advice and our cleaning of the premises and equipment will adhere to Swim England / STA and Public Health England guidance.

Our teachers will be teaching from the poolside to maintain social distancing at all times.

Non-swimmers: If you wish, one parent may accompany their non-swimmer into the water, they will only assist their own non-swimmer and will have plenty of room in the pool to ensure social distancing is maintained.

Our swimmers have not practiced in a long while and we expect them to be nervous and rusty. Your teacher may choose to give swimmers extra floatation devices if they see fit. This is for their own safety during the lesson.

During swimming lessons:

We will ensure that our swimmers have plenty of room and will meet all Swim England/STA and Government guidelines with regards to required space to swim.

Swimming will operate in width lanes for all stages.

Capacity will be based on Swim England/STA and Government guidelines and will be continually reviewed.

Siblings

Siblings are considered to be in the same ‘social bubble’. Any siblings who have swimming lessons may wait with their parent/guardian until it is their turn to swim.

At the end of the class

We strongly advise that you do not use the changing areas but instead, towel dry and leave by the main door – as direct a route as possible.

Siblings must change and exit – follow the one-way system – then re-enter with their parent / guardian until all sibling(s) have finished their lessons.

Swimmers will exit in their groups. First, will be group 1 from the deep-end to towel dry and leave. Then follows group 2 and finally group 3.

Changing room specifics – all now communal change. No showers.

If you really must use the changing room, we have three at Prior Park to match the three classes running in the pool at any one time. The mixed (now communal) changing rooms will be numbered: 1, 2 & 3.

All swimmers will use their allotted changing rooms ie: Group 1, improver swimmers will use changing room 1, then group 2 will use changing room 2, and the last class changing room 3.

Siblings can choose either of the designated changing rooms, whichever is most appropriate for age and circumstance.

The changing rooms are purely a stopping place to give you a bit more time to towel dry and get dressed.

Do not use the benches in the changing cubicles, showers, toilets, hairdryers. They are all out of action. Please shower at home.

Once all swimmers have left the poolside, our staff will allow the next classes to enter onto poolside through the single fire door. Swimmers will be called in group order as above (1, 2 &3).

This means we will have no crossover of swimmers coming into the pool, whilst others are leaving the pool to ensure we maintain social distancing guidelines.

Parents and swimmers must endeavor to leave the premises within ten minutes after class.

Prams & Pushchairs: Must be left in the covered, colonnaded area at the back of the pool. Please do not bring them into the building.

No Food: No Food is to be brought onto the premises at any time.

No Running Parents please do not let your children run around anywhere in the building, the changing rooms and toilet areas will be wet and can be slippery. You are responsible for your children and you must stay with them at all times, before and after class to ensure their safety and to ensure they follow social distancing guidelines.

Photography / Filming: No photography or Filming at any time.

Locked Doors: Locked doors are locked for a reason – Safety. Please do not force open.

Talcum Powder: Please do not bring talcum powder onto the premises. When it gets wet, it is incredibly slippery and very difficult to clean up.

Toilets: please go to the toilet before you come swimming. Toilets are available. Parents must always accompany their children to the toilet and ensure it is left flushed and clean for the next user. Ensuring social distancing is always maintained.

Prior Park College swimming starts 20th September

Prior Park College swimming lessons to start Sunday 20th September

we have the green light to restart our swimming lessons – Woo Hoo!!!

Prior Park College poolPrior Park college pool with floatsPriority booking will be given to those swimmers who were at Prior Park College before lockdown. We expect RUH swimming lessons to resume after half term.

Credits

Credits have been added to every account (RUH and Prior Park swimmers) to cover the last three weeks that we missed when our lessons were suspended in March.

Timetable

Take a look at the Prior Park College timetable. Please note the staggered start times. This allows for social distancing.

 

We’ve put lots of new safety measures in place. We will send out a detailed email of those changes very soon and feature it here, on our blog.

Priority booking

  • 09:00 Friday 11th September – priority booking for Prior Park swimmers opens
  • 09:00 Monday 14th September – booking opens for RUH customers & general public

Current RUH customers

Will have priority booking when the RUH lessons start in October.

If you choose to book for Prior Park this time around, then that will be your pool until the end of term. You cannot re-book for the RUH until next term which starts January 2021.

Winter term dates

Sunday 20th September 2020 – Sunday 20th December 2020

Half term dates – Monday 26th October – Sunday 1st November – NO LESSONS.

 

 

We are really excited to welcome you all back to Prior Park!

Bath Leisure Centre review since re-opening

Teacher Lisa headed to Bath Leisure Centre and she shared her experience with us.

 

I wanted to write a post about my first swim since the pools have reopened from Covid-19.
I decided to go to Bath Leisure Centre (N Parade Rd, Bathwick, Bath BA2 4ET).

 

Booking

Bath Leisure Centre are not taking calls at this time. For enquiries, they direct you to their website. To book online you need to create an account for each user.

 

The swimming slots are in 10-minute windows, but you get an hour for your swim.

 

I chose the fitness swim at 14:50 -15:00pm which cost £6.00 for an adult. I took my 13 year old daughter Bliss, and her swim cost £4.00 for a child. Bliss is a competant swimmer.

 

At this time, as we understand it, swimming for beginners and non-swimmers is restricted.

 

Adult and child swimming

Better Bath Leisure statement reads:

During the interim phase of reopening we will be focusing on our Swim For Fitness sessions. Time slots in these sessions will need to be booked individually and are available for juniors but they must be competent swimmers, able to swim consistently in a lane swimming environment.

Some leisure centres will offer Adult and Child Swim sessions in selected pools over the weekend where every adult booking a slot will be able to bring up to two children at no extra cost. Please check for available sessions via the Better UK app.

 

Parking

Bath Leisure centre has a pay and display carpark. Parking is easy and it cost £3.60 for 2 hours.

 

Entrance

There are plenty of signs to direct you. The staff behind the screened desk were helpful. A member of staff guides you through the turnstile where you are able to sanitize your hands.

 

Buy your locker token before you enter the changing room

As you go through the turnstile, there is a card payment machine to buy tokens for the lockers. Tokens for the locker are 30p and are non-refundable.

 

Changing areas

The changing areas are clearly signposted with one-way directions. There are cleaning stations available with blue roll and disinfectant to clean your cubicle.

 

Swim England advise you go to the pool ‘beach ready’ with your costume underneath your clothes, so myself and my daughter just popped our bag into a locker and headed to the poolside following the arrows marked.

 

Poolside

There is one-way system round the main pool. At the time we went, the leisure pool was closed.
The pool is 25m long and split into 3 double lanes. The lanes permit a max of 10 swimmers per lane and are clearly signed slow / medium / fast and direction of swim.
Myself and my daughter were very lucky as all 3 lanes only had 2 swimmers in each so it was a lovely swim.

 

After the swim

Once our time was up, we headed back to the changing area which was not busy at all. There are a couple of showers available and toilets  are also open. I sanitised our cubicles before changing and we headed out of the leisure following the exit signs which led us to the rear of the building to the car park.

 

All in all…

I have to say our visit was made easy! Both myself and my daughter felt comfortable and pleased to be back in the pool. So much so, I have booked another session.

 

If you are in two minds whether to go or not… I would say go for it!

 

Swimming basics: Floating on the Back in Shallow Water | Swimcentral

Swimming basics: Floating on the back in shallow water

Stage 1

Floating on the back requires keeping balanced and relaxed at the same time—not always easy for beginners! But it’s an important foundational skill for both the advanced strokes and for safety. Floating on the back in shallow water lets swimmers ease into position at their own pace while keeping control of their body and breathing.

To give it a go, a swimmer should:

  • Have access to very shallow water, such as a beach-entry pool
  • Feel comfortable with water around the head and ears
  • Understand a bit about of how the water will support their body

Relaxing the shoulders and tilting the chin up will help with floating. Folding the body in on itself will make it sink!

Our Guide to Floating on the Back in Shallow Water

  • Sit on the pool floor, legs in front and knees slightly bent
  • Put hands flat on the pool floor on either side of hips
  • Lean back onto elbows and stretch knees out
  • Tilt the head back and chin up until ears are submerged
  • Push the body up to the surface of the water with hands

 


 

Body Position

 

  • Once you’re able to push your body up to the surface…
  • Walk your fingers out a bit wider away from your body
  • Point your toes away from each other
  • Push your tummy button up to the ceiling
  • Let your hands come off of the pool floor

You’re floating!

 


 

Practicing with children?

  • Have a splash around first to get the head wet so it’s not a shock when they lean back the first time.
  • Sit side by side and practice getting into position together.
  • Make it fun: Pretend you’re starfish on the beach or a sunflower opening up to get some sunshine!

 

Mastered Floating on the Back in Shallow Water? Why not try the Star Float on the Front?

Finding this skill tricky? Have a go at Blowing Bubbles

Swimming basics: Blowing bubbles | Swimcentral

Swimming basics: Blowing bubbles

Stage 1

You may think you need to be able to hold your breath for a long time to swim. But the truth is you need to be able to control it. Blowing bubbles is the start of learning breath control! By getting into a pattern of breathing in when your face is out of the water, and blowing out when your face is in the water, oxygen keeps flowing to the muscles while you swim!

To give it a go, a swimmer should:

  • Be comfortable with water on the face
  • Be able to support their head position
  • Understand how to control their breathing

Looking forward while dipping the whole body straight down instead of face-planting into the water can help beginners feel more relaxed and in control.

 

Our Guide to Blowing Bubbles

  • Use the hands to wet the face if not already wet
  • Take a deep breath in through the mouth and hold it
  • Lower the body down until the mouth and nose are submerged
  • Blow the air out into the water
  • Stand back up before you breathe in again

 


More Ideas

If submerging to blow bubbles is a little challenging, start with blowing bubbles from above the water:

  • Put your chin in the water and…
  • Instead of bubbles, try to make ripples across the surface of the water

Or

  • Take a big breath through the mouth, then…
  • Put your mouth on a straw and blow into the water
  • Bubbles!

 


 

Practicing with children?

  • Give them something to aim for with their breath, like an egg flip or a ball.
  • Face each other and blow bubbles back and forth.
  • Make it fun: Face your child and put a ball between you. See if they can catch you by blowing the ball toward you as you back away!

Mastered Blowing Bubbles?  Why not try Blowing Bubbles and Kicking Legs 

 

Swimmer of the week

Swimmer of the week!

This week goes to Lilly.

Lilly in Rachael’s stage 3 class at 10am, Prior Park on Sundays. Lilly was really brilliant the last time she swam. Really focused.

Lilly made big circles with her legs, she turned out feet and had a very good start with the arms of one stroke breathing.

Congratulations Lilly, super work!