As the school year starts, many extracurricular activities have been canceled, leaving families with few options to keep their kids active.
According to the CDC, there is no evidence COVID-19 can be spread to humans by recreational waters. With proper guidelines, swimming is one of the safer recreational activities.
Due to the pandemic many parents bought “inflatable pools” for their homes. However, swimming lessons are essential because children can drown in just inches of water.
Seventy-one percent of all U.S. child drowning deaths occur in residential settings, and many are attributed to a gap in adult supervision, according to a new 2020 government report. The National Institutes of Health found formal swimming lessons decrease the risk of drowning for young children by 88 percent.
Swimming is a life skill that teaches safety and is also good for physical and mental health.
The British Swim School
Robert Stapf, who is in charge of the British Swim School on the Hudson Waterfront, is an enthusiastic cheerleader of swimming for all.
The school is open for ages 3 months to adults. There are programs for children and adults at all levels. Swimmers will move to different levels as they improve.
“We’re seeing a huge demand right now,” Stapf said. “The CDC said swimming is safe if you take the right precautions.”
Never too late
“A lot of adults wanted to learn how to swim, and there’s not a lot of swim schools out there for adults,” Stapf said. “It’s been a huge success.”
According to Stapf, physical activity such as swimming helps relieve stress.
The school holds lessons in disinfected water, reduces class sizes, requires face shields for instructors, promotes the independence of children to reduce contact, trains employees to work during COVID-19, staggers class times, and sets up protocols for safe entry and exit from the pool decks.
The British Swim School subleases pools because of its mission to bring swimming lessons where there are already pools, Stapf said.
In Bayonne, the British Swim School operates out of the Jewish Community Center at 1050 JFK Blvd.
There are two locations in Secaucus: at Xchange at Secaucus Junction, 6252 Riverside Station Blvd. and at the LaQuinta Inn at 350 Lighting Way.
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