COVID-19 Aquatic Facility Resources

As summer swim season approaches, we’re committed to providing you with the latest aquatic facility resources from nationally recognized regulatory bodies and standard setting agencies.

PHTA – Pools and Hot Tubs are Essential

“Without proper pool and hot tub maintenance (which includes circulation and treatment of water) various pathogens can grow, such as Pseudomonas, Cryptosporidium, E. Coli, Shigella, etc. It can also create a breeding ground for mosquitoes, other pests and the diseases they may carry, which presents a risk not only to bathers but to the entire community at large.”

PHTA – Maintaining Public Aquatic Facilities

“The maintenance of properly sanitized swimming pools and other artificial bodies of water is necessary to prevent the transmission of infectious diseases and help maintain community health.”

American Red Cross – Extending Your Lifeguards Certifications

“The American Red Cross is closely monitoring the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and focusing on the best ways to carry out our lifesaving mission. Because of this, we recently enacted a free, online-only 90 day certification extension course for existing CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers (CPRO) and Lifeguarding customers.”

American Red Cross – Responder Safety Updates

“First aid providers caring for people with suspected COVID-19 should follow standard precautions. If possible, have the sick person place a face mask over their nose and mouth, if they have not done so already, and limit contact by staying back at least 6 feet, if possible, until that person has done so.”

StarGuard Elite – Lifeguarding Amid COVID-19

“If required, the type of mask (simple, surgical, N95) will be determined by OSHA and potentially CPR guidelines as they pertain to the performance of routine duties and/or CPR.”

WhiteHouse.gov – Opening Up America Plan

“Phase One – Schools and Organized Youth Activities (e.g., daycare, camp) that are currently closed should remain closed. Gyms can open if they adhere to strict physical distancing and sanitation protocols.”

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Visiting Parks and Recreational Facilities

Don’t: Use hot tubs, spas, water playgrounds, or water parks. While proper operation, maintenance, and disinfection (with chlorine or bromine) should kill COVID-19 in hot tubs, spas, water playgrounds, and water parks, you should not use these facilities within local, state, or national parks at this time…”

USA Swimming – Coronavirus Response

“In prioritizing the health and wellness of all our members, USA Swimming has made the decision to suspend all our events, camps, conferences, or any occasion that requires individuals to travel and gather until April 30th.”