The pandemic is anything but over. However, as more Kiwis receive vaccinations, booster shots, and fewer individuals become sick from Covid-19, this summer is gearing up to be better than the last – especially for enthusiastic pool-goers.

Even on a nationwide red setting of the Covid-19 protection framework, both public and private swimming pools are open. Some swimming pools are operating at full capacity while others have a 100-person restriction. All swimmers aged 12 years 3 months and up will be asked to present their Vaccine Pass to the staff upon entering.

Despite the fact that safety standards are strictly in place, swimmers are still skeptical and ponder if it was safe to return to the swimming pools. According to the World Health Organization, the Covid-19 virus does not spread across water during swimming.

This statement is supported by the scientific research conducted by virologists from Imperial College London. This research enlightens why swimming pools aren't as dangerous as you would think.

Professor Wendy Barclay, a prominent virologist and expert in respiratory viruses, led the investigation into swimming pool water with research associate Dr Jonathan Brown and research technician Maya Moshe from Imperial College London, and the project was overseen by Alex Blackwell, Water Babies' head of swimming pool facilities.

They studied the impact of Covid-19 on pool water, which produces Covid-19, to determine the length of time and contact required to inactivate Covid-19 on chlorine and various ph levels.

The researchers discovered that 1.5mg per liter of chlorine with a pH of 7-7.2 reduced the virus's infection rate over 1000 folds in under 30 seconds. Several more tests of various chlorine and pH levels indicated that chlorine in pool water was more effective with a low pH value, which is consistent with existing pool operating guidelines. 

Professor Wendy Barclay and her colleagues conducted these tests at London's high-security labs. This secure environment allowed them to test the virus's capacity to infect cells, which is the first stage in its propagation. By combining Covid-19 and swimming pool water provided to the study team, they were able to demonstrate that the virus does not thrive in swimming pool water. The virus had lost its contagious properties in just 30 seconds under the appropriate conditions. The data indicate that the real threat of Covid-19 transmission in pool water is extremely low.

The findings of the study should come as great relief to swimmers and pool-goers. Although, the news should come as no surprise as chlorine has been used to inactivate other coronaviruses and to be effective against viruses, germs, and diseases.

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However, people can still contract the coronavirus while on the sun deck or in the changing rooms, therefore they should follow social distancing rules and apply additional precautionary measures in those areas.

Because the virus is conveyed most easily by aerosolized droplets ejected from the lungs, most swimming pool venues have made significant alterations to their operations. New regulations are being implemented to limit the amount of individuals who can be in the building at any one time, as well as the number of people who may use the pool at any given time. By following these regulations, they significantly reduce person-to-person contact and the risk of the virus spreading from one pool customer to the next.

Surely, these precautions take some time getting used to. However, after such a turbulent year, the inconvenience of properly adhering to these regulations is a minor price to pay to be able to utilize the swimming pools. Swimming pools, believe it or not, are crucial to the country's recovery. The pandemic has inexorably led to an upsurge in mental health issues. Many people are suffering from COVID-19's side effects, including dependency, depression, anxiety, social withdrawal, and general stress.

Swimming is an exercise that may assist people of all ages improve their overall health and has a favorable influence on a variety of physical and mental health concerns. Swimming stimulates the production of endorphins. They are natural pain relievers that can also improve your mood. It has also been shown that being submerged in water reduces edema, improves circulation, and modulates pain reactions.

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Nothing beats hitting an outdoor swimming pool when the weather is hot or doing some laps indoors during the colder months. Unfortunately, some people are terrified of the water, which causes them to avoid lakes, swimming pools, rivers, streams, and other large bodies of water. Many people are worried by their fear of water since it may be passed down to their children as an unreasonable phobia.

One of the most obvious reasons to learn to swim is to gain the capacity to survive in water. Whether you're on a cruise, boating excursion, fishing, or lazing by a pool with pals, you're certain to find yourself in or near water at some point while living in New Zealand. 

If you have children who don't know how to swim, now is the time to teach them. Drowning is one of the top five causes of accidental injury-related deaths in children from newborn to five years old. Swimming classes will teach your child how to avoid drowning and how to be safe in the water while also teaching them a life skill. It is an excellent approach to help youngsters develop and boost their growth while having fun and improving self-esteem. And while they're learning and honing their swimming abilities, why not do it yourself?

With classes throughout the year for all ages, it is easy to schedule swimming lessons at Fulton Swim School. We have designed structured programs with low class ratios to guarantee that every swimmer of all ages progresses swiftly and effectively. You’ll be comfortable in the water in no time! 

Visit one of Fulton Swim School's locations or contact us through our website and find out more information about the enrollment process, schedules, special requests, and rates.