One of the Question that we get most of the time during this pandemic season, “Is it SAFE to SWIM?”
Without a doubt, this is indeed a season that got everyone anxious about whether it will ever be safe to be out & around. How do we still remain SAFE and keep our body PHYSICALLY HEALTHY?
According to the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), physical exercise such as skill-building drills at home and individual sports are considered as low-risk sports.
The risk of COVID-19 spread differs and vary according to the type of activity Source: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/playing-sports.html
Low-risk sports: Individual running events, cross country with staggered starts, golf, sideline cheerleading, weightlifting, bowling, fishing, swimming individual, diving and bicycling as per recommended by the USOPC & CDC with necessary precautionary measures taken. (Source: https://www.childrensmercy.org/health-and-safety-resources/information-about-covid-19-novel-coronavirus/returning-to-community-activities/recommendations-for-a-safe-return-to-sport-and-physical-activity-after-covid-19/)
Let’s check out what the World Health Organization (WHO) has to say about swimming during this Coronavirus pandemic?!
Q. Am I likely to get COVID-19 is I swim in a swimming pool? Fact: Swimming in a well-maintained, properly chlorinated pool is safe. However, it is advisable to stay away from all crowded areas including crowded swimming pools. Keep 1-meter distance from people who sneeze or cough even in a swimming area.
So, what are we doing to safeguard our community IN & AROUND the pool?
1) Monitoring water’s chlorine content every 2 hours
A pool that is “balanced” has proper levels of pH, Total Alkalinity, and Calcium Hardness. pH: 7.2-7.8, Total Alkalinity: 80-120 ppm, Chlorine levels should remain constant in the 1-3 ppm range.
2) Swimmers RINSE OFF BEFORE & AFTER swimming, and leave immediately after swimming to avoid over-congestion at the toilet area.
3) REGULAR SANITIZATION of all equipment used. Swimming Equipment are SANITIZED Before & After every Swimming Lesson
4) SEGREGATED SWIM LANES & SWIMMING HOURS exclusively for WAHOO Swim School Students only. Afraid to be sharing a lane with the crowd or public? No worries! Our Swim school students can enjoy swim lanes and lesson area all to themselves! Not to mention, having a BIGGER SPACE to swim in comfort during this season as we have widened up our swim stations to put social-distancing into practice
Segregated lanes and social distancing during swimming
5) CROWD CONTROL & CLASS SIZE CONTROL: Limiting the number of people allowed in the pool & Limiting the NUMBER of Students in one class
Crowd control and physical distancing during swim lessons
6) REPLACEMENT CLASS REQUEST: Swimmers who are sick/ not feeling well/ in contact with people who have been suspected to contract Covid-19/ just traveled back from domestic or international travels would be permitted with replacement class based on submission replacement class for SELF-QUARANTINE purposes.
7) PREVENTATIVE MEASURE: All Coaches are required to have their health checked from time-to-time. All Coaches are required to have their FACE SHIELDS on during classes.
Up, down, left, right EVERYWHERE we SANITIZE.
Fly, back, breast, free every stroke we SOCIAL DISTANCING.
Me, you, he, she EVERYONE WEAR MASKS/FACE SHIELDS
“IS IT SAFE TO SWIM DURING THIS PANDEMIC?”
OF COURSE SAFE LAH!
We also scared to expose ourselves out there knowing that there’s a risk of getting our loved ones infected, you know?!
So, stop speculating, and come to see for yourself.
“I think goals should never be easy, they should force you to work, even if they are uncomfortable at the time.” ~ Michael Phelps
One thing about swimming is that it is able to bring our limits and beyond, forcing us to think outside the box that we have limit ourselves to think about what we are capable of. Sometimes our goals might seem so far-fetched and distant, let these little kids tell you otherwise! They are going to let you in with their secret keys to all the four strokes- Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke, and Butterfly!
FREESTYLE– a stroke that might look easy to acquire but there’s a lot of coordination required to be able to swim Freestyle effectively.
Check out how our little HEROINES make Swimming FREESTYLE look as EASY as 1-2-3!
Having your best friends to accomplish swimming GOALS together is something every one of us would die for! Even when we have to drink a lot of water along the process, the water also becomes sweet like Ribena! But with their best swimming buddies around, they managed to overcome it after much DETERMINATION & PRACTICE.
2 Freestyle Key Tips:
#1: Freestyle breathing coordination may be quite CHALLENGING at first. Imagine having these lil ones to coordinate their arms, legs as well as breathing with only half of their face out of the water. Roll your head to the side to breathe instead of lifting-up your head!
#2: Swim don’t Sink!: Focus on your head and body positioning. Maintain a good horizontal balance when swimming Freestyle. As you roll to the side for breath, remember to keep your hips and legs close to the water’s surface instead of letting them sink. This means continuous kicking even when you pull and breathe while maintaining a good body position.
BACKSTROKE- A stroke that you can focus less on breathing control
This is the most common problem when swimming Backstroke- Swinging heads!
This Backstroke drill will not only help train your child’s BACKSTROKE, but get ready to uncover the other side of your child when they swim! You will see how FOCUS they are, it will also help cultivate GRIT, SELF-CONTROL, and DETERMINATION.
When we swim Backstroke, we might think that since we have our heads facing upwards at all times, breathing should not be an issue. But, that might turn out to be one of the biggest problems!
Backstroke Key Tip #1: Breathing Control- Develop a consistent Breathing pattern after every complete arm cycle. Avoid holding your breath as it might cause you to SINK! You might think that it’s ok to just breathe as when you are on land, but NOOOOO… Remember to maintain breathing MOUTH IN, NOSE OUT even when swimming Backstroke to avoid the water gushing into your nose.
“Why can’t I float when I’m swimming Backstroke?!” That’s a common one! Backstroke Key Tip #2: Buoyancy- Best tip is just to loosen up and put less weight or focus on your lower bottom. It is also a common misconception that if you are sinking, you have to kick harder which leads to kicking with very bent knees. Remember to kick from the hips rather than the knees.
Next up, the most common question we have at all times is “Why am I not moving forward when I kick Breaststroke?” Unlike any other strokes, breaststroke rely more heavily on its legs movement as compared to the arms.
What are the 2 SECRET formulas for perfecting the Breaststroke (aka “Froggy”)?
#1: Strong Breaststroke KICK: Imagine as if you are KICKING OFF OF THE WALL right behind you every single time you kick. Focus on your feet positioning! Your feet should be turned outwards as you kick in a frog-like motion. The feet should not extend past the width of the knees. GLIDE, DON’T RUSH after every kick, stay still for 2 seconds will allow you to swim Breaststroke more EFFICIENTLY, EFFECTIVELY & EFFORTLESSLY.
Common mistakes of Breaststroke Pull:
Pulling all the way to the back towards the hips
Pulling too narrow
Pulling in Sharp corners (imagine rectangular/ square shaped)
#2: Round Catch during Breaststroke Pull: The shape of your breaststroke pull dictates how well you will propulse forward. During the catch, carve your palms down and inward, make a round shape. As you surge forward, focus on driving your hands forward near to the surface of the water after breath. Allow your body to will follow your hands as it leads the pull.
The butterfly is said to be the most difficult stroke of all. However, we believe good fundamentals and a strong understanding of the basics always help to swim a beautiful Butterfly. So our advice to you if you are keen to learn this….. GET your foundations and basics SOLID! Then you will find swimming Butterfly is actually pretty easy. Let this 7-year-old boy show you how to swim Butterfly in just 1 lesson??
2 Tips to swimming a more EFFICIENT Butterfly:
#1: Keep as close to the surface as possible: It is a common mistake for swimmers to want to tilt their heads up high to take in breath when swimming butterfly. Raising your head up high for breath will only make you more tired and less swim effectively. The key is to create a wave with UNDULATING movements and stay close to the surface. Your chin should barely graze over the surface of the water when catching air on the breath.
#2: Kick from the HIPS, not the KNEES: It is a common belief that if I kick harder, I will move forward faster. Keep your feet and legs together during your dolphin kick. The key is to keep your ankles as loose and flexible as possible. Focus on your glutes and hips movement during the kick, make sure that your heels break the water during every upward kick.
We hope that these swim tips are going to help your swim. If you would like to find out more about our swim programs, feel free to reach us at https://bit.ly/LearnToSwimwithWAHOO. Our team is always excited to be part of your swimming journey regardless your age or which stage you are!
Self-confidence mainly is the perception of competence of oneself based on their accomplishments. At our swim school, we are so privileged to watch many of our children became more confident and self-assured as they learned and progressed to achieve new skills and goals EACH and EVERY lesson.
As parents, our natural instinct is to protect our child from all harm possible but we know the best way to nurture them and help them grow is always to equip them with skills and the abilities to make their own decisions, standing on their own ground.
Although each child is different, it is a CONFIRM + CHOP FACT that swimming can help enhance your child’s CONFIDENCE.
Let this bubbly, confident kid tell you WHY!
Please let Janesh show you how to swim #Butterfly in 1 'year' ??Swimming Butterfly is easy to learn but it is also the hardest to perform. We believe good fundamentals and a strong understanding on the basics always help to swim a beautiful Butterfly. So our advice to you if you are keen to learn this….. GET your #foundations SOLID! Then you will find swimming Butterfly is actually pretty easy.(P.S. just a lil more exhausting than the rest of the strokes only. ?).#LearnLikeAChamp#SwimLikeAChamp
Discover the 3 reasonswhy swimming is a confidence booster!
1. Life-Saving Skill – Imagine in an untrained child’s eyes, jumping into the pool is like jumping out of the airplane. ?✈️? Developing water safety skills give them the confidence of facing their fear in a low impact environment and build confidence in the most unique way!
2. Believing in their own capabilities even MORE– It’s not just FUN when it comes to swimming but when your child gets a hang of what they can do in the water, it will certainly bring them to notice their potential. Bear in mind that having to be able to connect and coordinate every part of their tiny body to float, swim, and dive is NOT as easy as it seems! (even adults like us struggles with it)
3. Fitness, Stamina, Endurance = UPLEVEL! – Swimming works every part of your muscles, it improves coordination, balance, and flexibility. The fun part of it is that water allows children to exercise without even knowing it!
Are you ready to UNLEASH your child’s inner potential?
Having spent almost 24/7 at home daily during this lockdown period for the past 2 months, we realized that there’s actually a lot of hazards around the house that might just slip our minds. Here are some water-safety tips to keep you and your child safe at home.
Fact: People can drown in just 2cm of water! So, remember not to leave your child unsupervised in baths. What can you do? Empty bathtubs after every use!
You never know when your child decides that the washing machine might be a good hiding place. What can you do? Install a child lock on the doors.
Falling into washbasins might not only cause near-drowning, but it might also cause brain and head injuries. What can you do? Remove the plug and keep washbasins empty after use.
A bucket of water might seem far from being a water hazard but you will never know what might happen when you leave your child unsupervised. What can you do? Empty the buckets and keep the buckets away when it’s not in use
Having a fish pond around the house might be for recreational purposes or for some, it might be for “feng-shui” purposes. Don’t let this become a disaster when your younglings happen to fall into it. What can you do? Install isolation fences with self-closing and self-latching gates around
Your child might have fun running around the house, exploring every nooks and corner. They might come across the water tank installed and fall unexpectedly into the tank. What can you do? Make it accessible emergency shut-off for pump
The tropical weather year-round in Malaysia especially during this lockdown period has led a lot of people to purchase their very own inflatable paddle pool for their child at home. Are you one of them? What can you do? Keep your children supervised when they are playing in the paddle pool. Remember to empty it and put away after use.
You might have a splash pool around your condo or clubhouse. It might also be a vacation in a hotel or water-parks. Have you ever thought of the dangers in within on top of the fun that you are about to experience? There are estimated 4174 people on average each year are treated in hospital emergency departments for non-fatal drowning injuries in recreational water settings, over 65% of these cases occurred in swimming pools and over 52% were in children under the age of 5 (CDC, 2004). It might be a near-drowning experience, it might also be an injury caused when sliding down the ginormous water-slide that seems unthreatening at first glance. What can you do? Educate your child on the possible water hazards before letting them off to play. Safeguard your child by keeping a close eye on them. When we say supervise, it means undivided attention on your child’s every movement with them in sight and proximate distance (aka putting away our phones).
A number of drowning deaths have also occurred after the body or a limb has been held against a drain by the suction of the circulation pump, typically between the ages of 8 and 16 years. (CPSC, undated) Being confined in a closed space might lead your lil ones to play with open drains, inserting hands or feet into the pipe, and then becoming trapped with the resulting suction. What can you do? Regular checks on the locked safety covers. Ensure the accessibility to emergency shut-off for pump and emergency services.
Contributory factors to drowning in hot-tubs: 1) Hair entrapment, 2) Alcohol consumption, 3) High water temperatures Believe it or not, over the period of 5 years (1999-2003) there were 1,676 Americans reported having drowned in a tub ( Scripps Howard News Service, 2018). Approximately one-third of these were drownings of children under five years of age (CPSC, undated). What can you do? Maintaining water temperature in hot tubs below 40 °C. Install Grilles/pipes on drain gates preclude hair entrapment. Continuous parental/caregiver supervision of children. Restriction of use when alcohol is likely to be consumed.
All in all, we can show you the stats and studies recurring around drowning and near-drowning but the best prevention is always early education and awareness on water safety.
The good news is, we have made it possible to enable your child to learn to get WATER-SMART & HEALTHY AT HOME! Get in touch with us via https://bit.ly/WOOPSWhatsApp to LEARN how you can get RM200 worth of FREEBIES on top of the 80% OFF your program fee NOW!!!
Setia SPICE Aquatic Centre SOP during RMCO Effective 1st July 2020
Setia SPICE游泳中心复苏期管制令将于2020年7月1日生效 Setia SPICE Aquatic Centre SOP semasa PKPP Berkuatkuasa Pada 1st Julai 2020
✍?1) REGISTER at the reception before entry
Sila DAFTAR di meja Resepsi sebelum masuk
?2) ALL swimmers MUST RINSE BEFORE entering the pool
SEMUA Perenang MESTI BASAHKAN DIRI sebelum masuk ke dalam kolam.
?♀️3) Maximum 5 pax per lane
Maksimum 5 orang untuk setiap lorong
?4) Toilet and Shower rooms at Splash pool area are open exclusively for WAHOO swimmers ONLY
Bilik tandas dan Bilik Mandi di kawasan Kolam Pancuran, dibuka khas untuk Para Perenang WAHOO Swim School SAHAJA.
????5) Crowd control and Physical Distancing imposed
Kawalan kesesakan ramai dan Jarak Fizikal dikenakan
WAHOO Swim School Pool Layout for Learn-To-Swim Classes
? WEEKDAYS (Mon-Fri 星期一至星期五 Isnin-Jumaat):
⏰ 8.00am-5.00pm (open for NON-WAHOO, max capacity at 50 pax 开放给于公众，限定最多50人. Di buka untuk BUKAN PERENANG WAHOO, maksimum 50 orang)
⏰ 5.00pm- 7.30pm (OPEN FOR WAHOO swimmers only) <POOL is CLOSED for NON-WAHOO swimmers> (仅开放给于WAHOO学生）<不对外开放> ( DIBUKA UNTUK PERENANG WAHOO sahaja ) < KOLAM DITUTUP pada BUKAN PERENANG
⏰ 7.30pm- 10.30pm (only lane 2 lanes open for NON-WAHOO swimmers, max capacity at 20 pax) （只开放2条泳道给于公众，限定最多20人）(hanya 2 lorong dibuka untuk BUKAN PERENANG WAHOO , maksimum 20 orang)
? WEEKENDS (Sat-Sun 星期六至星期日 Sabtu- Ahad):
⏰ 8.00am- 10.00am (OPEN FOR WAHOO swimmers only) <POOL is CLOSED for NON-WAHOO swimmers> 仅开放给于WAHOO学生）<不对外开放> ( DIBUKA UNTUK PERENANG WAHOO sahaja ) < KOLAM DITUTUP pada BUKAN PERENANG
⏰ 10.00am- 6.00pm (Lane 1,2, 8, 9, 10 for WAHOO swimmers) (only lane 3 to lane 7 open for NON-WAHOO swimmers, max capacity at 30 pax) （1、2、8、9、10泳道仅开放给WAHOO学生而已）(3至7泳道仅开放给于公众，限定最多为30人） ( Lorong 1,2,8,9,10 untuk PERENANG WAHOO ) ( hanya lorong 3 dan 7 dibuka untuk BUKAN PERENANG WAHOO maksimum 30 orang )
⏰ 6.00pm- 10.30pm (only lane 3 to lane 7 open for NON-WAHOO swimmers, max capacity at 50 pax) （仅开放3至7泳道给于公众，限定最多为50人）( hanya lorong 3 hingga 7 DIBUKA kepada BUKAN PERENANG WAHOO maksimum 50 orang )
Watch this 2 minutes video and learn at least 5 important information to help you swim safely whenever you are in and around the swimming pool!
Tonton video berdurasi 2 minit ini dan pelajari sekurang-kurangnya 5 maklumat penting untuk membantu anda berenang dengan selamat setiap kali anda berada di dalam dan di sekitar kolam renang!
1. Wear a mask! (before and after swimming) 游泳前后都必须穿上口罩 Pakai penutup hidung dan mulut ( sebelum dan selepas berenang )
2. Scan temperature & Check-in using MySejahtera App 扫描注册使用MYSejahtera App Periksa suhu imbasan anda dan daftar masuk ke MySejahtera App
3. Check your station (to know where your class is) 查看班位 Periksa stesen anda ( bagi mengetahui dimana kelas anda )
4. Got a question? (Call us or meet us virtually in ZOOM!) ~ZOOM ID is available at all common area 有任何疑问可用ZOOM视屏与我们连络 或电联 （ZOOM ID可在公共区域获取）Ada sebarang pertanyaan? ( Hubungi kami atau temui kami secara di atas talian maya melalui ZOOM! ) ~ ZOOM ID terdapat di semua kawasan umum
5. Rinse only. No Shower. 清洗而已不可沐浴 Bilas sahaja. Mandi tidak dibenarkan
As we resume our classes and training, the safety and well being of all our swimmers, parents, visitors and WAHOO team members are our TOP priority. We have followed all required procedures and on top of that have also made an enhancement to the SOPs to secure all necessary preventive measures in our school to not only ensure everyone’s safety but also made full use of its convenience and practicality.
Check out what we are doing at WAHOO Swim School during this RMCO season to ensure your safety in and around the pool
We hope our swim school remains a safe and happy place for you and your family. As there will be certain changes whenever we see there is a need for improvement, hence please stay tuned for more updates!
Your child might know how to swim but do they know what to do in times of need?
Don’t worry, WOOPS is here!
This program aims to educate your child about the LOGIC, SCIENCE, and the RELEVANCE behind all the skills and knowledge they learned at the pool by using technology to educate through visual illustration on settings that your child will be exposed to on a daily basis.
What is WOOPS?
✅ WAHOO Optimal Online Program (Swimming)
✅ 10 Progressive Levels
✅ Swimming drills and simulation practice
✅ Swim Science
✅ Specially curated lessons aligned with our Learn-To-Swim Program
Believe it or not, we are now basically doing this program for FREE!!!
Get in touch with us via https://bit.ly/WOOPSWhatsApp to LEARN how you can get RM200 worth of FREEBIES on top of the 80% OFF your program fee!!!
Movement-Control Order? Don’t worry! You can still practice swimming skills at home with your kiddo right in the comfort of your home.
What do you need?
A couch/ Bed/ Floor/ Chair
Bathtub/ Sink/ Containers that can hold water
Motivation to get up and PRACTICE
Out of the pool doesn’t mean completely out of swim! You can still practice swimming skills at home, have fun, quality family time with your lil ones. Here are some ideas of what you can do.
In the Bathtub/ Sink/ Any Container that can hold water
What can you do?
Bubbling/ Breathing Control: Gently submerge your face in the water, blow bubbles OUT through NOSE, INHALE above water through MOUTH. Counting together with your lil ones makes it fun. You can practice holding your breath anywhere, the living room, the bathtub, the car! It is an essential life-skill to keep yourselves afloat in the water with proper breathing techniques. *FUN FACT: The Lungs are natural buoys in human bodies. When filled with air, they will help raise the body to the surface of the water.
Don’t have a bathtub at home? Don’t worry, a DIY aquarium will do the job!
Kicking: Practice with legs stretched-out front, remember, pointy-toes, straight legs while kicking in reps. This will help your lil ones learn how to move through the resistance when they are in the water.
Splash away at home! Don’t forget the key tips to a good flutter kick
Pour-Over:If your lil ones have trouble submerging their heads in the water, this is a fun activity to help them to familiarize themselves with the feeling of having their face and ears covered in the water. All you need is a small bucket/ watering can/ sponge/ loofah, anything that you have laying around at home, dip in in water, pour it over their head and body. A sing-along session is bound to happen!
Floating:The confined environment in the bathtub might be deemed less frightening for some kids. Practicing back float in the bathtub would help them overcome their fear. Start with your child’s head lying back on your shoulder (as if they are lying on a pillow). Use your hands to support their back, holding their tummy-up to the surface. Have your kiddo submerge their ears in the water, laying flat on the surface of the water. Gradually progress to independent floating without any support.
Back float in the tub! (With adult supervision, of course!)
Play “I Spy”:Have fun playing “I Spy” in the bathtub. Just throw some of your kid’s favourite toys and underwater toys in the tub, Say ‘I spy with my little eye something… (eg. blue, beginning with the letter…)” . This is when they can have fun while applying their breathing control skills.
On the Couch/ Bed/ Chair
What can you do?
Safe Water Entry & Exit: Getting into and out of the water safely is a really important skill to master. Practice at the edge of a couch/ bed/ chair as a reminder to your child to always enter and exit the pool in a safe manner.Before all else, practicing how to get in and out of the water SAFELY should come first before learning swimming skills
Arm Rotation:Practice arm rotation while standing, kneeling, or lying on a flat surface. Encourage your child to fully complete each arm rotation as if they were actually swimming. Coordinate with breathing by rotating the head to the side as they begin to catch and pull, and even kicking when they are ready. Click here to watch how you can practice windmill arm-movement with your child at home.
Catch and Scull: Create waves in the water, a great sensory exercise for your child to feel the momentum and waves created with their hands in the water.
Ever played a game called the “Wave machine”? Practice good arm catch underwater while having fun!
We are committed to going beyond the limitations of this restricted movement, making swimming possible at home during this period. Stay tuned to our updates on Facebook and Instagram@WAHOOGroup as we will be posting more engaging and FUN ways to practice swimming skills and water-safety skills without getting into the pool!
WAHOO Swim School believes that everyone should have appropriate, relevant swimming skills & water confidence techniques, equipped with a clear understanding on the principles of water safety. We believe in the culture where fun makes the best learning experience, as our aim is not only to teach you swimming but also to make sure that you fall in love with swimming!
As such, we have developed a quality education program suitable for everyone of any age and any backgrounds to learn swimming. These activities are supported by a team of passionate instructors and coaches who place great emphasis on the development of mental and physical aspects of each and everyone.