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Coronavirus: How to Swim Safely This Summer

Wednesday, Jul 15, 2020  |  admin  |  Health and Wellness


When you think of summer, do you think of swimming? We certainly do. Everyone loves to take a dip in the pool or Lake Oconee. Jumping in the water is always a refreshing way to cool off and get a bit of exercise. But, is it safe to swim during a pandemic? It can be. Here’s what you need to know:

Can I get COVID-19 from swimming in the lake?

No, the lake is safe since the virus that causes COVID-19 is not transmitted through water. Coronavirus’ principal means of transmission is respiratory, so swimming in lake water isn’t going to get you sick. 

Can I get COVID-19 from swimming in the pool?

According to the CDC, the virus that causes COVID19 doesn’t spread through pool water either. As long as the pool is maintained and the equipment operates properly, the chlorine can do its job of disinfecting the water and killing any presence of the virus. 

Do I have to practice social distancing while IN the pool?

Yes, it’s a good idea. While you can’t get COVID-19 directly through pool water, it’s not a 100% guarantee that you won’t catch the virus while in the pool. Why? No matter where you are, the coronavirus spreads person-to-person. If you’re in the pool and a person near you coughs, you could inhale their droplets. So, whether in the pool or out, avoid congregating in groups and strive to maintain at least six feet of physical distance away from others. 

What’s the best way to avoid getting infected?

Whether you’re in the lake or pool, it’s impossible to know if another person swimming in the water is infected, so try to play it safe and maintain social distancing at all times. Even though a person may not show any symptoms of illness, asymptomatic people can still transmit the COVID-19

What are the newest pool rules and protocols at Harbor Club?

Safety is, and always has been, a high priority at Harbor Club. To keep our members and residents safe at the pool, we recommend the following:

  • Group gatherings must be no more than ten people.
  • Chairs are separated into small groups that are six feet apart to encourage social distancing among patrons. 
  • Please limit your time at the pool to two hours per visit.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces and shared objects each time they are used.
  • Staying aware of local or state regulatory agency policies on gathering requirements or recommendations to determine if events, such as aquatic fitness classes, swim lessons, swim team practice, swim meets, or pool parties can be held.

All Harbor Club members have access to our crystal-clear, Junior-Olympic-sized pool. If you’re not already in the club, consider joining the fun! There are different options available, and any Lake Country resident is qualified to participate. Besides the pool, you get access to award-winning golf, and so much more. Feel free to contact us with your questions. We’re happy to help.