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JULY 3 UPDATE:
Just a few reminders as lessons are just around the corner!

- Each swimmer should come ready to swim, dressed in their swimsuit and wrapped in a towel. Please rinse off and go to the bathroom before arriving at the pool. Locker rooms will not be available for changing, with the exception of Parent-Tot where necessary and in emergency situations. Children and parents/guardians will be allowed into the pool once the previous lesson has cleared out and staff have cleaned.

- Classes will end 5 minutes early to allow for cleaning.

- Each swimmer will provide their own goggles. Goggles are available for purchase at the front desk. We will have sanitized backup goggles available to use in a pinch.

- 1 parent/guardian allowed per family, with the exception of Parent-Tot where you may have 2 if necessary. If you have back-to-back lessons, you may bring both children in. As long as we are under capacity, siblings may come inside provided they sit on the same chair as their parent/guardian.

- While in the parking lot and building, maintain a 6í social distance from others.

- Everyone not swimming in the pool is required to wear a face covering of some sort - face mask, face shield, bandanna, etc. Reusable, reversible face masks sewn by Mr. Billís wife are available for purchase.

- Swim team swimmers will rotate through dryland exercises and swimming throughout the practice to allow for social distancing. Please fill up your labeled water bottle before arriving to limit use of the water fountain. Parents will not be allowed on deck during swim team as the deck will be used for dryland workouts. Chairs will be provided outside


JUNE 2 UPDATE:

**Summer Session Start Date
We are excited to announce that we will open for our Summer Session on July 6th! The 9-week Summer Session will run from July 6th through September 5th. The costs are $220.50 for Age Group, $153 for Parent-Tot and $243 for Swim Team.

**Summer Registration
We are currently in the process of contacting everyone who registered for our Spring Session, and anticipate wrapping that up later this week. We ask that everyone respond back to our office staff by Friday, June 12th so that we can finalize the schedule. If we do not hear back from you by June 12th, you will have the opportunity register for classes as normal during registration, which we will open to the public on Monday, June 15th.

**Reopening Plan
We have been working hard to make sure we have a clean, healthy environment for our swimmers, family members, and staff when we reopen. The document below explains what will remain the same, and what will change. Please take the time to read through it, as there are new procedures in place, and new guidelines to follow. If you have any questions, please let us know!

While some things might be different, hereís what will remain the same:
 We will still have the best professional swim instructors whose passion is teaching children to swim
 We will still have the same proven instruction methods, teaching the 4 competitive strokes
 We will still continue to keep our pool clean with chlorine, UV light filtration, and numerous chemical checks throughout the day
 We will still have fun!

Here are the changes you will notice:
Swimmer Expectations
 Each swimmer should come ready to swim, dressed in their swimsuit and wrapped in a towel. Please rinse off and go to the bathroom before arriving at the pool. Locker rooms will not be available for changing, with the exception of Parent-Tot where necessary. Children and parents/guardians will be allowed into the pool once the previous lesson has cleared out and staff have cleaned.
 Each swimmer will provide their own goggles. Goggles are available for purchase at the front desk. We will have sanitized backup goggles available to use in a pinch.
 Swimmers will stay near their parent or in a spot suitable for social distancing when not swimming in the water. We will maintain social distancing between swimmers during lessons.
 Swim team swimmers will rotate through dryland exercises and swimming throughout the practice to allow for social distancing. Please fill up your labeled water bottle before arriving to limit use of the water fountain. Parents will not be allowed on deck during swim team as the deck will be used for dryland workouts. Chairs will be provided outside.
 Celebrations and rings will be limited; Parent-Tot toys and magic carpet rides will be eliminated for the time being. Parents are allowed to bring in one small toy to Parent-Tot class for their child to use if they would like.
 Classes will end 5 minutes early to allow time for swimmers and parents to leave the pool, and for staff to wipe down frequently touched surfaces between classes.
 Swimmers will leave the facility still in their swimsuits, wrapped in a towel, using the marked exit in the pool area.

Parent/Guardian Expectations
 If you or someone in your house is sick, feels unwell, or has a fever, please stay home.
 1 parent/guardian allowed per family, with the exception of Parent-Tot where you may have 2 if necessary. Parents and guardians in the Parent-Tot classes will remain in the same place in the pool throughout the lesson, instead of moving around freely. The instructor will evenly space out the pairs of Parent-Tots.
 Everyone not swimming in the pool is required to wear a face covering. Reusable, ecofriendly face masks sewn by Mr. Billís wife are available for purchase.

Parent/Guardian Expectations continued
 While in the parking lot and building, maintain a 6í social distance from others.
 We ask that you sanitize your hands before entering and before leaving the building. While we will have some hand sanitizer available, please bring your own if possible since supplies are limited.

Employee Expectations
 Employees will take a COVID-19 test every 2 weeks
 Temperature checks will be performed before each shift
 Employees are required to stay home if they exhibit any symptoms of COVID-19 or feel unwell
 Employees are required to wear a face covering and will try to maintain 6í social distance when interacting with parents & guardians outside of the pool. Instructors will wear a clear face shield while teaching lessons.

Facility Expectations
 Chairs have been reconfigured to allow for social distancing
 Locker rooms will remain closed with the exception of Parent-Tot classes needing to change diapers.
 One-way traffic will be indicated on the floor, and everyone will exit from the door in the pool. Please follow the signs posted throughout the facility.
 Staff will clean and sanitize the facility throughout the day, and will wipe off chair arms and other frequently touched surfaces between lessons.


MAY 30 UPDATE:
We are excited to announce that Little Strokes Swim Academy will be reopening soon! More information about registration and our reopening plans to come over the next couple weeks. We cannot begin to say how excited we are to see our swimmers again!! Even though things will change a bit, our love and passion for swimming has not. We appreciate everyone's patience as we navigate this situation together!

APRIL 26 UPDATE:

LITTLE STROKES SPRING & SUMMER SESSION INFORMATION:

At this point we feel that we will be unable to hold our Spring Session. Spring Session was going to be 10 weeks, and we are going to try out a 10-week Summer Session. The Summer Session would start June 20th and run through August 29th and will be the same cost as Spring Session was. We will not send any invoices out until we are sure of a start date, and will prorate based on how many weeks we are able to have. With that being said, over the next couple weeks a member of our staff will reach out to everyone who registered for Spring Session regarding registering your children for a specific day, time, and instructor for the Summer Session. Once we have a firm start date, we will open registration to everyone who wasn't registered for Spring Session. We can't wait to be back in the pool again, surrounded by smiling faces!

PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM

Little Stokes is extremely grateful to announce that we applied early enough and were awarded a loan through the Paycheck Protection Program. "The Paycheck Protection Program is a loan designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers on the payroll. The Small Business Administration will forgive loans if all employees are kept on the payroll for eight weeks and the money is used for payroll, rent, mortgage interest, or utilities." All Little Strokes staff will receive their full paycheck for the next eight weeks! How's that for some good news?!?!
MARCH 31 UPDATE:

Little Strokes Staff Support

We are humbled to share that one of our beloved swim parents has created a GoFundMe for Little Strokes Swim Academy. The funds raised will be given to staff of Little Strokes Swim Academy to help them through this tough time. We truly appreciate this gesture beyond what words can say. Please share if you feel comfortable doing so. It was hard for us to accept that we are at the point of needing this gesture of absolute kindness and generosity. We are realizing now more than ever that the community we grew up in and call home needs us to still be there when this is over. It is our duty to provide safety to the children and adults of the Waunakee area through professional swim instruction.

How Can We Help?

In this trying time, many people have reached out to see how they can help out our family business. Thank you from the bottoms of our hearts for those of you that have gone above and beyond to support us! For those of you that might still want to help, here are a few ways we can make sure the pool will be back in action when this pandemic is over:
- Call or email us to purchase gift certificates for upcoming sessions. Gift certificates can be created in any amount and are good for lessons, open swim, pool parties, water aerobics and swim team.
- Tag or mention us on Facebook, send us an email from your kiddos, or simply send good thoughts our way.
- Request a make-up lesson instead of taking a credit for missed lessons.
- The most crucial thing that everyone can do for the time being is to STAY HOME and follow the guidelines!!

Here are some ways that Little Strokes is trying to help during this historical time. We are doing shout outs to several businesses, teachers and people working on the front lines to fight this virus on our Facebook page. We are continuing to donate to area schools as they will need more help than ever next year. We want to be here to keep your children safe when this is all behind us, and with the help of the entire community, we will all get through this!

Thank You!

We've said it a thousand more times and it still won't be enough - Thank you! Thank you to our swim families for paying in full despite not having any lessons to show for it, for sending cards and well wishes to our instructors, for the Facebook posts wearing Little Strokes t-shirts, for creating and sharing the GoFundMe campaign to support our staff, and for the outpouring of supportive messages. The love we've received so far has been overwhelming!


MARCH 17 UPDATE:
Little Strokes Swim Academy was created to provide a fun environment for children and adults to learn to swim safely. The safest precautionary decision we can make right now is to prolong our break between sessions, and close temporarily until April 3rd. During this time, we will continue to perform a deep clean sanitation of our facility. Swim lessons, swim team, open swim and water aerobics will resume on April 4th with normal hours. We will be adding make-up lessons to accounts for the missed lessons, and extending our Spring Session into the planned break before Summer Session starts.

We realize the impact this will have on our staff and our swimmers, but it is of utmost importance to protect the community we live in. Little Strokes would like to take this time to thank all of the members of our community that are working hard to keep us safe and healthy. With that being said, our Winter and Spring sessions are our bread and butter - we live off of the income from those sessions for the rest of the year. Winter and Spring sessions have not been kind to us this year, with closures due to the air handler malfunction, the power outages, and now COVID-19. Our business interruption insurance does not cover pandemics. While big businesses will be able to take this hit and recover, small businesses like ours might not. We cannot offer online classes, we cannot move our business to takeout/delivery, we cannot implement social distancing in the pool, we cannot work from home, and we cannot provide instruction anywhere else.

Other businesses have found ways to still continue their income stream during this time, but we simply cannot. If you are able to make-up your missed lessons later on, or skip or delay taking a credit for any closed classes we would really appreciate it. We are trying our best to keep our business going during this unexpected closure, but it is becoming increasingly harder and harder. Being a valuable community member, Little Strokes has given back to that community over the past 15 years through silent auction donations, supporting our local schools & fun runs, sponsoring community activities such as Live From The Park, and donating time and money at community events. We now ask for your support as we have supported our community in the past.

From all of us at Little Strokes Swim Academy, we thank you for your trust and continued support. Stay safe, stay healthy, and we can't wait to see everyone back in the pool shortly!

If you have any concerns, feel free to contact us at LittleStrokesSwim@Gmail.com.

Sincerely,
Bill & Rachel Tygum


For years the basic standard of teaching swimming answered only to the system designed and executed by the Red Cross. However, the top-tier swimming that is found at the competitive levels has evolved well beyond what this system has to offer its students. The cutting-edge fluid mechanics of the strokes that are so readily evident in the Olympic competitions are lost upon this system of teaching. The techniques that the Olympians use, however, are every bit as applicable and useful to a two-year old as they are to a top level athlete, and as a benefit, the more a child understands about how to move efficiently in the water the safer he or she is. Bearing these things in mind, the answer becomes clear: change the system of instruction to reflect the latest understanding of what is the most efficient way to swim.

Founded by former athletes and coaches, Little Strokes has effectively done this with a unique progression system developed from years of teaching, combined with Little Strokes open secret: the most experienced and qualified instructors in the business. Being able to boast teachers who are themselves; athletes, coaches, and teachers, means that the instructors not only have the tools to teach the science of swimming, but the fundamental understanding to realize its potential in every child.