How Sick is TOO Sick for Swim Lessons?

I don’t know about you, but the past few weeks it feels like my family has been trying to dodge sickness everywhere we go. Coughing. Sneezing. Runny noses. Sore throats. Fevers. From their friends to their teachers to their teammates and coaches, we have been hearing near-daily reports of illness striking (MUCH) too close to home. 

As we near the holidays and winter break, we’re doing everything we can to stay as healthy as possible – vitamins and fluids and lots of rest and handwashing. But when illness does make its always unwelcome appearance, it can be hard to know just what is still acceptable to do and when it’s important to stay home. This is definitely true for swim lessons. 

That’s why we’ve put together a checklist to make sure you know when it’s ok to come and when it’s better to skip.


  • Your child has had a fever if the past 24 hours
  • Your child has tested positive for Covid 19 in the past 5 days
  • Your child is too tired for swim lessons
  • Your child doesn’t feel well enough for swim lessons
  • Your child has pink eye or contagious rash
  • Your child stayed home from school due to illness
  • Your child is awaiting results for Covid 19, strep or Influenza
  • Your child has had diarrhea in the past 24 hours


  • Your child’s doctor has given their approval, or if your child is on antibiotics
  • Your child has minor symptoms that won’t interfere with lessons, or is at the tail-end of a cold
  • Your child is tired for a reason beyond illness – just give their swim instructor a heads up!
  • Your child is unlikely to infect anyone else (ie: no non-stop coughing)

If you DO need to miss a lesson, let SwimWest know as soon as possible so we can get your child scheduled for a make-up, or give you a family swim pass to come and enjoy the pool when everyone is feeling back to normal!

We hope your family stays healthy this winter!




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