MTSC Masters' Response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus)
How to reserve a workout
COVID-19 is a major topic of discussion these days. At Sea Star Swim School, we are taking extra precautions for the health and safety of our swimmers, our staff and our community.
Because of recent guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Executive Order 17 issued today by Governor BIll Lee, our regular team practices are suspended until at least April 6th. We will evaluate on a weekly basis about when to re-open our regularly scheduled workouts, and your monthly fees will be on hold until that time. We hope to begin workouts on Tuesday, April 7. We will email you when we get the "OK" to resume.
We know this is a stressful, uncertain time for everyone, including our staff whose hours have disappeared during this closure time. Small businesses like Sea Star will suffer during this period.
Is it safe to swim?
Let’s answer that question first—YES, it is safe to swim! It may be the best form of exercise available under the circumstances.
The most important concern is our pool. We have already increased our frequency of cleaning heavily trafficked areas of our facility, like the lobby and the locker rooms by wiping down frequently touched surfaces with an approved disinfectant.
Sea Star uses chlorine for sanitation of our pool. We consistently earn 100% on our monthly inspections with the Tennessee Department of Health. Our use of chlorine as a sanitizing agent is good news for swimmers because a study confirmed that coronavirus cannot be transmitted in drinking water or swimming pools if these mediums are properly chlorinated. This study was completed by Ireland’s Health Service Executive, which is essentially the equivalent of the Department of Health & Human Services in the United States
To put this in perspective, drinking water from your tap at home would need to test at 0.5 mg/l of free chlorine to be safe. For swimming pools, the state of Tennessee requires a free chlorine residual of 1.0-3.0 mg/l; Sea Star’s level is 3.0.
What does all of this mean to our customers and staff? Our pool is clean and sanitized for your protection daily. We meet and exceed all state-required levels of cleanliness. Since we know the Coronavirus cannot live in chlorine and does not thrive in humidity, our pool and pool deck are virtually a safe space for those who enter. Read the latest news from the CDC on Water Transmission and COVID-19
We know that many of you have specific training goals, and many facilities have closed. Since we know the Coronavirus cannot live in chlorine and does not thrive in humidity, our pool and pool deck are virtually a safe space for those who enter. We hope you will all resume your training with us once this crisis is over.
What We Can Do To Help Each Other:
Whether you are talking about COVID-19, flu, strep or any other communicable disease, here are recommendations from the Center for Disease Control on preventing the spread of illness:
Until then, take a walk. Run. Ride your bike. Play with the kids. Read a book. Write a book. Be creative. Wash your hands and maintain proper social distancing. We will see you all on deck very soon!
Again, should there be any changes to our schedule, we will contact you by email as soon as we can.
For more information about COVID-19, check these websites:
Center for Disease Control:
To meet the safety guidelines of both the State of Tennessee and the US Swim School association, we will only be permitted to have 12 swimmers in the pool starting from opposite ends of the pool. This number will strictly enforce this until the USSSA loosens up the restriction. To participate, you will be required each week to reserve a workout.
HOW TO RESERVE A LANE: