Drowning is the single leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 4 and is one of the top causes of death for teens.  As temperatures rise across the country, so does the IMMENSE need for swim lessons.  The CDC has stated that “There is no evidence that the virus that causes COVID-19 can be spread to people through the water in pools, hot tubs, or water playgrounds. Additionally, proper operation of these aquatic venues and disinfection of the water (with chlorine or bromine) should inactivate the virus.”  The United States Swim School Association has created an Action Plan to assist swim schools with safely getting back to teaching during COVID-19.  We’ve also listed resources from various sources below pertaining to swim lessons and children during these challenging times.

With less swimming instruction coupled with more distractions at home, industry experts are concerned that drownings will be on the rise during COVID-19.

  • American Academy of Pediatrics: While Staying at Home During COVID-19, Children’s Drowning Risk May Increase
  • AZ Family: Experts Worry COVID-19 Could Lead to Spike in Drownings
  • KHOU: Drowning, not COVID-19, Biggest Risk in Water this Memorial Day Weekend, Doctor Says
  • KHOU: COVID-19 Pandemic Leads to Spike in Child Drownings in Texas
  • WFAA: Experts Fear COVID-19 Social Restrictions Could Lead to More Child Drownings
  • Bay State Parent: While Staying at Home During COVID-19, Children’s Drowning Risk May Increase Pediatricians Warn
  • CBS Sacramento: ‘Drowning Is Quick And It’s Silent’: 9 Out Of 10 Drowning Deaths Happen While Child Is Supervised

So the experts agree – swim lessons should continue!

  • University of Alabama: Are Swimming Pools Safe During COVID-19? Tips for Safely Enjoying the Water
  • ABC News: Swimming and COVID-19: UAB Doctor Discusses Risks, Safety Precautions

Looking for more information on COVID-19 safety and swim lessons?

Please continue to follow your local and state guidelines.  In addition to local resources listed below, you can utilize this Local Health Department Directory for more information.

State Information

  • NPR: State by State Guide to Reopening






New Jersey

New York


  • Press Release
  • KATU2: Swim Instructors Want Gov. Brown to Deem Them Essential
  • Swimbabes: KATU Interview – Should Swimming Schools be Essential?

Rhode Island



  • Australasian Leisure Management: Approval of Industry Plan Sets Path for Reopening of Queenslands’s Swimming Pools and Aquatic Centres
  • CTV News: Is it Safe to Swim in a Pool During the COVID-19 Pandemic?
  • Bounty Parents: Coronavirus and Swim Schools: Are Swimming Lessons Still Safe?
  • 1 News: Is it Safe to Send Your Kids to Swim Lessons?