Coronavirus / (COVID-19) Swimming Equipment Questions

Coronavirus / (COVID-19) Swimming Equipment Questions


Whether you own a pool, or are going to an aquatic center, its best to know all the best ways to protect yourself and loves ones from catching COVID-19. Here are some frequently asked questions on the topic.

How long can COVID-19 live on my clothing and things such as towels?

COVID-19 does not live on clothing as long as hard surface objects but it can still live for up to 2 days based on a recent study.

What is the best way to clean clothes and towels to protect against COVID-19?

Wash your clothing with some type of color safe bleach on the highest setting to help kill the virus. Plus make sure you dry your clothes completely in the dryer on the highest setting as well.

How long can COVID-19 survive on life-jackets, pool floats, plastic drinking cups, diving boards, plastic chairs, and beach balls?

On plastic related items COVID-19 can live up to 3 days.

How long can COVID-19 survive on metal chairs, metal hand rails, and metal stairs?

COVID-19 can survive up to 5 days on metal surfaces

How long can COVID-19 survive on glass bottles, glass rails, and glass straws?

COVID-19 can survive up to 5 days on glass surfaces

How long can COVID-19 survive on wooden chairs, wooden benches, and wooden cups?

COVID-19 can survive up to 4 days on wooden surfaces

What is the best way to clean plastic, metal, glass, and wooden surfaces from COVID-19?

Use soap and water first of all on these surfaces to clean them, then use a household spray or wipe to disinfect them completely. It is best to wear gloves while cleaning items, but if none are available wash your hands right away afterwards for at least 20 seconds. Also wearing a mask and eye protection while cleaning is recommended.

Sources – Hackensack Meridian HealthWEBMD

Coronavirus / (COVID-19) Home Pool Questions

Coronavirus / (COVID-19) Home Pool Questions


If you own a home pool or hot tub you might be curious about COVID-19 and how it may affect you and your guests. Here are some commonly asked questions relating home pool ownership and the coronovirus that may be useful for you.

Should I wear a mask while I am using my pool or hot tub?

The CDC instructs that you should not wear a mask while inside any bodies of water as it can restrict your breathing and cause potential deadly situations. As well a wet mask greatly reduces its effectiveness at stopping the spread of COVID-19

Can I catch COVID-19 from other guests inside the pool?

While there has not been any evidence showing that the virus can spread in properly chemically treated bodies of water, you can catch it from being close to others as the main way to spread it is from water droplets via the mouth. It is best to socially distance yourself from others. If you have to be around guests in a pool then practicing the 6 foot rule of spacing is best.

Should I wear a mask while around the pool?

You should wear your mask when your face is dry and you are around the pool. Remember a wet mask is not very useful in stopping the spread.

What precautionary steps should I take with my pool to help against COVID-19?

Some key ones would be making sure you constantly clean all hand rails, slides, chairs, or any other items people tend to touch with their hands and or bodies. Also cleaning towels after every usage is a good method as well.

Sources – CDC Website

Coronavirus / (COVID-19) Swimming With Face Masks

Coronavirus / (COVID-19) Swimming With Face Masks


Many people are curious about the practicality of swimming in bodies of water and protecting yourself with a Face Mask while doing so. So here is some information on the topic.

An example of what a COVID-19 protective face mask might look like.

Should I swim while wearing a face mask?

This is a resounding NO. While catching COVID-19 should be avoided, swimming with a face mask on can cause breathing problems and ultimately lead to drowning.

Should I wear a face mask while in a Sauna, Hot Tub, Or Swimming Pool

This would as well be NO. COVID-19 should be avoided, and your best course of action is to remove yourself from the situation completely, but wearing a face mask in any of those situations can lead to likely situations where your breathing can be hampered.

Should I wear a face mask while on the beach and take it off before swimming?

This would be a yes. The best way to protect yourself from catching COVID-19 is to not be in any situations that you can potentially catch the virus. owever, if you must be on the beach or in other public places, then wearing a face mask and practicing social distancing is the best course of action. For breathing safety, remove the mask before going into the water.

In conclusion a wet face mask can cause breathing problems and should be avoided at all costs, but wearing a dry one before you go into the water, and after you get out of the water (when your face is dry) is the best course of action.

Sources – Mayo Clinic Website

Coronavirus / (COVID-19) Aquatic Construction Questions

Coronavirus / (COVID-19) Aquatic Construction Questions


Here are some key bits of information for help when building an aquatic structure and dealing with COVID-19. Whether it be for a public area, or a private residency. These tips will help protect yourself and those building your swimming pool from COVID-19.

  • Make sure you are using a reputable construction company that is following all CDC guidelines such as reporting supervisors to if they have any symptoms.
  • Make sure they are distancing themselves at least 6 feet apart when possible.
  • Make sure they are wearing some sort of face mask while working. While uncomfortable it is completely reasonable to wear protection face coverings while working.
  • Make sure all constantly touched areas are constantly cleaned. Such as toilets, tools, and other equipment / items.
  • Make sure proper hand hygiene is being used constantly. All hands are washed before and after work shifts and breaks. If they do any activities such as touching food, sneezing, using a restroom, and other high COVID-19 spreading activities, ensure they wash their hands and/or use sanitizer.

Sources – CDC Website

Coronavirus / (COVID-19) and Large Bodies of Water

Coronavirus / (COVID-19) and Large Bodies of Water


Previously we covered all the information about, swimming in a local pool and using an aquatic center, and proper precautions and information relating to Covid-19. Now we are going to talk some about swimming in a large body of water such as lakes, rivers, and beaches.

Keep in mind, while is the latest understanding of the virus and how it may affect you, it is always recommended to check out the CDC’s website and see if any unknown information about the virus has been found in relation to any activities you plan on doing.

A Picture of the Covid-19 Virus

Can Covid-19 Spread In a Lake or on the Beach?

According toe Andrew Janowksi, the infectious diseases physician at Washington University, you should not be infected by the virus as long as you are following proper social distancing recommendations.

What are the social distancing recommendations?

This would be to keep at least 6 feet from other people in the water. A person infected with the virus will have their secretions diluted in water to the point that it would be extremely unlikely to infect someone else if they are at least 6 feet away.

What about boating with friends?

Unless you live with these people, social distancing should be applied. The goal is to slow down the spread of Covid-19 so it will eventually die off completely, or a cure for the virus will be found. Spending time with others will help spread the disease. So you should avoid boating and other aquatic activities with people you do not live with.

Should I wear a mask in the water?

If you are in a shallow body of water a mask would be preferred, such as walking on the edge of the beach, or through a shallow stream. If you are in water higher, than that a mask is not recommended, as it can become a safety hazard if you need a swim. Even a knee deep current in the ocean can pull you suddenly out to sea and a mask could be fatal.

Should I use public bathrooms?

Even though the latest information on Covid-19 states the virus does not live as long as previously thought on surfaces. It is still not recommended to use any public bathrooms if you can. If you must use one, make sure to wear a face mask, have access to soap with hot water, and use towels instead of a hand dryer. Also as always a six foot social distancing policy is the best policy.

Other useful aquatic tips:

  • Bring your own towels and chairs, using public ones can increase your chances of infection.
  • Do not let children share toys with other children
  • Do not share drinks or food
  • Wash your hands often when touching anything others may have touched.
  • Bring hand sanitizer or disinfecting wipes to clean your hands or surfaces that other people may have touched
  • Keep a 6 foot distance from others

While taking these extra steps to protect yourself from Covid-19 may seem like a chore, in the long run it will make the lives of yourself and those around much safer.

Original Article – CDC Website

Coronavirus / (COVID-19) Waterpark Questions

Coronavirus / (COVID-19) waterpark questions and answers


Ever since the Coronavirus has came about multiple people have been curious about their health and safety when it comes to swimming pools, water parks, and all other aquatic related attractions and events.

We at Rowley and Reynolds have done our research and have created an easy to reference bit of information from major health organizations to help you in deciding what steps to take and places to visit based on the virus.

A Picture From The Thunder River Rapids Ride
  • Check out the inspection score of all locations you plan on visiting online and on-site. While a location might claim to have a great inspection score you should check out their score not only online, but on site to make sure they still have a high graded inspection score by the state.
  • Use mini test strips to check the chlorine or bromine levels of the location. The CDC has stated the recommend chlorine and bromine levels should kill all traces of the Coronavirus, but if a location has inadequate numbers you can still be infected. So purchasing test strips from a local hardware, pool supply, or general store should help in tracking if i a store has proper numbers.
  • Shower before and after entering water. A quick shower before will help make sure you do not bring anything into the aquatic environment and one after makes sure nothing follows you.
  • Watch out for bio contamination

Sources – CDC Website

Coroner Blames Engineering for Dreamworld Waterpark Deaths

Sunday, February 23rd, 2020, in Queensland Australia, a coroner has released his findings for the deaths of 4 people on October 25, 2016 at the Dreamworld Amusement Park.

The deaths happened on the Thunder River Rapids ride after a water pump malfunctioned, but the coroner believes that “a culpable culture” with “poor staff training and piecemeal engineering modifications without risk assessment” lead to the deaths of the 4.

“Such a culpable culture can only exist when leadership from the board down are careless in terms of safety,” The Coroner, McDougall said.

A Picture From The Thunder River Rapids Ride

In the previous seven days before the incident the ride had broken down 5 times.

“[A fatal accident] was simply a matter of time. [Multiple safety issues] posed a risk and would have been easily identifiable to a competent person, had one ever been commissioned to conduct risk or hazard assessments of the ride.” McDougall added.

Family members of the decreased gave their own statements.

“The thought that Cindy would not experience all that life had in store for her was harder for us than the thought we might not see her again,” Low’s husband, Matthew, told.

“Our heart aches daily as we try with varying success to be grateful for the decades we had. She had the heart of a tiger, fierce and protective.”

The mother of 2 victims, Kim Dorsett, had this to say . “The easier part was burying them, the harrowing part is living without them,” she said.

“We exist in a world full of grief and shattered family and friends; three mothers who have lost their children living with broken hearts and souls, and let us not forget those four beautiful children who will now grow up without a mum, and that is what this is really about.”

Ardent Leisure, the parks operator, expressed “deepest sympathies” to the families of the victims.

He added in his statement “ride safety and reliability, training of ride operators, emergency management procedures, safety management systems and safety governance”.

“These significant changes which we continue to drive at Dreamworld have been acknowledged by the coroner in his report,”.

Photo Credit – Wikipedia . Original Article – The Guardian

Rowley and Reynolds Featured In Aqua Magazine

One of the world’s leading aquatic related magazines, Aqua Magazine, recently interviewed Matt Reynolds of Rowley and Reynolds for an article about Avoiding Construction Litigation.

Aqua Magazine sought our expertise in aquatic litigation. More specifically on how often cases actually go to the courtroom as opposed to settling prior to trial. Preventative measures that can help a person(s) or company in a legal situation. Finally, the best way to avoid problematic projects.

Overall this article not only helped people and companies learn about all the legal ramifications that came come about from building a pool or aquatic related facility, but helped to show just why Rowley and Reynolds is one of the industry’s leaders when it comes to the legalities, regulations, and preventative measures for everyone’s aquatic needs.

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3 Dead After Swimming Pool Accident

Wednesday, December 25th, 2019, in Southern Spain, a father, his daughter, and another family member all drowned from a potential malfunction with a draining mechanism in a swimming pool at the Club La Costa World Resort.

Originally the daughter, age 9, became trapped in the pool and her father jumped in after her but he became trapped too. Finally another family member, age 16, attempted to help them. In the end all three drowned, said Jorge Martin, a spokesman for the province where the incident happened.

“The question about why the girl, the father and the third member of the family had problems to get out of the swimming pool is being investigated,” he said, adding that officers were also awaiting autopsy results.

Club La Costa World claimed Late Wednesday that investigators have already concluded that the Pool’s system had no problems, but Investigators are still looking into exactly what happened with the pool.

Workers at the scene stated they had difficulties even retrieving the bodies and it felt “like swimming in a wild river” Which does lead to believe there was some sorta of issue with the pools suction or drainage system. More will be known when the authorities have completed their investigations about the incident.

Photo Credit – Daniel Perez/EPA, via Shutterstock . Original Article – Yahoo and Club La Costa World resort in Fuengirola, Spain. (Google)

Lung Injury Reported From Pool Chlorine Leak

Monday, October 21th, 2019, in Santa Monica, a student at a Santa Monica High School suffered debilitating lung injuries according to a lawsuit

The student claims during a team swimming and water polo meet they were exposed to high levels of chlorine gas from a degrading pool system. Originally the school claimed it was due to natural gas exposure from a unrelated incident in Porter Ranch, California. Upon inspect though the school agreed with the exposure to chlorine gas.

According to the the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) a total of 11 students required medial attention of respiratory related problems. At least one student is claiming they now suffering from long term chlorine related exposure that is due to the schools lack of oversight and maintenance to their pool system.

“The SMMUSD superintendent and Samohi principal met with families following the Samohi pool incident last month. We have been in communication with the families and we are working with them regarding medical claims stemming from this incident. We regret that this occurred, and have remedied the cause of the chlorine leak to prevent this from happening again. The health and safety of our students and staff are our top priorities. As for this claim, we do not comment on pending litigation,” said Gail Pinsker Community & Public Relations Officer for SMMUSD.

Carey Upton, SMMUSD Chief Operations Officer was quoted “While restarting the boiler after a broken gas line, chlorine gas was expelled into the pool when the Boys’ Water Polo team was in the water. The students had a range of respiratory symptoms, including burning sensation in the nose and throat, coughing, chest tightness, difficulty breathing,” Upton wrote in an August 23 letter to Samohi staff and family. “We will be installing a new device on the pool system that will prevent this from happening again. We will also change the operations and maintenance protocols to not service the pool while people are present and alter process to keep this from happening again.”

Photo Credit – The Santa Monica High School swimming pool SMMUSD. Original Article – SMMIRROR