COVID-19 Strategy

Last Updated:  February 7, 2024

Chicago Blue Dolphins pledges to keep your health and your family’s health its number one priority as we move into the later stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Since the pandemic has moved into a “new normal” stage, we’ve relaxed some of the pre-cautions that we had during the throes of the pandemic in 2020-21.  This page will keep you up to date on where we stand on our COVID-19 and general health strategy.

The remaining areas that we are keeping from our original COVID-19 strategy to reduce this risk fall into five categories:

  1. Vaccination Policy
  2. Masking Policy
  3. Social Distancing
  4. Hygiene
  5. Cleaning

Vaccination Policy

Chicago Blue Dolphins requires all of its employees to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and to stay up to date with all vaccination boosters.  We strongly recommend that employees also get an annual flu vaccine.  We work in close contact with one another and with our students, so we feel it’s the best strategy to maintain a healthy workforce.

We do not require any of our students or caregivers to be vaccinated to take classes at the Blue Dolphin Swim Studio.  At this time, our external facilities at the University of Illinois at Chicago do not require patrons to be vaccinated.

Masking Policy

Masking is optional at the Chicago Blue Dolphins Swim Studio, the UIC Sport and Fitness Center, and the UIC Physical Education Building.

Social Distancing

While the vaccines have reduced the extent of our social distancing policies, our Swim Studio and its bathrooms are not large, so we strongly suggest the following standard to keep our facility from getting over-crowded:

  1. Dress for the Lesson — To reduce bottlenecks in the bathrooms, we ask our families to dress for the lesson and do a “deck change” before getting into the pool
  2. Use the Deck Shower and Locker Room Showers to RINSE ONLY after the Lesson –Limit shower usage to rinsing only after lessons to keep your showers under 2 minutes in duration.  If everyone assumes that they will do a full soap and shampoo of themselves and all of their kids, the wait times will explode and the changing areas will turn into a rave.
  3. Do Quick Changes in the Changing Rooms — After the lesson, you can use the changing areas to get out of your wet clothes.  We ask you to be quick when changing to keep bottlenecks from occurring in the bathrooms.


  1. All Students and Caregivers should continue to Wash or Sanitize Hands — One of the simplest protections against virus transmission is clean hands.  We’ll have hand sanitizer throughout the facility.  You can also use the soap and sinks in the bathrooms to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds
  2. Use the Deck Shower to Rinse BEFORE the Lesson — Pre-lesson rinses at the deck shower will help keep our bromine levels up by reducing body oils, dirt, or lotions in our pools
  3. Do Not Eat or Drink in the Swim Studio — Please refrain from snacking or eating in the Swim Studio


  • Cleaning Zones — We have broken the Swim Studio into 5 cleaning zones.  We will perform cleaning and sanitizing at opening, mid-day, closing, and throughout the day for high-traffic areas (e.g., bathrooms)
  • Multiple Toy and Equipment Sets — We will regularly clean our toys and equipment to reduce the posibility of disease tranmission.

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