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Summer swim lessons in Spokane take a hit from coronavirus

Spokane instructors see this as a cause of concern for children that spend their summer around open bodies of water.

SPOKANE, Wash — As Spokane dips into the summer, swimming pools won’t be available until at least Phase 3 of reopening the county.

The blocked off waters don't only symbolize the pools being closed, but it also means vital opportunities like swimming lessons are delayed. That's a big deal, because this is the time of year where many kids learn proper safety around large bodies of water.

Samantha’s Swimming has experienced the tribulations of the closures first-hand.

“So we're stuck with all these kids without lessons and even if I'm able to open on a smaller scale, I cannot provide to Spokane what Spokane needs,” Samantha Tiemann-Anderson said.

Spokane County may not be able to hold swim lessons until Phase 4.

For the last 13 years, Tiemann-Anderson has been teaching out of Spokane, and these lessons could save someone's life.

“I've even created a new way of teaching so that the instructor is not face to face,” she explained. “We're actually sitting next to or holding them in front.”

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Throughout the pandemic, Tiemann-Anderson has been preparing for a return, but said the guidelines aren't clear. To prepare, she bought face shields for the water.

“Any way that they can, they want to keep six feet of distance which I completely agree with but we need to figure out ways to think outside of the box to keep it safe," Tiemann-Anderson said.

One precaution could be to have the parent hold the child with the instructor watching and providing guidance.

That may create some challenges, especially with younger students.

Tiemann-Anderson said she's just trying to stay positive, but the entire ordeal has been frustrating. Other businesses are opening around her and she knows the services she provides are essential to save lives.

“We do this because we believe in it. Especially with this and you know it's needed, you know it's needed so bad so it's hard," she said.

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