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The court ruled that learning to swim is education, not sport

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Officials at a small private swimming pool in Hilversum do not have to check whether the parents of children who take swimming lessons have a valid coronavirus passport, the Utrecht District Court said on Tuesday.

The court said that swimming lessons should be viewed as education because learning to swim is in the interests of your personal safety. “The main goal is to learn to swim, not to play sports,” the court said. “So swimming lessons are not a sport.”

The verdict means pool staff won’t have to check parents for valid ID when bringing their offspring to class and helping them move. However, parents cannot be admitted to classes because of the coronavirus rules, the court said.

The swimming pool owner took the problem to court after the city administration threatened him with a fine of 2,500 euros for each unchecked ID.

City officials now have to decide how to respond to the pool owner’s formal complaint, and the ban on passport verification remains in place until then, the court said.

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