COVID-19 Fitness Industry FAQs
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FIT COLLEGE IS GETTING AHEAD OF THE CURVE - 31st march 2020
WHAT IS NOVEL CORONAVIRUS?
Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.
Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.
The best way to prevent and slow down transmission is to be well informed about the COVID-19 virus, the disease it causes and how it spreads. Protect yourself and others from infection by washing your hands or using an alcohol-based rub frequently and not touching your face.
The COVID-19 virus spreads primarily through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose when an infected person coughs or sneezes, so it’s important that you also practice respiratory etiquette (for example, by coughing into a flexed elbow).
At this time, there are no specific vaccines or treatments for COVID-19. However, there are many ongoing clinical trials evaluating potential treatments. The World Health Organisation (WHO) will continue to provide updated information as soon as clinical findings become available. Link to Source
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN FOR FIT COLLEGE?
As we all work together to “flatten the curve”, FIT College is “looking ahead of the curve”, something we have always done. FIT College has been closely monitoring the changing environment and working with both government and industry to provide you with the best information and support during the COVID-19 pandemic. On Sunday 22nd March the Prime Minister Scott Morrison advised that the National Cabinet agreed to move to more widespread restrictions on social gatherings. These restrictions may be in place for at least the next 6 months. As part of these restrictions, Gyms and indoor sporting venues would close Monday 23rd March.
While schools have remained open at this stage, they will close for the Easter mind term holidays and are scheduled to reopen as normal at this stage, many Colleges and universities are closing and moving to an online study format.
FIT COLLEGE IS HERE FOR YOU FOR THE LONG HAUL
FIT College as a company is here for the long haul. 2020 is our 11th year of operation due to carefully planned growth since our inception, not relying on government funding and only opening a campus location when we know we can support the campus and staff correctly. We are a strong company and will continue to operate after the COVID-19 has passed. We want to assure students that our level of student support will be increased during this time to allow you to continue to study. As Australia recovers, there will never be a better time to be a qualified personal trainer. We believe after COVID-19 passes that Health, Fitness and Wellbeing will be paramount to society, and you will be in a position to be part of a thriving fitness industry. Therefore, we want to make sure you graduate on time to make the most of the post COVID-19 opportunities.
All FIT College Campus Coordinators are employed Full-time with FIT College and will continue to be accessible for student support during this time. Our national team of teachers and Campus Coordinators will be available every day to provide integral support with your studies.
WHAT WE HAVE DONE DURING THIS TIME
Since the outbreak, FIT College implemented increased hygiene and cleaning for both students and staff at all campuses and the National Head Office. We have also provided the opportunity for our staff to work from home where they have requested based on personal health and safety reasons and to be with family who may need extra support. Our students and our team are of the utmost importance to us and we will do whatever we can to support them during this time. Link to Source
To enable this, FIT College are moving our face to face classes to a flexible online virtual classroom designed to give you the same tuition to continue your learning journey from the comfort of your own home. FIT College has long utilised our Cloud Campus extensively for all students and this will remain open for all students to continue their study as normal. As our Face to Face classes are all associated with major fitness facilities, they will be restructured to the FIT College Virtual Classroom with video tutorials held at the same time as the normal class times. This will be fully operational as of today, Tuesday 24th March
All other FIT College courses will also be supported in our virtual classroom.
WHAT WILL THE FIT COLLEGE VIRTUAL CLASSROOM TUTORIALS LOOK LIKE?
Starting Tuesday 24th March face to face classes will no longer operate under their current structure at each campus. This applies for full-time and part-time classes and will continue until government and the health authorities allow fitness facilities to open again and return to normal function.
Lectures will be altered to a presentation format with a teacher providing a voice over to explain the content in more detail. These will be provided to you through the Cloud Campus for each topic in ‘Lectures’ where students can access them and listen to them as if they were in class. These will be available for both online and face to face students.
Every day and night during normally scheduled class times, the FIT College virtual classroom will operate allowing current face to face students to connect online with fellow students and the Campus Coordinator to question and review the lecture for that session. Students should log in to the Cloud Campus and listen to the lecture in advance of the FIT College Virtual Classroom tutorials. Times for these tutorials match up with normal class times and schedule topics based on the normal full time and part time delivery schedule. Campus Coordinators for each campus will send out a web link for the FIT College Virtual Classroom sessions for each class. Make sure your email address in the Cloud Campus is correct and check your email daily for the video tutorial invite to join the session.
FIT COLLEGE Virtual Classroom
Full time Classes (Monday to Thursday)
- Virtual Classroom Tutorial One 10 am–10:40 am
- Virtual Classroom Tutorial Two 11 am –11:40 am
Part-Time Classes (Monday & Wednesday, or Tuesday & Thursday)
- Virtual Classroom Tutorial One 6 pm–6:40 pm
- Virtual Classroom Tutorial Two 7 pm –7:40 pm
During the FIT College Virtual Classroom tutorial, Campus Coordinators will answer any questions a student may have related to the lecture and lead students through the assessment tasks for the topic. Written assessment items such as program writing will be commenced during the tutorial and completed in the students own time after the tutorial has finished.
Some practical delivery tasks can be completed and submitted by videos and third-party reports, while others will be submitted and assessed differently. These will be discussed by the video tutor as students’ progress through the course. If students don’t have access to facilities or equipment during this time, assessment days will be scheduled at each campus after normal fitness facility operations recommence. Attendance records will still be kept for the video tutorials in the same way that face to face class attendances are recorded.
IT’S STILL OK TO CONTINUE YOUR STUDY ONLINE
During this time FIT College wants to assure students that it’s OK to continue your studies. FIT College will do all we can to provide intergal support via the form of phone calls, comm logs, assessment task feedback, FIT College Virtual Classroom, etc. With such a change in routine, we believe the structure of daily study will provide you with both mental and physical benefits and the FIT College Virtual Classroom tutorials are a great way to connect with likeminded people and remain in touch with fellow classmates.
Further still, we have been working on an online “Fitness Community Platform” over the last six month which we will launch soon. This platform will connect you to hundreds and potentially thousands of others in the Fitness Industry including personal trainers, fitness centres, affiliates, jobs and resources.....and give you a self-managed website for free.
OUR STUDENTS WILL BE SUPPORTED
For as long as the COVID-19 has an impact on your ability to study, FIT College will be here to provide support during this time. Our full-time staff at each campus will be available for:
- FIT College Virtual Classroom tutorials will run for normal face to face classes
- Phone call support – ring up anytime 7 am to 7 pm 7 days a week to chat with an online tutor or get a phone call back
- Online support – use the Comm Log to ask your tutor a question and get a response within 24 hours
- Submit any task through the Cloud Campus and it will be marked in less than 72 hours
ITS STILL OK TO BE PHYSICALLY ACTIVE
During these next few months, it’s important to look after your own health and maintain a physically active lifestyle. Physical activity plays an important role in your health and mental well-being and where possible you should aim to remain as active as possible. At this stage, outdoor exercise is still permitted with self-distancing measures being adhered to – including ensuring a 1.5 m distance between all people. Fitness Australia CEO Barry Elvish said, “People are still encouraged to train with their trainer outside. If your trainer is registered with Fitness Australia, then they adhere to the relevant guidelines to ensure the safe delivery of outdoor training sessions.” Link to Source
Personal Trainers (PTs) registered with Fitness Australia hold the scope of practice to deliver outdoor training safely as long as they adhere to the Outdoor Training Guidelines, which have been updated to include COVID-19 restrictions. Link to Update
GOVERNMENT HELP FOR SOLE TRADERS
On Sunday 22nd March, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced vital financial support for sole traders who have been affected by COVID-19 under two main initiatives. Link to Source
- Doubling of Newstart payments available to sole traders - a time-limited Newstart supplement will be paid at the rate of $1,100 per fortnight for the next six months for sole traders and casual workers who meet the income test.
- Sole traders who have suffered business losses of 20 per cent or more as a result of COVID-19 will also be allowed to access their superannuation early and will soon be able to apply for access to the initiative online. The super access will also be extended to casual employees and will be capped at $10,000 in the 2019-20 financial year and a further $10,000 in 2020-21.
After the announcement yesterday, today the Centrelink cues were already outside the doors of each building and the online portal had also suffered a systems crash. If you wish to apply for these benefits be prepared to spend some time waiting in line (physical distancing yourself of course at 1.5 m)
BEWARE BANKING MALWARE
The Zeus Sphinx banking Trojan has recently resurfaced after a three years hiatus as part of a coronavirus-themed phishing campaign, the most common theme behind most attacks by far during the current pandemic. Zeus Sphinx (also known as Zloader and Terdot) is a malware strain that was initially spotted back in August 2015 when its operators used it to attack several British financial targets and it is almost entirely based on the Zeus v2 Trojan's leaked source code (just as Zeus Panda and Floki Bot). This malware was later used in attacks targeting banks from all over the globe, from Australia and Brazil to North America, attempting to harvest financial data via web injections that make use of social engineering to convince infected users to hand out auth codes and credentials.
To avoid getting scammed, infected with malware, or have your information stolen, we recommend not clicking on links or opening attachments sent by people you don't know, as well as to make sure that the sites you visit are legitimate by typing their address in the browser instead of clicking hyperlinks embedded in emails.
You should also never provide sensitive info like user credentials or any type of financial data when asked as part of a telemarketing call or over email.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
For further information and / or clarification on any of the above, contact FIT COLLEGE on 1300 887 017
For updated frequently asked questions, please visit our latest faq page.