Swimming Pool Safety

Child Swimmers

A public swimming pool is a relatively safe environment, but wherever there is water there is always a hazard present and children are at risk. Supervision is imperative at all times, lifeguards are there for users' safety but they cannot replace the care and attention of a parent for children who are using the pool, particularly if they are weak or non-swimmers. Consider the following:-

The above considerations apply to private pools (hotels, gyms, holiday parks) and home pools as well, but as these pools are often not supervised by a lifeguard, the requirement for constant supervision is even more important.

Home pools should be fenced with self-closing, self-latching gates that cannot (or cannot easily) be opened by a child. Fences should be at least 1.1 metres and comprise vertical rails, making them more difficult to climb. Be alert to gaps that a small child could squeeze through. Safety covers and alarms are other safety devices but cannot be relied on alone. A combination of barriers and safety features can prevent or detect access by young children to the pool, but they cannot replace supervision. Always ensure that at least one responsible person is supervising children at all times and acting as a lifeguard in the pool. Make sure you know what to do should an emergency arise. Ensure you know where to summon help if in a public or private pool. Consider taking a basic first aid course to learn resuscitation techniques. Keep a phone by a home pool.