Pool Safety Guidelines

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The top priority of all Shwimmer users should be safety, in particular the safety of children.

These guidelines on pool safety should be read and understood by all users. Mastery of swimming begins with mastery of pool safety.

Guidelines for Pool Users

These guidelines for pool users are supplementary to any guidelines, rules or regulations set by the pool owner which form part of your arrangement with the owner when a booking is made.


  1. Rules and safety guidelines should be explained to children before using the pool. Establish and enforce rules and safe behaviors, such as “no diving,” “stay away from drain covers,” “swim with a buddy” and “walk please.”
  2. Teach children to swim
  3. Children should have competent adult supervision at all times, with one to one uninterrupted adult supervision of younger children and inexperienced swimmers
  4. Young or inexperienced swimmers should wear an adequate flotation aid sufficient to keep their head above the water line
  5. Swimmers should be aware of their own capabilities and use the pool within those
  6. Do not jump into the pool without checking for other swimmers
  7. Know where to locate rescue and first aid equipment, and know how to use them through training in water safety, first aid and CPR
  8. Know how to summon emergency services, especially if swimming in a foreign country where the emergency number may be different.
  9. Never swim under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Wait a sufficient time after eating.

Guidelines for Pool Owners

These guidelines for pool owners are supplementary to any local laws, rules or regulations that govern the operation of swimming facilties in the owner’s jurisdiction.

  1. Understand and comply with all local laws, rules, regulations and codes relating to the operation of your facility
  2. Keep the pool water clean and clear. Maintain proper chemical levels, circulation and filtration. Regularly test and adjust the chemical levels to minimize the risk of earaches, rashes or more serious diseases.
  3. Secure the pool against the possibility of unattended usage by children
  4. Use non-slip materials on all appropriate surfaces, and make sure that these surfaces are well maintained
  5. Check the pool, surroundings and equipment on a regular basis for cleanliness and maintenance
  6. Clearly mark depths
  7. Access and egress to and from the swimming pool itself should be child friendly
  8. Any electrical equipment should be professionally installed and maintained in good order
  9. Electrical applicances such as radios and televisions should not be in the pool area
  10. Slides or diving boards should be fitted only where there is adequate depth of water for safe usage
  11. First aid and rescue equipment should be kept near to the pool and conspicuously marked

Further Information

Please refer to the following resource for further information about pool safety for pool owners and users: