When visiting a swimming pool you need to adopt a sensible
attitude in and around the pool area and make sure children are
supervised at all times.
Find out about your swimming pool's safety rules. You could look
out for useful posters or leaflets, or ask a pool attendant for
Ask your child to watch what the lifeguards do. Why do they blow
their whistle and tell people off? What sorts of things are
dangerous in the pool?
Here are some useful tips to ensure safety at all times when
using the swimming pool.
- Check the depth of the water
- Always swim within your ability
- Avoid unruly behaviour which can be dangerous, be aware of the
pool rules which are there for your safety and that of other
- Always listen to the Lifeguard and remember, a moment of
foolish behaviour could cost a life
- If you have a medical condition such as epilepsy, asthma
diabetes or heart condition try to swim with a friend, if
unaccompanied inform the Lifeguard on duty so that they are aware
in the event of an emergency.
- Never swim after a heavy meal or under the influence of
- Children under the age of eight must be accompanied in the
swimming pool at all times by a responsible adult.
- If you see someone in difficulty, get help immediately.
This is not an exhaustive list but if you stick to these simple
rules you should have a safe and enjoyable time at the swimming
For further advice, pool operators can buy the Health and Safety
Executive (HSE) publication 'Managing Health and Safety in Swimming
Pools'. This is available from HSE Books, PO Box 1999, Sudbury,
Suffolk CO10 6FS. Telephone 01787 881165, fax 01787 313995. ISBN 0
7176 2686 5.