WATER SAFETY IN SWIMMING POOLS
Written Operating Procedures
Each swimming pool should have detailed written operating procedures (WOP’s) that will provide a description of the procedures and arrangements for how the swimming pool is to be operated to ensure user’s safety. These WOPs should include both a normal operating plan (NOP) and an emergency action plan (EAP).
The NOPs include regular inspection of the swimming pool, plant and structure for safety, controlling access to the pool, controlling maximum admissions, competence, training and lifeguard deployment, the standards of user behaviour, conditions of hire to outside organisations, supervision requirements for specialised activities, use of pool covers, first aid arrangements, and emergency alarm procedures.
The EAP include: overcrowding and disorderly behaviour, lack of water clarity, evacuation of pools for various reasons such as lighting failure, structural failure, emission of toxic gasses, serious injury to a bather or a drowning, and bomb threat.
Safety Rules for Swimming Pools
Diving in the Water
The Swimming Teacher
The role of the swimming teachers for the safety of their pupils is very important and underestimated.
The above general aquatic safety information does apply equally well to ALL participants, including individuals with a variety of disabilities. A disability does not cancel out safety precautions.