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Watch Around Water Policy

National Guidelines for Public Pools

Program Objectives

- Prevent drowning deaths and drowning related injuries at public swimming pools

- Promote active parental supervision

- Assist aquatic staff to promote safe supervision practices

- Provide a safe aquatic venue for the community

Key Principles

- Children under 5 years must be constantly supervised and remain within arms reach

- Children under 10 years must be accompanied into the facility and constantly supervised by a parent/ guardian

- Children requiring a floatation device must be constantly supervised and remain within arms reach

- Unsupervised children (of any age) will be removed from the water if the lifeguard is concerned for their safety

- Children will be required to wear a coloured wristband denoting the applicable regulations

Required adult supervision ratios