Health And Safety Policy

The Club undertakes to agree with pool operators on the arrangements necessary for ensuring the safety of the Club members and volunteers at all times when pool hire occurs. The Club Health and Safety code follows the ASA safety guidelines.

Such agreement will provide for the Pool Operator to provide for lifeguard cover. The detailed Health and Safety code that follows relates to the Clubs other responsibilities and also includes general guidelines and rules for all Club members, volunteers, teachers, coaches, lifeguards and parents/carers who have defined responsibilities and duties which complement and reinforce or aid the Club's basic obligations.

Basic Obligations

The Pool Operator will ensure suitably qualified personnel will be present on each and every occasion and in appropriate numbers as circumstances dictate. Where this cannot be done adequately on any occasion no activities will take place. If there are insufficient lifeguards then the Small pool will remain closed throughout the session . During Inter-Club Galas, Club Championships or other organised competitions, the above supervision will supplemented by the Club, other clubs attending or by the hire facility.

Poolside Alarms, will be in the form of an electronic sounder or bell, if one of the alarms is sounded and the lights will flash. All Club representatives should take all instructions from the host venue lifeguards until the safe area is reached or the alarms are silenced.

Fire / Emergency Drill. The purpose of this will be to get all the members familiar with leaving the pool safely. The following will indicate this. If the alarm sounds during a session this will indicate a Fire / Emergency Drill. Everyone should leave the pool in a calm and orderly manner and assemble at the designated fire alarm assembly area indicated by the Head Teacher or Coach of the session or the Health and Safety Officer.

General Guidelines

Swimmers should not enter the water if they have the following:

Vomiting, Diarrhea, Infectious skin rashes, Open wounds, Ear infections

Swimmers should not run on poolside, as the tiles are slippery when wet.

No one should push anyone into the pool at any time.

Dive-bombing is strictly prohibited.

There should be no diving or persistent jumping in . Instructors may allow jumping in when in the course of a lesson in order to promote safe practices. Adult members may jump in to the water on first entry but only where it is safe to do so.

The Club will draw the attention of all its members to its Health and Safety Policy and will ensure that they are familiar with and understand the emergency procedures.


Parents/carers must take responsibility for their children or the vulnerable adult in their care. Parents carers must at all times remain responsible for any medication required by a member and for administering it as required.

Parents/Carers and Members with Epilepsy

Members diagnosed with Epilepsy whose epilepsy is not completely controlled (had recent or unpredictable seizures) will need a carer with them at poolside or in the water at all times. We would require the carer to;

Be able to spot early signs that the member is approaching a seizure and know how to avert if possible.

Be able to inform and advise qualified first aiders poolside

Be able to provide a full medical history if required.

Be able to accompany the member to hospital if required.

Be responsible for any emergency medication and know how to administer if required.

Use of Equipment

Turtles Training equipment should only be used by trained instructors or helpers and if members use equipment without supervision they do so at their own risk. Equipment once used should not be left at poolside but returned to the equipment trolley.

The hoist should only be operated by trained personnel (usually the lifeguards). Anyone wanting to use the hoist should attract the attention of the lifeguard. Only disabled members who require this facility or committee members should use the hoist

Written Operating Procedures

The Club will ensure that all Volunteers, Teaches, Coaches, Club Lifeguards are familiar with the Pool operators written statement or rules setting out the organisation and arrangements for ensuring users safety in normal and emergency conditions. The Club will ensure all Volunteers, Teaches, Coaches, Club Lifeguards are familiar with the club induction pack

Range of Activities Covered

The Clubs activities covered by this Safety Policy include the following:

Club Sessions

Club Home Galas - for the duration of the Gala

Club Away Galas - for the duration of the Gala where the host Club have not provided adequate arrangements (see also the Supervision When Visiting Other Locations - Policy Statement)

Open Competitions - the Club expect host clubs/organisations to provide adequate lifeguard facilities

Accident / Incident Reporting and Insurance

The Club will ensure a current and valid insurance policy is in operation. Details of this are available from the Club Secretary. All accidents or incidents will require a report verbally immediately following the occurrence and in writing subsequently from those responsible for the group or event in progress at the time of such accident / incident. This written report must be submitted to the Club Health and Safety Officer and the details entered in the venue's accident report book.

Updating the Health & Safety code

The Club will receive and update this Safety code as and when required by new circumstances, Pool Operator requirements or changes to current safety legislation.

The ASA Health and Safety guidelines are available on the ASA web site.

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