In line with national guidelines and recommendations from ROSPA and ISRM, Warwick District Council pools operate the following policy in order to minimise risks to children in swimming pools. The policy applies to public swimming, pool parties and groups using the pool during public swimming sessions.
- Children under the age of 4 must be accompanied by a responsible person (aged 16 or over) on a one to one basis
- Children aged 4 - 7 years must be accompanied by a responsible person (aged 16 or over) on a maximum ratio of one adult to two children
- Children aged 8 and over may use the pools unaccompanied at the discretion of their parent/guardian/carer and the pool supervisor
To assist parents with young children there are a number of special sessions included in the pool programmes where there is a higher ratio of lifeguards on duty and the policy is relaxed to allow an adult (aged 16 or over) to supervise up to two children (under 8 years) irrespective of their age.
Following revised guidance from ISRM we have added "non swimmers areas" at Abbey Fields swimming Pool and St Nicholas Park Leisure Centre. These will take effect from April 2006 and will allow adults to bring the following ratios:
- up to 3 children aged 4 -7yrs who are either swimmers, or are non swimmers wearing armbands
- up to 2 children aged under 4yrs who are either swimmers, or non swimmers wearing armbands.
These non swimmers areas have been identified following detailed risk assessments of each pool and will apply to:
Abbey Fields Indoor pool - Saturdays 2 - 4pm (shallow end only)
St Nicholas Park Leisure Centre - "Splash pool" during all public swimming session except Splosh sessions
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