Staying cool in the pool
Aquatics supervision is often deferred to a third party, such as a lifeguard or recreational facility. Because you are ultimately accountable for a club member’s safety, utilize a screening process for that third party as well.
Managing Risk in Sport and Recreation: The Essential Guide for Loss Prevention outlines that emergency plans should be established and practiced as part of any swimming pool risk management plan. Consider the following questions:
- Has an emergency plan been developed for all possible emergencies?
- Are there designated persons who are charged with enacting the emergency plan?
- Has a chain of command been established?
- Is there a poolside telephone available?
- Are phone numbers of emergency agencies, key personnel, patrons’ emergency contact numbers, and others included as part of the emergency plan?
- When the emergency plan is activated,
- What is your system for quickly identifying members with little or no swimming ability?
- Is the water evacuated of all people?
- Are people evacuated to a safe location?
- Are there other considerations for an emergency plan, such as supporting ratios of supervision?