Posted by: CTC Training
Do you own a leisure centre with a pool? One of the most important things to consider when it comes to pool safety is whether or not you need a lifeguard on duty. Large, deep pools clearly need a lifeguard, but small, shallow pools may be deemed safe without one.
So that begs the question, at which point does my pool need a lifeguard?
Let’s dive into the article for the answer.
How deep must a pool be to need a lifeguard?
The answer depends on a few factors, but generally speaking, any pool deeper than 1.5 metres (or about 5 feet) should have a lifeguard on duty.
This is because a 1.5 metre depth makes it difficult for children and inexperienced swimmers to safely stand in the pool. Drowning is a serious risk, and having a trained professional on hand to keep an eye on things can make all the difference in an emergency situation.
What other considerations should I keep in mind?
Even if your pool is shallower than 1.5 metres, there are still some important safety considerations to keep in mind. For example, you should always have appropriate safety equipment on hand, such as life jackets, flotation devices, and a first aid kit. It’s also a good idea to have clear and visible signage around your pool area, reminding people of important safety rules and guidelines.
My pool is less than 1.5m in depth — do I need any safety staff?
While you don’t necessarily need a lifeguard for a pool that’s less than 1.5m deep, it’s always a good idea to have someone on hand who is trained in the event of an emergency.
The Emergency Pool Responder Training Course is specifically designed for pools with a depth of less than 1.5m. It equips learners with the skills and knowledge needed to respond quickly and effectively in the event of an emergency. Topics covered include CPR, first aid and rescue techniques.
As a pool/leisure centre owner, having someone on hand who has completed the Emergency Pool Responder Training Course will bring you the peace of mind knowing that all swimmers are safe. Having someone available who is trained to respond to emergencies will overall create a safer and more enjoyable swimming environment for everyone.
You can earn the Emergency Pool Responder Training Course with CTC Training. CTC Training offers in-person and online courses for corporate groups of various sizes. We provide expert instructors and all the necessary equipment to complete the course. Plus, courses can be conducted at your venue or our own dedicated training facility.