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OUTDOOR POOLS, SUPERVISED BEACHES & SPLASH PADS

ADMISSION STANDARD

As part of our commitment to providing safe and enjoyable aquatic programs for swimmers of all ages, we enforce the admission standards provided to us by the Ministry of Health. Please keep the following in mind when visiting our pools:

    • There must be one supervising caregiver for every 2 children under the age of 6.
    • There must be one supervising caregiver for every 4 non-swimming children aged 6 to 9.
    • In both cases, the supervising caregiver must be able to give immediate assistance.

    If you have any questions please call your local pool.

    Within Arms Reach

    WHY? - Drownings are preventable.

    • Drownings involving toddlers can be prevented if parents or caregivers are within arms’ reach of their children when they are near water.  Designate a backyard pool lifeguard. An adult should always supervise whenever children are using a pool – in-ground, above ground or wading pool. If you must be absent for a moment, designate another adult to replace you or close the pool until someone can assume supervisory duties.
    • Stay tub-side until all the water is drained and you have removed your children from the tub. Most bathtub drownings occur because youngsters were left alone for “just a moment”.
    • Drain bathtubs when they are not in use. Empty unattended wading pools and buckets of water and turn them over.
    • Put lifejackets on children who can’t swim when they’re at the beach or pool. Lifejackets must be worn by children in any watercraft. 
    • Be vigilant. Many children who drown do so because parents or caregivers lose sight of them for a very short period of time. Be within arms reach of your child.

    Drowning is a silent killer.

    Drowning victims rarely call or wave or signal for help because they can’t keep their head or arms above water. Even when they manage to get their head above water, inhaling air – not calling for help – is their priority.

    Drowning happens in seconds

    Drowning can take as little as 10 seconds and occurs in just inches of water…in bathtubs, wading pools, and wells, even buckets. Never leave a child alone near the water. Don’t be distracted by a ringing phone, a doorbell or another child.

    Drowning is a big problem in Canada

    Almost 500 Canadians drown each year, and children under 5 are at high-risk. In fact, drowning is the second leading cause of preventable death for children under 10 years of age.  Most toddlers drown in backyard pools. Their natural curiosity combined with an almost magnetic attraction to water means toddlers have a high risk of drowning anytime they are near water – natural bodies of water like lakes and streams are the most dangerous.

    Please Be Water Smart This Summer