Code of Conduct: Safety
Within the context of this Code, the term ‘Staff’ shall mean anyone working within the Club in any capacity, whether this is on the poolside, the reception area, the changing rooms, or the spectator area.
The Club adheres to the Normal Operating Procedures and Emergency Action Plan of Grimsby Swimming Pool.
The paramount consideration of Staff at all times is the safety of the pupils.
In particular, staff should ensure that
- Children are brought into the Reception area by their carer, and are collected from Reception afterwards – this applies to all age groups.
- Pupils arriving early for their lessons either remain in the changing rooms, supervised by parents/carers, or are seated at the changing room end of the pool until it is time for them to start their lesson. (N.B. Children arriving for the first session must wait in the changing rooms until 6.25p.m.). Arriving more than 10minutes before the start of the session is not necessary, and we will not accept responsibility for the safety of your child if you do not fully supervise him/her before the time of his/her lesson.
- Under no circumstances should children be allowed to play or wander around whilst waiting for the start of their lesson.
- Lifeguards are in position on the Lifeguard chairs before allowing any pupils to proceed down the poolside to their class positions.
- All teachers can see all of their pupils at all times, whether swimming on top of the water or underneath.
- Pupils must never be left unsupervised, for any reason at all.
- All pupils are confident in the depth of water in which they are working.
- Pupils are NOT asked to recover objects from the pool bottom in depths greater than 1.5m. Normally, only one child should be swimming underwater in each group at any one time, to minimize the risk of collision. However, at times, it may be feasible for 2 children to do so where space allows 1 – 2 metres between them, or if sufficient supervision is possible to allow pupils to work at both sides of the pool at the same time – in these circumstances, distance swum underwater should be clearly defined.
- There is sufficient depth of water for any diving activities, having regard for the notices displayed on the poolside, and also observing the rule ‘at least full reach depth of pupil’. N.B. Teachers who are not qualified to a minimum Level 2 (swimming) PLUS holding the Flip’n’Fun module may teach only shallow water pre-diving skills. Level 2 teachers may teach shallow entries (e.g. racing dive). Level 1 teachers & helpers may assist in a recording, demonstrating and observation role only with diving skills.
- There is a lifeguard dedicated to the diving bay area when this is in use, either for swimming or diving.
- Where possible, at least one teacher using the boom area should hold the N.P.L.Q. or Rescue Test for Teachers plus have demonstrated the ability to recover an object/body from the max. depth of 3.8m. This is in addition to the facility lifeguards.
- Pupil/Teacher ratio should not exceed the maximum numbers recommended by the A.S.A. & will normally be well below these. ASA recommendations are currently
20:1 for groups of swimmers with the same ability
- 16:1 for groups of swimmers of mixed ability
- 10:1 for groups of non-swimmers
- Rules displayed by the Pool should be fully adhered to at all times. Pupils should be made aware of these on first joining the Club, and should be reminded of them at regular intervals.
- Teaching from the poolside rather than from in the water is considered best practice in normal circumstances and should be followed whenever possible. Circumstances when it may be permissible to enter the water are when teaching the disabled or Special Needs pupils and when teaching babies (we don’t normally have babies attending). Where available, Helpers may be used in the water whilst the teacher gives instructions from the poolside – Helpers must be fully aware of when & how to provide assistance & guidance, with the teacher fully supervising at all times. (N.B. guardian’s permission should be obtained first if teaching in the water, especially if it is anticipated that it will be necessary to offer any physical guidance or assistance).
- Teachers should never enter the water during a lesson, except for the circumstances set out above, unless there are sufficient lifeguards or qualified assistant teachers to act as look outs on the pool side, and you are certain that there is no danger to pupils.