10 standard pool rules your child should know

October 26, 2022

A swimming pool is a perfect place for the body and soul. The benefits of swimming are numerous, and they are necessary for people of any age. Swimming can give plenty of advantages to children's development: a balanced load on all muscle groups, and positive relaxing effect on the mind, the general strengthening of the growing organism and immune system.   

In order to be calm when your children go to the pool, and to be sure that they successfully have their workouts, it is necessary to teach them the swimming pool rules. Because there is a risk of injury and unpleasant situations that may occur during the pool visit and training. To avoid this, you should always remember the standard swimming pool rules. We hope our article on 10 swimming pool rules will be of help.

What are the rules for the pool?

Regulations for visiting and behavior in the swimming pool are quite simple. They must be followed by adults, and by children — by everyone who is on the swim pool territory. For beginners, the rules can become a useful guide on how to get used to the pool faster, overcome fear and avoid misunderstandings during swim workouts.

Of course, the most important rules are the rules concerning safety. Here are 10 main swimming pool safety rules:

Rule №1

Kids must move around in the pool very carefully! Splashes of water fall on the surface of the pool sides and floor, forming puddles and the potential danger of falling and being injured! Shoes should not be slippery to avoid falling as well. For the same reason, it is strictly forbidden to run.

Rule №2

Jumping into the water from the starting blocks is allowed only with the coach's permission and under careful supervision. During the entire stay of children in the pool, they are obliged to follow the instructions of the swim coach, who monitors the lesson, conducts it, and monitors safety.

Rule №3

Kids must enter the water only with the coach's permission, using specially designed pool ladders, and holding on to the handrails to avoid falls and injuries. Before kids start swimming, a small warm-up is done first, which reduces the risk of cramping. The time spent by children in the water depends on the age group: children from the younger group should be in the water for no longer than 15 minutes, and younger schoolchildren and teenagers should spend from 25 to 30 minutes in the pool in order to avoid hypothermia. If symptoms of discomfort or hypothermia appear, kids need to immediately inform their coach about it, get out of the water, and rub the whole body well with a towel.

Rule №4

Being in the water, in no case can kids push others, jump out of the water, scare other children, hang on the swim lane dividers, and lower them under the water, climb over them. These actions can lead to traumatic situations.

Rule №5

It is not allowed to dive underwater without the permission and supervision of a swim coach, because there is a risk to swallow water and choke.

Rule №6

It is necessary to explain to children that it is forbidden to grab and pull other swimmers under the water, as well as to touch their hands or feet.

Rule №7

It is not allowed to bring foreign objects to the swimming training without the permission of the swim teacher. Use of special equipment for swimming is possible only with the permission of the coach. It is necessary to use swimming equipment only for its intended purpose.

Rule №8

Before entering the pool, children must take a shower, and put on a swimsuit and a swim cap; It is not allowed to take off the swim cap in the pool during the training. It is forbidden to enter the locker room and approach the pool in outerwear, as well as in outdoor shoes — they must be left in the wardrobe or in a specially equipped place.

Rule №9

It is forbidden to bring food, sweets, carbonated drinks, and chewing gum to the pool and consume all these products during swim training. Swimming immediately after eating is also not recommended.

Rule №10

If any emergency situation is detected, children must immediately contact a coach, lifeguard, or attendant for help. Kids also cannot leave the pool without notifying the swim teacher first.

It should be remembered that swimming pool rules and regulations may differ depending on the region and the swimming pool policy of specific swimming clubs, schools, and organizations that your child attends, but the rules that we have listed in the article are basic and very important.

Compliance with all pool rules will ensure the safety of your children in the pool and help them make the most of swimming, have fun with their friends successfully, and, most importantly, safely.

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