Learning Center

Pool Safety

Pool Safety
  • Adult supervision is a key element in getting the maximum, safest enjoyment out of your pool
  • One individual must assume primary responsibility for supervising the pool and constantly enforcing pool rules.
  • Pool rules should be clearly communicated and understood by all persons-young or old-who use your pool
  • Pay special attention to educating young children and non-swimmers about safety precautions.
  • If you are uncomfortable with someone's swimming abilities, make sure they stay in shallow water and watch them closely.
  • Never swim alone or allow others to do so.
  • Keep electrical appliances a significant distance from the pool. Don't use extensions cords. Use a ground fault circuit interrupter (gfci) with all appliances or electrical devices that are used pool side.
  • Use of alcohol or drugs does not mix with pool activities.
  • Games that may appear safe sometimes are not. Encourage and supervise the use of good pool games and toys. Prohibit horse play that involves throwing or pushing someone into the pool.
  • You have the bottom line responsibility in poolside entertaining. Use good judgment to help protect yourself, your family and guests. Prohibit the use of your to by people whose mental condition you doubt.
  • Remember you are in charge of your pool.

Dives and Slides Safety
The chief danger for divers or headfirst sliders is serious spinal injury. Serious spinal injury can occur even at slow speeds if the head strikes firmly againt the pool bottom or side of the pool.

Do...

  • Know the shape of the pool bottom and water depth before you slide or dive headfirst
  • Plan your path to avoid submerged obstacles, surface objects or other swimmers
  • Hold your head up, arms up and steer up with your hands
  • Practice carefully before you slide or dive head first
  • Test the diving board for it's spring before using
  • Remember that when you dive down, you must steer up.
  • Dive straight ahead - not off the side of the diving board

Don't...

  • Drink and dive
  • Dive into an aboveground pool
  • Dive into a pool that does not meet the standards for diving.
  • Dive or slide headfirst in the shallow part of a pool.
  • Dive across the narrow part of a pool
  • Run and dive
  • Dive from any place that is not specifically designed for diving
  • Engage in horseplay on sliding or diving equipment
  • Use diving equipment as a trampoline
  • Do a backdive. Backyard pools are not built for this style of diving.
  • Try fancy dives, keep it simple
  • Dive or slide headfirst at or through objects such as inner tubes.
  • Put diving or sliding equipment on a pool that wasn't designed for it.
  • Swim or dive alone
  • Dive into unfamiliar bodies of water.


If you have any questions please call us at 717-757-2828 or 717-630-2424