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Haven Point Pool Safety Code

Maintenance taking place from 9 - 22 December

The leisure waters and teaching pool will be closed from Monday 9 to Sunday 22 December to carry out high level cleaning and maintenance, as part of our annual maintenance programme.

All other facilities including the main pool and changing areas will remain open as usual.

Christmas and New Year opening times

To view the Christmas and New Year opening times for Haven Point and other leisure facilities in South Tyneside please see:

Christmas and New Year opening times

1. Ready for exercise

  • Take advice from your doctor if you have heart trouble or other medical conditions such as Epilepsy, Diabetes or Asthma and notify staff if you suffer from any of these conditions
  • Don't swim straight after a meal or if you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • For extra safety swim with a companion
  • Only swim within your limits
  • Weak or non-swimmers must remain within their standing depth of water

2. Follow the rules

  • Look out for safety notices around the pool areas
  • Always follow the Lifeguard's instructions

3. Pool awareness

Be aware of the pool environment, for example: -

  • Check water depths and how the pool slopes. Customers should note that water depths will vary in the Main Pool and Teaching Pool due to a moveable pool floor and should therefore always check the water depths.
  • Pool surrounds can become slippery - don't run on them

4. Be sensible

  • Have fun but don't be silly
  • Boisterous behaviour, ducking and bombing can be dangerous
  • Avoid holding your breath
  • Don't attempt long distances under the water
  • Always avoid shouting as it can distract others in an emergency

5. Supervision of young children

Children under the age of 8 must be supervised at all times by a person 16 years or older, who is responsible and competent enough to ensure the safety and wellbeing of any child in their care.

Our adult to child swimming ratios are:

  • Children aged 0 to 4 years - 1 adult : 1 child
  • Children aged 5 to 7 years - 1 adult : 2 children
  • Children aged 8 years + - No supervision needed

6. Play equipment and water features

  • During certain periods, inflatable play equipment and water features are present in the pool. When using this equipment be sensible, safe and follow instructions given by Lifeguards
  • Snorkels, face-masks and flippers are not permitted during public sessions

7. Poolside Bubble Pool

Children under 8 years must be under adult supervision when using the Bubble Pool

8. Diving and jumping in the pools during public sessions

  • No diving in the Leisure Pool or Teaching Pool
  • Diving is permitted in the Main Pool into water depths of 1.5m and above. Customers should note that water depths will vary in the Main Pool due to a moveable pool floor and should therefore always check the water depths
  • No diving from the raised poolside section of the Main Pool

9. Jumping (Feet first entries)

  • No jumping into the Leisure Pool
  • Jumping into the Main Pool and Teaching Pool is permitted where the water depth is 1.0m and above
  • No jumping from the raised poolside section of the Main Pool
  • No running jumps

10. Swimwear

  • Only appropriate swimwear is permitted
  • In exceptional circumstances, items of clothing may be permitted at the discretion and approval of the pool management

11. Hygiene

  • Use the toilet and have a shower before entering the pool

12. Help the Lifeguards

  • Always be aware of others in the pool and watch for children and non-swimmers
  • Attract the attention of Lifeguards if you think someone is in difficulty and assist whenever possible by remaining calm and following instructions given to you

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