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Swimming: Pool safety

Gyms and swimming pools now open

You must book before coming to a centre.

Fitness classes will not take place yet.

Reopening information

Contents

  1. Overview
  2. Swimming with children
  3. Pool safety
  4. COVID guidelines for keeping safe

Pool safety

Under 16s must be accompanied by a responsible person. 

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 Lifeguards 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 Teaching Pool due to the provision of 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 

  • 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. Child Admission Policy

See Swimming with children.

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. Bubble pools

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

8. Diving and jumping in the pools during public sessions

Diving

  • No diving in the Hebburn Central Teaching Pool
  • No diving in the Haven Point 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 Haven Point 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 (Haven Point)

Jumping (feet first entries)

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

9. Swimwear

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

10. Hygiene

  • Use the toilet and have a shower before entering the pool
  • Outdoor footwear must be removed or shoe covers worn in changing areas and on the poolside

11. 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

Next page: COVID guidelines for keeping safe 

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