Seven Steps to a Safer Pool

Originally published in NYSIR News – Spring 2000

Whether swimming is part of physical education class, the pool is used by the swim team and open for swim meets, or it is a community resource after school hours, pool rules need to be posted, followed and enforced. Enforcing these safety measures and following regular maintenance procedures ensures that a school pool is an asset, not a liability, for the district.

Develop a written safety plan and make sure everyone using the pool has read, understands and has signed an acknowledgment form.

  • Post the rules of the pool conspicuously in several different locations.
  • Lifeguards/Teachers should be certified in CPR/First Aid and Water Safety Instruction.
  • Balance pool pH and chlorine levels according to Department of Health guidelines. Keep records of this testing.
  • Store chemicals according to Department of Health regulations and train staff for proper handling of chemicals.
  • Maintain clear markings of depth and “No Diving” signs.
  • Test GFI (Ground Fault Interrupters) periodically around the pool.