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Swimmer Health and Safety

Tips for all swimmers

  • Upon entering the pool area, locate the first aid kit and safety equipment in case it’s needed.
  • Be sure the deck is in good repair and free of obstructions and debris.
  • Do not engage in boisterous activity or “horseplay” near the pool.
  • Before entering the pool, rinse your body off to help keep the pool water clean.
  • Use a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher and both ultraviolet (UV) A and B protection. Re-apply after swimming.
  • Don’t swallow pool water or get it in your mouth.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water after using the toilet.
  • Don’t enter the pool if you have diarrhea.


Tips for parents

  • Keep an eye on children 17 years old and younger at all times.
  • Make sure children wear life jackets. Don’t use air-filled swimming aids (like “water wings”) as life jackets.
  • Change diapers in the restroom, not at the poolside. Wash your hands with soap and water after a diaper change.
  • Take children for frequent bathroom breaks. Don’t wait for them to tell you they have to go.