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Water Polo

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Secondary - Interschool 2018

Higher Risk Activity

Also consult the Secondary Curricular Swimming – Synchronized Swimming page.

All pools are governed by the Ontario Public Pools Regulation 565. Sections of this regulation have been highlighted, as they are of the utmost importance for the safety of students as they participate in swimming programs.

Equipment

A fully stocked first aid kit must be readily accessible. (Consult Appendix D – Sample First Aid Kit)

A working communication device (e.g., cell phone) must be accessible.

Determine that all equipment is safe for use (e.g., no sharp edges, sharp corners, cracks, or splinters). Students must be encouraged to report equipment problems to the coach.

Standard safety equipment as stated in pool regulations (e.g., ring buoys, reaching poles, spinal boards, etc.).

Must have accessibility to standard safety equipment as stated in Ontario Public Pools Regulation 565.

Clothing/Footwear/Jewellery

Appropriate swimwear and footwear must be worn. Water polo caps with protective ear cups. Device to keep hair from obstructing vision (e.g., elastic).

The wearing of jewellery during practices and competitions must meet the rules of the governing body of the sport/activity, OFSAA, and local athletic association. Consult the Fundamentals of Safety when jewellery is not addressed by the governing body of the sport/activity, OFSAA or the local athletic association.

Long hair must be secured. Devices (e.g. hair pins, clips and barrettes) used to tie back long hair must not present a safety concern.

Facilities

Backyard pools must not be used.

School or community swimming pool.

Determine that all facilities are safe for use. Students must be encouraged to report facility problems to the coach.

Pool deck must be kept clear of obstacles and excess water.

Special Rules/Instructions

Be aware of students whose medical condition (e.g., asthma, anaphylaxis, casts, previous concussion, orthopaedic device) may affect participation. (Consult Fundamentals of Safety)

Inform referee of any athletes having any medical problems that may affect their safety in the water.

Coach/Teacher Supervisor must inform in-charge person on deck of any athlete with a medical history (e.g., diabetes, asthma, frequent ear infections) or any medical conditions that may affect the student’s safety in the water.

Students must not participate in the activity until they receive information on concussion prevention specific to the activity, inherent risks of the activity (e.g. outline possible risks and ways to minimize the risks), and procedures and rules for safe play. Students must receive instruction on the importance of reporting symptoms related to a suspected concussion.

Refer to the school board’s transportation procedures related to communicating with parents/guardians the location of an off-site activity and the means of transportation used as well as to the need for obtaining parent/guardian permission.

Previous training, fitness level and the length of time and intensity of physical activity must be taken into consideration.

The activities must be based on skills that are taught.

The skills must be taught in proper progression.

A proper warm-up and cool-down must be included.

Fair play and rules of the sport must be taught and strictly enforced.

Fingernails must be closely trimmed.

Water polo instructional swim may include organized games (for example, relays) but cannot include an unorganized free swim.

Adequate liquid replacement (personal water bottles, water fountains) must be accessible for students before, during and after physical activity to prevent dehydration.

Swim Test for Water Activities

Prior to participating in water polo, students must successfully complete the following swim test in its entirety:

  • rolling entry (backwards or forward) into deep water at 2.75m (9’) minimum depth
  • tread water for 1 minute
  • swim 50m (164’) continuously any stroke

The components of the swim test must be completed in sequence and without any aids or stops.

The test must be administered by a certified aquatic instructor (test is based on the Lifesaving Society’s Swim to Survive™ Standard).

The swim test must be completed within the school year in which the activity is taking place.

In lieu of completing the swim test, students may provide proof of Bronze Medallion certification or higher.

Results of the swim test must be documented and communicated as per school board policy (e.g., to the student, teacher, principal, parents/guardians, trip guide(s), lifeguards, aquatic instructor, and outside provider [if applicable]).

Students who do not pass the swim test or who do not have the aforementioned certification must not participate in Water Polo.

Supervision

Constant visual supervision is required.

Ratio of certified lifeguard to athlete: 2 lifeguards per 1-50 athletes.

Coaching Qualifications

The head coach must demonstrate knowledge of the sport, skills and strategies to the principal or designate.

All coaches must be familiar with and implement where applicable the criteria outlined in Appendix P – Coaching Expectations.

At least one water polo coach must possess one of the following coaching qualifications:

  • NCCP Community Sport Coach – Community Club Coach Course (formerly “I Love Water Polo”)
  • NCCP Competition Coach – The Practice Coach Course
  • Accreditation as a NCCP Water Polo Learning Facilitator
  • Completion of water polo NCCP level 1 and/or level 2 certification in the past
  • Attendance at a clinic or workshop within the last three years provided by an instructor who is knowledgeable of the activity (e.g., appropriate skills and progressions), and where safety is addressed as outlined in the Ontario Physical Education Safety Guidelines.
  • Past experience within the last 3 years as a coach in water polo, having knowledge of the activity (e.g., appropriate skills and progressions) and current safety practices as outlined in the Ontario Physical Education Safety Guidelines.

For more information on sport-specific NCCP training please visit coach.ca.

Aquatic Instructor Qualifications for the Swim Test for Water Activities

Aquatic instructors must hold one current (to be current, the date on the certificate must not be older than two years) aquatic instructor certificate and one current assistant lifeguard or lifeguard certificate. If the aquatic instructor does not hold a lifeguard certificate or an assistant lifeguard certificate, a certified lifeguard must also be on deck during the aquatic instruction and/or swim test.

Aquatic Instructor Certificates:

  • Canadian Red Cross - Water Safety Instructor Certificate
  • Lifesaving Society - Instructor Certificate
  • Lifesaving Society - Swim Instructor Certificate
  • YMCA - Instructor Certificate
  • Ontario Teachers Aquatic Standard (OTAS) - for pool situations only

Lifeguard Certificates:

  • Canadian Red Cross - Pool Lifeguard
  • Lifesaving Society - National Lifeguard - Pool
  • Equivalent certificate approved by Minister of Health and Long Term Care

Assistant Lifeguard Certificates:

  • Canadian Red Cross - Assistant Lifeguard
  • Lifesaving Society - Bronze Cross
  • Equivalent certificate approved by Minister of Health and Long Term Care

Aquatic Instructor Qualifications for the Instructional Time

Aquatic instructors must hold one current (to be current, the date on the certificate must not be older than two years) aquatic instructor certificate and one current assistant lifeguard or lifeguard certificate. If the aquatic instructor does not hold a lifeguard certificate or an assistant lifeguard certificate, a certified lifeguard must also be on deck during the aquatic instruction and/or swim test.

Aquatic Instructor Certificates:

  • Canadian Red Cross - Water Safety Instructor Certificate
  • Lifesaving Society - Instructor Certificate
  • Lifesaving Society - Swim Instructor Certificate
  • YMCA - Instructor Certificate
  • Ontario Teachers Aquatic Standard (OTAS) - for pool situations only

Lifeguard Certificates:

  • Canadian Red Cross - Pool Lifeguard
  • Lifesaving Society - National Lifeguard - Pool
  • Equivalent certificate approved by Minister of Health and Long Term Care

Assistant Lifeguard Certificates:

  • Canadian Red Cross - Assistant Lifeguard
  • Lifesaving Society - Bronze Cross
  • Equivalent certificate approved by Minister of Health and Long Term Care

Lifeguard Qualifications

An individual over the age of 16 (e.g. teacher, instructor, trip guide, volunteer) must have a current (to be current, the date on the certificate must not be older than two years) lifeguard certificate issued by one of the following organizations:

  • Canadian Red Cross - Pool Lifeguard
  • Lifesaving Society - National Lifeguard – Pool
  • Equivalent certificate approved by Minister of Health and Long Term Care

A student may not act as a lifeguard if they are participating in the activity.

Supervision Ratios for the Swim Test for Water Activities

There must be a minimum of two certified aquatic instructors on deck or in the pool.

Supervision ratio is 2 certified aquatic instructors per 50 students, with both instructors also certified as lifeguards or one lifeguard and one assistant lifeguard.

In situations where there are 51-75 students, an additional certified aquatic instructor is required.

If assistant lifeguards are used, the number of assistant lifeguards may never exceed the number of lifeguards on deck.

Supervision Ratios for Instructional Time

There must be a minimum of two certified aquatic instructors on deck or in the pool.

Supervision ratio is 2 certified aquatic instructors per 50 students, with both instructors also certified as lifeguards or one lifeguard and one assistant lifeguard.

In situations where there are 51-75 students, an additional certified aquatic instructor is required.

If assistant lifeguards are used, the number of assistant lifeguards may never exceed the number of lifeguards on deck.

First Aid

The individual who takes responsibility for providing first aid to injured athletes must:

  • as a minimum, have a current first aid certification from a recognized first aid provider (e.g., St. John Ambulance , Red Cross) that includes CPR B or C and training in head, neck and spinal injury management;
  • be in the area and readily accessible during the entire practice/competition;
  • follow their school’s First Aid Emergency Response (consult Appendix E - Sample First Aid Plan and Sample First Aid Emergency Response);
  • follow their school board's concussion protocol for a suspected concussion; and
  • not be a participant in the activity.

Also see Fundamentals of Safety section to view complete safety requirements.