Elementary - Curricular 2023
- For Class A pools.
- A correctly fitting and Transport Canada approved personal flotation (P.F.D.) device must be worn by identified non-swimmers.
- Electrical equipment (for example, MP3 players) must be properly grounded.
- Appropriate swimwear must be worn.
- Follow the rules of the pool for wearing jewellery.
- Use school or community swimming pools.
- Students with open cuts or sores must not be in the pool.
- Inform in-charge person on deck of any student with a medical history or any medical problems that may affect the student’s safety in water (for example, diabetes, asthma, heart condition, convulsions, epilepsy, frequent ear infections).
- Skill instruction can be followed by skill application (for example, relay activities, tag games which incorporate skills). This is considered to be part of the instructional program – not recreational/free swim.
- Students must adhere to the following rules:
- no running or pushing on deck
- no gum chewing
- no food in pool area
- no diving off deck or blocks into water less than 2.75m (9’) in depth
- no street shoes on deck
- students must ask permission to leave pool/swimming area.
- Showers must be taken before entering the pool.
- During recreational swim, students must not use a mask, snorkel or scuba equipment.
- Instructional swim may include organized games (for example, relays) but cannot include an unorganized recreational/free swim.
- Teachers must be knowledgeable of the school board’s procedures for emergency, accident or injury in a pool.
- Emergency procedures must be outlined to students prior to entering the water.
- On-site supervision is required.
- A teacher or other school supervisor must accompany pupils to the pool, and be on deck or in the pool.
- Close and frequent monitoring of change rooms must take place, but not by the lifeguard.
Supervision Ratios for Instructional Time
Supervision Ratios for Recreational Time
- The Ontario Public Pool Regulation 565 mandates that during recreational/free swims every owner and every operator of a Class A pool must ensure that there is a process in place to ensure a guardian or designated person supervises children under 10 years of age. The process must include a swimming competency test and a method of communicating the requirements of the process. Prior to the implementation of a recreational/free swim, refer to your school board process to address this requirement.
Aquatic Instructor Qualifications
Lifeguard and Assistant Lifeguard Qualifications
- At least one aquatic instructor, lifeguard, or assistant lifeguard must have a minimum of a current (not more than three years prior to the day on which the holder is on duty) first aid certificate (standard or higher) issued by one of the following agencies: St. John Ambulance; Canadian Red Cross; Lifesaving Society; Canadian Ski Patrol; or an organization whose certificate is deemed equivalent by the medical officer of health in the local health unit.
Swim Test for Shallow and Deep Water
Aquatic Instructor Qualifications for the Swim Test for Shallow and Deep Water
Lifeguard and Assistant Lifeguard Qualifications for the Swim Test for Shallow and Deep Water
Supervision Ratios for the Swim Test for Shallow and Deep Water
Fri, 01/26/24 10:30 am