Secondary - Curricular 2021
- Only an “Introduction to Scuba” course to be taught.
- 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.
- Certified equipment must be safety-checked before every class (for example, mask is watertight, airway is unobstructed).
- Appropriate swimwear and footwear must be worn.
- Follow the rules of the pool/activity provider for the wearing of jewellery.
- No open water dives (for example, lakes, rivers, oceans).
- Use only a school, community or commercial pool facility.
- 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).
- A classroom session must be taught so that students are familiar with equipment and safety procedures.
- Students must adhere to the following rules:
- no running or pushing on deck
- no gum chewing
- no food in pool area
- stay clear of diving area
- no diving off deck into water less than 2.8m (9’) in depth
- no street shoes on deck
- students must ask permission to leave pool/swimming area
- All students must remain in the shallow end with a partner unless accompanied by an instructor.
- Showers must be taken before entering the water.
- Scuba diving instructional swim may include organized games, relays, etc., but cannot include an unorganized 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.
- Constant visual supervision by at least one instructor is required in deep end.
- On-site supervision for shallow end.
- Teacher or other school supervisor must accompany students to the pool, and be on deck.
- Close and frequent monitoring of change rooms must take place, but not by lifeguards.
Supervision Ratios for Instructional Time
Supervision Ratios for Recreational Time
Scuba Instructor Qualifications
- The scuba (underwater aquatic) instructor must hold an scuba instructor certificate and one current (the date on the certificate must not be older than two years) assistant lifeguard or lifeguard certificate. If the scuba instructor does not hold a lifeguard certificate or an assistant lifeguard certificate, a certified lifeguard must also be on deck during the aquatic instruction.
- Scuba Instructor Certificate:
- The National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI)
- The Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI)
- The Association of Canadian Underwater Councils (ACUC)
- Verified copies of certification must be available in the pool area.
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 Water Activities
Aquatic Instructor Qualifications for the Swim Test for Water Activities
Lifeguard and Assistant Lifeguard Qualifications for the Swim Test for Water Activities
Supervision Ratios for the Swim Test for Water Activities
Mon, 09/13/21 07:32 am