With the summer holidays now upon us, all we need now is some sunshine so that local and visiting families alike can make the most of our beautiful pool!
After the extremely busy period we had with last month’s heatwave, though, we do need to issue a reminder about the importance of parents and guardians supervising their children at the pool.
It is extremely important that children under eight years old are accompanied in the water by a responsible adult. Our lifeguards are on duty to ensure the safety of all pool users, but young children understandably require an increased amount of supervision and this is not something that they can provide without your assistance.
There have been a number of cases this year where very young children – non-swimmers – have been allowed to enter the pool alone whilst parents remained on the deck, often with their attention elsewhere. Even when children are wearing floatation devices this is extremely dangerous – in fact floatation devices can give a false sense of security to both parent and child, and should never be a substitute for close adult supervision.
Our new User Code of Conduct clearly states the need for parents to remain responsible for their children at all times, and for a responsible adult to accompany under eights in the water. Our lifeguard team have been asked to take this extremely seriously, and will be required to ask people to leave the site if they do not adhere to this rule.
We are all working extremely hard to make Shoalstone Pool a safe and fun environment for people of all ages, but we need you to help us to make sure this is possible.
Any queries about this rule should be emailed to the directors at firstname.lastname@example.org.