Pool Admission Standards

Admission Standards for Public Pools were developed by the Office of the Chief Coroner to assist lifeguards and assistant lifeguards in maintaining adequate surveillance over the whereabouts and the activities of young bathers while they are inside the pool enclosure.

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care strongly supports these recommendations for the purposes of preventing injuries and fatalities.

  • Children under the age of 10 years who are non-swimmers must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is at least 12 years of age and responsible for their direct supervision. The ratio of non-swimmers to parent or guardian may be a maximum of 4 bathers to one parent or guardian (4:1). The ratio of non-swimmers to parent or guardian may be increased to a maximum of 8 bathers to one parent or guardian (8:1) if lifejackets are worn by all non-swimmers in their charge.
  • Children under the age of 10 who are swimmers (able to demonstrate comfort in the water and pass the facility swim test) may be admitted to the swimming pool unaccompanied.
  • Children under the age of 6 years may not be admitted to the swimming pool unless they are accompanied by a parent or guardian who is responsible for their direct supervision, with a maximum of two children for each parent or guardian. The ratio of non-swimmers to parent or guardian is 2:1 without lifejackets, and increases to 4:1 with lifejackets.
  • Guardians or group leaders are responsible for the children in their care while in the facility and must directly supervise the children at all times.
  • Guardians or group leaders should be at least 12 years of age.
  • Ratios of instructors/lifeguards to bathers must also be maintained as per Regulation 565.

Pool Policies

  • Mutual appreciation and respect between CK staff and users.
  • Upon hearing thunder or seeing lightning, the pool will be closed for 30 minutes.
  • Your belongings are your responsibility.

Pool Rules

  • Walk on deck to avoid injury. Street shoes not permitted on deck. Mats available in change rooms and lobby.
  • Hands-off environment - pushing, launching, dunking, etc. are not permitted.
  • Plastic water bottles only.
  • Life jackets to be fitted by pool staff to ensure proper fit. (Jump test - Ask us about it!).
  • Water wings must stay in shallow end with parents/guardians within arm's reach.
  • Infants/toddlers must wear little swimmers.
  • Everyone must jump or dive forward, 1 bounce, feet/arms first.
  • One (1) person on diving board at a time. Three (3) step take off is acceptable.
  • Children under 12 years of age not permitted in hot tub (Blenheim Gable Rees Rotary Pool).

Pool Fouling

Indoor Pools:

  • Lessons continue on deck.
  • Open Swim, pool will be cleared and patrons sent to the change rooms. Pool will re-open within a half hour if possible.

Outdoor Pools:

  • Lessons continue on deck.
  • Open Swim, pool is cleared and patrons sent to the change rooms. Pool will re-open within a half hour if possible.

Cloudy Pool

Indoor Pools:

  • Lessons continue on deck
  • Open swim, pool will be cleared, and closed at the recommendation of the lifeguards. Signs will be posted with re-opening time.

Outdoor Pools:

  • Lessons continue on deck
  • Open swim, pool will be cleared, and closed at the recommendation of the lifeguards. Signs will be posted with re-opening time.

Thunder and Lightning

Indoor Pools:

  • Lessons run as normal.
  • Open Swim runs as normal.

Outdoor Pools:

  • Lessons continue in the change room.
  • Open Swim will be delayed 30 minutes if thunder or lightning is seen or heard each time.

Heavy Rain

Indoor Pools:

  • Lessons run as normal.
  • Open Swim runs as normal.

Outdoor Pools:

  • Lessons continue in the change room until bottom of the pool is visible. Lessons will continue in light rain.
  • Open Swim, pool closed at the discretion of the lifeguards.

Swim Lesson Cancellation

  • All swimming lesson classes require a minimum of two (2) registrants per program.
  • If insufficient registrations, patrons can transfer to another lesson, transfer to private lessons, or receive a full refund/credit.

Compensation for Pool Closure

  • Lessons run as scheduled, no compensation given.
  • If Open Swim cancelled in first half hour, patrons receive one free swim.
  • If Open Swim cancelled after 1 hour or more, no compensation given.

Emergency Signals

One whistle blast

  • Please turn your attention to the lifeguards.

One long whistle blast

  • Please exit the pool and wait for further instructions from the pool staff.

Role of Lifeguards

  • Prevent emergency situations including incidents and injury.
  • Promote water safety education.
  • Provide leadership to the community.