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Healthy swimming

Before entering the pool…

Parents with babies

Please use leakproof swim pants. If your baby has had a diarrhoeal illness in the last two weeks, it is recommended that you do not use the swimming pool. Ask for further advice.

  • Use leakproof swim-pants
  • No leaking nappies

Parents with young children

Please ensure your child uses the toilet and showers thoroughly using soap before they swim. If your child has had a diarrhoeal illness recently, it is recommended that they do not use the swimming pool. Ask for further advice.

  • Shower before entering the pool

Adults

Please ensure you use the toilet and showers thoroughly using soap before you swim. If you have had a diarrhoeal illness recently, it is recommended that you do not use the swimming pool. Ask for further advice.

  • Please do not use the pool if you have had a recent diarrhoeal illness
  • Diarrhoea can spread illness

The above recommendations are reproduced with permission of the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity

A good routine to keep the pool clean

  • I go into the changing rooms and store my clothes safely
  • I don’t forget to go to the toilet
  • I have a shower
    • I wash my body all over to make sure I don’t make the pool water dirty
  • I go through the foot spray
    • Or use the showers to make sure my feet don’t carry dirt into the pool
  • Now I can get in!
    • I won’t forget to get out and go to the toilet if I need to

I shouldn’t go swimming if I have...

  • A poorly stomach
  • A cold
  • A throat infection
  • An ear infection
  • An infectious skin condition or open wound

The above recommendations are reproduced with permission of the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity

Parent and baby swimming

What age is it safe and appropriate for a baby to be taken swimming in a public pool?

Babies display a natural affinity with water and have little or no fear of an aquatic environment, so we advise that you can take a child of six months swimming providing the conditions are right. However it is unwise to do so much before this as they become chilled very easily and chemicals used in pool water can be harsh to a baby’s delicate skin. Note that the immunisation programme given to babies does not affect their opportunity to go swimming as diptheria, polio, whooping cough and tetanus are not contracted in the chlorinated water of a well-run swimming pool.

Important points to bear in mind when babies start swimming:

  • Babies should not go swimming if they are ill, particularly if they have an illness causing diarrhoea. Wait for 10 days after the illness has cleared before going swimming.
  • Don’t go swimming with your baby if they have an infection, including a heavy cold or a skin or ear infection.
  • Babies should wait one hour after a feed before swimming.
  • The temperature of the pool is really important. This should be at least 30°C.
  • Please use the baby changing and nappy disposal facilities provided.
  • Babies should wear purpose-designed leakproof swim pants that will help to contain leakage in the event of accidental soiling.
  • Please ensure both you and your baby use the showers provided before swimming.

The above recommendations are reproduced with permission of the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity