Health and Safety
Parent Supervision & Duty of Care
During Swim Club (from 3.00pm to approx 6.00pm) Club Officials are busy organising and running the day’s racing. It is therefore every parent’s obligation to supervise their own children.
Club Officials cannot see all that goes on during Club when they are busy running the meet.
If an accident or incident occurs during Club it is the responsibility of a parent to come and advise the front desk so it can be entered into the Incident Book and appropriate action taken.
We don’t have enough Officials to be everywhere so we rely on parents to also keep watch on what happens in and around the pool area. If you see something that should not be happening please come and tell us.
Parents you are responsible for your own and your children’s actions.
Whether during Weekly Swim Club, a Carnival, Championships or a Social Event it is the parent’s responsibility to supervise their children.
Warm Up Procedures
All swimmers need to be aware of the correct warm up procedures prior to racing on any Club day.
Lanes 1 & 2 – for swimers who just wish to play
Lanes 3 & 4 – for lap swimming NO diving
Lane 5 – for diving and swiming to the end of the pool only. Do not return down Lane 5
See diagram below.
For safety reasons please adhere to these rules so that everyone gets a fair chance to warm up prior to racing and no swimmer gets hurt.
Infectious Childhood Illnesses
Under Australian Health guildlines it is important to keep your child away from swimming if they are sufferring from any of the below listed illnesses.
Many of these illnessess spread very easily when in close contact with others either by touch, cough or sneeze.
Please consider others and for the health and safety of your fellow swimmers please keep your child at home if they are ill.
For your convenience the table below lists illnesses, symptoms and incubation period.
|Chicken Pox||Itchy red rash that can turn into fluid filled blisters. Fever, spots can be itchy. May have only a few spots or the whole body may be covered.||1 to 3 weeks|
|Conjunctivitis||Itchy eyes, discharge, inflammation, crusty lashes||3 to 5 days|
|Coughs, & Colds||Runny nose, feeling lethargic, sore throat||5 to 7 days|
|Ear Infections||A cold, temperature, pain in the ear, pulling or rubbing the ear||1 to 6 weeks|
|Croup||Barking cough when breathing, trouble swallowing||5 to 7 days|
|Fever||High temperature over 37.5 C||1 to 3 days|
|Gastroenteritis||Vomiting, diarrhoea, stomach cramps, nausea, fever, headaches, no appetite||3 to 7 days|
|Hand, Foot & Mouth||Highly contagious, fever, tiny blisters in the mouth, hands & feet, sore throat||7 to 10 days|
|Head Lice||Itchy scalp||2 to 5 days|
|Impetigo||Highly contagious skin sores & blisters||2 to 3 weeks|
|Influenza||Coughing, sneezing, fever, sore throat, muscle aches||1 to 4 weeks|
|Red rash, cough, sneeze||1 to 2 weeks|
|Painful swelling at the glands on the side of the neck, headache, joint pain & high temperature||1 to 2 weeks|
|Ringworm||Red circular rach with with clear skin in the middle, is contagious and easily spread.||1 to 2 weeks|
|Roseola||High fever followed by a rash, pink raised spots on the chest, tummy & back, sore throat, swollen glands||3 to 5 days|
|Rubella (German Measles)||Red/pink skin rash, swollen glands, sore throat & runny nose||15 to 20 days|
|Scarlet Fever||Coughing, sneezing, red rash, headache, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, swollen glands, all over body aches, whitish coating in mouth & tongue & red bumps on tongue||1 to 2 weeks|
|Slapped Cheek||Fever, runny nose, bright red rash on cheeks that spreads to arms and torso||1 to 20 days|
|Whooping Cough||Dry cough with a distinct “Whooping” sound, runny nose, high temperature, vomiting||6 to 21 days|
|Worms||Itchy bottom, disturbed sleep, irritability, tiredness and lack of interest in eating||2 to 6 weeks|
Peakhurst Swim Club also takes pool safety very seriously and to keep our swimmers and spectators safe these rules have been set in place.
General Pool Rules
- No Running
- No Pushing
- No Bombing
- No Diving at Shallow End
- No Hanging or Sitting on Lane Ropes
- No Smoking
- Young Children Swimming in the Pool Prior to Racing must be Supervised by a Parent
Indoor Ball Games
In the past there were some incidents with children playing with balls in and around the pool area during swimming races.
This may well be an accident but the occurrence can be:-
- a potential for a risk of injury to the swimmer
- a cause of distraction for the swimmer
- a potential to cause some conflict between swimmers and the parents of the parties involved
Incidents like this should not be occurring during club and especially during swimming races.
The President and Committee put the following rules in place to prevent any adverse incidents arising.
- no ball games be allowed within the pool area during club
- the referee be empowered to halt the meet and confiscate any ball found to be being used within the pool area, for the duration of the meet
- any club official/committee member can also confiscate any ball found to be being used within the pool area after the meet has commenced, again for the duration of the meet
Please adhere to these rules, and play your games outside, remembering not to miss the marshalling of your event. Missing your marshalling call will mean you will be DQ’d from your race.