Under 8s Policy
Under 8s Child Admission Policy for public swimming sessions - Adult responsibility.
Following a review by the Health & Safety Executive and the Institute Of Sport And Recreation Management on child admission, this is Sandwell Leisure Trust`s child admission policy.
Adult responsibility for using the Main pool
One adult can be responsible for two children aged 4 - 7 years old
One adult can be responsible for one child aged 0 – 3 years old
(In these circumstances, an adult can only be responsible for another child aged 8 and over.)
Adult responsibility for using the Small Pool
One adult can be responsible for three children aged 4 - 7years old.
One adult with one child aged 0 – 3 can be responsible for another child aged 0 - 7 years old.
Please see table below for easy ratio calculation for children under 8
Once admitted the Adult is expected to remain with any children at all times and will need to go into the water with them. Adults are also requested to remain in the same pool water with any children that meet the Swimming Competency Test criteria. Weak and non-swimmers will be asked to wear armbands to ensure safety during their time in the water.
Definition of an adult
An adult is a responsible person who is at least 16-years-old and can provide proof of their age if asked by staff.
Competent swimmers aged 7 and under
Children may be exempt from these ratios if they complete the Sandwell Leisure Trust Swimming Competency Test. The adult must still remain in the same pool with the children at all times.
Sandwell Leisure Trust reserves the right to request proof of a child’s age and request that a swimming competency test is conducted to ensure the best possible standard of health and safety and well-being for all our customers is maintained.