Central Otago Swim Centres
Supervision Rules from 1 July 2023
- Children under five years old must be within arm’s reach and under constant supervision by a responsible caregiver over the age of 16 years in the pool at all times. A caregiver must not have any more than two children under five in their care at any time.
- Children under the age of 10 must be actively supervised by a responsible caregiver over the age of 16 years at all times.
- Actively supervised means having a direct line of sight on the child at all times and able to provide immediate assistance.
Safety comes first. All pool crew would insist that parents and caregivers meet their supervision responsibilities. Reading and using cell phones is not acceptable behaviour when supervising children under 10 years of age.
From 1 July 2023, the Council will be introducing orange and purple wristbands so that lifeguards can immediately identify children in the target age groups.
Orange wristbands for under 5s - to remind parents and caregivers to always remain within arm’s reach. This includes the toddler pools.
Purple wristbands for children aged 5-9 years - to remind parents and caregivers to watch their children at all times.
Frequently asked questions
My under-5 is a good swimmer, why do I have to keep them within arm’s reach, and what about the toddler pool, the water is not even deep?
Children under the age of 5 years old usually play in shallow areas, keeping them within arm’s reach means you can prevent them from falling over, going too deep, and getting into difficulty. It has been reported that it only takes 20 seconds for a child to drown.
Why does my child have to wear a wristband?
This helps pool crew to quickly identify children’s age, and that a caregiver is also looking after that child. The wristbands also increased awareness and serve as a reminder that the child is in the high-risk age group.
How will this affect my child at swimming lessons?
All 5–9-year-olds will need to be escorted to and from lessons by a parent or caregiver. They are also required to wear a wristband to swimming lessons.
My Child is already supervised by the Swim Instructor can I leave the building or go for a swim.
No, if your child in under 10, you must be Actively Supervising at all times.
What happens if the rules aren’t followed.
We will work hard to make sure everyone understands this policy and why it's important. If we come across people who do not follow these rules, we we'll educate them. However, children will not be allowed in the water if they are not accompanied by a caregiver. If violations of this policy continue, individuals may be asked to leave the facility for the safety of their children and all users.
Why am I expected to provide immediate assistance, isn’t that what’s the lifeguards do?
It’s pool crew’s role to supervise everyone using the facility. As a parent or caregiver, you know your child and their limits better than the staff do. If you see your child getting out of their depth, or moving away from your supervision, you can best direct them back to a safer area.
The following pools are summer pools only. Ranfurly Pool is a Council facility and the other three pools (Millers Flat, Ophir and Roxburgh) are community run facilities.