We know swimming pools can be a bit confusing.
Here we explain what you need to know to get the most out of your water experience.
The pool must be safe for swimming When choosing a pool, you need some basic safety precautions.
The best way to ensure your water is safe is to follow the safety guidelines published by the Australian Institute of Water Safety (AIS).
Here are a few of the most important ones: Never swim in shallow water.
Swimming pools are shallow, and water levels in pools can drop quickly.
This is especially true if you are standing or lying down.
You should never swim in an area with pools that are more than 2 metres deep.
Swimmers should not swim in pools that have water that is higher than 8 per cent of their body weight in salt water.
You also shouldn’t swim in water that has more than 10 per cent salt in it.
Swim in a pool with plenty of surface water, such as rocks, sand, or gravel.
Swims in water with little surface water are dangerous, and should only be done if it is safe to do so.
Never swim with your head in the water.
Water in swimming pools is generally considered to be slightly colder than water on land, and is also considered to have more salt in the pool.
Always wear a life jacket.
Never go out at night without it.
If you are in a swimming pool and you have any symptoms of hypothermia, seek medical advice immediately.
Swearing is also strongly recommended, especially if you have asthma, diabetes, or kidney problems.
If your swimming pool has been closed due to water quality issues, you may need to contact your local council or city water supply authority to request an exemption.
The AIS advises you to read their guide on safety, then apply for an exemption if necessary.
Swimmable pools should be at least 2 metres from each other.
A pool can only be swimmable if there are no barriers separating the pool from the surrounding area.
It can also be swammable if a fence or other barrier is erected around the pool to prevent water entering the pool or the area around it.
Do not leave a pool unattended.
If a pool is closed, you should check the pool and its surrounding area for signs of an accident.
If signs of water damage are apparent, the pool is probably not safe to swim in.
If there are any signs of damage, ask the pool operator to report it to the AIS.
If the pool does not have signage or warning signs about its safety, it is probably unsafe to swim.
The swimming pool is not the safest place to swim, but it is always safest to have a safe swim.
If someone slips and falls, don’t run.
When you swim, your body weight is only touching the surface of the water and you don’t need to wear a swimming mask.
You are still swimming, but you are not touching the water at all.
Swell up the pool’s surface and gently brush your feet against the water’s surface.
Don’t worry if your feet feel cold.
Your feet should feel warm and moist, not cold.
If it feels cold, you might be too far out of breath.
When swimming, swim in a well-lit area with a clear view of the pool surface.
Do keep your eyes peeled for any signs that something is amiss.
If anything is suspicious, call the AAS on 1300 938 838.
Swimmer pool types There are two main types of swimming pools.
Some pools have different types of rules to make them safe.
For example, some pools have a fixed-capacity swimming pool where you are only allowed to swim up to a certain level, and some pools allow you to swim at a higher capacity and lower depths.
Swinging pool rules are different for each pool.
For instance, the Australian Rules Swimming Pool (ARSP) has a rule for swimming up to 6 metres, and the Australian Swimming Rules Swimmer Pool (ASRSP) is a higher-capacity pool with a fixed capacity of 12 metres.
How much does a swimming session cost?
The cost of swimming is typically around $10-15 per person.
Some pool operators charge extra for extra safety measures, such for instance, for people with heart conditions.
If swimming is a part of your job, it may be worth getting professional swimming lessons.
Get a swimming class and get in touch with a swimming coach to see if you need an appointment.
Some swimmers say that they feel more confident at swimming classes than in the pools they are used to.
But others say they have a lot more fun.
If anyone has any questions about swimming or their experience with swimming, they can contact the Australian Health and Medical Practitioners Council Swimming and Swimming Safety Centre.