Administration and Safety Officers
Administration Officers need no special qualifications but one hour training sessions are given as required. They have to check on admissions, administer minor first aid and must be over 18.
The First Safety Officers patrol the pool side and enforce all aspects of water safety, they have to be good swimmers aged 18 or over, and hold either a current National Pool Lifeguard Qualification, RLSS Bronze Medallion Lifesaving award or CCSC Safety Officer qualification. Classes are run during the summer at Comberton pool for the CCSC qualifications. They also need to attend one of the training/refresher sessions each spring.
The Second Safety Officers assist the First Safety Officers in patrolling the pool side but do not require the same level of skills. They should be good swimmers over 18 (over 16 if holding a Bronze Medallion) and be validated by the club Chief Safety Officer at the training/refresher courses held each spring. They are however encouraged to take the CCSC training course and become fully qualified Officers.
The rota for pool duties is sent to all member families. If any persons selected for a particular duty are unable to attend, it is THEIR responsibility to find a substitute from a suitably qualified club member. If the First Safety Officer does not turn up the pool will NOT open.
There will be a minimum of one First Safety Officer, one Second Safety Officer and two Administrative persons for each swimming session.
The First Safety Officer on duty has overall responsibility for maintaining safety in the pool and has absolute authority, even to closing the pool if required.
Maximum number of swimmers
A maximum of 100 swimmers are allowed in the pool at any time; this will not be exceeded for any reason. Safety officers may restrict numbers below this level if they feel that safety is affected.
Nobody is allowed to open, use the pool or equipment without a First Safety Officer present on pool side.
All members should be aware of the pool depths and layout (a plan and cross section can be found inside the back cover of this booklet).
Swimmers must leave the pool, or pool area at any time when instructed to do so by either Safety Officer. Failure to follow this instruction will automatically result in the withdrawal of the membership card or the cancellation of the "unaccompanied swimmer'' status.
Both Safety Officers must have a whistle while on duty.
One short blast: To attract a swimmer's attention.
Two short blasts: For Safety Officers to attract each other's attention. One long blast: The pool must be cleared IMMEDIATELY as an emergency may be in progress.
Acrobatics and Diving
Forward dives ONLY are permitted in the DEEP end of the pool and at the discretion of the Safety Officers. Backward dives, somersaults, running, jumping, bombing, games of tag, throwing people in the air, and climbing on shoulders are NOT ALLOWED.
Balls, Flippers, Snorkels, Bricks and Face Masks
These are not allowed during normal swimming sessions. Approved swimming goggles may be worn.
A soft football may be allowed at the discretion of the First Safety Officer with the agreement of adult swimmers when the bather load is low.
Watches and Jewellery
For safety reasons watches and wrist jewellery will NOT be worn by any swimmer. It is strongly recommended that earrings, rings and other jewellery are removed.
Inflatable armbands and Floats
Inflatable armbands are not allowed on swimmers' legs. No bather wearing inflatable armbands or a buoyancy aid is allowed in the deep end of the Pool.
Learner and Toddlers area
When learners are present in the pool five metres of the shallow end will be roped off to make a learner area.
Only learners, toddlers and those giving instructions are allowed in the learner area.
Non swimmers or weak swimmers must be accompanied IN THE WATER at all times by a responsible person.
Safety Officer recognition
Both Safety Officers should wear the club provided sweat shirts or T-shirt, and dress suitable for a possible water rescue.
Bona-fide swimsuits must be worn and no cut-off jeans, trousers, or T-shirts are allowed in the water. Babies and small children must also wear a swim costume or pants.
Swimmers with long hair should tie it back or wear a swimming cap.
No one may swim who is suffering from any infectious or discharging ailment or wearing a plaster.
In the event of a swimmer vomiting in the water the pool will be closed immediately and swimming will not resume for a period of 24 hours.
Length of duty
No Safety Officer must work for more than two and a half hours without a break.
Lack of Water Clarity
In the event of very poor visibility the pool will be closed and not re-opened until full water clarity has been attained.
NO smoking in the pool area.
NO spitting, in the pool or pool area.
NO litter may be left on the pool side.
NO glass articles in the pool area.
NO chewing gum or eating sweets in the pool.
Refreshment may only be consumed in the designated refreshment area.Lack of Water Clarity
Membership cards are NOT transferable and will be withdrawn by the committee if misused.
Young members having "unaccompanied status" may not bring in young members under 12 years old, guests or non members.
All members of the club should make themselves aware of the Normal Operating Plan and the Emergency Action Plan. Safety Officers should also read the Club Code of Safe Working Practice.
The Swimming Pool Committee does not accept any responsibility for loss or damage to any property left in the pool area or losses consequent upon such loss or damage, or for injury or death of any person except directly caused through the negligence of the Swimming Pool Committee.
Guests may not normally be admitted. An exception is made for occasional guests of member families who live more than 10 miles from Comberton; up to a maximum of four per visit and only when accompanied at all times by an adult member of the host family.
No amendments to the Normal Operating Plan or Emergency Action Plan will be made other than by the committee of Comberton Community Swimming Club.