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 City of Edmonton Safety Rules for Aquatic Facilities

The City of Edmonton is committed to doing everything we can to keep you and your loved ones safe while you enjoy City pools.

Our public awareness program, We’re All In This Together, reminds all swimmers about pool safety and reminds us all that it’s important to look out for each other.

Remember learning to swim is the best way to stay safe. The City offers swimming lessons and programs for all ages. For more information, visit Swimming and Aquatics or call 311.

We're All In This Together

Swimming pool safety - within arms reach
Please remember important safety rules like keeping children under 8 Within Arms Reach at all times.

Pool rules help keep everyone safe. The following guidelines apply at all City of Edmonton pools, and each pool might have additional rules. Please read all signs before swimming.

  • Learn to swim
  • Swim with a buddy
  • Know the water depth before entering a pool
  • Alert a lifeguard if you or someone else needs assistance
  • Keep children (under 8) within arms reach at all times
  • All children (under 8) must be accompanied by a responsible caregiver
  • The caregiver to bather ratio is 1 caregiver to every 3 bathers under the age of 8 years
  • The minimum age of a caregiver allowed in a facility to supervise the under 8 bathers is 15
  • Obey all pool rules

When visiting City pools, you’ll see new signs and hear pool safety announcements. Pay close attention because lifeguards will hold Pool Clear safety drills to help them prepare for real emergencies. The video shows what to expect if a Pool Clear occurs during your visit.

Important Things to Know When Visiting a City Pool

When You Arrive

  • You'll need to pay at the front desk and if you have questions ask the cashier or request an orientation to the facility.

  • Let the lifeguards know if you have medical problems such as a heart condition, epilepsy or diabetes.

  • Stay out of the pool area if you are ill with a cold, flu, stomach virus, bacterial infection or have a severe skin condition. Illness spreads quickly in swimming pools.

  • Anyone under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs will not be allowed into the facility and consumption of these substances is not permitted in the facility.

Swim Apparel

  • In partnership with the Lifesaving Society and in compliance with Alberta Health Services when bathing in a public pool, swimwear must be suitable for general participation in bathing and must not impair swimming skills. Swimwear may be made of different types of fabric as long as it does not put a user’s health at risk or interfere with pool water quality.

  • In the case of patrons, who for personal reasons cannot expose a part of their body, a modified version of traditional swimwear must be permissible as an alternative. For example, acceptable alternative swimwear could include footless tights, gymnastic leggings, tight-fitting undershirt, a tight-fitting hood that covers the head and neck with wide openings for the face, tight fitting sweater or pants, or a wetsuit.

    Burkinis and rash guards are examples of acceptable alternative swimwear as face and neck are uncovered and fabric is tight-fitting enough to not interfere with swimming skills. Hands and feet can move freely and there is an additional element of hygiene if hair is covered.

  • All swim apparel must be clean and brought to the facility for the purpose of swimming.

  • Prior to entering the pool, all patrons are required to take a cleansing shower in their swim apparel.

Change Rooms and Washrooms

  • As you enter the change room areas, please take off your shoes and pack away any food or drink you may have with you. Please use the washroom and shower before entering the pool area.

  • Make sure your young children who are not toilet trained are wearing waterproof diapers. These diapers are available from the cashier and should be changed, in the washroom, often.

  • Children six or older must use the change room appropriate to their gender or the family change room.

Aquatic Safety Cards

Aquatic Safety Cards are available in the following languages:

Arabic
French
Portuguese
Chinese (Simplified)
German
Punjabi
Chinese (Traditional)
Hindi
Somali
English
Italian
Spanish
Filipino
Polish
Vietnamese

Safety Messaging

Ways to keep safe while having fun all summer!

For More Information

Telephone

311

Email 311@edmonton.ca

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