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Stanley Leisure Centre Swim Admissions Policy

Stanley Leisure Centre Admission Policy aims to safeguard swimmers that are most at risk when using the wet side facilities.

The maximum number of bathers allowed in the pool is 60. No further members of the public are to be admitted until this number decreases.

All children under the age of eight must be accompanied by a responsible person, aged at least sixteen.
The responsible person will go into the water with the children they are accompanying, maintain direct control and a constant watch over the children especially those who are weak or non-swimmers.

Any children between the ages of 8-12 years’ who wish to attend the swimming pool unaccompanied must complete an Angel Fish Award.

Public Sessions

1. Children aged 0-7 years (inclusive) – one adult can supervise two children within this age range
2. All children under the age of 8 must be accompanied in the water by a responsible person, aged at least 16 years of age.
3. Any children between the ages of 8-12 years who wish to attend the swimming pool unaccompanied must complete an Angel Fish Award.
4. Any unaccompanied children ages 8-12 years are limited to a maximum of 2 hours swim per visit.

Young Family Sessions

1. Children aged 0-7 years – one adult can supervise two children within this age range.
2. These are family sessions specifically for Parents with Young Children. Supervision ratios remain the same as Public sessions. Additional children age 8 up to a maximum age of 10 years can also attend with their parent in addition to two supervised children providing they have obtained their Angel Fish Award.
3. Admission is conditional on non-swimmers wearing arm bands or other suitable buoyancy aids which are appropriate to the age and abilities of the child.
4. These sessions are relaxed sessions so as such no diving or unsupervised jumping will be permitted. No unsupervised children of any age will be admitted.

Aqua-run Sessions

1. Children aged 0-7 years (inclusive) – one adult can supervise one child within this age range.
2. All children under the age of 8 must be accompanied in the water by a responsible person, aged at least 16 years of age.
3. Any unaccompanied child between the ages of 8-12 years must be in possession of an Angel fish card.

Angel Fish Award

All children 8-12 years must complete an Angel Fish Award before attending the swimming pool unaccompanied.
The Angel Fish Award can be taken at any time and takes just ten minutes to complete.
Any swimmer who wishes to do the award needs to inform the on duty life guard. Upon successful completion the child will be awarded with their Angel Fish card which they must present at reception every time they wish to go swimming unaccompanied.

Health & Wellbeing
Customers that have experienced sickness or diarrhoea within the previous 48 hours are not permitted to enter the swimming pool. Swimmers with known medical conditions that may compromise safety should seek medical advice prior to their visit.

CIMSPA guidance for parents

(To be read in conjunction with Stanley Leisure Centres Admission Policy above)
The following guidance outlines recommendations for parents when using swimming pools with children. Operators of swimming pools, following similar guidance, will have produced rules to ensure the safety of all users. Compliance with these rules is of paramount importance to ensure everyone can use the facilities safely.

Please ask for a copy of the rules from the pool you wish to swim at so you can ensure you understand and comply with the operator’s requirements.

1. All children under the age of eight should always be accompanied in the water and changing rooms during public swimming sessions by a parent. Such sessions are those that are open for public recreational swimming as opposed to those under the direct control or instruction of a group organiser or class teacher/coach where different rules may apply.
2. A parent is defined as someone over the age of sixteen or younger if the person is the biological parent of the child or children. The parent must be in the water with the children. They must maintain a constant watch over them and be in close contact with those of the children who are weak or non-swimmers. Parents who are supervising children must themselves determine that they have the required competencies to undertake this task.
3. Parents should be aware that operators, when looking at their own facilities and considering the guidance offered, will implement rules they feel best suits their individual circumstances. Parents would be advised, therefore, to make appropriate inquiries if the pool isn’t one they are familiar with.

As a starting point, the ratio of parent supervision for all children under eight should be 1:2. This ratio may be increased subject to the pool and its features (teaching pool, shallow waterpools, use of approved swimming aids etc.), but should never be more than 1:3. Circumstances (flumes, wave machines, inflatables etc.) may even require a 1:1 ratio.

The operator will consider a multitude of factors for increasing ratios including the following:

1. The activity takes place in a designated safe area e.g. shallow pool, teaching pool, roped of shallow area of a standard pool etc.
2. Approved floatation devices are worn by weak and non-swimmers.
3. Any child not in an approved floatation device shall either be a babe in arms or who can demonstrate a standard of swimming ability in excess of the minimum set by the National Curriculum Key Stage 2 requirements and/or the ASA Learn to Swim Framework Phase 7 or equivalent. (Or in receipt of an Angel Fish Card – SLC Requirement)

Similarly, factors that might be taken into account when deciding to decrease the ratio of parent/child supervision to 1:1 include:

1. The parent is unable to maintain a constant watch and/or be in close contact with more than one of the children.
2. A busy pool environment with a number of features or other factors determined by the pool operator (e.g. wave machine, waterslides, multi-pool layouts), where there is a realistic risk of the party being separated and as a result of which parents cannot maintain close supervision.
3. Parents should also be aware that children over the age of eight, particularly those who cannot swim or are weak swimmers, may also require supervision of a similar level. Those responsible for the children must therefore consider the swimming abilities of all children and the appropriate supervision required, and heed the advice/instruction of the swimming pool staff.
4. Parents accompanying children to a pool should be able to take under eights into an ‘opposite sex’ changing room or alternative facilities should be provided. It is reasonable to assume that a child deemed too young to swim unaccompanied is also too young to look after him or herself in a changing room or to change unaccompanied.
5. Parents are advised to use only approved floatation devices compliant with BSN 13138 parts 1-3 – Buoyant Aids for Swimming Instruction as confirmed by the CEN mark.



Opening Hours

Monday 6am to 9pm

Tuesday 6am to 9pm

Wednesday 12noon to 9pm

Thursday 6am to 9pm

Friday 6am to 8pm

Saturday 8am to 6pm

Sunday 8am to 8pm