Change to Under 7 Admission Procedure at Pool

As of March 22nd, 2019, all children 7 years and younger will receive a wristband upon admission to the Dr Duncan Murray Aquatic Centre. This is being used as a tool to help the Lifeguards identify children who should be within arms reach of a caregiver.

Caregivers play a crucial role in keeping children safe when in, on or around water. Supervision involves being able to touch, see and hear children. Did you know that on average 60% of children who drown are alone? Half of the children who drown are unsupervised (supervision present but distracted or supervised by minors only). Absence or lapse of adult supervision is a factor in most child drownings.

While lifeguards may intervene when witnessing unsafe child behaviours not related to swimming in the facility, their role and attention must be dedicated to the protection of life and health of facility users. Their role in our facility is not to monitor the behaviour of our users, but to keep them safe – if a lifeguard believes your child is in need of direct supervision to allow safe use of the facility, you will be required to supervise your children directly.

If you have any additional questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the Aquatic Supervisor at 780-740-8063.

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