Swimming

Swimming activities include:

  • swimming at pools (public and private), patrolled surf beaches, sea, river, other open water
  • snorkelling in water under shoulder deep
  • water slide

Who Can Participate?

Open to all members.

Safety Rules

In addition to the General Rules for all Adventure activities the following specific rules for swimming activities must be adhered to.

Swimming place requirements:

  • The swimming area must be clearly defined.
  • Water must be clean and free of hazards such as snags and floating debris.
  • Non-contact rescue aids such as floatation aids, poles or ropes must be available.
  • Swimming is not permitted on unpatrolled surfing beaches.
  • Swimming is only permitted when the depth of water is appropriate, considering the swimming ability of the participants.

The location of all emergency services must be known.

Supervision Requirements

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The lifesaver will not participate in swimming while on duty.

A buddy system should be used, that is, pairing each girl with another of similar ability.

Leader-in-Charge

The responsibility for activities rests with the Leader/Manager or Adviser concerned.

The Leader-in-Charge of the activity must:

  • be responsible for organising the swimming activity;
  • be responsible for the safety of the swimmers;
  • be in attendance for the entire swimming period;
  • appoint a lifesaver(s) with appropriate qualifications; and
  • appoint a responsible adult to act as Leader during the swimming period if she herself is the lifesaver.

Lifesaver

  • An event requiring a lifesaver must have a Primary Lifesaver who is a responsible adult.
  • The Primary Lifesaver may be assisted by a Secondary Lifesaver, who is a minimum of 14 years of age.
  • A Secondary Lifesaver is to work under the supervision of the Primary Lifesaver, and is not to be the sole or primary lifesaver.
  • No Lifesaver is to participate in swimming activities whilst on duty.
  • Any Lifesaver is to hold the required qualifications as follows:

Surfing beaches
Royal Life Saving Society Australia Patrol Lifeguard or Surf Life Saving Australia Limited lifesaver on duty or equivalent.

Sea, rivers and other open water
Royal Life Saving Society Australia Patrol Lifeguard or Surf Life Saving Australia Limited Bronze Medallion or higher award or equivalent.

Still water or not fast-flowing
If over shoulder deep: Royal Life Saving Society Australia Bronze Medallion or equivalent.
If less than shoulder deep: Royal Life Saving Society Australia Resuscitation Award or equivalent.

Public Swimming Pools
Royal Life Saving Society Australia Bronze Medallion or higher award (or equivalent).
The official lifesaver at the pool is acceptable.

Private Swimming Pools
Royal Life Saving Society Australia Dry Rescue or higher award (or equivalent) and either Royal Life Saving Society Australia Resuscitation Award or know how to perform cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR), have had instruction under qualified supervision on a manikin and shown practical proficiency. Competency in CPR must be demonstrated in accordance with State legislation.

Reassessment of qualification must be in accordance with the requirements of Royal Life Saving Society Australia and Surf Life Saving Australia Limited or equivalent.

Notification Forms Required

Leader-in-Charge to note the risks and mitigation strategies on the program by answering the following questions:

  • What are we going to do?
  • What could happen?
  • How can we make it safe?

Leader-in-Charge must receive from each participant:

Last Modified: 22/06/17 at 12:30 PM