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Emergency Action Plan

Routine aquatic emergency procedures

As a Low Patronage facility it is a requirement that the GAC is supervised at all times by a staff member who has the minimum lifesaving qualifications. Unless there are more than 50 people in the pool and they are not included in a specific program, no lifeguard is required.

As a result, if there is an incident that requires the attention of the GAC supervisor and they are the only qualified lifequard, the pool must be cleared.

GAC Supervisors are advised to DELEGATE not HESITATE. Decide and decide quickly who can help give first aid, clear the pool or call for assistance.

  • First Aid can mean the difference between life and death of an individual.
  • Clearing the pool prevents endangering the lives of other patrons.
  • Calling for assistance gets the situation under control
Minor incident
Minor incidents include but are not limited to
  • Minor injuries that do not risk permanent injury or death.
  • Incidents that pose a threat to an individual or individuals, not all patrons
  • Situations that do not require evacuation of the facility
In the event of a minor incident, assess the situation then prioritise the following:
  • Render First Aid
  • Clear the pool
  • Call for assistance (GAC Manager/Health Centre)
  • Complete an incident report
The pool is considered to be overcrowded when the GAC Supervisor is unable to see all individuals clearly.

Bather loads are: main pool 333, learn to swim pool 20.

If there are more than 50 bathers in the pool, not including those involved in programs, then a lifeguard should also be on duty.

If the pool is overcrowded:

  • Clear the pool
  • Call for assistance (GAC Manager)
  • Only allow the patrons back in the pool once the bather/lifeguard ratio is resolved
  • Complete an incident report
Disorderly behaviour
Patrons are expected to abide by the pool rules that are clearly displayed in the pool area.

In the event of disorderly behaviour
  • Clear the pool
  • Ask the disorderly patrons to leave
  • Call for assistance (GAC Manager)
  • Complete an incident report
Lack of water clarity
Water clarity is considered poor when it is not possible to clearly see all patrons in the pool
In the event of a lack of water clarity
  • Clear the pool
  • Explain the problem to the patrons
  • Call for assistance (GAC Manager)
Chemical Irregularities
Chemicals are monitored by a link from the Plant Room to the GAC Office. Regular manual tests are carried out daily by the GAC Manager. There is a light outside the plant room that will flash if the monitoring system detects an irregularity.
In the event of a chemical irregularity
  • Clear the pool
  • Commence First Aid if required
  • Call for assistance (GAC Manager)
Major incidents
An incident considered to be life threatening for any and all individuals including
  • Suspected drowning
  • Suspected spinal injury
  • Cardiac incident
  • Head injury
  • Suspected broken bones
In the event of a major incident
  1. Apply First Aid
  2. Call 000 Ambulance (delegate)
  3. Clear the pool (delegate)