Campus Swimming Pools

UNB Reference Number: 7838
Authorized by: James Downey, President,
Effective Date: July 27, 1984
Revised: February 1996
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To outline provisions and procedures for obtaining assistance in case of a pool accident or emergency requiring medical attention.


All persons using campus swimming pools.


  1. Campus swimming pools are supervised by qualified* personnel at all times when open for use. These personnel will enforce necessary rules in the prevention of accidents.
  2. The Student Health Centre provides a health service for students and is designated as an emergency first aid centre for students injured on campus. However, it is recommended that any medical emergency involving students or employees be transported directly to the emergency room of the local hospital.
  3. The Security Office will provide emergency transportation, when necessary, for persons who are immobilized as a result of injury or illness while on campus, or will make the necessary arrangements for ambulance pick-up.
  4. Further information is located in the "UNB Aquatics Handbook".

* qualified personnel means persons currently certified as a National Lifeguard Service lifeguard; or Canadian Red Cross - Royal Life Saving Water Safety Instructors (II).


Follow an action plan for all potential accident emergency situations:

  • Primary response: one staff person (lifeguard or instructor) leaves his or her post and reaches the subject in distress immediately. Other persons assume assigned emergency duties.
  • Secondary response: the remaining persons assist the primary respondent, either by participating actively in the rescue, by readying necessary equipment, by beginning a follow-up plan of action, or by remaining at their assigned duties.
  • Assistance: Activate EMS (Emergency Medical System). Notify Security Office of situation.
  • Follow-up: supervise swimmers whether in or out of the water or in dressing rooms. Complete the accident report, including statements from witnesses.
  • Notification: inform appropriate persons in the organizational chain of responsibility of the incident.
  • Media Statement: a designated individual should release the official statement to the proper sources if this is necessary.
  • Analysis: study the incident and make any necessary modifications for future situations.

Pool Regulations

General Rules A pool is only as enjoyable as its patrons allow; regulations regarding admission and conduct must be observed for the safety and benefit of all. Instructors, lifeguards, and coaches are empowered to enforce all regulations.

  • Admission to the pool must be refused all persons having any contagious disease or infectious condition. Persons with abrasions, or unhealed wounds, band-aids, or bandages of any kind will not be admitted.
  • Swimming is permitted only under approved qualified supervision. (There must be qualified personnel on deck at all times).
  • All persons are required to take a shower before entering the pool.
  • All persons using the pool must wear suitable swim suits of acceptable material and design.
  • Personal conduct in the pool, showers and dressing rooms must be such that the health and safety of self and others is not jeopardized.
  • Diving Safety
    • No swimming or cross pool diving in diving area when boards are in use.
    • One person at a time on any diving stand.
    • Dive only when area is clear.
    • No board bounding or successive bouncing.
    • Dive in line with board. When resurfacing swim to nearest side.
  • No unauthorized articles or equipment are permitted in the pool area.
  • No glass containers, food, drink, gum or tobacco are allowed in the pool area.
  • Street and play shoes are not to be worn on the pool deck.
  • The following whistle signals are in force and apply to everyone in the pool area:

SHORT blast ATTENTION announcements and minor infractions.