Swimming Admission Policy 

West Dunbartonshire Leisure's Swimming Pool Child Admission Policy has been developed in accordance with national guidelines and industry standards.

The purpose of this child admissions policy is to help safeguard that group of pool users who historically are most at risk of drowning in swimming pools.  It is not intended to stop children having fun and enjoying swimming, nor is it intended to make life difficult for parents/carers.

Persons responsible for children under eight in the swimming pool must go into the water with the children they are accompanying and must maintain a constant close supervision of those children.

Ratio of adult supervision required during normal operation:

Ratio of adult supervision required during normal operation

  • Children under 4 years of age must be accompanied in the water and continually supervised by a responsible person aged at least 16 years, on a one adult to two children basis.  Both children should be wearing British standard or kite marked armbands.
  • Children aged between 4 and 7 years must be accompanied in the water and continually supervised by a responsible person aged at least 16 years, on a maximum of three children to one adult basis. Unless children are swimmers they should wear British standard or kite market armbands.
  • When more than on child is being supervised by one adult, children must wear armbands/float vets to BSEN13138 standard unless able to swim 25 metres and stand with head and shoulders clear of the water.

Special sessions have been programmed which will allow parents to bring additional children. An area of the shallow beach end of the pool will be sectioned off with a lane rope and within the sectioned-off area the following increased adult : child ratio is applicable.

  • Children under 4 years of age must be accompanied in the water and continually supervised by a responsible person aged at least 16 years, on a one adult to two children basis.  Both children should be wearing British standard or kite marked armbands.
  • Children aged between 4 and 7 years must be accompanied in the water and continually supervised by a responsible person aged at least 16 years, on a maximum of three children to one adult basis. Unless children are swimmers they should wear British standard or kite market armbands.
  • When more than on child is being supervised by one adult, children must wear armbands/float vets to BSEN13138 standard unless able to swim 25 metres and stand with head and shoulders clear of the water

These rules are designed to ensure maximum enjoyment in a safe environment and your co-operation is greatly appreciated.

Special session times are as follows:

  • Mon: 3.00pm –     5.55pm
  • Tues: 3.00pm –      5.55pm
  • Wed: 3.00pm –     5.55pm
  • Thurs: 3.00pm –    5.55pm
  • Sat: 10.30am –      11.25am
  • Sun: 10.30am –      11.25am

Note these session times may vary over holiday periods please check

Buoyancy Aids - Advice for parents / accompanying adults

Armbands: A good swim training aid

Ensure you have the correct size for your child, as this will reduce the likelihood of them slipping off and will provide the correct buoyancy for your child. Purchase armbands that are manufactured to the British Standard BS EN 13138: 2003         

Swim rings and inflatable toys:

These items require a child to grasp them for support and are only suitable for children that have some swimming ability. They should only be used as toys to encourage water confidence and must be supervised at all times.

Swim seats:

Commonly used for younger children and promotes false confidence in the supervisor. These items can capsize or the child can escape easily from them therefore a child must not be left unsupervised in swim seats.

Please ask at reception if you would like a copy of this information.