Wear a bright coloured swimming cap at all times in the water. Note that Black, Dark Blue, Purple are NOT acceptable.
Carry a safety whistle
Be familiar with the basic safety requirements which are:
Sign the register
Do not swim over anybody else
Do not stop and cause obstruction around the buoys
Do not interfere with fisherman or other water users
Swim only around the marker buoys in an anti-clockwise direction
Use whistle only to attract lifeguard attention in case of emergency:
- one long whistle blast signifies an emergency. This may be repeated.
No diving off the jetty
Only exit water via slipway
Exit water before session time ends
For each session, each club must provide a person to assist the duty lifeguard in identifying club members for the register and maintaining observation of the lake. This person may be replaced by another member, but there must be at least two members of a club present (one swimming, one observing) for a swim to take place.
A register of swimmers will be kept by the council, the names of which will be provided by each club as being competent and safe to swim in the lake. This list can only be added to by the club’s named representative for submission to the duty lifeguard.
Each club must identify a representative(s) who will be the person that any general safety concerns are directed alongside any communication regarding site issues/meetings etc.
On the first visit to the lake, all swimmers should acclimatise for fifteen minutes in the area adjacent to the jetty to make sure they feel well enough to attempt a lap.
Accidents of any kind must be logged by the club and reported to the duty lifeguard as soon as possible.
In the event of a serious incident which requires the swimmers to exit the water and return to the jetty, a vehicle horn will be sounded for ten seconds intervals.
PLEASE NOTE THERE WILL BE NO SWIMMING:
Sun 22 June, Mon 23 June, Wed 25 June, Sun 29 June
Wed 27 Aug, Sun 21 Sept, Mon 22 Sept, Wed 24 September
FULLY APPROVED OPEN WATER SWIMMERS
The above are approved paid up members.
Anyone wishing to swim at Swan Pool will only be allowed to swim there if they join the Triathlon Club and have completed the criteria for open water swimming. So please join as soon as possible.
The safety measures set out by Sandwell Borough Council are to be adhered too. Failure to do so could mean they will not permit any Triathlon club to swim at Swan Pool. We must treat Dan with the utmost respect as he is doing us a service by being there. Dan's sole responsibility is for lifeguarding only and he is not responsible for, as he puts it kids, keys and animals. It is your responsiblity.
There have been changes to the Car Park. They have automated blocks as you go into the car park now instead of those awkward bollard things. The car park has been reduced to 50 spaces. It has been halved with a gate and this they now call the overflow car park. The trees have been cut back for more visibility.
We are looking at starting at the beginning of May but the water temperature was only 50 degrees and according to triathlon risk assessments the temperature for tri swimmers is 54 degrees. I think in the next week or so the temperature should go up.