Case 269 – Children not allowed to jump into pool less than 900mm deep

Issue

Children attending beginners swimming lessons are not allowed to jump into water less than 900mm deep.

Panel decision

Health and safety legislation does not include any specific requirements about the minimum depth of water needed for children to jump into a swimming pool but the Amateur Swimming Association recommends a depth of 1 metre. This guidance is sensible as children (and others) can sustain injuries (typically to foot, leg or lower spine) if they jump into shallow water and hit the bottom of the pool.

Article source: http://www.hse.gov.uk/myth/myth-busting/2014/case269-children-swimming-lessons.htm