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Pools and Spas

All public pools and spas are inspected every 3 months by public health inspectors. Public pools and spas must meet the Ontario Public Pools Regulation (R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 565) and the Ontario Public Spas Regulation (O. Reg. 428/05).
 
Year-round pools/spas are inspected at least four times per year and seasonal pools/spas are inspected at least twice per year.
 
 
Admission standards for public pools
Admission standards for Class A public pools with a lifeguard were developed by the Office of the Chief Coroner to help lifeguards ensure the safety of people in the pool:
  • Children under the age of 10 years who are non-swimmers must be accompanied by a parent or guardian who is at least 12 years of age and responsible for their direct supervision. The ratio of non-swimmers to parent/guardian may be a maximum of 4 bathers to one parent/guardian (4:1). The ratio of non-swimmers to parent/guardian may be increased to a maximum of 8 bathers to one parent/guardian (8:1) if lifejackets are worn by all non-swimmers in their charge.
  • Children under the age of 10 who are swimmers (able to demonstrate comfort in the water and pass the facility swim test) may be admitted to the swimming pool unaccompanied.
  • Children under the age of 6 years may not be admitted to the swimming pool unless they are accompanied by a parent or guardian who is responsible for their direct supervision, with a maximum of two children for each parent/guardian.
  • Guardians are responsible for the children in their care while in the facility and must directly supervise the children at all times.  
  • Ratios of instructors/lifeguards to bathers must also be maintained as per Ontario Public Pools Regulation (R.R.O. 1990, Reg. 565)
Class B Public Pools that do not require lifeguards (such as hotel pools)
still require bathers under twelve years of age to be accompanied by a parent or his or her agent who is not less than sixteen years of age.
 
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