Audit

SUPERVISION

CRITERIA: All lifeguards must hold current and valid PLSA or PLPC

HOW: Sight current and valid PLSA or PLPC certificates for all lifeguards

ESSENTIAL COMPONENTS:
* Evidence that all staff have undergone PLSA or PLPC training and assessment
* Evidence that all PLSA lifeguards have completed an induction PRIOR to working on Poolside
* The PLPC assessment has taken place and paperwork sent to Skills Active within one month of starting work on Poolside
* NOP must clearly state that lifeguards who do not hold a current and valid PLSA (for one month from date of starting on poolside) or PLPC will not be included in any supervision ratios
* All qualified lifeguards must have completed First Aid units 26551 and 26552 as a minimum first aid qualification

TOTAL NUMBER OF LIFEGUARDS ON FACILITY ROSTER WITH PLSA = PLPC =

CRITERIA: Every body of water is supervised by a qualified lifeguard (when open for use) at all times.

HOW: Review facility NOP relating to supervision.

ESSENTIAL COMPONENTS:

NOP must detail;
* A PLPC lifeguard must be rostered on and available at all times (this is the minimum, it is recommended that a PLPC lifeguard is rostered on and POOLSIDE at all times)
* All lifeguards must be able to retrieve an object from the deepest part of the pool

NOP must detail the way in which the pool should be supervised including reference to:
* The minimum number of lifeguards
* The area of water and physical obstacles each lifeguard supervises
* Supervision techniques and supervision of different activities
* How lifeguards communicate
* Leaving poolside
* After-hours groups must be lifeguarded within supervision ratios by a facility employed PLPC lifeguard

A facility schematic/s should be included detailing:
* Recommended Static Position
* Patrolling Route

The NOP should give poolside lifeguards as much information as they need to make informed minute-by-minute decisions on supervising the pool without being over prescriptive and too lengthy. The following are some useful headings:
* Personal appearance and conduct of lifeguards (talking, grooming, uniform etc)
* Identification of risks
* Poolside first aid
* Customer behaviour
*Acceptable behaviour
*Unacceptable behaviour
* Supervision of different customer groups (children, youth, special needs etc)
* Supervision of different activities (lane swimming, diving boards etc)
* It is desirable that the NOP be cross referenced to any other similar procedures like EAP and Health & Safety policies

Facilities with dedicated Learn to Swim Pools, Private Pools and/or Spas

* Learn to Swim Pools, Private Pools and Spas must have signage clearly visible to say the area of water is not supervised by a lifeguard

* NOP must clearly state procedures for dealing with the LTS, private pools/spas relative to the facility, for example (but not limited to):
* Time restriction in heated pools
* Hydration advice
* How pools are monitored (eg. Alarms, regular checks)
* Minimum age for bookings
* Minimum number of people
* Who is in charge in an emergency
* How staff communicate with each other (i.e. from the LTS pool to the lifeguards in the main pool)

Please note that this checklist is a hypothetical example and provides basic information only. It is not intended to take the place of, among other things, workplace, health and safety advice; medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment; or other applicable laws. You should also seek your own professional advice to determine if the use of such checklist is permissible in your workplace or jurisdiction.