Swimming pools at schools
Links to resources that support the daily management, maintenance and building of your pool.
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Schools with pools can find information about their requirements, management and maintenance responsibilities. Schools without a pool can use their operations grant funding to help take students to a nearby swimming pool.
- Learning aquatic skills
- Your health and safety requirements
- Manage and maintain your pool
- Build, replace or remove a school pool
The Health and Physical Education Curriculum expects that all students will have had opportunities to learn basic aquatic skills by the end of year 6.
Around 1300 schools, or 60% of schools, have pools. Those schools that don’t have pools use community or council swimming pools. These can provide a safer swimming environment, better year round facilities and more trained instructors.
Schools without a pool can use their operations grant funding to help take students to a nearby swimming pool.
As a board you're the entity responsible for the day-to-day running of the school, and therefore you're also responsible for the management and operation of the school pool.
This means you have the primary duty of care as the person conducting a business or undertaking (PCBU), under the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015, to take all reasonably practicable steps to ensure everyone using your pool with your permission remains safe and healthy.
You must put in place arrangements for the safe use of the pool, including developing rules for safe use, installing and maintaining adequate fencing and gates, and managing the pool’s water quality.
The relevant legislation, regulations and standards are set out on the following websites.
Find out about safe pool use and community use, during and outside school hours.
Your responsibilities regarding pool maintenance, including how to pay for operational maintenance, capital work and damage.
Find information about the relevant NZ Standards, and which funding you must use for your school’s pool.
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