Swimming is a fantastic activity for family fun and an important life-skill to learn. It develops fitness, confidence and greatly increases possibilities and opportunities for holiday activities.
However, it is also an inherently unsafe activity that is frequently fraught with danger. The potential causes of swimming pool accidents are both many and varied.
Swimming pool accidents: Slips, trips and falls
Slipping at a swimming pool is all too easy. The potent combination of wet surfaces and bare feet mean that good grip is a near impossibility and a public fall is a very real threat.
The fact that the surrounding surfaces are hard and that bodies are relatively unclothed in comparison to normal life also increases both the likelihood and severity of any injuries following a trip or fall.
Other types of swimming pool accidents
The progression through the stages of swimming from beginner to competent is more dangerous then in many other sports simply because of the looming spectre of drowning.
Many pools have areas of deep water where people who have over-estimated their capabilities, or have simply wound up there by accident, can get into significant and serious difficulty.
On the other hand, the shallow end poses serious danger to anyone who attempts to dive or jump in. These types of accidents at a swimming pool can cause spinal injuries and have grave consequences.
Diving boards are another section of the pool where skill and/or supervision is required to avoid a nasty swimming pool accident.
Warning signage at the swimming pool
Given the number of potential threats to health and well-being, it’s little wonder that swimming pools have stringent safety rules and guidelines. A key part of this is warning signs. The safety requirements should be displayed clearly on clean and easily readable signs. The classic posters displaying instructions such as:
- No bombing.
- No running.
- No heavy petting.
These are a staple of any good swimming pool. Information about the depths in certain areas of the pool and restrictions on activities such as diving should also be displayed.
If insufficient warning and instruction is given and you suffer an injury as a result of an accident at the swimming pool, then you may have a case for public accident compensation.
A quick call to Accident Advice Helpline can set you on the way to getting the compensation you deserve and our legal team works on a no-win, no-fee* basis.
Date Published: February 12, 2014
Author: David Brown