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Festive season pool safety at public pools

The municipal swimming pools which are spread across the city were officially opened at the dawn of the spring season on September1.

In preparation for the hectic festive and swimming season, the City of Ekurhuleni (CoE) has issued safety measures aimed at ensuring safety at all its swimming pools around the region.

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The safety measures for the swimming pools that will be operational during the festive season include:
• Lifeguards patrol the swimming pool area, control the bathers, do water treatment, perform lifesaving duties.
• No backflips or front flips are allowed for diving.
• Swimming pools have a maximum bather load.
• The EMPD will be deployed at some of the very busy swimming pools to try to control bather numbers when entering the swimming pool area at a particular time.
• Each pool has a set of rules erected on the wall pertaining to usage and safety which must be adhered to at all times, including behaviour in a public swimming pool.
• It is not advisable to swim on a full stomach.
• Alcohol is strictly forbidden at swimming pools.
• Parents must always accompany their kids to public swimming pools. No child under the age of 10 years will be allowed in the water unless being accompanied by an adult.

Ekurhuleni has three types of pool categories with different facilities. These have different entry fees.

Category A is an indoor heated swimming pool and is an arena for competitive swimming competitions whilst category B pools are mainly outdoor pools with grandstands. Category C pools are standard with basic amenities.

Entrance fee to community pools according to their categories are as follows:• Category A – R15
• Category B – R10
• Category C – R5

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