Safety at Public Pools

An afternoon spent at a swimming pool or spa is a great way to enjoy time with the family, especially for energetic kids who love the water. Yet it’s important for parents and children to always "Pool Safely" while they’re in the water.

To "Pool Safely" means adopting critical water safety steps to assure that a great afternoon at the pool doesn’t turn into a tragic one.
Whether a family is at a residential or public pool or spa, parents and children can always take additional steps to be safe while having fun.

Stay Close, Be Alert & Always Watch

  • Always designate an adult as supervisor. Never assume someone else is watching. Larger pools and large groups of children require more supervisors.
  • Keep a cell phone nearby when supervising kids in the pool. That way you can call for help in an emergency.
  • Is there a Lifeguard on duty?
  • At City of Temecula pools there is always a Lifeguard present when the pool is being used.
  • If you are at a pool where there is no Lifeguard, make sure the safety equipment, such as a shepherd's hook (a long pole with a hook on the end) and life preserver, are nearby and in good shape.
  • Having a Lifeguard present does not substitute for the watchful eyes of a parent/guardian.
  • Obey all pool rules posted at the pool. Talk about the rules with everyone in your party and make sure they understand them. You can view City of Temecula's Pool Rules here.
  • Always choose a Coast Guard Approved life jacket as a floatation device. Avoid inflatable swimming aids such as “floaties.” They are not a substitute for approved life vests and can give children and parents a false sense of security.

Learn & Practice Water Safety Skills

  • Make sure your child learns how to swim, but never assume that he or she is safe in the water alone. Many parents overestimate their children's swimming competencies. Always, always supervise.
  • Make sure you know how to swim and can respond in a water emergency.
  • Is the staff trained and certified in first aid and emergency response?
  • All Lifeguards at the City of Temecula are trained and certified to respond to emergencies at the pool.
  • If you are at a pool where there is no Lifeguard, make sure you know basic lifesaving skills, such as CPR, so you can assist in an emergency (Find a class in Temecula or with the Red Cross).

Have the Appropriate Equipment

  • Coast Guard Approved Life Jacket - It is the only approved floatation device.
  • Proper Swimming Attire - Only garments made for the water should be worn in a swimming pool. Clothing such as t-shirts, basketball shorts, or jeans can way you down in the water.
  • Sunscreen - The sun can cause its own emergencies by the pool. Make sure you apply sunscreen at least 15 minutes before you enter the pool and reapply often.
  • Swim Diapers - For the health of you and everyone in the pool, only use diapers made for the water when you are in the pool.
  • Towels - It can be chilly when you exit the water, make sure everyone has a towel.
  • Water - Swimming can be tiring and you can get dehydrated if you are not careful. Make sure you bring water and take regular water breaks.