Keeping Your Family Safe in Your Backyard Pool

The Sydney region is renowned for its abundant recreational waterways. Swimming is a great way to stay active and enjoy the Sydney weather for many months of the year. However, owning a pool comes with some responsibility and requires the maintenance of strict standards for safety. The Australian Bureau of Statistics reports that drowning remains a major cause of unintentional death in children under the age of five. To ensure that your family is safe, follow these important tips when building or using a swimming pool in your backyard.

The best way to avoid drowning is to learn how to swim and have the proper safety gear. Swimming is a great form of exercise that can improve cardiovascular health and reduce the risk of high blood pressure, obesity, and heart disease. In addition to being a great way to relax, swimming can also help reduce stress and improve mental wellbeing. In fact, it is the most popular recreational activity in Australia.

In the face of a COVID-19 pandemic that has many Sydney residents staying at home, demand for ocean and outdoor pools has skyrocketed. But the city’s existing rock pools and beaches are already overcrowded and unable to cope with the large numbers of swimmers who want to enjoy the warm seawater, sunny skies, and beautiful harbour surrounds.

Ocean pools, sited on the rocky areas along Sydney’s surf beaches, offer the pleasure of immersion in lively saltwater while being sheltered from the strong rips that account for many surf rescues and coastal drownings. Although they are ‘wilder’ than indoor public swimming pools, these venues beckon swimmers and beachgoers with a sense of adventure that is less controlled by the human hand.

Bondi’s most famous ocean pool, the iconic Bronte Baths, commands one of the city’s best views and is a community-oriented space with a sauna, a cafe, a saltwater lapping pool, and a more sheltered kids’ pool. The pools are open to the sea until Thursday when they close to allow a crew to clean them of seaweed and debris.

Another popular swimming pool is the Wylie’s Baths in Coogee, a tidal pool that is an example of mid-20th-century modernist architecture. The pool was built by Henry Alexander Wylie to commemorate the 1922 centenary of federation. It features an elegant pool house, a large, shallow splash and play area, and a concrete platform for diving and other water activities.

A private swimming pool can be a fantastic addition to any backyard and can provide the perfect spot for family fun. But before you decide to build a swimming pool in your yard, it is important to understand the regulations and requirements for pool ownership in Sydney. In order to be a responsible owner, it is important to maintain your pool on a regular basis and to follow the pool safety regulations set by NSW Government. In addition, you will need to choose a qualified pool builder and purchase the necessary safety equipment.