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Pools, Beaches and Sun Protection

Swimming Pools and water features:

The hotel’s swimming pools and the beaches you’ll visit will no doubt be the source of great fun whilst you’re on holiday, but safety is always paramount.

You should only swim in pools, tidal waters, rivers, lakes and other bodies of water where it’s  permitted to do so. But, always take into consideration your swimming ability before taking the plunge.

It’s important to take the time to familiarise yourself with the pool area before using it, especially when travelling with children. There’ll be an information board in the pool area that will set out the pool rules. The edge of the pools will also be marked with pool depth markings.  Ensure that everyone in your party is aware of this information.

Check how and when the pool is supervised and don’t assume that there’ll be a lifeguard present. Not all hotels have one available.

Children must be supervised at all times in the water.  They should never swim alone or dive into water (if diving is permitted) if they’re unsure of the water depth: only jump feet first into water where the depth is known.  They shouldn’t push or jump onto others, they must use slides as instructed and you should all know where to get help in an emergency.

Non-swimmers should wear floatation devices, and if they are a child they should be accompanied by an adult.

Some of our hotels and apartments welcome local people and other holidaymakers not staying at the property to use the swimming pool and facilities. This can lead to pool areas becoming busy at popular times meaning that sunbathing space and sun-loungers become limited. 

Please make use of the pool shower facilities before swimming: this helps to prevent any potential infections and helps to keep the pool clean. The pool at your chosen accommodation could be fresh or saltwater. 

Every pool is different and a large number of hotels and apartments don’t employ life guards, so you’re strongly recommended to familiarise yourself with the pool layout, identifying the deep and shallow ends before you or anyone travelling with you uses them.

A large number of pools are relatively shallow and the overwhelming majority will specifically prohibit diving. We recommend that you never dive into a swimming pool.

•    Children must always be supervised by a responsible adult. 

•    Infants must always wear appropriate swim nappies.

•    Do not use the pool after dark or when the pool is closed, even if the pool has underwater lights. 

•    Never swim when you’ve been drinking alcohol. 

Some of our hotels and apartments have water features, such as slides or flumes, which may appear in our marketing material.  It’s possible such features may have been replaced or removed since the photograph was taken.

Take special care when using slides and flumes, particularly if you have children with you: 

•    Policies on lifeguards and supervision of waterslides may vary and qualified lifeguards may not be present at all hotels/apartments  or only at specified times

•     Age and height restrictions may apply

•    Avoid swimming into landing areas and make sure you swim or walk away from landing areas quickly

•    Some slides and water features will not be suitable for weak swimmers, pregnant women or people with certain medical conditions. Please check carefully before using the facilities

•    All notices and pool rules for safe use of the slides and water features must be observed at all times

•    Opening times of slides may be restricted during the day, usually to a minimum of one hour 30 minutes in the morning/afternoon and are also dependant on weather conditions and hotels’ operational policies

•    Facilities may not be available throughout the season 

•    Never use the slides or water features if you have been drinking alcohol

Beaches:

Before entering the sea, always familiarise yourself with the warning flags, signage and follow safety information on the beach.  Check signage, or ask a lifeguard about known hazards and where’s safest to swim.  Learn what to do in an emergency  if you happen to find yourself in trouble or see someone in difficulty.

Swim only where a lifeguard is on duty.  Always consider your own swimming ability and never swim near or dive from rocks, piers, breakwaters, coral and where a sign advises you  not to.  Never swim alone and make sure that children are supervised at all times.  Be aware of dangerous rip-currents and strong waves. 

If you suffer a sting or any other injury while in the water, seek medical assistance as soon as possible.  If you are stung and first aid is not available, put an ice pack on the affected areas  as soon as possible and remove any remaining tentacles with tweezers.  If you suffer severe symptoms like chest pain or difficulty breathing, get medical help immediately.

Sun Protection:

If you and your children plan to be outside in the sun, then it’s important to protect your skin. To avoid sunburn, encourage your children to play in the shade wherever possible, especially when  the sun is at its strongest.

If there isn’t any shade, it’s important to keep your skin covered.  Apply sunscreen that’s at least SPF 15 regularly to any part of the body not protected by clothes.

It’s recommended that children under the age of six months should never be exposed to the sun while older infants should also be kept out of the sun as much as possible.

You will find more useful advice at: http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/travelhealth/Pages/Travellingwithkids.aspx