People using our public swimming pools must wear suitable swimwear while in the pool.
Guidelines for what is considered suitable swimwear are explained below.
- Swimwear must meet general community standards and public decency, and be unlikely to offend other people. For example, swimwear should cover genitals, and breasts for females other than infants.
- Traditional swimwear, including one or two piece suits, rash vests and board shorts made from suitable materials.
- Swimwear designed for modesty should be made from traditional swimsuit material. This offers the same benefit as traditional swimwear, but with fuller coverage to meet a swimmer's modesty requirements.
- A sensible lightweight clothing material should be worn. A neoprene, nylon, Lycra or polyester type of material that does not hold excessive amounts of water is appropriate. Heavy cotton and other material such as work wear or jeans are not suitable.
- The material and clothing should not give any colour leakage.
- We acknowledge that some people may have skin conditions that restrict them from wearing non-cotton or alternative appropriate clothing. Allowances will generally be made in these cases, and the person should not be prevented from swimming.
- Swimwear or clothing should be clean before entering the water.
- We encourage people to shower before using the pool if they have exercised in their swimwear
- The swimwear or clothing should be able to withstand cleaning agents in the pool. Council will not be accountable for any deterioration of clothing or swimwear.
- The clothing or swimwear should have a reasonably close fit so it won't 'rise up' if the wearer jumps into the pool.
- The material should not fall down or restrict leg movement
- The pool user should be able to make unrestricted arm movements
- The pool user should be able to swim or move around the water unrestricted.
Swimwear guidelines in community languages
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