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Water Safety

The Norwood Swimming Centre and Payneham Memorial Swimming Centre are Watch Around Water endorsed facilities, meaning there are guidelines that must be followed while visiting.

COVIDSafe environment

Due to State Government physical distancing restrictions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Council has implemented the following measures at the swimming centres:

  • ​maximum number of members of the public per separate room or outdoor area will not exceed one person per two square metres
  • maximum capacity at Payneham Memorial Swimming Centre of 500
  • maximum capacity at Norwood Swimming Centre of 400
  • maximum of six lap swimmers per lane.
  • implementation of online lane bookings for lap swimmers (1.5 hour timeslots)
  • all staff will be required to successfully complete COVID Marshal training
  • a COVID Marshal will be on duty at all times and clearly identifiable
  • if 200 people or more are expected to be onsite at any one time, the COVID Marshal will not have any duties other than undertaking the role of COVID Marshal
  • all staff will be required to undertake COVID Awareness training as part of induction
  • masks and gloves must be worn by staff when administering first aid
  • increased cleaning of frequently touched surfaces (including swim school equipment)
  • installation of perspex screens in the kiosk at Payneham Memorial Swimming Centre and at the reception area of Norwood Swimming Centre
  • implementation of a ticketing system for kiosk purchases at Payneham Memorial Swimming Centre to ensure physical distancing is adhered to
  • provision of additional seating for the consumption of food and beverages
  • signage installed at both swimming centres and messaging on digital signage promoting COVID safe practices such as hand hygiene, physical distancing and respiratory hygiene (cough and sneeze etiquette)
  • bookings for BBQs are required to ensure physical distancing is adhered to.

Water Safety imageWatch Around Water (WAW) Child Supervision Rules

Watch Around Water is an education and public awareness raising program that addresses the supervision of young children at public swimming pools.

For more information about the Watch Around Water program, visit: Recreation SA - Watch Around Water

Conditions of entry

Parents and guardians of children are asked to observe and follow the conditions of entry below.

Pass outs will be issued and are eligible for a maximum of one hour.​

Children under the age of 5 years

Children under the age of 5 years are not admitted into the centre without an appropriate fee paying adult who is prepared to swim.

Children under 5 years must be supervised and at arm’s reach at all times.

Maximum of two children under 5 years per responsible person.

Children under the age of 10 years

Children under 10 years must be accompanied into the centre by a responsible adult over 16 years of age and supervised at all times.

Adults responsible for children under 10 years must have a clear view of the child at all times with no physical or structural barriers between them and the child while in the aquatics area.

Maximum of four children under 10 years per responsible person.

Unsupervised children

Unsupervised children will be removed from the water and placed in a safe area until collected by the parent/guardian.

A parent/guardian is regarded as a responsible individual who is over the age of 16.

Swimming Centre rules and guidelines

General rules

  • no running on concourses
  • no pushing
  • no flips / somersaults
  • no smoking
  • no swearing
  • diving only permitted from deep end of pool
  • no offensive behaviour
  • no unsafe conduct
  • patrons must wear appropriate swimwear
  • patrons must not dive into “shallow water”
  • patrons may not take large inflatables into the pools
  • no throwing objects to be used that may cause injury.


Conditions of entry

  • alcohol and glass not permitted into the swimming centre
  • persons affected by alcohol or drugs will not be permitted entry to the swimming centre
  • companion card holders must remain with their patient/child etc. at all times whist in the centre
  • pool management reserves the right to refuse entry to patrons who are deemed to pose a risk to other pool users, including patrons who have previously been ejected from the centre
  • children under 13 years of age must be accompanied by a responsible person over the age of 16 year.


Online lap lane bookings

Online lap lane bookings are able to be changed, either adding or removing people or cancelled.

If a booking is cancelled a refund will be processed. Failure to attend your booking will not result in a refund.

Should the Swimming Centre be unable to accommodate your booking due to unforeseen circumstances you will be able to either:

  • re-book a new session at another available time to the equivalent value; or
  • receive a refund.

If you choose to continue with the contract, you can ask us to compensate you for any difference in the value of the services we provided and what you paid.
Please keep proof of your payment—e.g. your receipt.

ABN 11 390 194 824

Watch Around Water (WAW) Child Supervision Rules

Watch Around Water is an education and public awareness raising program that addresses the supervision of young children at public swimming pools.

The program assists aquatic staff to promote safe supervision practices and provides a safe venue for the community to participate in sport and recreation.

Program objectives:

  • prevent drowning deaths and drowning related injuries at public swimming pools
  • promote active parental supervision
  • assist aquatic staff to promote safe supervision practices
  • provide a safe aquatic venue for the community.

For more information about the Watch Around Water program, visit: Recreation SA - Watch Around Water

Children under 5 years

  • children under the age of 5 years are not admitted into the centre without an appropriate fee paying adult who is prepared to swim.
  • children under 5 years must be supervised and at arm’s reach at all times.
  • maximum of two children under 5 years per responsible person. 

Children under 10 years

  • children under 10 years must be accompanied into the centre by a responsible adult over 16 years of age and supervised at all times.
  • adults responsible for children under 10 years must have a clear view of the child at all times with no physical or structural barriers between them and the child while in the aquatics area
  • maximum of four children under 10 years per responsible person.


Use of photographic devices

In line with Recreation SA Safe Environment Policy and commitment to providing a safe and enjoyable environment for children, vulnerable people and other patrons, all patrons must adhere to these conditions of entry regarding the use of photographic devices whilst visiting the Payneham Memorial and Norwood Swimming Centres.

  • photographic devices include: cameras, video cameras, mobile phones and any other device with the ability of capturing a still or moving image
  • all patrons are to be respectful to one another, which includes respecting the views of other parties
  • you must seek the management’s approval before taking any photos or video recordings
  • please be aware that when using photographic devices some patrons (in the background of images) may take offence to having their image caught on camera
  • when using photographic devices the activities should be localised to only willing participants who have allowed for their image to be captured
  • management reserves the right to view any images taken. refusal may result in the police being called to view these images and the police will then take appropriate action to address our concerns
  • management may hold on to any photographic device until the police arrive, if they suspect indecent filming at the payneham memorial swimming centre has occurred on that photographic device
  • if you are undertaking in what is deemed suspicious behaviour, management may contact police without prior warning
  • use of photographic devices in the change rooms can never be justified
  • some events, activities and programs at the centre may allow only one approved photographer. at such events no one else will be allowed to use a photographic devices.

Failure to follow these conditions of entry may result in:

  • you being removed or banned from the centre and / or
  • the police being contacted and / or
  • any cctv footage captured by our security system being made available to police.

Taking photos or recordings of someone without their consent may be considered failing to abide by these conditions of entry and could result in a breach of section 26d of the summary offences act 1953 for indecent filming. this attracts a maximum fine of $20,000 or 4 years imprisonment.