Inflatable and portable swimming pools pose a unique risk to the community as their dangers are often overlooked and not treated with the same respect given to larger in ground and above ground permanent pools.
The Swimming Pools Act defines a swimming pools as any ‘excavation, structure or vessel that is capable of being filled with water to a depth of greater than 300mm and that is solely or principally used, or that is designed, manufactured or adapted to be solely or principally used, for the purpose of swimming, wading, paddling or any other human aquatic activity’. Any object that meets this definition is regulated by the Swimming Pools Act and required to be surrounded by a compliant swimming pool safety barrier at all times.
Small paddle pools and the like capable of holding water to a maximum depth of less than 300mm are not regulated by the Swimming Pools Act, however should never be left unattended while containing water and be fully drained and stored after use.
Portable and inflatable pool should never be located in the front yard directly accessible and viewable from the street.