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Case 380 – Child refused entry to swimming pool for wearing incorrect swimwear

Issue

Child refused entry to a swimming pool for health and safety reasons. Unacceptable swimwear cited by leisure centre as reason why child could not swim in pool.

Panel opinion

There is no health and safety legislation which specifies that particular swimwear must be worn. The pool management are right to exercise judgment about what is/is not suitable for swimming but it would be helpful to explain this properly, perhaps by displaying a clear policy statement rather than simply falling back on the catch all health and safety excuse when something is deemed unsuitable.

2015-11-02