Following the publication of PAS 520, it has come to our attention via social media that some swim schools have unduly reacted by introducing a double nappy policy for toilet-trained toddlers.
Whilst it is recommended in the document that all babies and toddlers under the age of 4 should be fitted with a disposable/re-usable swim nappy, as well as a neoprene nappy cover, it is one of the many points we are questioning regarding the document.
The general consensus is that the age range of up to 4 years old for this swim nappy policy is too high and should be lowered.
To ask customers of toilet-trained infants that their child should wear a swim nappy, let alone a double-nappy, is wholly impractical and in our view not warranted.
STA fully support any regulation designed to improve health and safety, but this rule we deem to be a step too far and an unnecessary burden on swim schools, parents and young children.
Whilst it is your decision as a swim school owner to impose such a rule, we believe a swim pant policy should only be applied to babies and infants who are not yet toilet-trained.
- Pool Plant