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Swimming and wading

Swimming is a very popular recreational activity during summer. Sadly, accidents occur each year, which could have been avoided.

Safety in and around water, first and foremost

When you go to a public beach or swimming pool, you also have your own share of responsibilities to ensure your safety and the safety of any child you are accompanied by.

  • Do not send your children at the swimming pool or at the beach all by themselves; they should be accompanied by a person of authority.
  • Do not bring alcoholic beverages nor glass containers or recipients inside the swimming pool area or at the beach.
  • Do not shove or jostle your way around or near a swimming pool.
  • Cooperate with the lifeguards and never hesitate to notify the personnel of any situation that you may deem suspicious or dangerous.
  • Do not run around the swimming pool.
  • Comply with the rules set out by the swimming pool authorities, including the “diving forbidden” signs.
  • When and where diving is allowed, do so only in a water depth of at least two (2) times your height.

Guidelines for the operators

Here are a few rules to which operators of public swimming pools should comply:

  • The presence of a sufficient number of qualified lifeguards is mandatory.
  • The swimming pool must be equipped at all times with a perch and two (2) life buoys.
  • The swimmers are to be evacuated when the water starts lacking clarity, or when the presence of dangerous matters or substances is observed in the water or around the pool.
  • The pool area must not be accessible outside the hours of operation of the pool.

If your child goes to a day camp

In order to better guarantee the users’ safety, the RBQ advises the owners and operators of swimming pools and public beaches to make sure that there is an adequate exchange of information between the day camp leaders and the monitor-lifeguards. This especially with regard to the number of children present and their proficiency in water, the particular features of the body of water, the safety instructions and the duty of each intervener.

Lifesaving Society: our partner

The Lifesaving Society This link leaves the Régie du bâtiment du Québec’s Website.This link open an external website of the Régie du bâtiment du Québec in a new window. is a non-profit organization which, in particular, implements awareness-raising and training programs related to the water and nautical environments.

The RBQ has associated with the Lifesaving Society in view of fostering the awareness of the operators, the monitors-lifeguards and the general public with regard to recognizing the hazards and thus preventing accidents.

It is this perspective that saw the establishment of the Splash Patrol. Under the theme “Security: a shared responsibility”, it conducts tours in the province of Quebec and visits more than 250 bathing facilities. A single visit lasts a whole day. The morning session, aimed at the facility administrators and lifeguards, is dedicated to prevention measures, and the afternoon one, to awareness-raising activities with the bathers, using a ludic approach (games).

Notify the RBQ when you witness an accident or incident

If you have been witnessing an incident or accident in a swimming and wading public facility, you may notify the RBQ about it by completing the form Report an accident. Such information will enable the RBQ to focus its actions on better ensuring public safety.

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