PAS 520:2017 PAS 520:2017 within the teaching of swimming,including any associated photography - Code of practice

PAS 520:2017

Safeguarding 0 to 4 year old children within the teaching of swimming, including any associated professional photography. Code of practice

Status : Current   Published : April 2017



What is this PAS about?

It gives safeguarding recommendations to people who are teaching children aged 0 – 4 years to swim and associated professional photographers. These recommendations cover all aspects of operating, managing and developing a commercial swimming business or programme in this specialist area, with a clear emphasis on safeguarding children. 


Who is this PAS for?

  • Swimming schools
  • Suppliers of underwater photography
  • Relevant professional bodies
  • Pool owners, operators and managers
  • National governing bodies and related organizations
  • Relevant children's and sporting educational charities
  • Safeguarding organizations (e.g. local government safeguarding boards)
  • Parents, parents groups and consumer groups
  • Swimming apparel retailers
  • Central government departments
  • Leisure/holiday providers
  • Universities and academia


Why should you use this PAS?

It sets minimum expected levels of adequate safeguarding for teaching very young children to swim and any associated photography, thus reducing the risks for children, their parents and for service providers. 


What’s changed since the last update?

A number of elements were reviewed and changes were introduced concerning:

  • recommendations about swimming school class types and teaching ratios
  • recommended qualifications
  • alignment of wording (e.g. ‘responsible adult’, ‘member of staff’), to avoid confusion



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Standard NumberPAS 520:2017
TitleSafeguarding 0 to 4 year old children within the teaching of swimming, including any associated professional photography. Code of practice
Publication Date30 April 2017
Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard)HSG179, BS EN 13451-1, BS EN 13138-1, BS EN 13138-3, BS EN 13138-2, BS EN 15288-2
Informative References(Provided for Information)ANSI/IEC 60529, BS EN 15288-1, PAS 81, BS 8599-1
ReplacesPAS 520:2015
DescriptorsEducation, Photography, Swimming pools, Teaching, Children
ISBN978 0 580 95316 3
File Size16.64 MB

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