Landscaping & Fencing
Landscaping the surrounds of your pool or spa is a great way to bring your home garden to life! There are so many fantastic options available these days and it really is a lot of fun. A well maintained and beautifully designed outdoor area will add significant value to your home and make you the envy of your neighbourhood. A good landscape can block unpleasant views, reduce the chance of somebody sneaking into your pool for a midnight dip, can optimise the usage of your backyard and improve the safety of your pool or spa.
Pool fencing and the ability to stop children having free access to your pool area is mandatory to stop drownings. Pool fences can also add value and class.
You must, by law, have a four sided fence around ANY pool that can be filled with 300mm of water or more.
This includes inflatable and portable swimming pools.
Swimming Pool Safety Checklist
- Fence the pool with a four sided fence, this means that access to the pool is via a gate not the house. It is also preferable that the pool area is only used for swimming and that any equipment not related to the functioning of the pool should be stored outside the pool area. Download the Home Pool Safety Checklist here.
- Is the gate self-closing and self latching?
- Ensure the gate is not propped open at any time.
- Children should be supervised whenever they are in, or around water, and this supervision should be any adult and the child should be within arms reach at all times.
- Have you and your chid undertake water familiarisation classes.
- Learn resuscitation. To view Royal Life Savings Resuscitation fact sheet click here.
- Brochure Is your swimming pool kidsafe? [PDF 493.2 KB]
- Ministers Specification SA 76D - Swimming Pool Safety—new prescribed requirements for upgrading prescribed swimming pools [PDF 207.3 KB]
- Media release Pool safety required before homes can be sold (Minister for Urban Development and Planning, 20 August 2008)
- Legislation - Old Prescribed Requirements - Swimming Pools (Safety) Act 1972 [PDF 20.5 KB]
- Development Act 1993 - Section 71AA - Swimming Pool Safety
- Development Regulations 2008 - Regulation 76D - Swimming pool safety
- SA Water - Pool and outdoor spa permit (permit to fill under Water Restriction Measures)