RRMJuly 14, 2023 / RRMAdam Beyer

Risk Management for Swim Schools: Mitigating Hazards and Reducing Insurance Costs

Risk Management for Swim SchoolsSwim schools teach invaluable swimming skills and promote water safety but, just like any business, swim schools are not immune to risks. It is essential that swim schools have a comprehensive risk management strategy in place to not only ensure the safety of students but also to reduce insurance costs. Below, we take a look at risk management for swim schools and how to tailor insurance coverage accordingly.

Strategic Risk Management for Swim Schools:

  • Maintain a Safe Physical Environment
    • One of the most important ways a swim school can manage risk is to maintain a safe physical environment. Make sure the pool is always clean and safe to use. This includes having enough signs, lifeguards, and fences. Check the pool regularly for things like slippery surfaces, broken equipment, or other safety hazards. Have a plan for what to do in an emergency, and make sure all staff know how to do first aid, CPR, and other lifesaving techniques.
  • Staff Training and Certification
    • Swim school staff should be well trained and have all necessary certifications for maximum swim school safety. Require all instructors, lifeguards, and support staff to undergo appropriate certifications in lifeguarding, water safety instruction, and CPR/AED. Invest in ongoing training to keep staff knowledgeable and up-to-date with the latest safety practices. 
  • Comprehensive Liability Insurance Coverage
    • Liability insurance is an essential component of risk management for swim schools. Work with a trusted commercial insurance broker to obtain comprehensive liability insurance coverage tailored specifically to your swim school’s needs. This type of insurance protects your business from legal claims that may arise from accidents, injuries, or property damage on your premises. Working with an insurance professional will help you make sure your policy covers all the unique risks associated with running a swim school.
  • Implement Effective Safety Policies and Procedures
    • Swim schools can minimize risk by having clear safety policies and procedures in place. These should cover topics like pool usage, supervision requirements, behavior expectations, and emergency protocols. Make sure to communicate these policies regularly to staff and provide ongoing training to ensure compliance. By fostering a culture of safety and enforcing these policies consistently, you can reduce the likelihood of accidents and potential liabilities.
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