Canals form part of pool barriers

Pool safety inspectors (PSIs) who work in areas where many properties back on to water are often faced with the unique challenge of whether canals can be used as part of pool barriers.

In some circumstances a canal, lake, river, creek, stream, pond, ocean, dam or the like can form part of a pool barrier. 

There are various minimum requirements, including that where the fence meets the canal, there is a 900mm-long overhang or return fence. Tidal changes must be taken into account in this scenario, and the canal adjacent to the overhang or return fence must be at least 300mm deep at all times.

The body of water immediately adjacent to the pool area must also be at least 1800mm wide. 

Pool owners are encouraged to seek the advice of a licensed PSI about the specific requirements for permanent bodies of water.