A SWIMMING pool's staff have just created the world's first secure supervision area - to make things safer for younger children.
A special boom at Scissett Baths closes off a children's corner in the pool, to make it easier for their parents to supervise them.
The boom provides the secure supervision area.
Also, young swimmers can now take a Swimming Teachers' Association Award.
If they pass it means they are deemed strong enough swimmers to manage without strict adult supervision, so their parents can concentrate on younger brothers or sisters.
Under new strict guidelines introduced this month, the supervision ratios in learner pools or shallow section of a pool are:
* Two children aged under four to one adult.
* Three children aged under nine to one adult.
Kirklees Active Leisure came up with the idea of a children's corner after parents raised concerns that the new guidelines would be too restrictive.
The corner will be in place during all public swimming sessions.
Duty manager Stuart Hodgkiss and attendant Liam Parker adapted a float boom, which normally serves to separate lanes in a pool.
They created a corner from rigid plastic and fixed it at right angles on two walls of the baths.
New operations manager Alison Morris said: "They have been very creative.
"There is still room for length swimmers, but this boom also creates a safe environment for young children."
The first two youngsters to pass the association's STAnley Swim Award are four-year-old Eliza Ward, of Skelmanthorpe, and Harry Mosley, five, of Scissett.
Both have been swimming since April.
Staff at Scissett Baths will assess youngsters for this Swimming Teachers' Association Award free until the pilot scheme ends on January 1.
Then, Kirklees Active Leisure will decide whether to put in similar children's corners in other pools in the district.