Q I am the president in our condo community, which has a swimming pool. The question has come up as to whether or not a lifeguard is required by law. One of the other board members is insisting that because we are a private community, we do not require a lifeguard. Please advise.
A Attorney David J. Bloomberg, a principal at the law firm of Chuhak & Tecson in Chicago says, “The Illinois Department of Public Health adopted rules which provide the following: Lifeguards are required at swimming pools that allow bathers under 16 years of age to enter the pool area without supervision by a parent, guardian, or other responsible person at least 16 years of age or older. Where lifeguards are not provided, a sign must be posted that states: 'This facility is not protected by lifeguards. Persons under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent, guardian, or other responsible person at least 16 years of age. Swimming alone is not recommended.’ ”