Safety & Pool Rules | AdO arena

Safety and Pool Rules

AdO arena is a place to come and enjoy the water and improve your skills. Please take a moment to read through our rules to ensure your safety and the safety of others.

Talk to a member of staff if there is anything you are unsure about.


Our most important rules are:

  • You must be at least 12 years old and a competent swimmer to use AdO arena alone.
  • Children under 12 must be accompanied by a competent swimmer over 18 years old who themselves swims with the child.
  • Non-swimmers of any age are not allowed to use the main pool (3m deep) or diving pool (5m deep) alone.
  • A competent swimmer over 18 years old can accompany at most 3 children or non-swimmers and shall supervise them at all times.
  • All swimming is done at your own risk. Alert a lifeguard if you see someone in need of help.

Safety & Pool Rules at AdO arena

We want all our guests to feel safe and secure. Our motto is "god steming" which roughly translates to good times. To achieve this, we require all guests to obey the following rules.

Children under 12 and people who can't swim


  • You must be at least 12 years old and a competent swimmer to use AdO arena on your own.
  • Children under 12 must be accompanied by someone over 18 who can swim.
  • Children under 10 must be accompanied in the pool by someone at least 18 years old who can swim.
  • Those who cannot swim, irregardless of age, must not use the 3m deep main pool or the 5m deep diving pool alone.
  • Each adult (over 18) who can swim can accompany at most 3 children under 12 (or 3 non-swimmers of any age). They must stay with and be in control of the whole group at all times.
  • For a definition of what it means to be a competent swimmer, see below.
Before bathing


  • Before bathing, you must wash your entire body and hair with soap. Swimsuits must be clean and put on after you have washed yourself. Bathing in underwear is not allowed.
  • Children of nappy/daiper wearing age must wear a swim nappy.
  • Guests who for religious or cultural reasons wish to bathe in full body swimsuits, must wash their entire body and hair and put on a clean swimsuit before coming to AdO arena.
Safety for schools and watersports clubs


  • A school's headteacher/principal is responsible for ensuring that pupils undergoing swimming lessons are accompanied by an adequate number of assistants in accordance with guidance from the education authorities and that these assistants have received suitable lifeguard training.
  • A watersports club's leaders are responsible for the safety of participants and that the person in charge of each training session has sufficient lifeguard training.
  • If you have questions, please contact a lifeguard or other member of staff.
Liability, drugs and photography


  • All activities are undertaken at your own risk. Inform a lifeguard if you see someone who needs assistance.
  • Everyone who uses AdO arena must obey our lifeguards' instructions
  • Intoxicated or rowdy people, as well as people with open wounds, will be asked to leave.
  • All types of photographic and video equipment, including mobile phones, are banned from the showers and changing rooms. Cameras are allowed in AdO arena but please inform a lifeguard before taking photos.


  • Personal grooming, such as shaving or nail-clipping is not allowed in the changing rooms.
  • Prams/strollers/pushchairs should be left in the area between the turnstiles and the entrances changing rooms.
  • Smoking, snus and chewing gum are not allowed inside. Food and drink can only be consumed in the kiosk area by reception, unless in the case of active swimmers and diabetics.
  • Take care of your personal belongings. AdO arena are not responsible for lost property. Forgotten clothes are kept for 4 weeks and then given to charity. Other valuables are kept in reception for about a month before being handed over to the police.
  • Not obeying our rules can lead to explulsion.
Bathing, swimming, sliding, jumping and diving


  • Do not run in the shower or pool areas. We recommend that small children wear swimshoes
  • Never pull anyone under the water or dive onto someone in the pool.
  • Do not dive or jump into the pool from its long sides. No diving into the training or children's pools whatsoever.
  • Only one person may use each waterslide at a time. Wait for the green light before starting.
  • Diving and jumping is only allowed from diving boards which are open. Wait for a lifeguard to signal to you before jumping/diving. Only one at a time. Check that no one is in the water below you before jumping/diving. After jumping/diving, immediately swim under the platform and exit the pool there. Do not swim out or across.
  • Do not use the hot pool next to the diving tower if you have heart disease, diabetes or are pregnant.
  • Do not take any item into the arena which could cause injury or damage, for example: glass, nails, plasters, bandages or chewing gum. This includes equipment such as swimming masks that contain glass. Only plastic equipment should be used.
  • Snorkels and large pool toys are not allowed in the pool. Snorkels may be allowed during swimming lessons and training sessions.

(Ref: Swimming association and competancy target for swimming lessons in schools - U.dir 2015) "A competent swimmer is one who can fall into deep water, swim 100m on their front whilst diving to retreive and object with their hands, stop and rest for 3 minutes (whilst floating on their stomach, orientating themselves to their surroundings, rolling over and floating on their back) and then swim 100 meters on their back before exiting the water."

On behalf of AdO arena, September 2019.

Håkon A. Egeberg Johansen Managing Director

Håkon A. Egeberg Johansen - Daglig leder i AdO arena

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