(1) The licensee must make the following bodies of water inaccessible to children in care, and have a written safety plan approved by the department for:
(a) Ponds, lakes, storm retention ponds, ditches, fountains, fish ponds, landscape pools or similar bodies of water located outside and near (in close proximity to) the licensed space, regardless of whether the body of water is on or off the premises; or
(b) Any uncovered well, septic tank, below grade storage tank; farm manure pond or similar hazards that are on the premises.
(2) Unless attending a swimming or water play activity, when outside the licensed premises the licensee or staff must keep children from having access to bodies of water that pose a drowning hazard.
(3) When the licensee or primary staff person takes children near a body of water outside the licensed premises and children have access to a body of water that is more than four inches deep, there must be:
(a) One additional staff person more than the required staff-to-child ratio provided in WAC 170-296A-5700
to help with the children; and
(b) At least one staff person in attendance must be able to swim.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 43.215.060, 43.215.070, and chapter 43.215 RCW. 11-23-068, § 170-296A-5250, filed 11/14/11, effective 3/31/12.]