Ask Entrepreneur

I want to give private swim lessons in my pool for the summer. How do I limit my liability?

My backyard has a pool and spa that are surrounded by concrete, so a kid could conceivably fall and get hurt.
You may run into several obstacles trying to give swimming lessons in your pool.



First of all, it's a commercial activity, and your home/neighborhood zoning may not permit that kind of activity.



Second, assuming you are zoned for swimming lessons, your homeowner's insurance may not cover business activities, so you would have to speak to your insurance broker about the extent of your coverage.



Third, you'd have to check with your local licensing bureaus (or an attorney familiar with this area) to see whether you need to be licensed to give swimming lessons and, if so, how many children you could safely teach and monitor at one time. You might be required to bring in extra staffing if you're planning on teaching more than one child at a time.

Share Your Thoughts

Today's Editor's Picks

About ASK ENTREPRENEUR

Ask Entrepreneur is a question-and-answer forum for and by the Entrepreneur.com community. Send in your burning business question, or comment on someone else's now. Have a Question? Ask Now

Topics (over 1000+ answers)

Ask Entrepreneur Q&A Hangouts

Google + Hangout With Shark Tank
Google + Hangout With Jason Falls
Google + Hangout With Angela Jia Kim
Google + Hangout With Grant Cardone

ASK Quick Tips