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Aquatics

Pool Policies

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  • All lifeguards must be on duty before swimmers may enter the water. 

  • When the lifeguard signals the end of open swim, please leave the pool area promptly. 

  • Do not swim in a lane or area that is marked off for a class or swim team.  Only swim in designated lap lanes.  If you are unsure of open lanes, please ask the lifeguard.

  • During open and family swim, children under the age of 7 or non-swimmers must have a parent in the water within arm's reach. 

  • Swimmers under the age of 13 must have a parent available in the pool area.

  • No swim aids such as Water Wings or any air inflatables are permitted.  Only Coast Guard-approved life jackets are allowed.  A life jacket does not substitute for direct supervision of a non-swimmer. 

  • Deep-end testing may be required of open swimmers in facilities with deep water or slides.  Ask the lifeguard on-duty for details.

  • No flotation devices are allowed in the deep-end.

  • Kickboards and pull-buoys are available for lap swimmers.  Please return them to the storage bin after use. 

  • Private lessons may not be given by a non-YMCA Aquatics staff at any time.

  • Two swimmers may split a lane (each swim on a single side of the lane).  When a third person wants to enter the lane, the swimmer must notify both swimmers that they must circle swim (stay to the right, like driving a car) before beginning to swim.  Slow swimmers should stop at the wall and allow faster swimmers to pass. 

  • Please walk on the pool deck; absolutely no running. 

  • No glass on the pool deck, seating area or locker rooms. Only water in an enclosed, unbreakable container is allowed on the pool deck. 

  • No food or chewing gum is allowed in the pool or on the pool deck. 

  • All swimmers must take a cleansing shower before entering the pool or spa. 

  • Any person with a skin disease, open sores, bandaged wounds, boils, inflamed eyes, discharging nasal or ear passages or any communicable disease is prohibited from using the pool. If you have a bandage on a minor cut, dispose of the bandage before entering the pool area. 

  • Disposable diapers are not allowed in the pool as they disintegrate in the warm water. Children who are not toilet-trained must wear a disposable swim diaper with tight fighting elastic waist and leg openings.

  • The use of oils and body lotions is prohibited. 

  • Spitting and otherwise contaminating the pool, pool deck, walkways, aisles or dressing rooms is prohibited. 

  • Appropriate swimsuits are required attire for all swimmers.  T-shirts, cut-offs, or undergarments are not permitted. 

  • Street shoes are prohibited on the pool deck. 

  • Strollers are not permitted on the pool deck or in the locker rooms. If your branch has a designated stroller area please park it there, otherwise you are encouraged to leave strollers at home or in your car.

  • Photography and the use of cellular phones are prohibited. 

  • Language and behavior should be appropriate for a family setting.