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Pools & Aquatic Centers - General Pool Rules Template

Use this template to teach your employees the general rules and visitor expectations for your community pool or aquatic center.

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Pools & Aquatic Centers - General Pool Rules Template

Use this template to teach your employees the general rules and visitor expectations for your community pool or aquatic center.

Pool Hours

Hours of Operation

Operating Hours:

Regular Hours:

  • Monday to Friday: 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM
  • Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Special Holiday Hours:

  • New Year's Day (January 1st): Closed
  • Memorial Day (last Monday in May): 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Independence Day (July 4th): Closed
  • Labor Day (first Monday in September): 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Thanksgiving Day (fourth Thursday in November): Closed
  • Christmas Eve (December 24th): Closed
  • Christmas Day (December 25th): Closed
  • New Year's Eve (December 31st): 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Classes and Special Events

Special Operating Hours:

Swimming Classes:

  • Monday to Friday: 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM (Morning Classes)
  • Monday to Thursday: 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM (Afternoon Classes)
  • Saturday: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM (Weekend Classes)

Club Competitions:

  • Typically held on weekends, schedules may vary based on the event.

Please note that during swimming classes and club competitions, access to certain areas of the pool may be restricted or limited to participants only. We always advise visitors to check the schedule in advance and plan their visits accordingly. 

Pool Access

Who Has Access to the Pool Area?

Access to the pool area is primarily for registered members and guests accompanying them. Members are required to present their membership cards or provide identification upon entry. 

Additionally, access may be restricted based on age requirements for certain areas or activities within the pool facility. Children under a specified age may need to be accompanied by a guardian or enrolled in supervised swimming programs. Non-members may also access the pool area as guests of members, subject to guest policies and any applicable fees. It is important for all visitors to adhere to the rules and regulations regarding access to the pool area to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone.

Attire and Equipment

Pool Dress Code

Proper attire is essential for maintaining a safe and hygienic environment in the pool area. Guests are required to wear appropriate swimwear while in the pool, which typically includes swimsuits made of suitable materials such as nylon or lycra. Street clothes, including jeans, shorts, and shirts, are not permitted in the pool area. 

Footwear, such as flip-flops or sandals, is recommended for walking around the pool deck to prevent slipping and protect against hot surfaces. By adhering to the dress code requirements, guests contribute to the overall cleanliness and safety of the pool environment for themselves and others.

Permitted and Prohibited Equipment

To ensure the safety of all patrons, only approved flotation devices and pool equipment are permitted within the pool area. Approved flotation devices typically include life jackets and arm floats designed for children and individuals who require assistance in the water. However, inflatable toys, rafts, and other large floatation devices may be prohibited to prevent overcrowding and obstruction in the pool. 

Additionally, diving equipment such as snorkels, masks, and goggles are permitted for use during swimming activities, while diving boards and other diving equipment may be restricted to designated areas and individuals with appropriate training. By adhering to these guidelines, patrons can enjoy a safe and enjoyable swimming experience while minimizing risks and hazards in the pool area.

Pool Safety

General Safety Guidelines

Here's the list of our general pool safety rules, which are posted on visible signage throughout the pool area:

  1. Walk, don’t run. The number one pool safety rule is to never, ever run near a swimming pool. Slipping on wet concrete is a real concern and serious injuries can result.
  2. Always swim with a buddy; never swim alone, even if you are proven accomplished swimmers. Drowning accidents are vastly more likely to occur when the victim is alone or unsupervised.
  3. Children must be supervised by an adult at all times.
  4. Non-swimmers and inexperienced swimmers should wear approved flotation devices.
  5. No diving in the shallow end. Only dive in designated areas, and never dive into an above-ground pool. Diving injuries can have a lifetime of consequences.
  6. Obey lifeguard instructions at all times and obey pool rules. Public pools may have different rules regarding conduct and play in the pool, including allowed toys and attire. Always obey the pool rules.
  7. No pushing, shoving, or roughhousing in or around the pool. Drowning accidents can occur during rough play in the pool, especially with young children. No jumping on each other in the pool, or holding anyone underwater.
  8. Stay away from pool drains and suction fittings. Even when properly equipped, pool drains and covers can be hazardous. Never play near drains or suctions. Entrapments occur when someone or something becomes stuck to these drains or suctions and pose a serious danger to young children who are too small to break away. 
  9. Sun safety is part of the deal. Always wear sunscreen when swimming outdoors and wear appropriate clothing poolside. This is especially important for kids.
  10. Out of the pool and inside when storms threaten. Lightning can strike suddenly, even in the absence of rain or with blue sky visible. Take cover when a storm approaches and remain out of the water until at least 30 minutes after the last lightning is sighted or thunder heard.
  11. Use pool safety equipment properly. Pool safety equipment should not be used as toys. Make sure all equipment is well maintained and available for proper use whenever necessary.
  12. No glass containers or sharp objects allowed in the pool area.
  13. Shower before entering the pool to remove oils and contaminants from the skin.

These rules help ensure the safety and enjoyment of all pool patrons and should be prominently displayed in the pool area for easy reference.

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Expected Pool Behavior

We expect our visitors to adhere to certain behavior at our facility. Here's a list of expected pool behavior:

  1. Respect the lifeguards and follow their instructions promptly.
  2. Be courteous to fellow swimmers and share the pool space.
  3. Refrain from using foul language or engaging in disruptive behavior.
  4. Keep food and drinks away from the poolside to maintain cleanliness.
  5. Use appropriate changing areas and dispose of trash properly.
  6. Keep personal belongings secure and out of walkways.
  7. Refrain from prolonged breath-holding activities or underwater swimming.
  8. Avoid excessive splashing or roughhousing that may disturb others.
  9. Use designated areas for diving and other water activities.
  10. Report any safety concerns or emergencies to lifeguards immediately.

Adhering to these guidelines ensures a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone using the pool facilities.

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