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Pool Use Rules and Helpful Tips

Pool Use Rules

The following pool rules have been established to ensure everyone's safety and enjoyment of our facility. If you have any questions regarding these rules, please contact the Aquatic Coordinator at (616) 493-8950.

  1. ALL SWIMMERS MUST SHOWER BEFORE ENTERING THE POOL.
  2. STREET SHOES MAY NOT BE WORN ON POOL DECK.
  3. ANY CHILD WEARING DISPOSABLE SWIM DIAPERS MUST HAVE PROPER RUBBER OR PLASTIC PANTS ON OVER THE DIAPER.
  4. FOLLOW THE LIFEGUARDS INSTRUCTIONS.
  5. NO RUNNING, PUSHING, PULLING, SHOVING, DUNKING OR HORSEPLAY.
  6. NO FOOD, DRINK OR GLASS IN THE POOL AREA, LOCKER ROOMS OR VIEWING AREA.
  7. NON-SWIMMERS MUST BE SUPERVISED BY AN ADULT.
  8. CHILDREN IN FLOATATION DEVICES MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ADULT IN THE WATER AT ALL TIMES.
  9. STAY OFF OF THE LANE LINES.
  10. THE STARTING BLOCKS MAY ONLY BE USED DURING AN ORGANIZED SWIM PRACTICE OR SWIM MEET.  THIS INCLUDES THE BACKSTROKE HANDLES.
  11. NO DIVING IN WATER LESS THAN 6 FEET DEEP, CHECK DEPTH OF WATER BEFORE YOU DIVE.
  12. FEET FIRST ONLY IN THE SHALLOW END.
  13. ONLY FORWARD JUMPS AND DIVES (6 FT) FROM THE SIDE OF THE POOL.
  14. NO FLIPPING OR TWISTING FROM THE SIDE OF THE POOL.
  15. ONLY ONE PERSON ON THE DIVING BOARD AT A TIME.
  16. DIVING BOARD USERS MUST BE ABLE TO SWIM TO THE SIDE UNASSISTED.  THE AREA SURROUNDING THE ENTRY POINT MUST BE CLEAR.
  17. NO RUNNING ON THE DIVING BOARD.
  18. ONE BOUNCE ON THE DIVING BOARD.
  19. ENTER STRAIGHT OFF THE END OF THE DIVING BOARD. NO HANDSTANDS, CARTWHEELS.  ALL DIVES MUST BE PERFORMED WITH ARMS OVERHEAD.
  20. GOGGLES AND MASKS ARE NOT ALLOWED ON THE DIVING BOARD.
  21. AFTER ENTRY, SWIM TO THE NEAREST LADDER AND EXIT THE POOL. NO EXITING INTO THE SWIM AREA.
  22. THE DIVING WELL IS TO BE KEPT CLEAR OF SWIMMERS – NO SWIMMING IN THE DIVING WELL.
  23. NO SITTING OR STANDING ON THE SHOULDERS OF OTHERS (CHICKEN FIGHTS).
  24. ALL FLOATATION MUST BE KEPT IN THE SHALLOW END INCLUDING BALLS, NOODLES, AND KICKBOARDS ECT.
  25. SHOES AND A COVERING OVER THE BATHING SUIT ARE REQUIRED EVERYWHERE IN THE BUILDING EXCEPT IN THE LOCKER ROOMS AND ON POOL DECK.

 

Suggestions for Parents of children enrolled in swim lessons:

 

  • We believe the most important aspect of swim instruction is overcoming fear of the water.
  • Our instructors strive to develop a trusting relationship with every student.  Once a student trusts his/her instructor, the fears of learning to swim can be addressed and overcome.
  • We ask that you support our instructors and encourage your swimmer to trust the instructor.  Praise any and all attempts your child makes.
  • The instructors continually evaluate each student’s skills.  At the beginning of a session students may be moved into a more appropriate level of swimming instruction.
  • Students will be challenged with new swimming skills; our instructors use a loving but firm method of teaching.
  • Instructors are available approximately 10 minutes before and after each class.  If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to speak with your child’s instructor during these times.  All questions and concerns should be directed to the instructor.
  • Students should be out on pool deck five minutes before the start of class.
  • Parents are welcome to stay and observe lessons anytime from the viewing area.
  • Please inform your child’s instructor of any physical or cognitive disabilities your child may have (e.g. tubes in ears).
  • Locker rooms are supervised, however, you can assist your child in the locker room if needed.  Children over five must use the appropriate locker rooms. A unisex locker room is available for children over five who need parental assistance.
  • Skills are measured using a standardized American Red Cross skills test.  Children often repeat a learn-to-swim level.
  • Finally, our goal is to help students learn to enjoy the aquatic environment, respect its dangers and gain general knowledge of aquatic safety rules while learning to swim.  We hope that our students will discover aquatic recreation and utilize it as a lifelong activity.




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