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Pool Use Rules and Suggestions

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 director at (616) 493-8950.

  • All swimmers must shower before entering the pool.
  • No street shoes on pool deck.
  • Follow the lifeguards' instructions.
  • No running, pushing, pulling, shoving, dunking, or horseplay permitted.
  • No food, drinks, or glass in the pool area or locker rooms.
  • Non-swimmers must be supervised by an adult.
  • Children in diapers must wear tight rubber or plastic pants while in the pool.
  • Do not hang on the lane lines.
  • The starting blocks may only be used during an organized swim practice or swim meet.
  • No diving in water less than 6 feet deep, check depth of the water before you dive.
  • Only forward dives from the side of the pool.
  • One person on the diving board at a time, look before you leap.
  • No running on the diving board.
  • One bounce on the diving board.
  • Dive straight off the end of the diving board.
  • No handstand, cartwheel, or jump-sit dives.
  • After you dive from the board, swim to the nearest ladder and exit the pool.
  • The diving area is to be kept clear of swimmers. No swimming in the diving well.

Youth Swim Class Suggestions for Parents

  • 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 fear 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 to learn to swim.
  • The instructors continually evaluate each student's skills. When necessary, students are 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 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 mental disabilities your child may have (e.g. tubes in ears).
  • Locker rooms are supervised, however we encourage you to help your child in the locker room. 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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