Aquatics Policies

Aquatics policies are in place for the safety and comfort of our members and guests.  Anyone not abiding by the rules may be asked to leave.


Pool Rules

  1. Absolutely no entering the pool without a lifeguard on duty.

  2. Children under age 8 must be accompanied by an adult (16 years or older) in the water and actively supervised at all times. No child will be left unattended in the water or on deck. An adult must be within arm’s reach of weak or non-swimmers at all times.

  3. Breath holding techniques or activities are prohibited.

  4. Proper swim attire must be worn in the pool and whirlpool. Children are required to wear swim diapers under a snug fitting swimsuit if they are not completely toilet trained. No revealing swimsuits, cutoffs, t-shirts, shorts, or other loose clothing.

  5. Water wings and other inflatable devices, face masks or mermaid tails are not permitted in the pools. The YMCA does not have goggles, water toys, diving rings, or other play items available for use, except yellow balls and the basketball ring.  Goggles may be purchased at the Y Welcome Center desk, if available.

  6. Swim lesson float belts or PFD’s are permitted and available for use.

  7. Food, drink, and gum are not permitted in pool area (plastic water bottles are ok).

  8. All strollers, car seats, and street shoes are to be left in the locker rooms.

  9. Pool phones are for emergencies only. Do not play with the phones on pool deck.

  10. Profanity, running or rough play will not be tolerated in pool area.

  11. Diving is allowed in designated areas only. Diving blocks may only be used for instructional purposes. No backward dives, flips, or splash entries.

  12. Please do not sit or hang on lane lines or life lines, and keep the stair and ramp entry and exit areas clear unless entering or exiting the pool.

  13. Lap swimmers must circle swim when two or more swimmers share a lane.

  14. Please respect all requests made by the Aquatics staff. Lifeguards have the authority to disallow any activity deemed unsafe.


Water Slide Rules

  1. Must be a minimum of 48” tall and 300 pound maximum operational load to ride.

  2. Follow instructions of Lifeguard.

  3. No standing, kneeling, rotating, or stopping in the slide.

  4. Slider must be seated with feet in front of them, keeping arms and hands inside the flumes at all times.

  5. Swim wear with exposed zippers, buckles, rivets or metal ornamentation is not permitted.

  6. Eyeglasses must be securely affixed to riders with head straps.

  7. CAUTION: For safety reasons, pregnant women and persons with heart conditions or back trouble should not ride the slide.


Whirlpool Rules

  1. Whirlpool temperature is maintained at 101-104 degrees fahrenheit. Please limit use to 10 minutes.

  2. Adults age 18 and older only. Maximum of 14 people at a time.

  3. Aerobic exercise and underwater submersion is prohibited in the whirlpool.

  4. Whirlpool is not recommended immediately after intense physical activity or after steam room use.

  5. Pregnant women and patrons with epilepsy, cardiovascular or respiratory problems, heart disease, diabetes or high/low blood pressure should not use whirlpool.

  6. Shaving, scents, or washing of body is not allowed.

  7. Enter and exit slowly and cautiously.


Steam Room Rules

  1. Limit use to 10 minutes.

  2. Adults age 18 and older only. Maximum 7 people at a time.

  3. Aerobic exercise is prohibited in the Steam Room.

  4. Steam Room is not recommended immediately after intense physical activity or after whirlpool use.

  5. Pregnant women and patrons with epilepsy, cardiovascular or respiratory problems, heart disease, diabetes or high/low blood pressure should not use the Steam Room.

  6. Enter and exit slowly and cautiously.

  7. Coed area – appropriate clothing must be worn at all times. Towels only are not appropriate.

  8. Shaving, scents, or washing of body is not allowed.


Viewing Area

  1. We have two areas for pool viewing. The first is in the main lobby and the second for adults only is along the windows in the Wellness Center.

  2. Parents/Guardians should accompany children on pool deck the first day of class.

  3. Street clothes are permitted when accompanying your child on the pool deck, but we ask that you remove your street shoes.

  4. For safety reasons, strollers and car seats are not allowed past the locker room doors.

  5. The splash zone is available during all hours of operation.

  6. Your child may swim before or after their scheduled class, however children under 8 years old must be accompanied by an adult in the water and actively supervised at all times.

  7. We ask that parents remain in the building while your child is in class should they need assistance in the bathroom or locker room.


Instructor Requests

Due to staffing limitations, we are not able to take special requests for instructors.

Classes are assigned to instructors according to specific teaching styles and comfort levels with certain age groups, and their expertise.


Class Ratios, Missed Classes

For optimal safety, we maintain a 3:1 ratio for 2½ to 3 year old classes, a 5:1 ratio for 4 year old and Kindergarten classes, and a 6:1 ratio for 1st grade and up.

We guarantee a spot for the day and time you registered for, and are not able to accommodate make-ups for missed classes.

Refunds will not be given for missed classes. For extended medical reasons, a credit will be given for the remainder of classes from the time of notification and presentation of a Doctor’s note.


Help us keep our facility clean and safe.

Here are 6 Steps for protection against Recreational Water Illness (RWI):

  1. Do not swim when you have diarrhea. You can spread germs in the water and make other people sick.

  2. Do not swallow the pool water. Avoid getting water in your mouth.

  3. Please practice good hygiene. Take a shower before swimming and wash your hands after using the toilet or changing diapers.

  4. Take your kids on bathroom breaks or check diapers often. Waiting to hear “I have to go” may mean that it’s too late. 

  5. Change diapers in a bathroom or a diaper-changing area and not at poolside.

  6. Wash your child thoroughly (especially the rear end) with soap and water before swimming.


Swim Test

Swim testing is designed for safety. In addition, the test is objective; it is an extremely reliable predictor of one’s abilities to be safe in deep water. Only those swimmers who complete a swim test may use the deep end of the lap pool. Children under age 8 must complete a swim test with a parent. Parent-child ratio is 1:1 in deep end.

  1. Jump into deep end of pool, completely submerge and resurface.

  2. Swim 25 yards front crawl in good form.

  3. Swim tests must be completed every visit. The lifeguard has the authority to withhold or remove access to any area of the pool to maintain safety.