Guidelines for how we can all work together to keep kids safe in our pools.
YOUR SAFETY IS OUR PRIORITY
Safety in our pools is our first priority and our swim policies are designed with you and your family’s safety in mind. There are layers of protection to ensure a fun and safe experience for everyone. If at any time the lifeguard determines one of those layers is not actively working, an additional layer of protection will be added.
Any member or guest is welcome to use a YMCA provided life jacket, which are US Coast Guard approved, for added layers of protection. Sizes range from infant to adult.
CHILDREN 0 - 6 YEARS
ONE-ON-ONE: A child may swim with a parent within arms reach, at all times, without a US Coast Guard approved life jacket and must stay in shallow water 5 feet or less.
LIFE JACKETS: Must be US Coast Guard Approved and are required for two (2) or more children swimming with a parent. Parent must be in arms reach of the children at all times.
SWIM TEST & MARK: Parents may schedule a swim test with the Aquatics Director. Any child that has taken and passed the swim text is exempt from wearing a life jacket and will be documented in our system. Swimmers who pass the test will pick up a colored neck band. Swim bands must be worn at all times in the pool area. Swimmers not passing the test will follow the above guidelines.
• Front crawl 25 yards, not under water or the doggie paddle
• Demonstrate some rotary breathing
• Upon completion of the 25 yards, swimmer will tread water for 60 seconds
CHILDREN 7 - 10 YEARS
Parents must remain in the pool area, on deck, while child is swimming. Parents are asked to swim with their child, if their child is a weak swimmer. It is recommended these children wear a US Coast Guard approved life jackets but are not required to wear a life jacket.
CHILDREN 11 YEARS & UP
Parents are not required to be in the pool area with child. Parents are asked to swim with their child, if their child is a weak swimmer.