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Pool Safety and Guidelines


Appropriate Swim Attire

  • Bathing suits, board shorts, wet suits, and rash guardsFEMALE SWIMWEAR:  For females, appropriate swimwear is that which covers the breasts, buttocks, genitals, and pubic region.MALE SWIMWEAR:  For males, appropriate swimwear is that which covers the buttocks, genitals, and pubic region.
  • Clean mesh athletic shorts may be worn over a swimwear that covers the buttocks and genitals.
  • Sports bras and other undergarments are not appropriate swim attire.
  • Basketball/gym shorts are not appropriate swim attire.
  • Cotton shorts and shirts are not allowed.
  • Jean/denim/khaki shorts are not allowed.
  • Street clothes, thong, bra, and see-through swimwear are prohibited.


Before Getting In…

  • Please rinse off prior to entering the water. This not only keeps the pool chemistry happy, but it keeps your skin healthy too!
  • For your own security, please secure personal items in a locker.


Open Lane/Sharing

If there is an open lane, hop in. If all lanes have a swimmer, that’s alright. We encourage sharing. Look at the different swimmers, find someone who seems to be of similar speed, get their attention, and ask to split lane (you keep to your side, they keep to theirs) or if there will be 3 people in the lane, suggest circle swimming (keep to the right like you drive your car).


Minors in the Pool

Minors under the age of 3 are not allowed in the facility except in the pool area under the direct supervision of an adult.

  • All minors under the age of 3 must wear a clean swim diaper while in the water.
  • All minors under the age of 3 must remain with arm’s reach of a parent or guardian at all times.
  • Minors in strollers or infant seats must remain within a step and reach of a parent or guardian at all times. They may not be left unattended for any length of time.

Minors ages 3-17 may use the pool during open pool hours.

  • Those aged 3 and over who are not toilet trained, must wear a clean swim diaper while in the water.
  • All minors who cannot swim must remain within arm’s reach of a parent or guardian at all time. A lifeguard will determine the skill level of a child by how well the child swims 25 yards of the pool.
  • All minors who can swim, but are under the age of 18, must be supervised by a parent or guardian who is prepared to enter the water at all times.
  • For safety purposes, the lifeguard on duty may ask any minor to leave the pool area at any time.

Minors over age 5 may not be in gender-specific locker rooms with opposite sex parent or guardian. Minors ages 6-13 must use a locker room under the supervision of an adult of the same sex or the family locker room.  Minors ages 14-16 may use appropriate gender-designated locker rooms without direct adult supervision.

All minors entering the REC must have an assumption of risk form signed by a parent or legal guardian on file prior to entry.  Assumption of risk forms are effective for one year.

Parents or guardians are responsible for the behavior of minors under their supervision.  Failure of parents/guardians or minors to comply with all Rec policies and rules may result in immediate removal from the facility and/or the loss of future privileges for the minor and/or the parent/guardian.


General Pool Rules

  1. Campus Recreation Staff has final authority on all matters in the Campus Recreation Center, will restrict any activity deemed unsafe, and reserve the right to add any rule to this list deemed necessary.
  2. Lifeguards must be present and on duty to use facility.
  3. No running
  4. In case of emergency, the Emergency Action Plan is initiated by two long whistles blasts. All patrons must exit the pool immediately, and follow instructions from Staff.
  5. For your safety, only U. S. Coast Guard approved flotation devices are allowed. Water wings, baby floats, rings, inner tubes and rafts are not permitted unless part of an approved aquatic program. Kick boards, aqua jogger belts, and pull buoys are not considered personal flotation devices.
  6. Diving is only permitted in the deep end of the multipurpose pool during recreational diving time. Starting blocks may be used with permission from the lifeguard.
  7. No spitting, spouting of water, or blowing nose in the pool or spa or into the gutters.
  8. Patrons with skin diseases, infections or open sores, or who have had diarrhea within the last 48 hours are not permitted to use the pool
  9. Patrons wearing adhesive tape or bandages will not be permitted in the pools unless bandages are removed.
  10. No gum, food, or glass containers are permitted in the Aquatic Complex.
  11. External private lessons are not permitted in the Aquatic Complex.
  12. Water polo or other water games, which require the use of a ball, may not be permitted in any of the pools without prior authorization from the Aquatic staff.
  13. Tennis balls, footballs, hard balls, squirt guns, etc. are prohibited unless part of an approved aquatic program.
  14. Water toys such as dive sticks/rings and squish balls are permitted as long as they are not a disturbance to other patrons.
  15. Fighting, intimidation, roughness, running, or horseplay in or out of the water is prohibited.
  16. Please show courtesy and consideration for other users of the Swim Center.
  17. Language, which is profane or obscene, is not condoned nor is it permitted.
  18. No inappropriate affectionate behavior will be permitted.
  19. No alcohol or tobacco products are permitted.


Diving Board Rules

  1. Divers must be able to swim one length of the pool (25 yards) safely. Lifeguards will determine the safety level.
  2. No goggles or face masks when going of the diving board.
  3. Dive straight off the diving board.
  4. Divers must be able to exit the water without assistance.
  5. Divers must exit the diving area after completing the dive.
  6. No inwards, reverse dives, back dives or other such dives shall be permitted. Front flips and dives only.
  7. Do not swim under the diving board. Please exit the pool using the side ladder.
  8. Landing area must be clear of other patrons before diving is permitted.
  9. Lifeguards have the ability to prohibit unsafe diving activity.
  10. One diver at a time on the diving board.
  11. Only one bounce is allowed on the board.
  12. Recreational diving is permitted during posted hours only.
  13. Sit down; handstand; cartwheels; and sailor dives (head first, arms at side) are strictly prohibited.
  14. Flotation devices or inner tubes are not permitted on diving board or starting blocks. Nor may patrons jump on or into flotation devices.

 


Spa Rules

  1. The recommended time limit for each patron in the spa is 15 minutes. Overexposure to hot water may result in dizziness, nausea, fainting, or heat related illness.
  2. Individuals with the following conditions should not use the spa: heart disease, diabetes, high/low blood pressure, circulatory problems, respiratory problems, seizures, epilepsy, pregnancy, or on prescription medication.
  3. Patrons must enter and exit the spa using the stairs provided.
  4. Patrons must be 16 years or older to use the spa unless under the supervision of an approved aquatic program.


Diving Block Rules

  1. Divers must be able to swim one length of the pool (25 yards) safely. Lifeguards will determine the safety level.
  2. Diving blocks are to be used under the supervision of a swim instructor or coach, or by experienced swimmers, to practice racing dives only. Please alert the lifeguards if the starting block is needed for practice/workout.
  3. No life jackets or other flotation devices may be worn.
  4. Dive straight off the diving block.
  5. Divers must be able to exit the water without assistance.
  6. Divers must exit the diving area after completing the dive.
  7. Landing area must be clear of other patrons before diving is permitted.
  8. Lifeguards have the ability to prohibit unsafe diving activity.
  9. One diver at a time on the diving block.