YMCA of Gloucester County
YMCA of Gloucester County
YMCA of Gloucester County
   
 

PARENTS AND GUARDIANS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR SUPERVISING THEIR CHILDREN

The Aquatic Director or lifeguards on duty have the authority to enforce these rules and regulations and may remove or suspend any member/guest who violates these rules and regulations.

 

YMCA OF GLOUCESTER COUNTY

POOL RULES


PARENTS AND GUARDIANS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR SUPERVISING THEIR CHILDREN

The Aquatic Director or lifeguards on duty have the authority to enforce these rules and regulations and may remove or suspend any member/guest who violates these rules and regulations.

 

All Videotaping is prohibited in the pool area

NO ONE MAY SWIM UNLESS THERE IS A LIFEGUARD ON DUTY

 

  • Only full members have access to the pool during open and lap swimming.
  • Any person showing evidence of skin disease, any discharge, communicable disease, open wounds shall be refused admission.
  •  Do not enter the water if you are experiencing or recovering from diarrhea or have had any signs or symptoms of a gastrointestinal (stomach) disease in the past seven (7) days.
  • Persons suspected of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol shall be refused admission.
  • All children who require wearing a diaper must wear a "swimming" diaper in the pool.
  • All persons must take a soap shower AT THE YMCA prior to entering the water (NJ State Law).
  • Shoulder length hair and longer must be tied back or wear a bathing cap.
  • Deep end swimming is limited to those who have passed the Deep End Swim Test and have a swim band which is administered by the lifeguard on duty. Once the member passes the deep end test, they will be given a green band that must be worn at all times while utilizing the deep end of the pool. 
  • Any child ages 6 years to 12 years old must pass a swim test to swim un-assisted from parents and or guardians in both ends of the pool. Once a swimmer has passed the shallow end test they will receive an orange band that must be worn at all times while utilizing the pool.
  • Ages 6-12 years old who do not pass our Deep End swim test must take the Shallow End swim test.
  • Children ages 6 to 12 years old who do not pass the Shallow End test, must wear a LIFE JACKET.
  • If a child is required to wear a life jacket, an adult MUST be in the water WITHIN arm's reach of the child at all times.
  • Children 5 years and younger MUST be accompanied by an adult (18 and older) in the water. Children must be within arm's reach of adult while swimming. No more than 2 children per adult.
  • No food, drink or gum in the pool area. No glass containers in the pool area.
  • We ask that there be no Street shoes on the pool deck. Running is not permitted on the pool deck.
  • No hanging on lifeline or lane lines.
  • No diving in shallow end of the pool.  Diving is allowed in the 10 foot section only.
  • No spins, flips or back dives.
  • Barbells, hand bars and all equipment are for YMCA programming only. Starting blocks are for Swim Team/Supervised YMCA lessons only.
  • NO toys and inflatable equipment in the pool (water wings, tubes, floats, "swimmies", etc.) at any time. U.S. Coast Guard flotation devices (PFD) are approved, but the lifeguard may ask to see the symbol on the piece of equipment. 
  • Lap swimmers are to swim continuously within the lap lanes only.
  • Specialized equipment, such as kickboards, fins, or paddles, are only permitted for lap swimmers only. No fins in open swim.
  • Only YMCA staff is authorized to teach swimming and or water aerobics classes. No activity for private gain is permitted at any time in the pool area.
  • No extended underwater breath holding or hyperventilating before underwater swimming.
  • Socializing with or distracting the lifeguards is prohibited.
  • No video recording (camera or phone) of any kind are permitted in the pool area, please use discretion when photographing and make sure only YOUR children are being captured in the photo.
  • Equipment marked "For Adults Only" is for adults only.

 

NEW Band Policy For Swimming (September 2015)

  • All children 12 years and under must wear a "band" to swim in the pool.
  • Children 6 years and under must have an adult IN the water at ALL time.
  • Children under the age of 12 MUST have an adult present on the deck at ALL times.
  • Children 12 years and under will be swim tested to determine swim ability.
  • Children over the age 6 years old, who pass the deep end test will receive a Green band and can swim in the deep end and shallow end without an adult in the water.
  • Children who pass the shallow water swim test will receive an orange band, and will be required to stay in the shallow end.
  • The Orange Band test will require the swimmer to jump in at the 5 feet and return to the 3 feet on their front without stopping or grabbing onto the wall.
  • The Green band test will require the swimmer to jump in at the 10 feet, swim to the 5 feet, reverse direction and return on their back to the 10 feet, followed by 2 minutes of treading water. This must be completed without stopping.
  • If a child cannot pass the Orange band test, they will require a LIFEJACKET. ALL children who require a lifejacket MUST have an adult in the water WITHIN arm's reach. (swim bubbles will NOT constitute as a lifejacket)

 

  




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