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Pool Admission Policy & Rules

Safety is so important to us!  Please review the rules that apply to our pools before you arrive for your swim. 

Swimmers must be 10 years old to swim by themselves.

Swimmers who are 6-9 years old:  Must pass the swim test to swim by themselves (see Lifeguard for swim test requirements) OR can be accompanied in the water and directly supervised within arms' reach by a parent or guardian who is 14 years of age or older with the following ratios of supervisors to swimmers:   1 supervisor to 4 swimmers not wearing lifejackets;  1 supervisor to 8 swimmers wearing lifejackets

To Swim in the Deep End of the Lane Pool: Regardless of age, swimmers must pass the swim test to swim in the lane pool deep end during rec, open or family swims.  Lifeguards have the right to restrict deep end use according to swimming ability.  Use of lifejackets or other floatation devices in the deep end is not permitted.

Swim Test: Must be able to swim 1 width of the lane pool using proper front crawl or breaststroke without stopping in order to swim unaccompanied during rec or open swims; or to swim in the deep end of the lane pool.

Swimmers who are 0-5 years old:  Must be accompanied in the water and directly supervised within arms' reach at all times by a parent or guardian 14 years of age or older regardless of swimming ability (1 supervisor to 2 swimmers).

Family Swims  Children under 18 must be accompanied in the water and directly supervised by a parent or guardian to be admitted.

When accompanying children in the pool, we ask that you stay close to them. The Lifesaving Society of Canada says…“If you’re not within arm’s length, you’ve gone too far!” Our Lifeguards do enforce this policy for your safety.
 

Medical Conditions

Those with serious medical conditions should be accompanied by an individual who is knowledgeable of their condition and responsible for their direct supervision.  Your medical doctor should be consulted before swimming.  Please advise the Lifeguards or Instructors of any medical conditions you are aware of.  If you have medication such as Epi-pen or asthma inhaler, please bring it on the pool deck with you.