Swim Lesson Policies

  • Please arrive on pool deck no earlier than 5 minutes before class begins.

  • Children should use the restroom before entering the pool.

  • Children MUST shower with soap and water before entering the pool.

  • Street shoes are NOT allowed on the pool deck.

  • Children 3-7 years old must have a parent present (balcony or lobby viewing area) during class to take their child to the restroom or in case of emergency.

  • Children under the age of 14 may NOT be left unsupervised within the SLYMCA facility.

  • Parents are not permitted on the pool deck during swim lessons. You may observe from the pool balcony or the lobby viewing area.

  • Children under 3 years of age or anyone with uncontrollable bowels MUST wear a water-tight swim diaper in order to maintain a sanitary environment.

  • All changing of clothes and diapers MUST occur in the locker room.

  • Children with a gastrointestinal infection or virus should not enter the pool or attend swim lessons.

  • Please explain the SLYMCA pool rules to your child – they will be expected to follow these rules during swim lessons.

  • Children exhibiting inappropriate behavior will be placed in time-out. On the third incident, the child will be dismissed from that day’s lesson. No refunds or credits will be issued for behavioral situations.

Refunds and Credits

  • Refunds or credits will not be issued unless a class series has been cancelled.

  • Credits will not be issued after the second class unless accompanied by a doctor’s note.

  • Credits or refunds may not be issued for weather-related cancellations.

Aquatics Policies

Please DO:

  • Shower before entering the pool.
  • Walk on the pool deck and in the locker rooms.
  • Wear proper swim attire at all times. Street clothes (including cotton t-shirts) are not permitted in the pool.
  • Remove your shoes before entering the pool area.
  • Ensure that your infant is wearing a swim diaper.
  • Keep pool toys and Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) in the shallow end of the pool, not the lap lanes or deep end.
  • Use water fitness equipment only during classes or in lap lanes.
  • Check with the lifeguard to ensure that your PFD is U.S. Coast Guard-approved - these are the only PFDs allowed in the pool.

Please DO NOT:

  • Swim without a SLYMCA lifeguard present.
  • Bring food, gum or beverages in the pool area.
  • Use the pool under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or tobacco.
  • Practice breath-holding activities, including extended underwater swimming.

Age Guidelines and Swim Quest Policies:

  • Children age 0-6: Must be within arm's reach of an adult (age 18+) at all times - no exceptions. Children age 0-6 may not use the AquaClimb or diving board.
  • Children age 7-13: May take the Swim Quest with a SLYMCA lifeguard. Children who pass the Swim Quest may use the pool without parent/guardian present, but must be signed in at the pool. Children ages 7-13 who do NOT pass the Swim Quest must have an adult (age 18+) on the pool deck at all times who is ready to enter the water.
  • Children 14 and up: May use the pool without taking the Swim Quest, and may participate in water fitness classes.