Courtesy at the Pool

With the extreme heat in Louisville this summer, many people have chosen the pool at the Jewish Community Center as a place to cool off. It’s also a wonderful place to meet friends and enjoy the day.

The large number of users, however, also means that swimmers must be courteous and considerate so everyone will have the opportunity to take advantage of the recreational and exercise options the pool offers.

The JCC staff has requested Community to reprint the JCC pool rules as a reminder to all members of what is expected.

These rules are based on American Red Cross and Louisville Board of Health standards and guidelines and Jewish Community Standards for the health, safety, and enjoyment of all swimmers.

Pool Entrance

  • All members must show membership cards to enter.
  • Only members and their guests are allowed in the pool area. Considerate behavior and decorum are expected at all times. When a member or guest becomes unruly, the Aquatics staff has the right to ask that person to leave.
  • To enter the pool area, a responsible adult must accompany children in the fifth grade and under, and that adult is responsible for the child at all times. If the child is a non-swimmer, the accompanying adult must go into the water with the child.
  • Admission to the facility shall be refused to all persons having any contagious disease, or to those with conditions that appear contagious. Persons with excessive sunburn, abrasions which have not healed, corn plasters, bunion pads, adhesive tape, rubber bandages, or other bandages of any kind are not permitted. A person under the influence of alcohol or exhibiting erratic behavior shall not be permitted in the facility area.
  • Pregnant women, elderly persons, and persons with heart conditions, high blood pressure, or diabetes should consult their physician prior to using the pool.
  • No one is allowed in the pool or the pool area unless a JCC staff member or lifeguard is on duty.
  • Glass or other breakable containers and sharp objects are not permitted anywhere in or near the pool area.
  • All apparel worn into the facility shall be clean. All bathers must wear swimming attire. Inappropriate apparel will not be permitted in the pool area (No cut-offs, tennis shorts, etc.). Trunks should not show undergarments and the waistband must be worn on the hips.
  • Children who are not toilet trained must wear a “swim diaper” to enter any pool.
  • No street shoes allowed on deck.
  • No animals allowed in the pool area.
  • For safety reasons, conversations with lifeguards while they are on duty are not permitted.

Family Pool

  • Food is permitted in the Refreshment Stand area only. Smoking is allowed outside the pool fence. Please discard cigarettes in the provided containers. No smoking permitted in the pool area.
  • Only members and their guests are allowed in the pool area. Considerate behavior and decorum are expected at all times. When a member or guest becomes unruly, the Aquatics staff has the right to ask that person to leave.
  • No running or rough play allowed.
  • All persons must shower before entering the pool.
  • No diving in shallow water.
  • Dangerous behavior will not be permitted.
  • Playing on pool ladders is not permitted
  • No squirt guns, underwater torpedoes (toypedo), or large rafts are allowed.
  • For recreational swim, small (or infant) flotation devices, masks, fins, balls, and crafts are permitted in the water at the Supervising Guard’s discretion.
  • Only approved PFD’s may be used. Floatation devices are not a substitute for adult supervision. Non-swimmers must be accompanied by an adult in the water while using any floatation device.
  • Any child under the age of 7 should be accompanied by an adult in the water.
  • No throwing items in the pool area.
  • No standing, sitting, or diving from anyone’s shoulders or underwater surfing on anyone’s back.
  • No Water Breaks are scheduled. These may be added at each hour at the discretion of the Aquatic Director or Aquatic Program Director.

Baby Pool

  • Parent must be in the baby pool with child(ren); a parent may not swim laps while their child is in the baby pool.
  • Big children who create dangerous situations will be asked to leave the baby pool.
  • Jumping or diving into baby pool from the side is not permitted.
  • No running or rough play allowed.
  • Diapers may be changed in designated area only and must be disposed of properly. Diapers must be swim diapers. No changing diapers on pool deck.
  • Day camp must follow the pool rules.
  • No chairs in the pool.

Lap Pool

  • From noon – 6 p.m., lap swimmers only will be allowed in the lap pool.
  • At all other times, one or two lanes will be clearly marked and available for recreational adult swimmers and parents with small children, private lessons, etc.
  • From 3-4 p.m., the lap pool will be closed for swim team. Two lanes will be available in the Family Pool.
  • Lane sharing is mandatory when all lanes are full. Up to three swimmers are expected to share a lap lane and swim in a circular pattern.
  • Swimmers should not hang on the lane ropes.
  • Kick-boards are for lap swimmers only.

Indoor Pool

  • Lane sharing is mandatory when all lanes are full. Up to three swimmers are expected to share a lap lane and swim in a circular pattern.
  • Swimmers should not hang on the lane ropes.
  • Only approved PFD’s may be used. Floatation devices are not a substitute for adult supervision. Non-swimmers must be accompanied by an adult in the water while using any floatation device.
  • Final interpretation of these rules is to be made by the Aquatics Director or supervising guard on duty.

Deep End Rules
Rules for the diving board must be observed for safety – absolutely no exceptions.

  1. Only one person on the board at a time.
  2. The next person in line stands on the deck until the diver leaves the board.
  3. No goggles are to be worn.
  4. No horseplay, sitting down, handstand, or “Competitive Style” dives.
  5. No running on diving board. Divers must wait behind the line until swimmer reaches the ladder.
  6. One bounce only!
  7. Go straight off the board, not to the side.
  8. After entering the water, swim to the closest ladder. Swimmers should not swim under the board to the back of the diving well.
  9. The next diver must wait until the previous diver gets to the ladder.
  10. No one should be in the corners of the diving well.
  11. No swimmer wearing a PFD is allowed off the boards or in the deep-end. No parent is allowed to catch child off the board.
  12. No swimming in the Diving well.
  • Deep Water Swim Test: If a guard is uncertain of a child’s ability to swim in the deep end, that child will be given a “Deep Water Test” by the Supervising Guard. The child must swim independently from one side of the deep end to the other along the lifeline without stopping.
  • Recreational or lap swimming is not permitted in the diving area. However, at certain times, the head guard will close the diving boards and open the deep end for swimming. Diving from the side is not permitted.
  • For safety reasons, instructional classes and dive team should follow all of the rules listed above

General rules

  • Lap lane users are to limit swim time to 30 minutes
  • Up to three people in each lane
  • Swimmers must parallel or circle swim
  • Swimmers are expected to clean up equipment used

 

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