Rules- Updated June 22


DEFINITIONS

Adult: A person 18 years of age or older or legally emancipated.
Apron/Deck: The concrete area surrounding the pool on all sides.
Babysitter: A person, often an older sibling, who looks after a child or children while the parents/guardians are unavailable.
Certified Babysitter: A person, often an older sibling, with Red Cross Certification (minimum age 11) who looks after a child or children while the parents/guardians are unavailable.
Child: A minor under the age of 18, unless emancipated.
Deep-End: Portion of the pool across the boundary rope and generally over 5’ in depth. This includes the Diving Well.
Diving Well: Portion of the pool between the red line in the Deep End and the actual Diving Board.

DEGREES OF SUPERVISION

  • Close Supervision: Requires an authorized adult or qualified Babysitter within arm’s reach at all times while in either pool or while on pool grounds
  • Direct Supervision: Requires an authorized adult or qualified Babysitter available on the pool grounds.
  • Indirect Supervision: Requires an authorized adult or guardian who must be immediately reachable by phone.
  • Guardian: An adult legally responsible for their ward, a minor child.
    Sibling(s) – two or more children having one or both parents in common; e.g., a brother or sister.
  • Lifeguard: A Red Cross Certified Lifeguard.
  • Personal Flotation Device (PFD): A PFD Type I-V certified device or a non-certified jacket, float, arm band, noodle, or any similar device used to support or maintain buoyancy or a floating position. This specifically includes all flotation devices used by non-swimmers.
  • Pool Raft: A raft-like flotation device or similar use float around pool areas. General guidelines on raft dimensions are shown on pool signs and in Figure 1 – Pool Raft Guidelines at the end of this document. Large rafts must allow visibility through to the bottom of the pool.
  • SCCA Board Member: An elected member of the SCCA Board.
    Senior Lifeguard/Manager: The Senior Lifeguard on duty, or a designated Pool Manager who is also a Lifeguard.

SWIMMING ABILITY

  • Swimmer: A child under the age of 10 who has passed a Swimming Test or been certified by a Swimming Instructor.
  • Non-swimmer: A child under the age of 10 who has not passed a Swimming Test, been certified by a Swimming Instructor, or requires a PFD.
  • Swim Test: The ability to swim the length of the pool (25 yards) without assistance, stopping, or touching the sides or bottom of the pool.

GENERAL RULES:

Lifeguard Authority

  • Lifeguards are here for everyone’s safety and security. On-duty lifeguards have absolute authority on real-time decisions. A decision may be appealed, after the fact, to the Senior Lifeguard on-duty, Pool Manager, or to the SCCA Pool Board.
  • Lifeguards have the right to test any minor child’s swimming ability at any time. Swimmers must be able to pass a Swim Test.
  • Lifeguards are not responsible for supervision of a member’s children.
  • All persons using the pool are shall be responsible for their own safety and shall be deemed to assume risk of using the pool or pool area, and agree, by their presence in the pool area, that neither the operator nor its agents or employees shall be held liable for any loss, injury, or death arising out of the pool or pool area.

Hygiene/Attire

  • Members and guests are expected to maintain appropriate attire and hygiene at all times. This includes rinsing of sand/soil before entering or re-entering the pool.

General Conduct/Behavior

  • No smoking, use of tobacco products, or “vaping” or use of similar products on pool property.
  • No use of drugs, without a prescription, on pool grounds.
  • No glass containers allowed anywhere on pool property.
  • No gum on pool property.
  • No running on the deck/apron (concrete pool surround).
  • No Profane or disrespectful language.
  • No playing or hanging on lane lines, boundary ropes, ladders, or other pool fixtures.
  • No horseplay, including sitting/standing on shoulders, on the pool grounds.
  • No non-swimmers in the deep end (across the boundary rope).
    Lap swimmers have priority in the designated lap lane.

Restrictions/Supervision (SEE Table 1 – Supervision Requirements)

  • All persons under the age of 18 must clear the pool during safety breaks.
  • Supervision of children is defined in Table 1, Supervision Requirements.  In general:
    • Baby pool is for use of children 5 and under.
    • All children 5 years of age and under must have CLOSE supervision by an authorized adult at all times.
    • All children 6-to-9 years of age must have DIRECT supervision by an authorized babysitter or adult.
    • Non-swimmers age 13 or under who require a PFD must be accompanied by an adult within arm’s-reach at all times while in the pool.
    • All children 10-to-13 years of age must have INDIRECT supervision by an authorized babysitter or adult.
  • No Non-swimmers in the deep end (across the boundary rope), this includes the diving well.
  • Slide maximum weight limit is 100 pounds.
Age of Child Swimming Ability Supervision Child-Sit Siblings Child-Sit Others
Newborn–5 years n/a CLOSE n/a n/a
6-9 years old ANY DIRECT NO NO
10-13 years old NON-SWIMMER DIRECT NO NO
10-13 years old SWIMMER INDIRECT NO NO

 

  • Table 1 – Supervision Requirements

 

NOTE: Swimming ability, defined as:  

  • Swimmer – Child under the age of 14 who has passed a Swimming Test or been certified by a swimming instructor; 
  • Non-swimmer – Minor child under the age of 14 who has not passed a Swimming Test, been certified by a swimming instructor, or who requires or wears a PFD.

NOTE: Supervision must be by an adult or certified child-sitter of sibling age 16 or older.

DIVING BOARD/DIVING WELL RULES

  • Only Swimmers may use the diving board or diving well without CLOSE supervision.  Parents of children wearing “Puddle Jumper” type flotation devices may remain in the diving well, against the wall, and enter the well to assist their child only.  Children must still jump straight off of the board and not toward the parent.
  • Swimmers may be in the deep end of the pool, even if the diving board is in use, but must stay behind the red line, and out of the diving well.
  • Swimmers may be in the deep end, including the diving well, if the diving board is not in use or is closed.
  • One person on the board at a time, next person must wait at the bottom of the steps until the board is clear.
  • Only ONE bounce on the board.
  • No flotation devices, except “Puddle Jumper” type child flotation devices are permitted on the diving board.
  • Jump/dive straight off the end of the board.  Jumping/diving off the side of the board is prohibited.
  • Swim immediately to the nearest ladder or directly to the side and exit the pool.  Alternatively, swim directly away from the diving board and across the red line.
  • Lifeguards may close the diving board when required by pool population.

SLIDE RULES

  • One person on the slide ladder or deck at a time. 
  • Next person in line should wait at the bottom of the ladder until the platform and slide are clear.
  • Check to make sure the landing area is clear before sliding, 
  • Only “Puddle Jumper” type child flotation devices are permitted on the slide.
  • Swim straight to the side of the slide landing area and exit.  Parents may wait outside the area and enter after the child has gone down the slide.
  • No swimming under or through the marked slide landing area.
  • Slide maximum weight limit is 100 pounds.

FLOTATION DEVICES

  • General guidelines on raft dimensions are shown on pool signs and in Figure 1 – Pool Raft Guidelines at the end of this page.  Large rafts must allow visibility through to the bottom of the pool.

DISCIPLINARY ACTION

  • 1st offense:  Warning will be given. 
  • 2nd offense:  Member will sit out of the pool for twenty minutes. Manager on duty will be informed of circumstances. If necessary, guard & manager will talk to the individual and discuss unsafe or inappropriate behavior. 
  • 3rd offense:  Manager will ask the individual to immediately leave the premises for the remainder of the day and notify parent or guardian (Adult Member) if appropriate.

WEATHER POLICY

If the temperature falls below 65 degrees Fahrenheit, the pool will close until it is warmer. The pool will be cleared if lightning is estimated at less than four miles away. The pool must remain cleared for 30 minutes from the last thunder at less than four miles distance. This policy is to be strictly enforced and is based upon the American Red Cross standard.

GUESTS

The following policies are an effort to welcome guests and yet not exceed our legal guard-to-member ratios, nor to negatively impact the other members using the pool. •Guests will be charged $5.00 per person for a guest pass.  One pass must be used for each guest entering the pool, regardless of whether or not the guest is swimming. 

  • The $5.00 guest fee is good for the day, but if a guest leaves, they must get a wristband to be able to re-enter without another pass. 
  • Guests must sign in at the concession stand upon arrival.
  • Members may bring up to 6 guests per day but are still subject to supervision rules.
  • If a member would like to bring more than 6-10 guests in one day, we ask that they call ahead and speak to the Senior Lifeguard/Manager on duty (970-493-4102). Permission to bring more than 6 guests may be given, so long as the attendance of members at the pool that day is reasonably low. 
  • Bringing more than 10 guests to the pool requires a pre-paid pavilion party. 
  • Members receive 10 free guest passes at the beginning of each season.

TEMPORARY RULES

We don’t know yet when the diving board and slide will return, but we are still on the case. Repairs were delayed due to business closures and the pandemic.

While there is no diving board, here are a couple of adjustments:

  • Jumping in deep end with puddle jumpers will be allowed, with an adult in the water nearby
  • Swimming in deep end with puddles jumpers will be allowed, with an adult in the water nearby

Other things to know:

  • Jumping from the guard stand or the slide structure is never allowed
  • The baby pool is for those age 5 and under only, with close adult supervision

FOR YOUR SAFETY

Certain flotation devices will be allowed, and others are not.

If you’re not sure, ask a lifeguard!

Thanks for your cooperation to ensure everyone’s safety!!

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