- A lifeguard must be on duty for the pool to open.
- Patrons should shower before entering the pool.
- Appropriate swim attire must be worn at all times.
- No running on the pool deck.
- No repetitive breath holding.
- No glass containers.
- Sitting or hanging on lane lines and safety ropes is strictly prohibited.
- Diving is only permitted in the deep end. No back dives or back flips allowed.
- No front flips or backward jumps from the side of the pool.
- Diving blocks are for use during swim lessons with trained instructor supervision.
- The use of pool noodles and toys is at the discretion of the lifeguard on duty.
- No tobacco products, drugs, or alcohol on the premises.
- Any person who is sick or suspect to have a communicable disease shall not use the pool.
- Persons with contagious disease, open sores, infectious conditions, or a severe abrasion that is oozing are not allowed in the pool.
- Children not toilet trained must wear swim diapers.
- Swimmers must change in the restrooms. Please change all babies in the restroom.
- One at a time on the slide and diving board. Patrons must wait at the bottom of the slide or diving board until the previous person has exited the slide or diving board and has swum out of the way.
- All children 12 and under must take a swim test upon first visit each season and assigned a neckband color based on their swim level. Every other visit, an appropriate color neckband must be worn at all time around the neck. Retests can be administered when skills have improved.
- No floatation devices permitted except Coast Guard approved life jackets. No “swimmies” or water wings. Lifeguards must check every device that a patron brings before it enters the water.
- Lap lanes are strictly for lap swimming only. Children may swim in these lanes if they are lap swimming.
- Kickboards, noodles, and pull buoys are permitted during open swim. All other equipment is reserved for swim lessons or water aerobics. The equipment storage closet is to stay locked at all times.
- A lifeguard ratio of 1:25 is strictly enforced. The ratio may be lessened if warranted.
- Inappropriate behavior and language are prohibited.
- For safety reasons, please refrain from talking to lifeguards in the stand except for clarification of rules or other safety reasons.
25. Lifeguards on duty have total discretion in determining which actions are deemed safe and unsafe, and have authority to remove those in violation of the above listed rules.
The Capital Region YMCA requires that all children 12 years of age and younger be swim tested before being permitted to use our swimming pools. Once a swim test has been completed, the swimmers age, birth date and neck band color may be logged at that location for easy issue of swim bands for futures visits. During each YMCA visits swimmers may pick up a neck band prior to entering the pool for the day.
3 Years of Age & Younger
- Those swimmers 3 years of age will be issued a Red Swim Band and are expected to follow Capital Region YMCA policies for children with a Red Swim Band.
13 Years of Age & Older
- Those swimmers 13 years of age or older are not required to be swim tested when visiting the Parkway YMCA pool, however all swimmers are reminded that the Capital Region YMCA is committed to Aquatic Safety and the lifeguard staff may restrict swimming areas to members in the interest of their safety.
Swim Test Requirements
Green Swim Test
- Swimmer must demonstrate the ability to swim one length of the pool on their belly without a flotation device while demonstrating horizontal movement and their face in the water as frequently as possible. Swimmer may swim any stroke but must swim on the surface. (Underwater swimming is not acceptable.) Goggles are encouraged.
- Swimmer must demonstrate the ability to tread water for 30 seconds without touching a side wall to rest.
Green Swim Band Policies
Those 12 years of age and younger:
- A Parent/Guardian must be on the pool deck area while the child is in and around the pool.
- Swimmers with an interest to lap swim may do so at the lifeguards discretion if there are not any adult members currently swimming laps in that specific lane. The child must show a maturity and ability for swimming consistently.
- Swimmers may use the slides and diving board regardless of swimmer’s height.
Yellow Swim Test
- Swimmer must demonstrate the ability to swim 1/2 length of the pool on their belly without a flotation device while demonstrating horizontal movement. Swimmer may swim any stroke but must swim on the surface. (Underwater swimming is not acceptable.) Goggles are encouraged.
- Swimmer must demonstrate the ability to float on their back for 30 seconds and return to a vertical position.
Yellow Swim Band Policies
Those 12 years of age or younger:
- Parent/Guardian must be in the pool or on the pool deck area while the child remains in shoulder deep water or less. If the child wants to swim in water greater than shoulder height, they must be within arms reach of a parent/guardian at all times.
- Swimmers are permitted to use the slide and diving board with assistance of a parent/guardian. The parent/guardian should be waiting near by the exit of the slide or diving board (but out of harms way) in order to aid the swimmer if needed.
- Swim who does not want to take a swim test
- Swimmer who is younger than 3
- Swimmer who is unable to demonstrate any of the above mentioned green or yellow swim test
Red Swim Band Policies
Those 12 years of age and younger
- Swimmers who will be swimming in shoulder deep water or less do not need to wear a coast guard approved flotation device.
- Swimmers who will remain in arms reach of parent/guardian (in the shallow end) do not need to wear a coast guard approved flotation device.
- The ratio of red band swimmers to parent/guardian is 2 to 1. When there is more than one red band swimmer to parent/guardian, the swimmers need to be in coast guard approved flotation devices.
- If the child wants to swim in water greater than shoulder height, then the child must be in a coast guard approved flotation device and be within arm’s reach of a parent/guardian. Lifeguards have the final discretion and may request parent/guardian to swim with the child in the shallow end.
- Parents/guardians must remain within arms reach if their child is in a coast guard approved flotation device.
- Swimmers are not permitted to use the diving board or water slide.