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Outdoor Pool Area Rules

Outdoor Pool Area Rules

• Members and their guests must check in at the Front Desk each time they use the facility.


• Children under 14 years of age cannot be left unattended.


• Children 14-18 must be signed in by a parent or guardian.


• Children under 14 years of age must pass a swim test annually, qualifying them to be in the pool with or without an adult or guardian or swimming in deep water. Deep water starts at our slide to the diving board.


• Children under the age of 14 must be supervised by a parent or guardian in the locker rooms and all children ages 5 and older must use the appropriate gender locker room or the Family Changing Room.




• Only non-inflatable flotation devices are permitted for persons still learning to swim.


• Children or Adults with flotation devices are NOT allowed in the deep end


• For safety reasons, squirt guns are NOT permitted. Balls (designed for pool use) are allowed; this does NOT include hard balls (i.e. tennis, racquetballs, footballs, plastic balls etc.).


• Strollers and chairs must be kept off the pool deck to ensure visual clearance and to have a clear path in case of emergency.


• Everyone must take a cleansing soap shower before entering the pool.


People with hair longer than collar length must secure it in a braid or elastic band or bathing cap. No hair clips or bobby pins are permitted.


• No glass bottles (Snapple, baby bottles, baby food jars, etc.) are permitted in the pool area.


• Food, drinks, and gum are not permitted in the pool or on the pool edge.


• No smoking or vaping on the premises


•  Alcoholic beverages are NOT permitted in the outdoor pool area.


• Disposable and cloth diapers are not allowed in the pool!


• Training pants under tight-fitting plastic pants or specially-made swim diapers are required.


• Band-Aids and bandages are not permitted in the pool.


• “Horseplay” is not allowed on the premises – including, but not limited to running, pushing, shoving, fighting, and carrying another swimmer on your shoulders.


• Lap lanes are reserved solely for lap swimming and deep-end tests. When the pool becomes crowded, 1 lap lane may be taken out to make room for the crowd. Swimmers must share lap lanes when necessary.


• Proper swim attire is required – no cut-off shorts.


• Refrain from hanging or sitting on lap lane lines.


• Diving and jumping are allowed in the deep end only. Flips, back dives, or twists are not allowed unless under swim instruction.


• No person with severe cuts, open sores, rashes, skin eruptions, or known communicable diseases is allowed to use the pool.


• The lifeguard or Manager on Duty has the right to ask anyone who continuously and/or deliberately breaks the rules to leave The Club.


• During designated ADULT ONLY SWIM, children must be supervised by an adult, not left alone.


Goggles That Cover The Nose (Snorkel Mask)

This decision has been made in the interest of safety, as nose-covering goggles pose potential hazards for several reasons:

  1. Emergency Situations: In the event of an emergency, such as a child in distress, the nose covering in masks can be particularly dangerous. If a child is unable to fully lift their head out of the water, they may only be able to access air through their nose, rather than their mouth.
  2. Risk of Aspiration: Additionally, there is a risk of masks filling with water. While goggles can also trap water, the difference lies in the proximity of the water to the nose. In the case of goggles, the water is not directly around the nose, reducing the risk of accidental aspiration if a swimmer panics and inhales while underwater.

Thunder/Lightning Policy

Wayside follows NOAA guidelines regarding thunder and/or lightning. After the last clap of thunder, the indoor and outdoor pools (if open) will be closed for a minimum of 30 minutes, as determined by the Aquatics Director. The outdoor pools, showers, and toilets will be closed and you will be instructed to seek shelter inside the facility. In the event of poor visibility (due to rain, fog, etc.), the pool may be closed at the discretion of the Aquatics Director.

Slide/Diving Board

Swimmers must pass the deep-end test to use the slide or diving board. The slide and diving board may be used when adequate lifeguard supervision is available and at the discretion of the Aquatics Director. The slide must be ridden feet first and by one person at a time. No one is permitted under the slide or diving board when in use. Only one person can be on the diving board at a time. Once in the water after using the slide or diving board, the person must move quickly out of the designated area.

Playground/Kiddie Pool

Parents are required to supervise children at all times. No lifeguard is on duty at Kiddie Pool. Children may be asked to leave the Kiddie Pool or playground if an adult does not supervise them.


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