Swim Guidelines

The Y wants to provide families more options to be together, have fun, stay healthy and be safe.  Beginning October 1, 2015, the following new guidelines will improve pool safety and provide additional access to our facilities so that youth can learn the importance of incorporating exercise into their daily lives.

No more waiting in line!
Come in and enjoy easier access to the pool. Each child will now have their own personal swim band, along with identification on their membership card to check in at the facility.

Swim Testing
Safety is our highest priority. We are making necessary adjustments at this time to our operating procedures so that we align with and stay ahead of current aquatic industry standards.

Beginning October 1, 2015, all youth members ages 12 and under must complete a new swim test. By retesting all youth members, we will ensure safety, consistency and regulation of pool depth/configurations among the 20-plus pools we operate in the Pikes Peak Region.  The below pamphlet will provide additional information. At the Y, nothing is more important than your child(ren)’s safety.

A Family Who Swims Together, Stays Together
Adult supervision of kids is important as it allows our lifeguards and aquatic safety staff to focus on the water and keeping everyone safe.  Children ages six and under must be accompanied by an adult; and children ages 7 – 10 must have a parent/caregiver in the facility.

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SWIM BAND REQUIREMENTS

The Y is committed to providing safe, fun aquatic environments to our communities. We are making adjustments to our operating procedures so that we may align with and stay ahead of current aquatic industry standards.

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LIFE JACKET POLICY

Parent/caregiver may not have more than two red band children in their care - one child will be required to wear a life jacket. Each pool has a limited supply of life jackets. You are welcome to bring your own life jacket(s). Life jackets must be Coast Guard Approved.

WATER SAFETY

  • 3700+ people drown each year; of which 1500 are children.
  • Drowning remains the second-leading cause of injury-related death for children ages one to14 years.
  • Over 500 drownings take place in guarded pools every year.
  • Most aquatic incidents happen in shallow (three - five feet) water.
  • Protect non-swimmers, especially younger children, by restricting them to the shallow end and adding additional layers of protection.
  • Test, Mark, Protect: Swim test and designate swim areas based on participants' swimming ability
  • Supervise every non-swimmer actively, within arms reach of a parent or caregiver

SAFE POOLS HAVE RULES

  • Always walk in the pool area.
  • Food, gum and glass containers are prohibited.
  • Swimsuits are required; swim diapers must be worn for non-potty trained children.
  • Horseplay, wrestling, rough housing and foul language are not permitted.
  • Children ages six and younger must be within arm’s reach of a parent or caregiver.
  • A parent/caregiver may only supervise two red band children at a time, one of the children must remain in a life jacket at all times
  • Inflatables in which support a swimmer are prohibited.
  • Underwater distance swimming and breath-holding is not permitted.
  • Swim equipment shall be used during lap swimming and aquatic programs only.
  • Diving is permitted only in areas with at least nine feet of water.
  • For patron safety lifeguards have final discretion.
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