Pool Rules

At the May Center swimming pool, strict adherence to the following rules and etiquette is required for your safety and enjoyment. Individuals who do not obey pool rules will be asked to leave the facility and could face further disciplinary actions.

  • All participants must shower before entering the pool
  • Swim caps are to be worn by all swimmers
  • During lap swim only circle swimming allowed
  • Street shoes are not permitted on pool deck
  • Stationary exercise permitted during designated times only
  • Foul and abusive language not permitted
  • Proper bathing attire required
  • No standing in lap swimming lanes
  • No running in pool area
  • No food or drinks allowed
  • Stop swimming when whistle is blown, look for lifeguard and listen for instructions
  • Flotation devices not supplied by the Y are not permitted
  • Kick boards and pull buoys permitted during lap swim only
  • Flippers, fins, masks, snorkels are permitted at the discretion of the lifeguards
  • Jumping and diving permitted under lifeguard supervision
  • Pushing, kicking and other contact between swimmers not tolerated
  • An adult must accompany children under age 7
  • No splashing allowed
  • Swimmers under 18 must swim one length of pool unassisted or be accompanied by an adult
  • Infants must wear swim diapers; disposable diapers not permitted
  • Weekly family swim is exclusive for families only; at these times limited lap swimming is available for children who wish to swim laps
  • Parents are welcome to stay for the first and last 3-5 minutes of each class (with exception of infant-parent classes)

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