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DAPA POOL & FACILITIES USE – POLICIES & GUIDELINES – Updated 4/08

I. POOL USE HOURS:

• The Del Amigo pool will generally be heated from April 1 - October 31 at the discretion of the Del Amigo Board of Directors. Hours of operation will be:

• Monday – Saturday………….. 6:00AM – 8:00AM (Adult Lap Swimming Only)

• Monday – Sunday…………...8:00AM – 9:00PM (Open to General Membership, except when reserved for swim team and / or swim lessons)

• The Pool shall be closed as necessary for cleaning and / or maintenance and, at the discretion of the Del Amigo Board of Directors or lifeguards.

• The Pool facilities are closed for use by the general membership when reserved for the swim team (this includes the wading / baby pool) and may also be closed for swim lessons. Notice shall be posted.

II. LIFEGUARD HOURS:

• During the (public) school year, subject to Lifeguard availability………3:15PM - 7:00PM

• During the summer (approximately mid-June through Labor Day)…12:00PM - 9:00PM

• When a Lifeguard is NOT present, all the following will apply:

• An adult must accompany children under 18.

• All pool covers must be off the pool for you to use the pool

III. GUIDELINES AND EXPECTATIONS OF YOUR PERSONAL CONDUCT:

1. Respect for the Lifeguards authority and compliance with their decisions regarding matters of personal safety and pool discipline is expected of you, your family members and guests at all times. The

Lifeguards have the full backing of the Del Amigo Board of Directors to enforce all policies and guidelines and the authority to dismiss any member, or guest, from the pool area for the balance of any day. The Del Amigo Board of Directors will swiftly deal with any member or guest directing argumentative or verbally abusive behavior toward the Lifeguards (see #15).

2. Children age 14 and under must be supervised by an adult while at the pool.

3. Respect for, and compliance with the decisions of the Del Amigo Board of Directors regarding the welfare of the general membership, the pool and its safe operations and long-term viability of the Del Amigo Pool Association is expected at all times.

4. Respect for other DAPA members, the Del Amigo facilities and conducting yourself in a responsible, courteous manner is expected at all times.

5. Boisterous conduct, use of profane language, any verbal abuse or threats or other similar practices will be dealt with in a zero tolerance manner by the Del Amigo Board of Directors (see #15).

6. As a member, you are accountable for the actions of, and responsible for, the supervision of your children while they are using the pool (whether you are present or not). The lifeguards are responsible for pool safety and discipline, not the supervision of your children. You should have no expectation that the lifeguards are providing babysitting services.

7. As a member, you are accountable for the actions of and responsible for, the supervision of your guests while they are using the pool. This includes accountability / payment for any damages caused by guests.

8. If your child wears diapers, you are responsible for making sure he/she must wear the approved “swim diapers” in the pools. This is a requirement of the Contra Costa Health Department. Any fines issued by the CCC Health Department will be passed directly onto the general membership as a special assessment.

9. Please leave your pets at home; they do not belong at the pool. This is a requirement of the Contra Costa Health Department. Any fines issued by the CCC Health Department will be passed directly onto the general membership as a special assessment.

10. Roller blades, scooters and skateboards are not allowed in the pool area. Bicycles must be left outside the pool enclosure. This is a requirement of our liability insurance. No exceptions.

11. Loud music is not allowed. Please keep the volume down on personal music devices you bring to the pool.

12. There is no smoking inside the pool gate or in the pool area in general. This is a requirement of the Contra Costa Health Department. Any fines issued by the CCC Health Department will be passed directly onto the general membership as a special assessment.

13. Park in the lined areas and keep fire lanes clear. This is a requirement of our Land Use Permit with the Town of Danville. Any fines issued by the Town of Danville will be passed directly onto the general membership as a special assessment. Repeated violations place our Land Use Permit in jeopardy.

14. Members coordinating gatherings of more than 10 people outside the normal party process must inform the Vice-President (phone number is on the website) in advance in order to allow notification to lifeguard staff and for public safety issues.

15. Repeated and / or serious violations will be reported to the Vice-President of the Board of Directors.

Upon receipt of the complaint, the Board of Directors may, at their discretion take any of the following actions:

a. Place offending member on probation for a period not to exceed thirty - (30) days.

b. Suspend the offending member for a period not to exceed thirty - (30) days.

c. Expel the offending member formally according to the procedure outlined in the Bylaws of the Del Amigo Pool Association.

 

IV. USING THE DAPA FACILITIES:

A. IN GENERAL:

1. The governing rules of the State Board of Health and / or the Contra Costa County Department of Public Health will prevail at all times, and copies thereof, when available, are to be posted on the bulletin board.

2. The “Using the DAPA Facilities” section is designed to ensure that DAPA remains in compliance with our Town of Danville Land Use Permit and the terms and conditions set forth in our Liability Insurance Policy.

B. AT THE GATE:

1. BRING YOUR KEY. Additional / replacement keys can be obtained from our Gatekeeper for $50 per key.

2. The gate to the pool area is to be kept closed and locked at all times. Lifeguards may not leave the pool unattended to open the gate.

3. The gate may not be propped opened.

 

C. ON THE POOL DECK:

1. STAY OUT OF THE OFFICE. (The office is for Lifeguards and swim team coaches only.)

2. No running, rough play (i.e. mock fights, pool tag) disorderly or boisterous conduct is permitted.

3. No pushing or throwing of persons into either pool.

4. No tampering with pool or association equipment.

5. There is NO walking or diving with swim fins on, NO playing on or around lane rope roller or pool covers. NO climbing on poles, trees, tables or ladders, and NO pulling on flags.

6. The consumption of food and beverages in not allowed in the changing rooms.

7. Please don’t throw or bat balls against the wooden perimeter fence, the result is broken fencing that is very costly to repair.

 

D. SWIMMING IN THE MAIN POOL:

1. Stay off the lane ropes, no hanging over or swimming over the lane ropes (they are very expensive to replace). FYI - increased tension on the lanes lines can cause the wall clips to which the lane ropes connect to be pulled out of the pool wall. In this case, the pool will require draining and closing for up to one week to repair the damage.

2. Stay out of the lap lanes and don’t disrupt lap swimmers.

3. No jumping or diving off the swimming meets starting blocks when installed for use at swim meets or practice.

4. No diving in the shallow end (under 4-1/2 ft. marker). All diving must be done in the deep part of the pool (past the 4-1/2 ft. marker).

5. No diving backwards or flips from the sides of the pool.

6. If you wear swim fins, you must enter the pool sitting down, no jumping in.

7. No hardballs or hard bats allowed.

8. Tennis balls can be “soft tossed”, but not thrown at high velocity or batted. (Any conduct deemed problematic by the Lifeguards will result in loss of privilege).

9. Squirt guns / super soakers are at the Lifeguard’s discretion (any conduct deemed problematic by the Lifeguards will result in loss of privilege).

10. Any child using a flotation device is the responsibility of their parents and must be directly supervised by a responsible adult. The adult must be either in the pool or at the edge of the pool monitoring the child.

11. All persons with hair longer than shoulder length will contain their hair either by a cap or with bands. All hairpins, bobby pins, etc. must be removed before entering the pools.

12. No coin diving is permitted in the pool.

13. No cut-off shorts permitted in the pool.

E. ABOUT LIFEGUARD BREAK TIMES:

1. Lifeguard break times occur 15 minutes before each hour and finish on the hour (when they are on duty).

2. Only adults over age18 are permitted to swim during the break time.

3. Children under 18 are not permitted to be on the steps or sitting with feet in the pool during break period.

4. Babies (under one year of age) are allowed in the pool during the break, if being held by a parent.

F. USING THE DIVING BOARD SAFELY:

1. All dives are subject to Lifeguard discretion

2. One person on the diving board at a time.

3. Make sure diving area is clear before diving.

4. Jumping or diving must be performed with one bounce only and must be straight ahead.

5. No inward dives.

6. No jumping off the diving board wearing a flotation device of any kind.

7. Do not hang on the diving board.

8. There is to be NO swimming in the diving area except from diving board to ladders.

9. Use ladders to exit the diving area.

10. The diving board is closed when pool is reserved for swim team use, unless a lifeguard is on duty.

G. FOOD AND BEVERAGE GUIDELINES:

1. No food within six (6) feet of the pool. It is damaging to our pool filtering system, which is very expensive to fix and/or replace. It is recommended that you eat food on the grass or on the picnic tables.

2. No glass containers of any kind are permitted within the pool enclosure.

3. Alcohol is permitted. Any conduct deemed problematic by the Lifeguards or the Del Amigo Board of Directors will be dealt with swiftly in a zero tolerance manner. (See #4 and #15 in the “Guidelines and Expectations of Your Personal Conduct” section.)

4. No gum.

5. Members are responsible for cleaning up their own refuse.

6. No children under 18 are allowed into the kitchen.

7. The refrigerator in the kitchen will be cleaned out nightly.

 

H. USING THE WADING (BABY) POOL:

1. PARENTS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY CHILD IN THE WADING POOL, NOT THE LIFEGUARDS.

2. Adults or a responsible member of the family (at least 16 years old) must supervise children that use the wading pool.

3. Wading (baby) pool is closed during swim meets.

4. Use of the wading pool is restricted to children six (6) years and younger.

5. If a child uses diapers he/she must wear a “swim diaper”. This is a requirement of the Contra Costa Health Department. Any fines issued by the CCC Health Department will be passed directly onto the general membership as a special assessment.

 

V. INVITING GUESTS TO USE DAPA - POLICIES:

1. Members are responsible for all of their guests. Guests must be accompanied by a DAPA member at all times. Guests without an accompanying member will be dismissed from the pool.

2. Guests are required to sign the Del Amigo Pool Association’s Release of Liability form.

3. Party rules prevail regarding guests invited to a planned party event.

4. No outside organization will be allowed on the premises at any time without the specific approval of the Del Amigo Board of Directors.

 

VI. ENFORCEMENT OF POLICIES AND GUIDELINES:

1. Each DAPA member / family shall be given a set of these policies and guidelines upon joining. It is your responsibility to become familiar with the policies and guidelines of DAPA and assure that each of your family members are too.

2. The lifeguards have the authority to dismiss any member, or guest, from the pool area for the balance of any day, and otherwise have the power to enforce these Policies and Guidelines and are in charge of pool safety and discipline.

3. The names of members or guests dismissed by the Lifeguards and the specifics of the incident / violation will be documented and reported to the Vice President of the Board of Directors for any possible further action.

4. Repeated and / or serious violations will be reported to the Vice-President of the Del Amigo Board of Directors. Upon receipt of the complaint, the Board of Directors may, at their discretion take any of the following actions:

a. Place offending member on probation for a period not to exceed thirty - (30) days.

b. Suspend the offending member for a period not to exceed thirty - (30) days.

c. Expel the offending member formally according to the procedure outlined in the By Laws of the Del Amigo Pool Association.

 

VII. WORK DAY POLICY

1. Work day policy: There are two work days a year in spring and fall. Each family is required to provide 2 hours of community support per work day (4 hours total per year). If two adults show up for one work day then you are only required to work one hour for that work day. Two adults in one work day do not count for two work days.

2. You must sign in before you start your work day. The signature is worth $40.

3. Please show up promptly by 8am to ensure your credit. Showing up after the 8-10am time-slot doesn't qualify for work day credit unless authorized by outdoor maintenance officer or president. Request must be in writing and approved. This rule is a benefit to the community at large so that each family is included and appreciated.

4. If you cannot make the work day due to vacation plans or other unplanned events, you may work a carnival day or one of the two dinner nights. You must contact the activities chair officer and prearrange the job for the event. At these events, like work day, it is the members responsibility to sign in on the sign-in sheet.

5. Sign in sheets will be created before the events so do not add your name to the sheet if you were not prearranged to work the function.

6. Any disputes for missing workday credits will need to be addressed through the DAPA Board President