Rules & Regs


To ensure that the pool is operated in a manner consistent with the good health and safety of its members and to provide an enjoyable environment for members, the following pool rules will be in effect during the 20118 pool season.

Northwest Branch Recreation, Inc. (NWB) Association will not assume any responsibility for injuries or damage resulting from failure by members, guests, or others to abide by these rules.

Violations may lead to loss of NWB privileges. Members are responsible for seeing that their guests also abide by these rules.


When MCPS is in Session

11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Every day (MCPS not in session)

3:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday (MCPS in session)

3:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Friday (MCPS in session)

11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturdays (MCPS in session)

11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Sundays (MCPS in session)

When MCPS is NOT in Session

11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Sunday through Friday

11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Saturdays, however the pool will remain open until 10:00 occasionally on a Saturday for special events sponsored by the pool.

Special Pool Hours

4th of July:

11:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. (Early close for fireworks)

7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. (POOL CLOSED)

10:00 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. (After fireworks swim)

Late Season (Extra weekend):
POOL CLOSED during the week following Labor Day.  On the weekend following Labor Day, the Pool will be open 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Swim Meets
‘A’ meets occur Saturday mornings and ‘B’ meets occur Wednesday evenings.  Notice of an upcoming home meet will be posted near the front desk in advance of the home meet. The main pool will be closed to general member swimming during home swim meets. 

Junior and Wading pools will be open to the membership during home swim meets: From 9:00 a.m. for ‘A’ meets and will remaining open until 9:00 p.m. for ‘B’ meets.  Be advised that, just as during regular pool hours, the lifeguards have no responsibility for people in these areas and parents or authorized caregivers are responsible for the safety of their children. (see AGE RESTRICTIONS 1, 3, and 5)


1. Members and their guests must check in at the front desk before entering the bath house.  Guest children aged 4 and under are admitted free of charge.

2. Guest privileges may be restricted if the Pool Manager anticipates overcrowding.

3. Guests must be accompanied by a member.  Any member planning a party for 10 or more guests on any given day must notify the Pool Manager at least 24 hours in advance.  Guests who are residents of the metropolitan area may use guest privileges up to 10 times a season.  Guests for parties (whether at the gazebo or not) are limited, per membership, to 20 non-member guests on weekdays and 15 non-member guests on weekends and holidays.  (See gazebo rules under “General Rules” at end.)


1. Children aged 112 and under must be under the supervision of a parent or authorized caregiver while on pool grounds.  Children age 14 and over are permitted to be responsible for up to two children under age 12.

2. Children under age 8 must be accompanied and directly supervised by a parent or authorized caregiver while in the water.

3. Use of the wading pool is restricted to children 4 years old and younger and use of the junior pool to children 6 years and younger.  Parents or authorized caregivers are responsible for and must keep a careful eye on their children in these pools.  Lifeguards have no responsibilities responsibility for people in these areas.

4. Parents are expected to ensure that children can swim before they are permitted to use the diving board or slide.  Lifeguards may test children to be sure that they are able to swim across the well before they will be allowed to swim in the deep end.

5. Parents are responsible for supervising their children in the play areas outside the pool deck.  Children use these facilities at their own risk.  Lifeguards have no supervisory responsibility in these areas.

6. Lifeguards are not permitted to assure personal supervision of any child except during instruction periods.


1. All injuries and accidents occurring on pool property must be reported immediately to the Pool Manager.

2. In the event of an emergency, lifeguards will clear the pool by three blows of a whistle.  All persons must exit the pool immediately upon such signal.

3. Disruptive, unsafe and/or hazardous behavior on the pool grounds is prohibited.  This includes, but is not limited to, running on the pool deck, pushing, fighting, using foul language, roughhousing, skateboarding, using squirt guns and super soakers, and failing to follow instructions of the lifeguards or Pool Manager.

4. Floats, large beach balls, life jackets and water wings are permitted only in the wading and junior pools and only when space permits.  Inner tubes, floating mats and similar items are permitted in the main pool only on designated occasions, such as “Raft Nights.”

5. Kick boards are permitted only for lap swimming.

6. Diving is not permitted in the shallow end of the swimming pool.  Lifeguards can provide information about safe diving practices.  The following rules apply:

  • Only one person is allowed on the diving board or slide at any time.

  • Excessive bouncing on the board is prohibited.

  • A diver or slide user should not proceed until the previous diver or slide user has cleared the area.                     

  • Divers and slide users should clear the diving areawell immediately after diving or sliding.

  • Retrieving objects from the bottom of the diving well is permitted only with the permission of pool lifeguards.

7. The three pools will be closed to general member swimming during swim meets, except as noted above under Special Pool Hours.

87. Safety ropes that surround the pool deck shall not be crossed.

98. Glass and other breakable objects are not permitted on pool grounds.

109. Alcoholic beverages are generally not permitted on pool property.  However, with approval of the Manager on duty, alcoholic beverages (in non-glass containers) may be consumed in the context of a group social function.  Under no circumstances will intoxicated persons be admitted to the pool area or allowed to remain on the grounds.

101. The pool will be closed when mechanical failure or weather conditions so require.  During storms, the pools will be closed and the entire area cleared of members at the discretion of the Pool Manager.  The pool normally will open 30 minutes after a storm has passed.

112. The Pool Manager has the discretion to restrict the number of people using the pool at any time if safety concerns are implicated.

123. The Pool Manager and lifeguards have the authority and discretion to take whatever action they deem necessary to ensure the safety, protection, and well-being of all individuals at the pool and to ensure the safe, clean and efficient operation of the facility at all times.  This authority includes but is not limited to removing persons from the pool if necessary.  Actions by the Pool Manager and lifeguards to enforce these rules may lead to suspension of members in accordance with Article III of the NWBRI Bylaws.

134. Participants in swim team or swim lessons assume all risks associated with participating in the program.  NWBRI assumes no liability for injury or damages rising from participation in the program.


1. Any person who has a contagious disease or open wound or sore may not enter the pool grounds. Any person with an open wound or sore may not enter any of the pools.

2. Children not yet toilet-trained must wear swim diapers when they are in any of the pools.  If the diaper becomes soiled, the child must leave the pool immediately, be given a soap shower, and be rediapered before re-entering a pool.

3. Smoking is not allowed inside the pool grounds as defined by the chain link fence surrounding the pool grounds.  Smokers must extinguish and deposit cigarette butts in trash receptacles outside the pool grounds.  Montgomery County Swim League rules prohibit smoking anywhere on the pool property during a swim meet.


1. Parking is restricted to the lot on NWB property.  During swim meets, managers will direct cars to overflow parking if the pool parking lot is full.

2. Parking is prohibited directly in front of the bathhouse and on the lawn.

3. Two spaces on the Lockwood Drive side of the pool parking lot have been set aside and marked for handicapped parking.


1. Use of the dressing rooms is restricted to members of the same gender, as indicated by signs at the entrances.  Children 5 years old and younger may be taken to either dressing room.

2. Eating and drinking are allowed on the patio adjacent to the bathhouse and snack bar, on the lawns and in the gazebo.  Eating and drinking are not permitted on any of the pool decks.

3. Only swim attire may be worn in the pool.

4. Pool umbrellas, tables and chairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

5. Chairs and chaise lounges are not permitted on the main pool deck.

6. NWBRI is not responsible for personal property left on pool grounds.  A lost and found basket is located outside the pool office.  Unclaimed articles will be donated to a charity when the pile becomes unmanageable.

7. Fifteen minutes before each hour, the main pool will be cleared of swimmers 17 years old and younger for a 15-minute rest period/adult swim.

8. No commercial advertising is permitted on bulletin boards.

9. Paddles and balls for ping pong, as well as volleyballs and basketballs, are available from the Desk Attendant.

10. Pool members in good standing (i.e. paid) are permitted to reserve the gazebo for private parties.  The gazebo is available in three-hour time slots: 12:00-3:00 p.m., 3:00-6:00 p.m., and 6:00-9:00 p.m.  Members will pay the regular guest fee for each guest at their party.  Guest passes may be used. Guests MUST sign in at the front desk. Guests at the gazebo are limited to 20 non-member guests on weekdays and 15 non-member guests on weekends and holidays.

*Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis, especially when adequate supervision of young party guests is at issue.  All party attendees, even those not wearing swimsuits, are considered guests and are required to pay.

To reserve the gazebo, a pool member in good standing must write their name for the desired time slot and date in the Gazebo Reservation Book provided at the front desk for this purpose.  Guards are permitted to answer inquiries from pool members about available dates over the phone, but the actual reservation must be made by the member coming in person and signing up for the time slot in the book, being sure to leave a contact number where they can be reached regarding the reservation.

Members are required to clean up after their party.  Decorations may be hung from the rafters, etc., but everything must be taken down and removed from the premises at the end of the party.  If trash cans are full, please notify a guard to empty the trash and supply a new trash bag.  Please have the gazebo clean and empty 15 minutes prior to the end of your party to allow for the next reserved event.