Children 12 years old and younger MUST always have an adult present at the pool.

Children eight years and younger MUST always have an adult in the pool and within arm’s reach unless they pass a swim test given by a lifeguard. If the lifeguards are too busy to administer an 8U swim test, the 8U child must stay with an adult. Lifeguards are meant to save lives, not to baby-sit.

Children who are not following the rules or who are being disrespectful will be asked to leave the facility.

General Rules

o All patrons must pay to use our pool. There are resident and nonresident rates based on what school district
you pay your taxes to. Rates are not based on your mailing address and SOC are considered residents.
o All patrons must pay to be on deck whether they enter the water or stay dry on deck or on the bleachers.
o The balcony is always available to view open swim for free.
o No street shoes allowed on the pool deck  Health Code.
o Everyone must wear shoes to go anywhere outside of the locker rooms (including the hallway/balcony).
o All patrons MUST take a full, head to toe shower before entering the water.
o Any overuse of the showers during open swim will not be tolerated (excessive showering).
o Swim diapers are required for small children or people with incontinence.
o No swimming with open or infected wounds.
o No swimming if the patron is feeling ill or has had diarrhea the past two weeks.
o Always obey lifeguard instructions.
o Limit conversation with the lifeguard to necessary communication.
o No swimming directly in front of the lifeguard stand at anytime.
o No running, pushing, or rough play.
o All patrons with hair longer than shoulder length must tie hair back.
o Bobby pins are not allowed in the pool or pool area. Please remove and keep out of the pool area.
o Lap lanes must be used in a circle swim fashion (always stay to the right of the line on the bottom of the
pool) unless there are two or fewer swimmers in the lane. Lanes are to be shared by all patrons always.
o Do not sit or hang on lifelines or lane lines.
o Do not enter the middle area between the bulkheads or go under the bulkheads at any time.
o Starting blocks may be used only by swim team members in scheduled practices or competitions, and when
supervised by a certified coach or instructor.
o All shots on the basketball hoop must be shot from in the water, and please do not hang on the rim.
o The 3-meter high dive will not be open for any public use as a certified diving coach must be present to use
the high dive. One 1-meter board may be open for patron use at all open swims.
o No glass containers in the pool area and locker rooms.
o No cell phone usage in the locker rooms.
o STAFF ONLY in the office during all open swims, lap swims, and open polo.

Lifejackets

o Children wearing their own flotation device must be wearing a US Coast Guard approved floatation
device or will be asked to wear a JPS life jacket. “Swimmies” are not allowed.
o Lifejackets are available for use to keep all non-swimmers safe. If you need a lifejacket and cannot find
one, feel free to ask a lifeguard. Lifeackets should be available under the record board.
o Lifejackets may be used anywhere in the roped off area (the shallow end).
o All swimmers eight years old and younger who are wearing lifejackets MUST always have a parent in the
water and within arm’s reach.

Coaching

o The Jenison High School Aquatics Center offers a variety of private lessons for any age participant.
Because we offer private lessons through community education there may be NO coaching or teaching
taking place during any open or lap swim.
o All private instruction must be given by a JPS staff member through registration at
Jenison Community Education. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Pool Equipment

o Aqua Fitness belts and barbells may be used during open swims and lap swims if space allows, but only by
adults doing aqua fitness exercises preferably in the lap lane area. If lap lanes are too full aqua fitness
patrons may find another space in the pool or if too busy aqua fitness may not be possible.
o Swimmers may only use one inner-tube at a time. Stacking inner tubes is not allowed.
o Noodles, balls, inner-tubes, and all pool toys are allowed in the roped off area. Patrons may bring in their
own water toys as long as they are clearly labeled with their name. Any outside toys not appropriate for the
pool may be asked to be removed based on the discretion of the lifeguard on duty and activity levels.
o Kickboards and pull buoys are for lap swimmers only and are only to be used in the designated lap lanes.

The “Moon Walk”

o Only one swimmer may be on the Moon Walk at a time!
o No swimming/playing around the Moon Walk at anytime.
o There is a weight limit: Patrons must weigh less than 230 lbs to use the Moon Walk.
o No watches, chunky bracelets, large goggles, eyeglasses, etc.
o Swimmers using the Moon Walk must be able to walk/run off the starting block with forward motion.
o No walking onto, jumping onto, or diving headfirst onto the Moon Walk.

The “Twin Track” (Not out every open swim)

o Do not swim or play underneath or near the inflatable obstacle course.
o There is a weight limit: Each racer must weigh less than 150 lbs.
o Racers should be of equal size (approximately).
o If you fall off the twin track swim away immediately. Do not try to climb back on.
o No watches, chunky bracelets, large goggles, eyeglasses, etc.
o Do not hold onto the top portion of the inflatable.
o No grabbing other racers or horseplay.
o Sit and slide or go headfirst in your own lane if you reach the slide portion.
o Do not hang onto the ropes that connect the Twin Track to either wall.

The Diving Board(s)

o Patrons using the diving board must be able to do so independently and get to the nearest wall unassisted.
o All dives must be done forward facing (no inwards, back dives, reverses, or twists).
o Skilled dives by trained divers will be permitted at the lifeguard’s discretion.
o One bounce per person on the diving board.
o One person at a time on the diving board.
o Patrons must go off from a standing position.
o NO swimming under or around the diving board.
o NO grabbing the diving board from the water and/or hanging on it from the water.

Updated Summer 2022