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MEMBERSHIP: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW


Membership is open to anyone who enjoys our quiet, wooded setting. The Swarthmore Swim Club does not have a residency requirement. We welcome new members from all local communities.
Here are some activities/amenities we offer: 
  • Swim Lessons (Free and Paid/Private available)
  • Competitive Swim and Dive Teams
  • Picnic Grove with Snack Bar and Grill Area 
  • Two Playground Areas
  • Men's and Women's Showers and Private Changing Areas
  • Movie Nights
  • Raft Parties
  • Buddy Days
  • Water Aerobics 
  • Early Morning Lap Pool Access 

Contact    Membership@SwarthmoreSwimClub.org  for more information to join us this season or click on the link to renew/sign up.

MEMBER ADMITTANCE: 

All members must tell the staff member at the desk their name in order to gain admittance. Anyone who passes through our gate must be a member, babysitter with a babysitter pass or guest of a member, including anyone not planning to swim.  No one may enter who is not located in our database. Staff will verify the status of members seeking admission against the database information.

GUESTS: All guests must be accompanied by a member age 14 and over and must present a guest pass or pay a guest fee prior to entering the club. Guess passes are printed for each season, and they expire at the end of each season. GUEST FEES $10.00 per person. $5.00 after 5:00 pm.  All guests must be accompanied by a member and the member must remain on the premises for the duration of their visit. 

Entrance without membership or pass are made for guests attending swim and dive meets and the annual water show; Such exceptions are limited to the duration of the club-sponsored event.

BABYSITTER PASS: For use only by a caregiver when accompanied by a member’s child(ren). May be transferred to a new caregiver if necessary. Babysitters must be age 14 or older.

SUPERVISION OF CHILDREN: Children ages 10 and under may not enter the swim club without a member or babysitter at least 14 years old. However, members' children entering sixth-grade after the season and who have earned a pool safety ribbon may enter the club unaccompanied. Additionally, exceptions are made for children attending the club-sponsored practice for the swim team, dive team, or water show. Such exceptions are limited to the duration of the club-sponsored event.

BUDDY DAYS:  Buddy days are held every Friday and are a great way to share the joy of the pool with a non-member friend.  Any guests 13 and under are welcome for only $1. 

SWAP DAYS: If you are a member of Wallingford, Creekside, Rose Valley or Swarthmore Swim Club you are free to participate in local Club Swap Days. Simply show up to these Clubs on the days listed to have full access to the clubs listed below. You will just need to tell them who you are. If you are planning to visit Swarthmore Swim Club, Welcome! We're happy to share our Club with you.

Monday: Wallingford Swim Club
Tuesday: Creekside Swim Club

Wednesday: Rose Valley Swim Club

Thursday: Swarthmore Swim Club

SKILL TESTING:

Members and guests may be required to demonstrate minimum acceptable swimming skills prior to using certain portions of the club facilities. Children under 12 years old, and others at the discretion of the manager must pass the following tests:

ORANGE BRACELET: For access to the long area of the L-Pool from the shallow end buoy line to the far wall. Must swim 2 widths of the pool without stopping except to turn and return. Freestyle with arms coming out of the water or backstroke are acceptable strokes for this test. A child who does not have an orange bracelet may swim with an adult in the orange bracelet section of the pool including using the slide. This does not include access to the diving well or diving board. A green bracelet is required to use the diving well and/or diving boards. This activity may be suspended at the discretion of the manager on duty. Please, only one adult to one non-band swimming child. 

GREEN BRACELET: For access to the diving well and lap pool. Must be able to swim from the 3-foot rope to the deep end and back without stopping (or the equivalent if the lap pool is used for testing). 30 seconds treading water. Must swim freestyle to the deep end and can utilize freestyle or backstroke for swimming back.  Note: Lap Pool equivalent is one lap, followed by 30 seconds of threading water adn then one lap back. 

Please Note: General skills tests will be administered by a Manager. Swim team coaches will administer tests for placement on the swim team.

If you received a green band in a previous season, you do NOT need to retake the test. Please check in at the office and they can look in our system and give you your band. Any swimmers who are entering 6th grade and older do not have to take the swim test.

NOTE: If you have difficulty swimming despite your age, a manager may request a test to review your ability and ensure your safety.

FACILITIES:

BABY POOL: Parents are responsible for the safety and conduct of their children in the baby pool. This pool is for use by children under age 5.

DIVING WELL: The deepest end of the L Pool is the only area where diving is permitted. A Green Bracelet is required to use the diving well. Only one person is permitted on the diving board at a time. The diving well will be closed for all home dive meets.

LAP POOL: The lap pool is to be used for swimming laps only, no jumping or diving. The lap pool features salt water chlorination which is the preferred method of an avid swimmer. A Green Bracelet is required to use the lap pool. Swimmers are expected to share lanes during periods of peak demand. Two swimmers may choose to swim on sides; circle swimming should be used when three or four swimmers are sharing a lane. The lap pool may be restricted to adult use only at the discretion of the manager on duty. Please Note: During busy periods the Manager on Duty may limit the duration members and guests can swim laps or may open part of the L pool for lap swimming. The lap pool will be closed for all home swim meets.

PICNIC GROVE: The Picnic Grove is available during all hours of operation.  A refrigerator with complimentary condiments is provided for members and guests.  If you would like to use one of our grills, please see a manager for assistance.  Any grill in use should be attended by an adult at all times.  If using the charcoal grill, please do not leave unattended until the hot charcoal has been disposed of by a manager.  

Please, no glass containers anywhere on the pool grounds to avoid any glass in the pool.  Glass of any kind in the pool may result in the need to drain the pool and close for an undetermined amount of time. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

SWIM LESSONS: Free swim lessons are offered in two separate two-week sessions each season. One session will be in late June and one will be in mid-July.  Each session offers the following time slots.  12:30-1PM, 1-1:30PM, and 5:30-6PM.  

There will be beginner and intermediate classes for free swim lessons.

Levels are described as:

Beginner: cannot put face in the water to goes under water and is ready to learn some stokes

Intermediate: prep for orange or green band tests to ready to learn new strokes to prep for swim team

2019 Schedule for Free Lessons (subject to change) 

- Session 1- June 24-28 and Jul 1-5
- Session 2 - July 8-12 and July 15-19
* Evening lessons will be Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri due to swim meets on Wednesdays. 
* (Note all Thursday lessons will be canceled in Session 1 week 2 due to July 4th)

Private lessons ($25/half-hour) and semi-private lessons for 2 kids ($40/half-hour) are available. ALL private swim lessons need to be set up at the front desk and payment should go directly to SSC who will take care of compensating the lifeguards.  We appreciate your cooperation! 

RAFT NIGHT:  Float nights are typically every Friday starting at 6 PM.  BYOFloat is encouraged!

FOOD AND BEVERAGES: Please try to limit food and beverages (other than water) to the picnic grove area. If you find it necessary to eat in the pool area, please keep all food and beverages on grass areas only and discard trash and recyclables in appropriate receptacles. Members & guests are allowed to bring their own alcohol to the Club.  Please, NO GLASS of any kind should enter the pool area.  Any glass in the pool will result in the closure of the pool and potential drainage if it cannot be found. 

EVENTS AND BIRTHDAY PARTIES: Members can host events and birthday parties at the pool free of charge.  Members would be responsible to pay $10 for any non-member guests. Outside food and drink are welcome. Party hosts are responsible for all setup and clean up. Please contact General Manager, Kevin Haney, to reserve your date and time at sscgeneralmanager@gmail.com. 

SWIM DIAPERS: Children who are not completely toilet trained are required to wear swim diapers and rubber swim pants over top of them. Failure to follow this rule may (under worst-case conditions) require the closure of the pool for extended periods due to the need to increase chemical levels. Swim diapers are available for purchase at the office.

PARKING: Park only in designated spaces. Handicapped parking is available on either side of the front entrance. Overflow parking is available in the lot adjacent to the club driveway on Riverview Road.

PERSONAL PROPERTY: The club accepts no responsibility for personal property at the pool. At the end of the summer, unclaimed items will be donated to local charities. Please leave your valuables at home.

COURTEOUS BEHAVIOR: Loud, rude, vulgar, and dangerous behavior is not permitted. Dangerous behaviors include, but are not limited to: wrestling, running on the pool deck, dunking, or other inappropriate use of the club facilities. Radios or other audio devices must be used with earphones. Smoking is not permitted on swim club grounds.

INTERACTION WITH LIFEGUARDS: Our lifeguards have an important and difficult job and their primary responsibility is your safety. Do not distract them with conversation while they are on the guard stand. Please refrain from arguing with the lifeguards. If you do not agree with a decision made by a lifeguard, please address the issue privately with the manager on duty.