Pool Rules

Aquatic Safety Rules

Adopted & Reinforced by the YMCA of Rapid City, effective 3/1/21

• Any person wanting to swim in water higher than their armpit – must be able to swim the “Swim Test”.

• To ensure the safety of every child, we will Swim Test every child every time they come to the pool. This 1-2 minute swim is a great way for us to ensure your child’s safety and a great time for them to gain confidence, improve swimming, and gain endurance!

“Swim Test”

1) Tread water for 30 seconds, ears must be out of water, and swimmer must be in a vertical position, then immediately swimmer must….

2) Swim 1 length of the 25 yard lap pool (swim must be on stomach, swim nonstop, swimmer must put face in the water a minimum of 3 times showing no signs of discomfort nor panic).

• Those 5-years-old and under, regardless of their swimming ability, must have an adult in the water, and in same swim area, with them AND:

   o For the child to go into water higher than their armpit, the parent MUST be within arm’s reach of that child.

   o At all other times, in the water parent must be within 10 seconds of their “in the water” child. For example: a child in the 0 depth area, must have a parent in the 0 depth area. Parent, who is accompanying a 5 year old and under in the water, cannot be in program area, or on slide.

• Those ages 6 ½ through 11 (not yet 12), who cannot swim the “Swim Test”; must be with a responsible person, 15 years or older, in order to attend open swim.

Additionally, 1) if open/family swim is in the 8lane pool, the 6 ½ to 11 year old ‘non swimmer” will be required to be in a USCG Life Jacket, provided by the parent 2) their “responsible person” will be within arm’s reach of the child and both must stay where the responsible party can stand with water no higher than armpit height.

General Pool Rules

• Proper swim attire must be worn, i.e. swim suits, swim shorts/trunks, no-cotton shirts. A non-cotton, tight fitting "swim shirt" made of polyester, lyrca or nylon may be worn if deemed safe by aquatic staff.
• Evening swim tests will start at 5:40pm.
• To ensure the safety of every child, we will test every child every time they come to the pool.  This 1-2 minute swim is a great time for them to gain confidence, improve swimming, and gain endurance!
• Accidents do happen - please use swim diapers on those under 3 years of age.
• Goggles are welcome. Masks will not be allowed in either pool for play time.
• Mask, snorkels and fins may be used only for surface lap swimming in lap pool only.
• Non-inflatable flotation devices may be brought in by individual families. This is limited to attached devices, such as, float belts, and USCG life preservers. These will only be allowed in the family pool and the shallow end of the 8 lane pool. All devices must be approved by the lifeguard on duty.
• Underwater swimming and breath holding is not allowed in any of our pools!
• Mon-Sat, Pool breaks will be called 1 hour after open/family swim starts, and then every 50 mins thereafter.  For example: swim session is 5:30 – 8:30, breaks @ 6:30 & 7:30.
• During pool breaks: Everyone must clear the pool and be in the observation area, or locker-rooms.  To help alleviate fecal instances, pool breaks are a time we encourage families to take their young ones to use the restroom.

Adult Lap Swim

This time is designated for lap/exercise only. May use pull buoys, kick boards, or jog laps with belts on. Please note that other programs and open      swim may be occurring in the pool and that at least two lap lanes will be available. Circle swimming is encouraged. For those 14 and older, no exceptions can or will be made regardless of a child’s swimming ability.  Please see Youth/Adult lap swim for those under 14 who want to lap swim.

Adult/Youth Lap Swim

For those under age 14 who can swim four consecutive lengths of the pool and are accompanied by a parent. Parent must be on the deck or in the pool with the lapper.

Open Swim

There is open swim time scheduled daily Monday - Friday.

In the event any pool needs to be closed, we will make a concerted effort to accommodate all scheduled groups into the remaining pools.