Child Life Jacket Policy

Pool Safety

The Y takes the safety of children very seriously. Our Life Jacket Policy helps to ensure safety in our pools.

  • Patrons who do not pass the swim test are considered non-swimmers.

  • Patrons who decline to take the swim test are considered non-swimmers.

  • Non-swimmers must stay in shallow water (armpit-depth or less) and require active adult supervision.

  • Active adult supervision means an adult must be in the water within arm’s reach at all times.

  • Non-swimmers who do not meet the “armpit-depth” guideline are required to wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved personal flotation device (PFD) and require active adult supervision.

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

Why is the Y implementing this policy? 
The Y is committed to the safety of children in our pools. Use of Coast Guard Approved PFD’s by non-swimmers is a widely used safety measure of many YMCAs.

What is a Coast Guard Approved PFD? 
Examples Below

Can members bring their own PFD? 
Yes, as long as it is coast guard approved. The Y will have PFDs available for use while you are with us. 

What if I don’t want my child in a life jacket? 
As long as your child can pass the swim test or is able to meet the arm-pit depth height requirement they will not need to wear a PFD. If they do not meet these requirements, then they will need to wear a PFD.

For more information view the FAQ and see examples of U.S. Coast Guard approved personal flotation devices (PFD)