Ric Nuber YMCA

Swim Guidelines & Policies

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.


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


Pool Rules

  • Please obey all lifeguard instructions; failure to do so may result in patron being asked to leave.

  • All persons using the swimming pool must take a shower before entering the pool enclosure.

  • No hanging on lane lines, ropes, or rails.

  • Children who are not toilet trained must wear swim diapers.

  • Pool patrons will be encouraged to share lanes, when needed.

  • The pool will be closed at least 30 minutes in cases of inclement weather.

  • Food and drink (including gum and candy) are not allowed in the aquatic facility, except for water in unbreakable containers.

  • No diving. Starting blocks shall not be used for any purpose other than for competitive swimming and other aquatics programming.

  • Glass, sharp objects, or any other items which might cause injury or accidents shall not be allowed in the pool or pool area.

  • Appropriate swim attire must be worn in aquatics area. No cut-offs, street clothes, thong bathing suits, string bathing suits, or other attire deemed inappropriate by YMCA staff, unless deemed appropriate for religious purposes.

  • YMCA staff must approve all flotation devices. No large rafts, inner tubes, or other floats allowed.

  • Always walk. No running, flips, or rough housing in the pool area. Inappropriate behavior is not allowed.

  • Spitting, spouting water, blowing the nose, or discharging bodily waste in the pool is strictly prohibited.

  • Persons having open blisters, cuts, etc. are not advised not to use the pool. No Band-Aids are allowed in the aquatic facility.

  • Additional rules may be set forth by lifeguards or by YMCA Management, and may vary at other YMCA branches.

    Be Safe & Have Fun!  

We partner with Ellis & Associates Water Safety Program, the industry leader in water safety since 1983 and trainer of lifeguards at some of the world’s largest water parks.
All YMCA lifeguards are trained by Ellis to prevent aquatic emergencies and conduct emergency and rescue care whenever necessary.
During your visit to one of our pools, you may observe ongoing training exercises, including live water safety and rescue drills. Such training allows the Y's lifeguards to stay prepared as the guardians of your family's safety and well-being.
Help us keep you safe
There is nothing more important to us than the safety of your family as you enjoy our pools. You can help us by following all posted pool rules and the instructions of our lifeguards.