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NWT pools commonly use the following rules, based on best practices. Pool rules need to be consistent with NWT Public Pool Regulations.

General rules: Posted

  • Take a shower before you enter the pool.
  • Walk on the deck at all times.
  • Obey pool staff.
  • Do NOT take any glass containers in the change/shower rooms, on the pool deck, or in or near the pool.
  • Do NOT wear any footwear on the pool deck, except footwear such as deck shoes that you only wear there.
  • Do NOT spit, spout water, blow your nose, or pee in or otherwise pollute the pool water.
  • Do NOT enter the pool if you have an open, weeping sore/rash or diarrhea.
  • Do NOT dive, unless the water is deep enough, the depth is clearly marked, and there is a sign that says “DEEP END” or “DIVING ALLOWED”.
  • Do NOT bring any food, drinks, or chewing gum into the pool area.
  • Do NOT play in and around the pool in a way that is dangerous to any person.
  • Do NOT bring any drugs or alcohol to the facility.
  • Do NOT enter or try to enter the facility if you are under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Rules about children: Posted

A child under seven years of age can use the pool ONLY IF:

  • The child is with a person that is 12 years of age or older.
  • The person stays within arm’s reach when the child is in or around the pool.

This does not apply when the child is at an activity with a qualified instructor, lifeguard, or coach to supervise them. For example: swimming lessons or swim club practice.

Infants must wear garments that contain all fecal matter (e.g. tight fitting rubber panties). People responsible for the child must:

  • Maintain the garment.
  • Change it when needed.
  • Take any other needed actions to prevent the child and their garments from contaminating the pool.

Nude children are not allowed in the pool.

A child must wear a lifejacket at all times and be with someone 12 years or older if:

  • The child is shorter than the water depth at the deepest part of the pool. AND
  • The child cannot swim, according to the lifeguard.

General rules: Not posted

Each community pool is unique and may need other rules. Pool supervisors need to recognize actions that may endanger public health and safety. Set up rules to reduce the possibility of those things happening.

  • Do not stand on flutter-boards. A person can fall off and the flutter-board shoots to the surface and may cause injury.
  • Do not stand on mats. Someone can fall off and get hurt or hurt someone else.
  • Do not hang on the buoy lines. This helps them last longer.
  • Do not hang on the thermometer—so it doesn’t break.
  • Do not eat pool noodles or use them as weapons.
  • Do not push or throw people into the pool from the deck or in the water.
  • Ask the lifeguard to approve all toys brought to the pool. Check to see if they may damage the pool liner (e.g. hard flippers can cut it easily and cause injury; other toys can pollute the facility or water.)
  • Do not ride on a person’s shoulders. Piggybacking is okay. People on shoulders fall off too easily, fall a greater height, and can get hurt.
  • Do not throw people in the pool. This includes holding your hands so they can put one foot in and jump over your shoulder etc. It is possible to gain great height and given how shallow the pool is, someone can get hurt.
  • Use rescue equipment ONLY for rescues and swimming lessons.

If a person wears a lifejacket, they MUST wear it properly. Lifejackets are available for anyone to use.

If people bring their own lifejacket, the lifeguard must make sure it is sanitized and used only indoors so it does not contaminate the pool.

  • Do not use foul language.
  • Never pretend to be a drowning victim.
  • Do NOT bring dogs or other animals into the pool facility.
  • Do NOT enter the water backwards. Kids do not look before they jump and may land on someone, or they can hit their chin on the deck.
  • Do not play on or jump from the ladders.
  • Wear acceptable swimming attire.
  • Not everyone owns or can afford a bathing suit. Acceptable swimming attire includes (clean) shorts, T-shirts, cut-offs.

rules.txt · Last modified: 2015/02/11 16:54 (external edit)