Swim Guidelines

We follow the aquatic industry standards of test, mark, and protect. Every child seven years or older will take a swim test, earn a swim band, and will need to wear the appropriate band every time the use our pool facilities. Below, are our association-wide swim guidelines.

Swim Testing
Safety is our highest priority. Everyone between the ages of seven and twelve needs to take a swim test. Children six and under will automatically receive a red band.

A Family Who Swims Together, Stays Together
Adult supervision of kids is important as it allows our lifeguards and aquatic safety staff to focus on the water, and keeping everyone safe.  Children ages six and under must be accompanied by an adult. Children ages seven to ten must have a parent or caregiver in the facility.



The Y is committed to providing safe, and fun aquatic environments to our communities.



Parents/caregivers may not have more than two red banded children in their care. If parents/caregivers have two red banded children in their care one child will be required to wear a life jacket. Each pool has a limited supply of life jackets. You are welcome to bring your own life jacket(s). Life jackets must be Coast Guard Approved.


  • 3,700+ people drown each year; of which 1,500 are children.
  • Drowning remains the second-leading cause of injury-related death for children ages one to14 years.
  • Over 500 drownings take place in guarded pools every year.
  • Most aquatic incidents happen in shallow (three - five feet) water.
  • Protect non-swimmers, especially younger children, by restricting them to the shallow end, and add additional layers of protection.
  • Test, Mark, and Protect is a swim test that designates swim areas based on participant's swimming ability.
  • Supervise every non-swimmer actively, within arms reach of a parent or caregiver.


  • Always walk in the pool area.
  • Food, gum, and glass containers are prohibited.
  • Swimsuits are required; swim diapers must be worn for non-potty trained children.
  • Horseplay, wrestling, rough housing, and foul language are not permitted.
  • Children ages six and younger must be within arm’s reach of a parent or caregiver.
  • A parent/caregiver may only supervise two red band children at a time, one of the children must remain in a life jacket at all times.
  • Inflatables in which support a swimmer are prohibited.
  • Underwater distance swimming and breath-holding is not permitted.
  • Swim equipment shall be used during lap swimming and aquatic programs only.
  • Diving is permitted only in areas with at least nine feet of water.
  • For patron safety lifeguards have final discretion.
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