ADMISSION & GENERAL RULES
- The safety of all patrons is priority number one! These rules are in place to protect all Aquatic Center users and staff.
- Those under eight years old are required to have an adult in the facility outside specific programs, such as BISC.
- Children under seven years old who cannot successfully pass the swim license test must be within arm’s reach of an adult (16 years old or older) and stay in the shallow area of the pool (beach area) during open swim.
- Lifejackets are available for non-swimmers at the pool area entry. Those wearing lifejackets must stay in shallow water and within arm’s reach of an adult (16 years old or older). The safety of our swimmers is paramount.
- Camps, birthday parties, classes, and other groups entering the Family or Open Swim time must follow the same policies as previously stated regarding non-swimmers. In addition, the maximum an adult can be responsible for is five non-swimmers.
- No running or horseplay in or about the pool and dressing room areas.
- Children under the age of 15 must pass a swim license test to use the diving boards, rope swing, and the deep end of the facility.
- No one with open cuts, sores, diarrhea, or other communicable diseases may use the pool or spa at any time.
- No pregnant woman or anyone with an existing heart condition is allowed in the sauna or spa without a doctor’s note.
- Lap swimmers must be at least eight years old, have level 4 skills, and have a swimming license. All lap swimmers must swim continuously.
- No one is allowed in the pool unless supervised by a qualified Lifeguard or Certified Coach who is an employee of the Bainbridge Island Aquatic Center.
- No diving or jumping off starting blocks unless you are going off the rope swing during open swim or you are in swim practice/ swim lessons with a certified instructor who is directing you and is an employee of the Bainbridge Island Aquatic Center.
- Soap showers in locker rooms are required before entering the pool or sauna.
- Body oils and impurities are one of the most significant detriments to water quality.
- No chewing gum is allowed while swimming, lifeguarding, or instructing swimming as it may pose a choking hazard.
- No glass, rocks, or sharp objects in or around the pool area. Broken glass is impossible to clean thoroughly. Sharp objects such as these can cut bare feet.
- No sitting or hanging on lane lines. This equipment is vital to assist in dividing areas and ensuring the safety of swimmers. Also, these are expensive pieces of equipment and break with force.
- No splashing the guards or purposely distracting them in any way. Lifeguards must be able to concentrate on all patrons. For safety, they cannot afford to be distracted by splashing patrons.
- No unnecessary screaming/yelling.
- Parents helping children three years or older of the opposite sex dress should use the family changing rooms. Family changing rooms are provided for this purpose. Some patrons may feel uncomfortable with children of the opposite sex in the standard changing rooms.
- No deck changes or changing diapers on deck. Adequate dressing rooms are provided, and this can cause others to feel uncomfortable. Also, changing diapers on deck can lead to fecal contamination of the tables, chairs, deck, and, ultimately, the pool.
- No shoes with cleats are to be allowed in the aquatic facility.
- No soap or shampoo in the deck shower; rinsing only.
- No food on deck except in the designated spectator areas and guard rooms. Spectators should stay in designated spectator areas.
- Any business or organization outside of Bainbridge Island Metro Park & Recreation District that would like to provide any instruction or therapy within our facility must have permission from the Aquatic Program Manager or Aquatic Center Administrator.
- Admission may be refused for those appearing to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Impaired judgment and balance increase the risk of injury.
- No pets are allowed in the facility except registered service animals, confined to the lobby and spectator areas.
- The Aquatic Center doors will be unlocked five minutes before the published opening time.
PUBLIC HEALTH & SAFETY
- Persons shall not pollute the pool in any manner.
- Smoking is not permitted anywhere in the building or adjacent grounds.
- Kickboards are for lap swim functions only and will not be used during Family and/or Open Swim times.
- No jumping on toys from the diving board or the side of the pool
FLOTATION EQUIPMENT & LARGE TOYS
- Water wings should be used only with direct adult supervision.
- Only play equipment set out by the lifeguard staff may be utilized during Family and Open Swim times. The Supervisor in charge must approve outside equipment or flotation devices.
- No standing on mats or other floatation devices. Keep mats at least 3 feet from the pool edge.
- No jumping on the toys from the diving board.
- Pushing, hitting, or general rough play is not permitted.
- No other floatable devices in the area except beach balls and mounting mats.
- Maximum number of participants is 20 on a toy at one time.
- No participants can climb on any toy until it is secured.
- Riders must be 46 inches tall AND 7 years old to ride alone. Smaller and younger riders may ride with an adult (16 & older).
- One person is permitted on the slide at a time, except for the younger riders with a single adult.
- Eyeglasses, jewelry, suits with metal fittings/ sharp objects, and goggles must be removed before riding the slides.
- The lifeguard will give the “ok” for riders to start their slide.
- Riders must exit immediately after stopping
- Enter and exit the Lazy River from the opening to the main pool. No entering from the side or jumping into the lazy river.
- Patrons are not allowed to sit or stand on raised surfaces of the lazy river. Entry and exit to the lazy river must be via the water access from the main pool.
- Patrons must go with the flow of the river during Family and Open Swim times.
Everyone moving in the same direction means people are less likely to hit or injure one another.
- Mats and large pool toys are not permitted in the lazy river.
- Pay particular attention to keeping non-swimmers and children under the age of 7 within arm’s reach of an adult (16 years and older)
- Diving is only permitted in designated areas.
- No front flips, back flips, back diving, or twists from the side of the pool.
- Only one diver is permitted on the diving board at a time.
- Only one bounce and no running on the diving board.
- Jump or dive straight off the end of the board facing forward and continue a forward motion.
- Once the diver has completed their entry, they must swim directly to the ladder opposite the board. The next diver may not go until the previous diver has reached the ladder.
- No backward, inward, or reverse dives. No handstands, cartwheels, or twists off the diving boards.
- No swimming in the diving area or under the boards unless authorized. No adult is permitted to catch a child. All children going off the board must have satisfied the age requirement of 16 and older or passed the swim license test.
- No goggles are to be worn while going off the diving board.
- Caution- those suffering from heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, or pregnant women should consult a physician before using the spa.
- Patrons should not remain in the spa for longer than 15 minutes at a time.
- Adults (16 years and older) may use the spa.
- No adult suffering from a communicable disease can use the spa.
- No diving or jumping into the spa.
- Patrons are not permitted to play with the jets, or grates, perform handstands or go underwater for a prolonged time