Aquatic Guidelines – South Sound YMCA

Aquatic Guidelines

Before you visit the Y

RESERVE YOUR SPOT & COME PREPARED TO SWIM

Reservation is required for the following:

FAMILY RECREATIONAL SWIM
MONDAY-FRIDAY

  • 4:00 PM-4:45 PM
  • 5:00 PM-5:45 PM
  • 6:00 PM-6:45 PM

WATER EXERCISE
MONDAY-FRIDAY
SCHEDULE

LAP SWIM
MONDAY-FRIDAY
SCHEDULE

  • No drop-ins during the initial phase of reopening
  • Reservations are for Facility Members only
  • Reservations will be on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Reservations open 24 hours before the scheduled time
  • Reservations will close 1 hour before start time
  • Reservations will be limited to 45-minute segments
  • The max number of reservations for Lap Swim is 18
  • The max number of reservations for the Main Pool is 30
  • The max number of reservations for the Activity Pool is 16
  • The max number of reservations for Family Recreational Swim is 1
  • There is a $10 non-refundable fee for Family Recreational Swim

PLAN YOUR VISIT TO THE POOL

  1. MAKE A RESERVATION PRIOR TO YOUR VISIT
    To participate in Water Exercise Classes, Lap Swim, or Family Recreational Swim, members must reserve their spot ahead of time. Reservation links for each program are located below.
  2. PREPARE FOR YOUR VISIT
    Members should come ready to swim with their swimsuit on. Please bring a non-breakable water bottle, towel, and small bag to store your items while you swim. You can remove outer layers of clothing to swim and place those back on before leaving, however, no dressing is allowed. Please consider wearing a mask while you prepare for swimming as you move through the facility.
  3. ENTERING THE Y
    Upon entry, members will check-in at the membership desk. Please be sure to arrive on time for your reservation. If you arrive early to your reservation time, this may result in waiting. Then proceed to the rear of the building and the hallway to the left towards the family changing room entrance. There will be distanced waiting spots in this hallway. Simply follow the person in front of you.
  4. DURING YOUR RESERVATION
    Once checked-in, members will be directed to the Family Changing room. Upon entering the Family Changing room, members must keep 6 feet distance before their turn to take a cleansing shower.

    • SHOWER
      Members are required to take a cleansing shower before using the pool.
    • POOL DECK
      Once showered, a Y staff member will direct you on to the designated pool deck. During this time, please continue to socially distance on the pool deck.
    • STORING YOUR PERSONAL ITEMS
      Single occupancy bins will be placed on the pool deck for personal items (towel, shoes, etc.). Please only bring what is necessary.
    • RESTROOMS
      The single-use restroom in the Family Changing room will be available only when swimmers first come to shower. If a swimmer needs to use the restroom they will be directed to use the men or women’s locker room. This helps promote one-way traffic and social distancing.
  5. EXITING THE Y
    Once your reservation time is complete, swimmers will be asked to exit the pool. As you exit the pool drop used equipment in the labeled bin, and grab your personal items before exiting through the labeled EXIT doors. Please be sure to maintain a 6 feet distance from other swimmers at all times.

    • ACTIVITY POOL DOORS – Double doors to the parking lot (Henderson side)
    • MAIN POOL DOORS – Double doors to the parking lot

Family Recreational Swim

REGISTRATION
There is a $10 non-refundable fee.

  • Registrations will only be available to Facility Members with a Family 1 or 2 Membership. Only those listed on the Family Membership account are allowed into the Activity Pool for Family Recreational Swim.
  • During your reservation slot, the entire Activity Pool will be available to you.

SAFETY
Throughout your reservation please follow our posted pool rules & safety procedures and practice social distancing.

  • Please respect Lifeguard instructions and follow any directions given by Y staff.

EQUIPMENT
All flotation devices must be US Coast Guard approved. Members are encouraged to bring their own dive rings, beach balls, and other water toys, as those items will not be provided by the Y.

Water Exercise

DISTANCING IN THE MAIN POOL & ACTIVITY POOL

  • Cones will be placed on the pool deck to use as landmarks during your class.
  • You should align with a cone both to the side and behind you.
  • Please stay a “pool noodle” length away.

SAFETY
Throughout your reservation please follow our posted pool rules & safety procedures and practice social distancing.

  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times.
  • Please respect Lifeguard instructions and follow any directions given by Y staff.

EQUIPMENT
Clean equipment will be provided near the stairs of the pool deck. Swimmers will be asked to grab clean equipment upon their entry. Once finished swimmers will dispose of their “used” equipment on the edge of the pool in the shallow end for cleaning.

Lap Swim

MODIFIED CIRCLE SWIM
We have implemented a modified circle-swim technique using paired one-way lanes.

  • Two lap lanes will be designated for each swim speed: Leisure, Moderate and Competitive. Lap swimmers will self-select the speed they feel comfortable swimming in. Please be aware, swimmers must be flexible and share their lane with those of different abilities, if the need presents itself.
    Identify your swim lane prior to entering the pool:

    • LEISURE SWIMMERS
      Swimmers whose pace is measured and steady may need to rest for short periods in between laps.
    • MODERATE SWIMMERS
      Swimmers who can keep going at a medium pace for 30 minutes with no rest.
    • COMPETITIVE SWIMMERS
      Swimmers who want a high-speed workout or have a competitive swimming experience.
  • Lap swimmers will line up in the deep end of the Main Pool, spaced out 6 feet apart from one another, divided into the 3-speed groups.
    • Each group will have approximately 6 swimmers
    • Lanes 1 and 2 will be for Leisure swimmers
    • Lanes 3 and 4 will be for Moderate swimmers
    • Lanes 5 and 6 will be for Competitive swimmers
  • LEISURE SWIMMERS will enter Lane 1, one swimmer at a time, spaced out 6 feet apart from one another. Lane 1 is one-way swimming only toward the shallow end of the pool. This group will then turn towards Lane 2 and return to the deep end in Lane 2. Lane 2 is one-way swimming only toward the deep end of the pool.
  • MODERATE SWIMMERS will use the same technique in Lanes 3 and 4. Lane 3 is one-way swimming only toward the shallow end of the pool, Lane 4 is one-way swimming only toward the deep end of the pool.
  • COMPETITIVE SWIMMERS will use the same technique in Lanes 5 and 6. Lane 5 is one-way swimming only toward the shallow end of the pool, Lane 6 is one-way swimming only toward the deep end of the pool.

SAFETY
Throughout your reservation please follow our posted pool rules & safety procedures and practice social distancing.

  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times. All lap swimmers are expected to swim continuously and share the space courteously with others.
  • Stationary water exercises and water walking/jogging will not be allowed during scheduled lap swim times.
  • Please respect Lifeguard instructions and follow any directions given by Y staff.

EQUIPMENT
Clean kickboards will be provided on the deep end of the Main Pool deck. Once finished swimmers will dispose of their “used” equipment on the edge of the pool in the shallow end for cleaning.

EQUIPMENT

  • Throughout your swim lesson please follow our posted pool rules & safety procedures and practice social distancing.
    • Be aware of your surroundings at all times.
    • Please respect Lifeguard instructions and follow directions given by Y staff.
    • Face Shields – for safety, YMCA Swim Instructors will wear face shields before, during, and after the swim lesson. While in the water masks are optional, but not required.
    • Sanitizing – Y staff will be sanitizing pool deck areas and equipment before and after each class.

SAFETY

  • Based upon level curriculum and instructor discretion, swim lesson equipment may be used during each lesson.
  • Instructors will oversee sanitization of equipment before and after each lesson.