Pool Rules

  • The Pool Manager, Assistant Pool Manager and lifeguards have complete authority to enforce all Club Rules as outlined, posted and otherwise verbally communicated. Any concerns should be directed to the Pool Manager, Assistant Pool Manager, or Head Lifeguard. Members should not approach individual lifeguards of Douglas Aquatics, unless it is an emergency.

  • No one shall enter the pool area unless it is officially open and lifeguards are on duty.

  • Children who are age 12 and older (members and guests of members) may enter the pool without an adult.

  • Non swimming children who cannot stand alone in the shallow end of the pool, wearing Personal Flotation Devices or arm floats, must be in arms reach of an adult at all times.

  • All children who wear diapers must wear disposable Swimming Diapers while swimming in any pool. (These are available for purchase at the Guard Desk.)

  • Small, soft toys without sharp edges and soft balls are permitted in each of the pools at the discretion of the Lifeguards.

  • No rafts or inner tubes are permitted.

  • No head first diving is allowed from the pool edges.

  • Safety Breaks will be held for approximately 10-15 minutes at each hour at the discretion of the Pool Manager. Children under 18 are not allowed in the pool, nor are they allowed to sit on the edge of the pool, during Safety Break. The only exception being infants less than 12 months old, who are being held by an adult.

  • When there is an adult swim lane in the place, no children are permitted in the lane.

  • No eating or drinking is permitted while in the water.

  • No glass of any kind is permitted in the pool area. Bottles, dishes, plates, serving dishes etc.

  • Radios are permitted as long as they do not infringe on the privacy of others.


Diving Well and Board Rules

  • Children who cannot swim at least two full lengths of the main pool using an approved stroke or combination thereof (freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke, or sidestroke) and tread water for one minute should not use the diving well unless a parent is present.

  • Diving well should not be used if a guard stand is empty.

  • No goggles, personal flotation devices, or arm floats are permitted while diving.

  • No ball toss while diving. Guard discretion

  • No running on the diving board.

  • There is no open swimming in the diving well when the diving board is in use. Divers have priority.

  • Only one person on the Diving Board at one time. Divers must not linger on the board.

  • Please notify the guard on duty if this is the diver’s first experience with diving. Parent must be present.

  • Parent not allowed in the diving well for the purpose of catching the diver.

  • Only one bounce permitted on the board and all persons must dive straight off the end of the diving board.

  • Flips, twists and other dives will be allowed at the discretion of the Guards and ability of the divers.

  • The previous diver must clear the area below the board before the next diver steps onto the board.

  • Divers must swim immediately out of the diving area after surfacing.


Inclement Weather Policy

  • In the event of thunder and/or lightning, all patrons and staff are to immediately be cleared from the water and surrounding area (inside the fence).

  • No one, including the staff, is to remain within the fenced perimeter of the pool.

  • Lifeguards should remind patrons to seek shelter either indoors or in their vehicles.

  • No one will be allowed back in the pool or pool area until 30 minutes past the last sounding of thunder or sighting of lightning and the sky is no longer dark and threatening.

  • At every sounding of thunder or sighting of lightning, the clock restarts for 30 minutes.

  • Lifeguards may use their discretion in calling for thunder. At the first sound of thunder, they should alert the patrons that they must clear the deck immediately.

  • The inclement weather policy at the Colonies Swim and Tennis Club is for the safety of all patrons. Patrons should support the lifeguards in their decision for their own safety.

Swim Team Rules

  • Swim Team season typically runs from mid-May to August 1.

  • Home Meets- both pools are closed for recreational swimming during and just prior to swim meets

  • Swim Team Practice- (morning and afternoons during the season). Recreational swimmers will avoid lanes being used by swim team during practice.

  • Swim team members and families are subject to pool rules and the authority of life guards on duty.

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