Pool Rules

General Pool Rules

  • Absolutely no glass in the facility.
  • No horseplay.
  • UVAC staff reserve the right to address any swimmer who is not following the rules.
  • Masks are required in the pool unless the individual is actively submerging their head.
  • Swimsuits or swim attire must be worn. Swimming in street clothing is prohibited.
  • Back flips, back jumps, back dives, spinning jumps, and running before jumping are not permitted in either pool at any time.
  • The sauna is only available to one person at a time regardless of family/pod status. Maximum time allowed is 10 minutes. Must be 18 years or older.
  • Deck changing is prohibited. Appropriate locker rooms are available.
  • Upper Valley Aquatic Center is not responsible for lost, damaged, or stolen items.
  • Any inappropriate or unsafe behavior may be grounds for immediate dismissal from the facility.
  • Children not yet toilet trained must wear a secure “swimming” diaper.
  • Do not swim if you have any contagious or communicable disease, fever, cough, cold, rash, open wound, eye sore, stitches, eye inflammation, etc.
  • No spitting, urinating, spouting of water from the mouth, depositing foreign matter in the pool, etc.
  • Shower before entering the pool.
  • No one suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or drugs is allowed entry into the facility.
  • No firearms or explosives allowed anywhere on the grounds.
  • No animals, with the exception of guide animals, will be allowed in the pool area.
  • Do not swim without a lifeguard.

Water Slide Rules

  • All riders must be 48” tall.
  • Maximum rider weight is 300 pounds.
  • Only one rider at a time.
  • Flotation devices and goggles are not permitted on the tall, yellow slide.
  • Riders must enter the slide in a sitting position.
  • Do not go down the slide head first.
  • Do not pull or propel yourself into the ride.
  • Only approved swim suits. No cut off jeans or swim wear with exposed zippers, buckles, rivets or metal ornamentation.
  • No foreign objects are allowed in the pockets and no jewelry can be worn while riding slide.
  • All riders must ride feet first, while lying on their backs with arms crossed across their chest. Arms and hands must remain in flume at all times.
  • No tubes, mats, or life jackets are permitted on the water slide.
  • No running, standing, kneeling, rotating, tumbling or stopping in the flume.
  • The line should form on the deck with one rider on the landing at a time.
  • Riders must be in good health. Elderly persons, those suffering from heart disease, high blood pressure, epilepsy or person using prescription medication should consult their physician before using this slide. Individuals with medical conditions including, but not limited to; pregnancy, heart or back problems should not ride.
  • Do not use this slide while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • No diving from the slide.
  • Leave the plunge pool promptly after entering.
  • Non-swimmers are not permitted.
  • Warning shallow water.
  • Rider assumes all risks of injury due to misuse of this slide or failure to follow these rules.

Warm Water Pool Rules

  • Warm Water pool entry is permitted only at designated entry points including ladders, stairs, and zero depth. Do not enter under the chained off lazy river and shallow bench area.
  • Diving is prohibited in the Warm Water pool. Feet first entry only.
  • Non-swimming children, or children 7 years of age and under, or any child in a flotation device must be accompanied in the water by a parent, guardian, or chaperone (18 or older) within arms-length at all times, with the exception of programs.
  • Only U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) approved flotation devices are permitted in UVAC pools. USCG approved flotation devices are available in limited quantities in the pool area.
  • Wearing a USCG approved flotation device does not modify the age restrictions that may apply.
  • Children 13 years and under must be supervised at all times by a parent, guardian, or chaperone with the exception of classes. Children in lessons must be picked up promptly at the end of class.
  • Water features will not be on during group swim lessons or water fitness classes.
  • Climbing on the islands and peninsulas in the Warm Water pool is not permitted.
  • Patrons must remain outside the chained areas.
  • No hanging on the basketball rim. The lazy river is for movement, please do not stand in front of the jets, please share the water features and be mindful of others.
  • The use of equipment is not permitted in the lazy river except during UVAC programming.
  • Climbing UP the little, blue slide is prohibited.
  • Lifeguards must approve all play toys/equipment brought into the pool area.
  • Pool noodles, kickboards, kick boats, beach balls, etc. are for swim lessons, water fitness (individual or group), and physical therapy use only.
  • Only balls provided by UVAC , or purchased in the UVAC pro shop are permitted.

Competition Pool Rules

  • Swimmers under the age of 14 are not permitted in the competition pool without supervision.
  • Non-swimmers are not permitted in the competition pool at any time. A swim test may be required. The swim test consists of a 25 yard swim and a 1 minute tread.
  • Use of the blocks is allowed only under the direct supervision of a UVAC swim instructor or UVAC swim coach.
  • Hanging on the lane lines is prohibited.

Competition Pool Swim Test for Children 13 and Younger

Patrons 13 years and under must pass a swim test provided by a UVAC lifeguard in order to swim alone in the competition pool. The swim test is as follows:

  • Swim one length of the pool
  • Tread Water for 1 Minute
  • Swim an additional length of the pool, back to where the patron began.

Demonstrate one or more of the following strokes during the swim test

  • Front Crawl
  • Back Crawl
  • Elementary Backstroke
  • Breaststroke
  • Sidestroke

The patron passes the swim test

  • The patron may use the competition pool while a parent or guardian is on the competition pool deck
  • The swim test will be documented as a “pass” and signed by the lifeguard who administered it.

The patron does not pass the swim test

  • The swim test must be documented as a “fail” and signed by the lifeguard who administered it.
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