JCC Swim Testing Policies & Procedures

Safe Swimmer Policy

Children twelve (12) years of age and under must be directly supervised by a parent or responsible adult at all times. Children in this age group who have not passed the Super Swimmer Test must always have an adult in the water within arm’s reach.

Teens ages thirteen (13) to fifteen (15) are permitted within the pool area without an adult present after successfully passing the Super Swimmer Test.
JCC lifejackets are available to members and guests free of charge. Lifeguards can help locate the appropriate size lifejacket.

AGE GROUPS

  • Ages 0-5: Children with or without a lifejacket must be within arm’s reach of a parent or responsible adult and actively supervised at all times
  • Ages 6-12: Responsible adults must remain on the pool deck and actively supervise their children. Children who have not passed the Super Swimmer Test must be supervised by a responsible adult in the water and within arm’s reach. Swimmers who successfully pass the Super Swimmer Test annually are permitted to swim without a responsible adult within arm’s reach. Swimmers will receive a Super Swimmer wristband that must be worn at all times while in the pool and on the pool deck.
  • Ages 13-15: Teens are permitted in the pool without a responsible adult after successfully passing the Super Swimmer Test. Teens who have not passed the Swim Test must be supervised by a responsible adult on the pool deck. Swimmers will receive a Super Swimmer wristband that must be worn at all times while in the pool and on the pool deck.

SUPER SWIMMER REQUIREMENTS FOR DEEP WATER

  • Swimmer will enter the pool feet first, no diving. Swimmer may begin once they enter the pool or from the edge of the pool.
  • Swimmer must make forward progress using freestyle or breaststroke for the length of the pool, 25 yards. Swimmer must swim with their face in the water using any form of rhythmic breathing. Swimmer must demonstrate the ability to climb out of the water.
  • If a swimmer becomes vertical in the water, stops, or cannot continue, then the swimmer does not pass the test. Swimmers may only attempt the swim test once per day.
  • After successfully passing the test, the swimmer will receive a Blue Super Swimmer wristband. Lifeguards are required to log information about swimmers in our Super Swimmer Binder (passing date, name, age, and family name).
  • Super Swimmer must wear their wristband at all times. The wristband may be worn on the wrist or ankle.

SUPER SWIMMER REQUIREMENTS FOR SHALLOW WATER

  • To swim without an adult in water shallower than the swimmer’s armpits or in the designated shallow end, the swimmer must pass the Shallow Water Swim Test.
  • Enter water to armpit depth
  • Front float for 5 seconds
  • Transition from floating to standing in water
  • Back float for 5 seconds and return to standing
  • After successfully passing the test, the swimmer will receive a Yellow Super Swimmer wristband. Lifeguards are required to log information about swimmers in our Super Swimmer Binder (passing date, name, age, and family name).
  • Super Swimmer must wear their wristband at all times. The wristband may be worn on the wrist or ankle.

General Pool Policies

  1. Swim only when there is a lifeguard on duty. Children up to 13 years old need to be accompanied by an adult. It is recommended that inexperienced swimmers use flotation devices, such as lifejackets, under the direct supervision of an adult.
  2. The lifeguard is to be obeyed at all times.
  3. Showers are required by State Law. Appropriate swim attire required in all pools (no blue jeans or cut-off shorts). Please apply sunscreen 15 minutes before entering the pool.
  4. Children who are not potty trained must wear swim diapers.
  5. NO DIVING. Enter feet-first only.
  6. Lap lanes are for lap swimming only. Swimmers may not cross the lap lanes to enter or exit pool. Be courteous and share lap lanes.
  7. Do not play, sit, or hang on ladders, guard stands, the ramp, and lane ropes. Use all swim equipment appropriately.
  8. Do not ride on shoulders, flick a towel, or participate in other potentially unsafe activities. No running. Any use of toys is at the discretion of the lifeguard.
  9. Lounge chairs and toys may not be in front of drain.
  10. Food or drinks are allowed in the grass area only. No food or drinks are allowed on the pool deck, except for bottled water. Please keep the facility clean by using the trash barrels. No glassware is allowed anywhere in or around the pool. No alcohol is permitted anywhere in the aquatic complex.
  11. Changing is permitted in the locker rooms/bathrooms only.
  12. No one is allowed in the pool who has a communicable disease or open sores (including scabs from chicken pox).
  13. Two lap lanes will be open during family recreation time and are for lap swimming only. Anyone swimming will be asked to move out of the lap lanes immediately. If there are two swimmers in a lane and a third swimmer comes, that swimmer will be responsible to inform the other swimmers to circle swim.
  14. Do not interrupt swim classes while they are in session.
  15. No spitting and/or blowing your nose in the pool.
  16. Read and obey all pool rules and posted signs in the pool area.