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Pool Rules

COVID-19 Updates & Safety Protocols

  • Participants must wear a face covering when entering and leaving the building and while on the swim deck.
  • Remember to practice social distancing at all times by keeping 6 feet apart.
  • Lap swim is limited to 2 swimmers per lane starting at opposite ends. Lane assignments will be marked on the board daily. No walk-ins accepted during this time. Only sign up for the dates you are able to attend. Contact Joe at joseph.janda@orono.k12.mn.us to sign up for a time slot.
  • Swimmers must bring their own equipment.
  • No use of pool locker rooms. Hallway bathrooms are available.
  • Arrive as close to your start time as possible and leave promptly after. Please no congregating in the school building.
  • There will be orange X’s on the bleachers marking where personal belongings can be left.

Minnesota Health Code

  • NO person with or suspected of having a communicable disease, which could be transmitted through use of the pool shall work at or use any public pool.
  • A person with a considerable area of exposed tissue, open blister, or cuts must be warned that these may become infected and should be advised not to use the pool.
  • Any person using a public pool must take a cleansing shower before entering the pool and must re-shower after using the toilet before reentering the water.
  • Spitting, spouting water from the mouth and blowing your nose in the pool is prohibited.
  • No running, boisterous or rough play, except supervised water sports, is permitted in the pool, dressing rooms or shower rooms, on runways, or on diving boards or platforms.
  • Glassware and similar materials with a tendency to shatter on impact is not allowed in the pool area.
  • Diving is only permitted in designated areas.
  • Domestic animals are not permitted in the pool, showers, or dressing rooms.

General Pool Rules

  • Remove shoes before entering pool area (swim shoes and flip flops are ok if clean)
  • Everyone must shower before entering the pool
  • No food or drink in pool area or locker rooms
  • No gum allowed while in the pool
  • No head first entry into shallow water
  • No horseplay
  • Remove bandages before entering the water
  • Stairs and ladders are for entering and exiting the pool
  • No glass containers in the pool area
  • No swimming under the diving board
  • WALK at all times
  • Children under 50 inches of height must be accompanied by an adult in the water (within arm’s reach) 100% of the time (a swim test may be given at lifeguard’s discretion)
  • School-age children must use appropriate locker rooms
  • Swim diapers must be used for children who are not potty trained
  • Follow lifeguard instructions at all times

Diving Board and Jumping Station Rules

  • Only 1 person may jump or dive at a time
  • No running on the deck or to the board to jump
  • Swim to the appropriate ladder- diving board: far corner ladder, jumping station: straight across to ladder near red lane line
  • The next person may jump after the first person reaches the ladder
  • Only 1 bounce
  • No googles on the diving board. Googles may be used at the jumping station
  • Jump straight off, not to the sides
  • No flips, spins, twists, anything backwards, or flops of any kind
  • You must be able to swim to the ladder independently

 Open Swim Policies

  • No snorkels or masks may be used during open swim
  • No inflatable devices may be used
  • Do not slap pool noodles on the water or others swimmers
  • Keep mouths off of pool noodles and play balls
  • No dodge ball or throwing balls at others
  • Only Coast Guard approved life jackets are allowed and only when an adult (16 years or older) is in the water and within arms reach.
  • Kick boards are for lap swim only
  • No use of the diving blocks during open swim

Lap Swim Policies

  • Lap swimmers must be 15 years of age or older unless prior approval has been established by the Aquatics Coordinator
  • During Lap/Open swim hours, lap swimmers are to limit their swimming to the designated lanes
  • Lap lanes are first come first serve basis. Lap swimmers are encouraged to circle swim
  • Lane lines may be put in upon request
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