Outdoor Pool

Policies & Procedures


  • The lifeguards warnings, rules, suggestions, and signs MUST be obeyed at all times.
  • Lifeguards and Aquatic Staff have authority to remove any individual from the facility without warning for any behavior that they feel is unacceptable or is harmful to other patrons at the pool.  Additionally Lifeguards and aquatic staff can restrict the number of patrons using the pool, and sections of the pool, at any time if deemed necessary.
  • Only use this facility during posted hours of operation.  Entering the water without a lifeguard present and on duty is strictly prohibited; persons using the pool without the direct supervision of the lifeguard on duty are TRESPASSING.  The pool is CLOSED if and/or when lifeguards are not on duty.
  • Valid Membership is REQUIRED to use the pool EACH VISIT and must be presented to the lifeguarding staff at the check in table before entering the facility.
  • Unless there is a situation that requires immediate attention do NOT converse with the lifeguard(s) on duty.  Any questions or concerns should be directed to the lifeguard(s) off duty, at the check in table, or to the Aquatics and Strength & Conditioning Coordinator. 
  • Do not stand directly in front of any Ithaca College Lifeguard or station.
  • Guarding chairs, rescue, and first-aid equipment will be used by the Ithaca College Lifeguards ONLY.
  • THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR ADEQUATE SUPERVISION. Children under 16 years of age must be accompanied to the bathing facility by a parent or guardian, (an adult who is responsible for the children and their behavior.)
  • Apparel worn in the pool must be clean swim wear that covers any private areas including buttock, pubic, and breasts.  NO CUT OFF PANTS.
  • Small Children (babies) MUST wear diaper and rubber pants.
  • Swimming aids or floatation devices
  • For Children - US Coast Guard Approved Flotation devices ONLY. Needs to be used with parent supervision, not as a substitution. 
  • Flotation devices can be restricted or prohibited at any time for any reason without warning and must be approved by the lifeguards EACH visit BEFORE use.  Prior approval is not grounds for future approval. 
  • If an approved floatation device is used by an adult they can only use the PFD where they are able to easily touch the bottom of the pool. 
  • Persons with communicable disease (example; colds, flu, eye infections) or infections conditions should NOT use the pool.
  • Persons with open wounds and sores should NOT use the pool.
  • Pollution of the swimming pool is prohibited.  Urinating, discharge of fecal matter, expectorating or blowing the nose in any swimming pool is prohibited in New York State.
  • Unnecessary roughness, pushing, horseplay, running, jumping is prohibited. 
  • Shallow Water - Diving in the shallow end is prohibited, No Diving (for pools with water depths less than 8 feet) Standing front dives ONLY from water depths of 9 feet or greater in designated areas ONLY.
  • Individuals who jump or dive into the pool must look out for swimming in their landing area before jumping or diving from deck.  In case of an accident the person diving or jumping is at fault.
  • Hanging on or swimming under the lane lines is not permitted. 
  • No Alcohol, food, or chewing of gum is permitted in the pool or locker room area.  Smoking is prohibited in the pool area.
  • Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.  Individuals under the influence of alcohol and or other non-prescription drugs are prohibited from using the facility.
  • Glass, glass containers, or breakable objects are prohibited in the pool, pool deck, and locker room areas.
  • No non-service animals/pets allowed.
  • All accidents and injuries must be reported to the lifeguard immediately.      
  • Participants MUST shower before entering the pool.
  • At the observance of thunder and lightning temporary closure of the facility is at the discretion of Lifeguarding staff.

 

If you have any questions or do not understand a guideline, please speak to a Lifeguard who will direct you towards a supervisor.