General Pool Rules Pool Rules No one likes loads of rules but we want to keep you safe and have an enjoyable time whilst you’re at Jubilee Park. Please take a moment to read the following list which will ensure you do. No unsupervised children under the age of 8 years. 8-11-year-olds who can’t swim 50 meters must be supervised by an adult in the water. Swim tests for 8-11-year-olds are often available when you arrive but may be difficult to offer during busy periods. Please see our safe swimming policy above for correct ratios of children. Once in the facility, you are not able to exit and return without prior permission from reception. This will be in the form of a 10-minute pass and will be no longer. People returning after a period of more than 10 minutes will need to repay. No Smoking/Vaping – designated smoking area provided. No Running – Running significantly increases the risk of slip and fall injuries, particularly where floors are wet. Diving – Shallow (racing) diving is only permitted in designated areas of the pool where there is a minimum water depth of 1.5 metres and extends at least 7.6 metres to allow forward clearance from the dive. No Jumping in shallow water – Impact with the pool floor can result in injury to the ankles and lower spine. Jumping into water depths less than 0.9 metres is prohibited. No fighting, pushing or throwing swimmers No Ducking – Ducking as an anti-social and potentially dangerous practice and is usually very upsetting for the victim. When water enters a person’s mouth, an automatic reaction closes the airway to stop water getting into the lungs. Sometimes breathing fails to restart when the danger has passed and what is known as ‘dry drowning’ happens. No Bombing – This is where pool users leap from the poolside with their knees clutched into their chest. No Gymnastics or acrobatics – A common cause of accidents in pools, which is not restricted to any age group. Performance of gymnastic moves often involves swimmers standing on another swimmer or using other swimmers as a platform for diving or jumping which may result in a collision with the pool surrounds and/or other swimmers. No Petting – Other bathers may find this offensive. No Alcohol No Glass or ceramic items No underwater swimming or hyperventilation – many swimmers believe that rapid, deep breathing will increase the oxygen content of their blood and help them stay underwater for longer. This ‘hyperventilation’ does not increase oxygen but instead reduces carbon dioxide, which would otherwise stimulate breathing. This can cause bathers trying to swim distances underwater to lose consciousness without warning. No Flippers during Casual Sessions – Fins (flippers) are used with vigorous leg action which can hurt other pool users, especially if used near their faces or eyes and are therefore inappropriate for un-programmed sessions. These can be used during programmed lane swimming sessions that have a designated fast lane or during one to one or group swimming lessons. Small fins only and the customer must have informed reception prior to swimming. No face masks, snorkels and hand paddles – Snorkels and masks are specialist equipment, which can be dangerous if used inappropriately, they will be restricted to programmed sessions. Snorkels may be tampered with by other swimmers and have caused a number of respiratory problems where swimmers have inhaled water accidentally. Masks used during un-programmed session are more likely to be kicked, resulting in facial injuries and hinder in water rescue breathing of the casualty as the nose is covered by the mask, damage to masks that do not meet appropriate standards may result in glass breakage resulting in pool closure. No hard hand Paddles – Swim gloves can’t be worn (unless prior permission has been granted from the Manager/Duty Manager) Don’t run on poolside or in the changing rooms. Don’t bring alcoholic beverages into the centre. Don’t bring any glass or breakable containers. Don’t use foul or abusive language. Don’t hold or sit on the lane ropes (unless in an emergency). Don’t stand on floats – Same reason as gymnastics/acrobatics. Don’t jump onto floats/rafts from poolside. Please check our swimwear policy for what swimwear is appropriate. Under normal circumstances, Lifeguards will operate using the three-strike system when dealing with rule breaking swimmers. Should a customer(s) need to be asked to leave then the Lifeguard will call for the Duty Manager who will be responsible for communicating this. No refunds will be given in this situation. Activities/behaviours which are deemed to be dangerous and could cause significant harm to bather or others will result in an initial warning being given. If the bather repeats this, they will be asked to leave. No refunds will be given.