PARKLAWN RECREATION ASSOCIATION OPERATING RULES

1. HOURS OF OPERATION

a. Main Pool

Hours are posted on the www.parklawnpool.org web site, and at the pool. (Closures will also be posted to the calendar on the website, ex: Swim/Dive Meets)

b. Baby Pool

The baby pool is available for use when the main pool is open to the general membership. It is NOT available for use at other times (e.g. the baby pool is NOT available for use during morning swim team practice). LIFEGUARDS ARE NOT PROVIDED FOR THE BABY POOL.

c. Basketball Courts, Playground, and Picnic Area

Open during daylight hours to PRA members only.  Any person abusing PRA property shall be held responsible. Basketball courts and Playgrounds are closed during swim meets.

2. RESPONSIBILITY OF THE ASSOCIATION

The Board of Directors is responsible for establishing and enforcing rules for the Association’s facilities. The Association is not responsible for loss or damage to personal property, including vehicles, nor for personal injury occurring in violation of these rules. The Pool Manager is responsible for enforcing the rules as directed by the Board and is responsible for injuries caused by his/her negligence. The Association is responsible for injuries caused by the negligence of the Board of Directors.

3. RESPONSIBILITY OF THE MEMBERS

Each member is responsible for the actions of all persons using the Association’s facilities under his/her membership.

a. Members are responsible for ensuring that they and their guests are familiar with these rules and conduct themselves safely in accordance with these rules. Members and guest should exercise care and good common sense in the use of these facilities.

b. Members should maintain high standards of cleanliness. In this regard, swimmers must shower before entering the pool and must wear family appropriate swimming attire (NO CUT-OFFS). Infants/children in diapers must wear swim diapers (NO STANDARD DISPOSABLE DIAPERS) any time they are in either of the pools.

c. Members are responsible for leaving the pool deck and furniture clean upon their departure. Tables shall be left clean, and no trash shall be left on the ground. Members are responsible for cleaning up after all minors in their party.

d. PRA members must reimburse the Association for any damage to its property or any other expense caused by violation of an operating or safety rule by a member or his/her guest.

e. PRA members are responsible for ensuring that minors under their sponsorship/ membership adhere to the rules and regulations of the Association.

f. All PRA members and guests are expected to sign in at the front desk upon entry to the Pool regardless of whether they are planning to swim.

g. Members are responsible for supervising their guests, especially children and teenagers. We expect guests to use good manners and comport themselves in a manner that is consistent with the family-friendly environment at Parklawn Pool.

4. INJURIES

A first aid station will be maintained at the swimming pool office. Injuries received anywhere within the Association property should be reported immediately to the Pool Manager on duty. For serious injuries, the Pool Manager on duty shall complete an accident form (as required by the Fairfax County regulations) as soon as practical.

5. SUGGESTIONS

Any PRA member with a suggestion should email their suggestion to: BOD@parklawnpool.org

6. AUTHORITY

The Pool Manager on duty has the authority to “bench” pool attendees for such behavior as running, not following lifeguard directions, foul language, or other safety-related rule violations. In addition, the Pool Manager on duty may eject and/or expel any person from the Pool and its vicinity if such exclusion is necessary for pool safety or to preserve the peace and dignity of the Pool’s atmosphere. In the event the person excluded is a minor, the following procedures will apply:

a. The first time a minor is excluded from the pool in a season, the Pool Manager on duty or a Board Member will call the parent or guardian to report the expulsion. The minor will be expelled for the remainder of the day;

b. The second time a minor is excluded from the pool in a season, the expulsion must last 48 hours, and the parent or guardian will be notified;

c. Any additional times a minor is expelled from the pool in a season, a parent or guardian must accompany the minor at the pool for a period of one week following the exclusion.

SAFETY RULES

Rules to be observed by all pool users:

a. No running on the deck.

b. No rough or dangerous play.

c. Swimmers are not to put any weight on the lane lines or dividing ropes.

d. Food and drink must be kept a minimum of 10 feet away from the pool edge.

e. No glass containers, sharp objects, or chewing gum is allowed in the pool area.

f. NON-SWIMMERS will not be permitted to go beyond the 3 & 1/2 foot depth without in water adult supervision. NON-SWIMMERS using flotation devices, because they are unable to pass the pool swim test, are required to have a strong swimmer, over the age of 16, within arms reach of them at ALL times they are outside the 3&1/3 food depth area. (a NON-SWIMMER is anyone unable to successfully pass the Pool Manager’s swim test)

g. CHILDREN IN THE BABY POOL must be supervised by an ADULT who is within the baby pool enclosure. For reasons of safety, use of the baby pool is restricted to children age 7 and younger and to those adults who are supervising them.

h. WEATHER: If the sky is overcast and the temperature is below 70 degrees F, or if rain is falling continually preventing lifeguards clear visibility of the pool and pool bottom, the pool manager may close the pool until weather improves. The pool manager on duty shall clear the pool for 30 minutes whenever THUNDER is heard, provided the sky is at all threatening. The pool manager on duty shall clear the pool and the deck area for at least 60 minutes after LIGHTNING is seen. The Pool manager shall close the pool for at least 60 minutes in the event of a violent thunderstorm.

i. The DIVING BOARD will be closed (and the diving well open to swimmers) only when a guard is posted at the nearby guard stand. Whenever the diving board is closed, a barrier, generally a chair, will be placed against the ladders. Non-Swimmers may not use the diving board. No one will be permitted to dive off the diving board with goggles or a flotation device of any sort. The diving board may only be used when the designated diving area is clear of swimmers.

j. RAFTS may be used only by adults and only during breaks or when fewer than six people are in the water. Kickboards, water wings and similar swimming aids may only be used by: swim team members during official practices; adults during break or in the lap lane; or children with close ADULT supervision. (Only exception is Swim Team sponsored Raft night, which will be posted on the calendar, in which case swimmers who have passed the Pool swim test will be permitted to use rafts in the pool during the allotted time)

k. BALL USE in the pool will be restricted to large, light-weight, plastic balls. Such use will be permitted only when fewer than ten (10) people are in the main pool and permission has been given by one of the guards on duty. Exceptions to this rule may be made at the discretion of the lifeguard on duty. Exception will also be provided for swim team, dive team or BOD sponsored events posted on the Pool calendar.

l. TOYS may not be used in the main pool when more than 10 people are in the main pool. If toys are left on the pool deck where they present a potential hazard, the pool manager may remove them for the day (in the case of toys owned by the Association) or may hold them until their owner departs. (ex: small toys, such as dive sticks may be used with appropriate caution). Masks, snorkels and fins (including novelty mermaid tails) may be used at the lifeguard’s discretion based upon swimming proficiency and how crowded the pool is.

m. WATER GUNS/BLASTER/CANNON may NOT be used in the main pool when more than ten (10) people are in the main pool area. Lifeguards reserve the right to stop anyone using a water gun/blaster/cannon at their sole discretion at any time.

n. FURNITURE. All furniture being moved should be lifted off the ground and not dragged. No one (including children) should stand on any of the furniture. PRA members will be held financially responsible for any damage as a result of not using furniture for its intended purpose. (ex: chairs are for sitting).

o. No diving into water less than 5 feet deep.

p. Lap lanes are to be used only by persons swimming laps or water walking/jogging.

GUEST POLICIES

1. GUESTS

All guests must be accompanied by a member at all times. Members are responsible for ensuring that their guests know and follow the pool rules. There are three types of guests as follows:

a. Association Guests: a prospective new member given free access to the facilities, or someone given free access in return for some service to the Association.

b. Local Guests: Those who reside within a two mile radius of the Pool (ex: Barcroft Terrace, Heywood Glen, Lake Barcroft, Lincolnia Hills, Parklawn, or Pinecrest areas). Generally, local guests are limited to three visits per season. Exceptions may be granted, upon request, by the BOD in writing for visits of grandchildren of members. However it is anticipated that if anyone will be visiting the pool more than 10 times in a season that the member will name them on their membership form and hold the appropriate membership time to accommodate.

c. Out of Area Guests: Those who are invited for one day and who reside outside the local area as defined above.

2. POOL GUEST FEES

Guest fees will be charged for the use of the Association’s swimming facilities. Disciplinary action will be taken by the Board of Directors against anyone found abusing guest privileges.

PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL GUEST PASSES ARE ELECTRONIC AND MUST BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE THROUGH the online membership system (currently Member splash)  or at THE FRONT DESK. ALL GUEST ADMISSION PASSES WILL BE PROCESSED AND MARKED AS USED AT THE FRONT ENTRANCE GATE.

Pool guests fees paid by check:

Local and Out of Area Guests

Adults and children age 3 or older: $5.00/day/guest

Children younger than age 3: Free

All guests, including spectators who do not expect to swim, will be charged a guest fee, except during swim/dive meets.

Special group rates. The Board may establish special group rates for special events on a case by case basis.

3. BABYSITTERS

Sitters hired by active members of PRA are permitted to use the pool while they are performing their duties and while they remain fully responsible for close supervision of the charge(s). Sitters must be listed by name in the member’s Membership Splash account and have a picture uploaded into the system. Members conducting child care for non-member child(ren) must consult the Board of Directors in order to make appropriate arrangements on fees.

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