COVID-19 Rules for Pool Use

When you arrive at the pool:

  1. Practice social distancing (keep 2M between you/your household unit and others) at all times while at the pool complex including while in the water. This includes distancing from all staff.

  2. A guard will welcome you into the facility and provide a brief reminder of our new procedures (which you are reading here) and remind you to stay home if you answer “yes” to any of these questions:

    1. Do you have symptoms of COVID-19?

    2. Have you been in close contact with someone who has COVID-19?

    3. Have you traveled outside Canada in the last 14 days? 

    4. Have you been in direct contact with anyone who has travelled outside of Canada within the past 14 days?

  3. Use hand sanitizer upon entry through the gate.

  4. Please consider showering at home before and after swimming to reduce congestion in our washrooms.

  5. There is a limit of 2 people in the washrooms and only 1 toilet will be available.

  6. Observe one-way, counter clockwise traffic on the pool deck.

  7. Take a “clean” chair from the labeled pile beside the guardhouse. When leaving, place used chair in the “used” pile. Staff will clean the chair before the next member use.

  8. Select your own spot on the deck remembering to maintain physical distancing from surrounding members. Staff have a physical distancing rope to assist you if you are unsure about your spacing.

  9. Staff may ask you to move your chair to maximize usable space on the deck and/or to ensure physical distancing is being observed.

  10. Pool toys and swimming aids will not be available except during swimming lessons. Please bring your own PFD, noodle, etc. and ensure it is not left at the pool when you leave.

  11. NO spitting or water-spouting of any kind will be tolerated both in/out of the water. If a noodle is brought to the pool, do not blow water through it. Children need to be supervised and spitting/ water-spouting may result in expulsion for the day. 

  12. No snorkels will be permitted.

  13. Bring your own goggles, water bottle and towel. Do not share equipment outside your household unit. Fill your water bottle at home.

  14. Patrons in need of assistance due to physical limitations should receive help from a family member.

  15. Our tuck shop will remain closed for 2020. Look for it to return in 2021!

As the weeks pass, our procedures will likely be amended to align with evolving best practices. We will continue to email updates to our procedures to allow our members to be prepared for their visit to the pool.

General Pool Rules

All of the following rules are at the discretion of the lifeguards on duty:

  1. No one is allowed in the pool in the absence of a lifeguard.
  2. Guest Policy
  3. During congested periods, the discretion of the pool staff may be invoked to limit the number of swimmers.
  4. Each person must shower thoroughly using soap and water before entering the pool.
  5. Children who cannot swim one length (2 widths) of the pool must be accompanied by an adult in the deep end, even if the child is wearing a flotation device. The child must be within arm's reach of the adult at all times.
  6. Children must be a minimum of 7 years before coming to the pool without an adult. Please do not send unqualified children to the pool unaccompanied.
  7. No diving shall be allowed even from the deeper end of the pool.
  8. The lifeguards on duty must be obeyed at all times. Failure to do so may result in suspension of privileges.
  9. One long blast of a whistle means clear the pool.
  10. One short blast is one guard signalling to another or trying to get the attention of a patron.
  11. Small children not wearing flotation device (puddle jumpers, water wings, or life jackets) must be within one arms length of their adult companions while in the shallow end.
  12. Small children, who cannot touch all the way to the black line in the shallow end, must either be within arm's reach of their adult companion, or be wearing a flotation device. The only acceptable flotation devices are puddle jumpers, water wings, and life jackets/PFDs.
  13. No dogs or pets on the pool deck. Please leave them outside the gate or at home.
  14. No radios, tape players etc. within the pool area.
  15. Spitting, spouting water, horseplay, pushing and foul language are not permitted in the pool area.
  16. No one shall enter the pool office without staff permission.
  17. Persons with communicable diseases, colds, open sores, nasal or eye discharge are not permitted to use the pool.
  18. Office telephone is for EMERGENCY USE ONLY, not personal calls.
  19. If thunder is heard, or lightning is seen, all patrons must exit the water for 30 minutes past the last sign of thunder or lightning.
  20. No smoking, drinking, eating or gum chewing in the pool area. Water is allowed in plastic containers.
  21. The pool area and tennis courts are NUT FREE zones (please do not bring nuts and nut products to the facility due to allergies).
  22. For the comfort of all patrons, children 6 years of age and older are required to use the appropriate gender specific (male/female) change room.

Whistle Signals

In order to ensure the safety of all members when swimming, please ensure that you and your family are aware of the required response when the guards blow the whistle at the pool. One (1) long blast means to clear the pool immediately and wait on the deck for further instructions. One (1) short blast means that a guard is trying to get your attention to correct behaviour. Please respect and follow the safety rules of the pool and help us maintain an accident-free environment.

Sign In Policy

In response to a best practices review taking into account recommendations to enhance member safety and address Association accountability, the Board of Directors have decided to implement a sign in policy for all Member pool attendees and their guests. The Board elicited feedback from other Beechwood Pool Associations as well as guidance from the City and local Clubs and Associations that provide similar services. All of these institutions utilize some form of sign in policy as part of their safety practices.

Code of Conduct Policy

The Beechwood West #1 Homes Association facilities exist to provide patrons opportunities to participate in and to access services, programs or events in a safe and positive environment. Beechwood West #1 Homes Association will attempt to ensure a safe and positive climate so that all patrons may enjoy these facilities. This policy and procedure applies to all staff and all persons accessing the facilities and properties, including but not limited to members, associates, guests, and any other person, volunteer or contractor.

Beechwood West #1 Code of Conduct