Rules

Women in a pool fitness class

In order to keep the pool area safe and fun for everyone, we at HGMH ask that you follow the pool rules:

  • Know that Emergency telephones are located on the west wall.
  • No person infected with a communicable disease or having open sores on their body shall enter the pool.
  • No person shall bring a glass container onto the deck or into the pool.
  • No person shall pollute the water in the pool in any manner.
  • Spitting and spouting of water and blowing the nose in the pool or on the deck are prohibited.
  • No person shall engage in boisterous play in or about the pool.
  • No running on the pool deck.
  • Please report any suspicious behaviour or person to the lifeguard or the receptionist.
  • Maximum number of bathers: 30 persons.
  • No food or beverages allowed on the pool deck or in the water.
  • Shoes or boots are forbidden on the deck.
  • Profanity will not be tolerated.
  • All participants must shower with soap before entering pool!
  • Change rooms are designed for one use by one gender with open space changing. Adults accompanying children of another gender must use the family change room.
  • The family change room is designed for use by all pool patrons, with private changing cubicles. Please do not leave your personal belongings in the cubicles, use the lockers to store your belongings. Locks left on lockers will be cut. Please remove your belongings at the end of class or swim time.
  • Please do not use the washrooms to change in.
  • Water shoes/pool shoes are allowed and encouraged.
  • Do not exit pool area into the lobby while you are still wet!
  • Also please note:
    • Swimmers 0-8 years of age must be accompanied by an adult in the water.
    • Swimmers 9-12 years of age must have adult supervision on deck.
    • Swimmers 13-17 years of age must be signed in with an emergency contact, if they are left alone at the pool.
  • Late entrance to swim times is only permitted with proof of a valid swim pass or exact cash payment before entering the pool.
  • HGMH is not responsible for any lost or stolen articles.

Under the new admission standards, the Eastern Ontario Health Unit's Medical Officer of Health requires all children less than 10 years of age who are swimming in a public pool be accompanied by a guardian who is at least 12 years old. The guardian is responsible for the direct supervision of children under their care.

The new admission standards for public pools are broken down into two categories:

For children under 6 years old:

  • If the children are not wearing life jackets, there must be 1 supervising guardian for every 2 children.
  • If the children are wearing life jackets, there must be 1 supervising guardian for every 4 children.

For children between the ages of 6 and 9 years old:

  • If the children are not wearing life jackets, there must be 1 supervising guardian for every 4 children.
  • If the children are wearing life jackets, there must be 1 supervising guardian for every 8 children.

Here are some measures you can take to keep children safe in and around bodies of water:

  • Stay within sight and arm's reach of any child under 5 years old or who does not swim well. At this age, children are attracted to water, but don't understand the danger. Young children can drown in as little as one inch (2.5 cm) of water.
  • Make sure young children and weak swimmers wear life jackets.
  • Enroll your children in swimming lessons as soon as possible. But remember that teaching your child to swim does not mean that your child is safe in the water. So even if your child has taken swimming lessons, you should still never leave him/her alone in the pool or at the beach.
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