Pool Rules

Facility Rules
  • Proper ID is required for entrance into and use of the facility.
  • Dependents under the age of 16 are not allowed into the facility unless accompanied by their parent or guardian and can only swim during designated family swim hours.
  • Avery Aquatic Center, Recreational Changing Rooms will open for patron usage 15 minutes prior to the start time for recreational swimming and will close for patron usage 30 minutes after the finishing time for recreational swimming.  Upon locker room closure, patrons must exit the facility.
  • Children age 6 and over are required to use the appropriate changing room for their gender. If assistance is needed, please speak with a lifeguard.
  • Patrons of the pool are expected to comply with the directions of the lifeguards and the Avery Aquatic Center staff.
  • Recreational swimming is only permitted during designated hours and in the presence of a lifeguard.
  • Nude sun bathing is prohibited.
  • Use of hot tubs is prohibited at Avery Aquatic Center.
  • No pets allowed.
  • No glass or metal articles in or around the pool area.
  • No food or drink permitted on the pool deck (water in a plastic container is permitted).
  • No bikes, skateboards, or rollerblades inside the facility.
  • Rec Swim will follow special hours for home football game days, special events and national holidays.
  • Use of the facilities is for recreational purposes only, and may not be used for outside instructional/coaching purposes. Organized activities other than those approved are prohibited.
Pool Rules
  • Patrons of the pool are expected to comply with the directions of the lifeguards and the Avery Aquatic Center staff.
  • Clean and proper swimming attire is required.
  • Although showers are not required, it is recommended that swimmers take showers before entering the pool.
  • Do not swim if you have infectious or communicable diseases.
  • No running, rough play, or excessive noise in the pool, on the pool deck, or in the locker rooms.
  • No diving allowed in shallow end
  • Swim diapers or plastic pants are required for children who wear diapers.
  • Circle swim is required in all lap swim lanes.
  • Do not hang on the lane lines.
  • No swimming under the bulkheads.
  • No spitting, spouting of water, or blowing nose in the pool.
  • No swimming in the ADA ramp at Avery Rec Pool
  • Starting blocks are for competition and instructional use only.
  • A whistle will be blown and an announcement made to notify patrons that there is 5 minutes left in recreational swimming.  After the 5 minutes has passed and it is therefore time to close, the fog horn will be blown and an announcement will be made.  At that time patrons must exit the pool.
  • Adults with children 16 years of age and younger must supervise their children in the facility at all times, even in the changing rooms.
  • When children 12 years of age and younger are in the water an adult must be in the water within an arm’s reach of them at all times.
  • Children under the age of 16 are only allowed to swim during designated family swim hours in the family swim area (shallow end), unless they are a strong enough swimmer to participate in continual lap swimming in other lanes of the pool during family swim hours.  Lifeguards will issue a swim test to determine eligibility.  Criteria: child must be able to swim 2 continuous lengths of the pool using the freestyle stroke with a strong kick and rhythmic breathing.
  • Personal flotation devices must be US Coast Guard approved.
  • Floating enhancement devices NEVER replace in-water adult supervision.
  • For every 2 children at least 1 adult should be with them at all times.
Inclement Weather Policies


Heavy rain can make it difficult to see the bottom of a pool or beneath the surface. If heavy rain causes bottom obstruction, pools will be cleared and halted until the rain lets up. Wind can also cause safety hazards. If wind is observably strong or gusty and causes bottom obstruction due to rippling, swimmers will be cleared from pools until the bottom is visible.


Water must be cleared of all swimmers at the first clap of thunder or lightning, or any other dangerous weather condition.  The pool must remain cleared for 30 minutes after the last clap of thunder or lightening.  Patrons must remain at least 20 ft. away from the deck, if the weather worsens, the pool area must be vacated.

While closing a pool for any reason is an inconvenience, keeping you safe should never come secondary and is always our priority.