Strong Swimmers, Confident Kids

LFY swimmers life jackets 2016For more than 160 years, the YMCA has nurtured potential and united communities across America to create lasting, meaningful change. Everything the Y does is in service of building a better us. One of the most effective ways to accomplish this is to teach youth, teens, and adults to swim, so they can stay safe around water and learn the skills they need to make swimming a lifelong pursuit for staying healthy. Swim lessons provide important life skills that could save a life and will benefit students for a lifetime.


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Expand each section below to learn more about pools, guidelines for swimming safely, and answers to frequently asked questions.

Pool Facilities

LFY Main Pool April 2016


Our Aquatics Center features a lap swim pool, instructional pool, therapy pool/hot tub, and sauna. Try swimming laps for a great cardio and resistance workout, attend a low impact water exercise class, or join us for open swim.

  • Main Pool: 82°F, 25 yards, 4’-6½’ deep. 
  • Instructional Pool: 87°F, 40 feet x 20 feet, 3 ½’-5’ deep.
  • Therapy Pool (Spa/Hot Tub): 102°F.
  • Sauna: 155°F.

LFY instructional pool 2016

Swim Rules

Please help us keep everyone safe by following these simple rules for using our aquatics facilities. Thank you for your cooperation.

Swim Test Policy

  • Parents are responsible for the supervision of their children. If children 15 and under cannot pass a swim test, a parent/guardian must be in the water within arm’s reach at all times.
  • Children ages 5 years old and under must have a parent in the water at all times, within arm’s reach, regardless of swimming ability.
  • Children ages 6-7 that pass a YMCA swim test must have a parent present in the pool area.
  • Children ages 8-14 years old must be able to pass the swim test to be allowed to swim without an adult present in the pool.
  • Only Coast Guard-approved flotation devices (i.e. lifejackets) are permitted in the pool with direct supervision of a parent/guardian in the water. Outside inflatable devices and swimming aids are not permitted.
  • Members 15 years or older are considered parental or guardian supervision.

Swimming Pool Rules

  • Lifeguards have authority to enforce appropriate behavior within the pool area. Persons refusing to obey the rules are subject to removal from the premises.
  • No diving is allowed.
  • No prolonged breath holding activities of any type are allowed.
  • Children ages 6-7 must be accompanied by an adult in the pool and pass a swimming test when not participating in a supervised activity.
  • Any child ages 5 and under or non-swimmers ages 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult, in the water, and within arm’s reach.
  • All children ages 14 and under must take a YMCA swim test and follow band restrictions based on ability.
  • Pool use by persons under the influence of alcohol or drugs is prohibited.
  • People with seizure, heart, or circulatory conditions should not swim alone.
  • Running and rough play are prohibited. Walk carefully on the pool deck.
  • A First Aid Kit and emergency telephone are located in the pool office. Please notify the lifeguard on duty of any emergency.
  • The Health Department requires that everyone take cleansing soap shower, including hair, before entering all pools (WAC 246-260-090). A swim or shower cap may be worn in lieu of wetting hair.
  • No one with open sores, bandages, communicable waterborne diseases or who has had vomiting/diarrhea in the past two weeks is allowed in the pools.
  • All diapers must have a tight-fitting cover (plastic pants) and must be changed at designated diaper changing stations or in the locker rooms.
  • No food, gum, or drink is allowed in the pool area.
  • Appropriate, modest and properly fitting swimwear/bathing suits are required – cotton based clothing is not allowed into the pools. One-piece swimsuits for females are strongly recommended.
  • Shoulder length hair or longer must be pulled back and secured or worn under a swim cap.
  • No outside floatation equipment or toys are allowed into the pools ( i.e. water-wings and swimsuits with built-in floatation, etc.) Snorkels are allowed for continuous lap swimming only.

Lap Swim Etiquette

  • Let swimmer know that you are joining them in the same lane.
  • More than two people in a lane circle swim. Stay to the right moving counter-clockwise.
  • Let faster swimmer go ahead at the wall or allow them to pass on the left.
  • Please be aware of water joggers in the lane and pass on the left.

Pool Equipment Rules

  • Lifeguards have authority to enforce appropriate behavior within the pool area. Persons refusing to obey the rules are subject to removal from the premises.
  • Pool equipment (fins, kickboards, hand paddles, etc.) is available for lap swimming only.
  • Water exercise equipment may be used outside of classes if used properly and safely.
  • Put fins on once in the water. Do not walk on the deck with fins on.
  • Be respectful of the equipment and return to storage after use.
  • Pool toys and noodles may be used at the discretion of the lifeguards on duty. Please play nicely and share.

Therapy Pool/Hot Tub Rules

All swimming pool rules apply (see above). Additionally, we ask:

  • For ages 15 years old and older only (exceptions for Adapted Aquatics therapy program and medical cases with prior written authorization on file).
  • Pregnant women and persons suffering from heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes or any other medical condition should consult a physician before use.
  • Swimming or vigorous exercising is not permitted.
  • Head must remain above water at all times.
  • Limit any one session to 15 minutes to avoid overheating.

Sauna Rules

  • For ages 15 years old and older only.
  • Appropriate attire is required: Minimum of a bathing suit, or towel wrap in same gender facilities. Street clothes, long pants, sweatshirts or exercise suits are not allowed.
  • No food or drink in the sauna. Water is allowed in a plastic, non-breakable container.
  • No one with open sores, bandages, communicable diseases or vomiting/diarrhea is allowed in the sauna.
  • Pregnant women and persons suffering from heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, or any other medical condition should consult a physician before use.
  • Limit any one session 15 minutes to avoid overheating.
  • Do not spray water on heating unit or thermostat.
  • Do not put flammable materials on the heating unit.
  • No scented oils, lotions, ointments or fragrances are permitted.
  • No exercising of any type is allowed inside the sauna.
  • No shaving allowed.
  • Inappropriate activity (not in alignment with the values of the YMCA) will not be tolerated. Persons engaging in such activities will have their membership terminated.
  • Persons refusing to obey the rules are subject to removal from the premises.
  • Appropriate swimsuit attire only, no street clothes/workout clothes.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is there a lifeguard on duty?
A: Yes, our trained lifeguards are on duty whenever the pool is open.


Q: How many laps in a mile?
A: Our Main Pool is 25 yards long, so you would have to swim 66 lengths to cover one mile.


Q: What kind of swim suit should I wear?
A: As a family facility, we ask that members help us create a comfortable, welcoming environment for everyone by wearing modest and properly fitting swimwear/bathing suits. One-piece swimsuits for females are strongly recommended. Cotton clothing is not allowed in our pools, as cotton clogs our filters and leads to increased shutdowns for maintenance.


Q: Can I bring my children into the pool if they can't swim?
A: For everyone's safety, all non-swimmers under 15 years old and any child under 6 years old, regardless of swimming ability, must be within arm's reach of a swimming adult at all times in the pool. A swim test is required before use for all participants under 15 years old.


Q: How often is the pool temperature checked?
A: The pool's temperature, chlorine levels, and pH levels are checked multiple times a day by our Facilities Team.


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