Fun in the Water
Enjoy time in the pool during our recreational swim time! Open swim times are a fun way to improve swimming skills and stay active. We strive to help all ages stay safe around water and learn the skills needed to make swimming a lifelong pursuit for healthy living. Before you or your kids dive in, make sure you are aware of our pool rules and swim tests to keep you safe and having fun.
Our lap pool is 25 yards in length with six lanes and the temperature ranges between 81°–82°. For entries and exits the lap pool has three ladders, gradual entry steps and a self-operating ADA compliant lift. Depths of the pool range from 4’ to 9’. Must be 14 years or older to lap swim. Open swim lanes vary per day.
Our recreational pool is 25 yards in length and the temperature ranges between 87-89°. For entries and exits the recreational pool has two ladders, a zero depth entry and a self-operating ADA compliant lift. Depths of the pool range from 0’ to 6’.
Before you enter our pool, please remember:
- All persons 14 years of age and younger will be swim tested, evaluated and given a color coded band to wear before entering the water each day. Those who refuse or who are unable to be tested will receive a red band
- All persons 14 years of age and younger must wear color coded wrist bands at all times they are in or around the pool area. Those not complying will be asked to leave
- Must wear an appropriate bathing suit to be in the pool
- Non-swimmers 14 years and younger cannot enter the pool without an adult. Children under 9 must be within arm’s length of an actively responsible adult 18 yrs. or older at all times
- 1 adult can bring a maximum of 2 red bands and 2 yellow band level, otherwise an additional Adult will need to be in the water
- Shower before entering the pool
- Only proper fitting Coast Guard Approved Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) are allowed in the pool
- The YMCA is not responsible for providing PFD’s
- Blow up flotation, and large toys are not allowed
The primary role of your Clark County Family YMCA Lifeguards is the prevention of drowning. Their first defense against drowning is to proactively restrict non-swimmers and inexperienced swimmers to shallow water (shallow water is defined as water that is no deeper than your armpit) and have constant adult supervision.
We have a Swim Test for kids to ensure they can use our pools outside of swim lessons. Children will receive color-coded wristbands for their ability to swim in different areas of our pool.
All persons 14 years of age and younger evaluated and banded each visit. All persons 14 years of age and younger must wear appropriate color coded wrist bands at all times they are in or around the pool area. Those not complying will be asked to leave the pool.
- Blue Band—Lap Pool
Blue Band Test
- 50 yd front crawl stroke with rhythmic breathing.
- Float on their back for 30 seconds
- Tread water for 30 seconds
Privileges: Access to lap pool and entire Rec Pool
- Green Band—Deep Water
Green Band Test
- Swim the width of the recreational pool 2 lengths unassisted without rest using crawl-stroke, with arms coming out of the water and face in the water.
- Turn on their back, float 30 seconds.
- Tread water for 30 seconds.
Privileges: Access to entire Rec Pool
- Yellow Band—Shallow Water
Yellow Band Test
Child must be at least 46” at armpit level to receive a yellow band without a swim test.
Swim the width of the recreational pool one length unassisted without rest using crawl-stroke, with arms coming out of the water and face in the water.
Privileges: Must stay in the shallow end of rec pool.
- Red Band—Non Swimmers
Swimmers that do not pass the yellow band—shallow water test—or who refuse to take the test are considered non-swimmers. Non-swimmers, regardless of age, must stay in water that is armpit deep or less and require active adult supervision.
Prohibited Items and Activities
- Glass, food, gum or drinks other than water
- Alcohol and tobacco products
- Dunking, splashing or pushing
- Toy guns
- Diving into water under 9 feet
- Flips, cannonballs or backward jumps
- Playing in or around lifeguard equipment
- Hanging on ropes
- Running on deck
- Band-Aids or open wounds
- Persons with communicable diseases
- Persons under the influence of alcohol or drugs
- Barbells, float belts or kickboards in the rec pool unless under the direct supervision of a YMCA Swim or Water Exercise Instructor
- Blow up flotation devices such as water wings. Coast Guard approved PFD’s ONLY
- Children out of arm’s reach of their care giver at any time
- Breath holding games or activities