Pool and Playground Rules

All pools have health and safety rules that we ask everyone to understand and follow. The lifeguards are responsible for enforcing these rules in order to PREVENT accidents from occurring. We realize that during low attendance, some of the rules may not seem appropriate. However, in order to maintain consistency between the staff and pool users at our pool, the lifeguards are instructed to enforce the rules at all times.

In addition to the standard rules for all seasons listed at the bottom, the following rules are specific to 2021 where we are balancing addressing COVID-19 safety recommendations with maximum enjoyment at the club for the membership.

2021 Club Plan: 

Pods: To facilitate social distancing we will continue with pods this season, adding more chair groupings and utilizing the grass and wall areas. Pods will be marked at 6’ apart.  Reservations will not be required except for holiday weekends.  More information will be provided on holiday weekend reservations shortly. Time slots will be lengthened versus the 2020 season.

If all pods/lawn/wall areas are filled an ‘at capacity notice’ will be texted to the membership encouraging members to delay their arrival. If that capacity notice is sent out, members already at the pool should limit their total stay to 3 hours.

Common Areas: All restrooms/showers will be open.  In restrooms masks should be worn.  Restroom maximum capacity will be posted and should be followed.  For other areas where it is less easy to socially distance, e.g., the snack shack and entry to the club, members are asked to continue to maintain a distance of 6’ from others or wear a mask.

Kid Drop Off: Kids over the age of 10 can be dropped off at the club this summer, however, they will need to comply with the COVID protocols or risk losing the privilege.

Pool Plan: All pools will be open (lap pool, main pool and baby pool).  Members are asked to continue using social distancing while in the pool and to not congregate on the stairs, end of the lap lanes or at the side of the pool. No masks should be worn in the pools. At the discretion of management members may be asked to relocate within the pool or clear the pool temporarily if areas become too congested.   Most of our swimmers are unvaccinated children so we will continue to monitor spacing in the pool to minimize potential spread of COVID 19.

Lap swimmers in the lower pool are recommended to limit #’s to 2 per lane and maximum 1 hour use at a time.

Guests:  Members will be able to bring guests to the pool only after 3 p.m., with the exception of holiday weekends when no guests are allowed. Each membership account will be permitted a total of five (5) guest visits per month.   As a reminder no person may be a guest at the Club more than three (3) times in any calendar month, regardless of how many members may extend an invitation.  An exception to this rule is for parents and grandchildren of members who on payment of the guest fee may visit as often as the member wishes. All guests will be required to register and have a signed Covid Waiver on file.

Cleaning: With lightened COVID cleaning requirements the club will undergo 1 deep clean daily with high touch areas cleaned more frequently.

Important for all members to note, the season will start with the protocols described above.  The IHC Management and Board reserve the right to update such protocols as needed throughout the summer to maintain compliance or remove restrictions.   

Please Read the Basic Rules Listed Here For Your Safety

This list is not all inclusive or legally complete and no liability is assumed for completeness. The lifeguards have the authority to enforce new rules as needed. The lifeguards have the authority to impose more stringent rules for the safety and enjoyment of pool users.

  • No running.
  • Starting blocks are for swim team only.
  • Lap Pool is for swimming laps only.
  • Excessive splashing, shoving, chicken fights, and dunking are prohibited.
  • Food is not allowed on the pool deck. Please use designated areas.
  • For safety reasons, large rafts, oversized tubes and high powered water guns are permitted by pool manager at IHC sponsored events only.
  • No glass containers of any type are allowed in the pool area.
  • No Flotation devices allowed in the deep end.
  • Persons with open cuts, sores, bandages, colds, coughs or infected eyes are not permitted in the pool.
  • The pool may be closed for maintenance purposes, health conditions, weather or any other reason deemed sufficient by the pool manager.
  • Upon seeing lightning or hearing thunder, the lifeguards will clear the pool. As mandated by the American Red Cross, the pool must remain cleared 30 minutes from the last clap of thunder OR 30 minutes from the last bolt of lightning, whichever is longer. In the event of a storm, the pool will be closed and the premises cleared. The pool will reopen if the weather clears in time.
  • Flotation devices MUST be American Red Cross or Coast Guard approved – no water wings permitted.

Diving Area Rules

  • Only one person on the diving board at a time.
  • Only one bounce before jumping off the diving board.
  • Running is not allowed on the diving board.
  • Diving Board line forms on the stairs, NOT on the diving platform.
  • Make sure the diving pool area is clear before you dive.
  • Forward dives only unless during dive practice.
  • Once you have completed your dive, immediately swim to the nearest ladder.
  • Please do not sit on the railings.
  • Do not adjust the fulcrum. It can only be adjusted during dive team practice.

Baby Pool Rules

  • The “kiddie pool” is for babies and children under the age of 6 with direct adult supervision by parents or baby-sitters. No Lifeguard on duty. Children in the baby pool area must be accompanied by an adult or caregiver at all times.
  • Absolutely no diving, jumping, or running into or around the baby pool.
  • All non potty-trained children must wear certified swim diapers or disposable Little Swimmies in the pool.
  • Do NOT change diapers on the chairs or pool deck, please use the changing table in the restrooms.

Playground Rules

  • The playground is for children 12 and under.
  • Adults or caregivers are responsible for their children.
  • Wait for the person in front of you to move out of the way at the bottom of the slide.
  • Do not walk up the slide.
  • Do not push, kick or pull another child.