Pool Info and Policies


All members must check in at the front desk when they arrive.

Guest passes may be purchased in advance here. Guests must be accompanied by an adult member.

Babysitter passes are available for caregivers who are accompanying member children. Babysitters/Caregivers must be age 14 or older.

Children must be at least 10 years old and entering 6th grade to attend the pool without a caregiver.

Members are not permitted to enter the pool area prior to the posted opening times. All pools will close 15 minutes before the posted closing times, and members are requested to shower and collect their belongings before the closing times.


Children under 12 years old or below sixh grade must pass the following tests to use the deep sections of our pools:

ORANGE BAND – For access to the slide and long area of the L-Pool up to the 5-foot line: Must swim 2 widths of the pool without stopping except to turn nor touching the bottom (30 total yards, typically starting at the slide and swimming to the other side of the pool and back). Either free style with arms coming out of the water or breast stroke are acceptable strokes for this test.

A child who does not have an orange bracelet may swim with an adult in the orange bracelet section of the pool including using the slide. This does not include access to the diving well or diving board. A green bracelet is required to use the diving well and/or diving boards. This activity may be suspended at the discretion of the manager on duty. Please, only one adult to one non-band swimming child.

GREEN BAND – For full access to all pools and diving area: Must swim continuous freestyle from the start of the test to the other side of the pool and then back (could be full lap in lap pool or from one point in the L-Pool to another), then tread water for 60 seconds. The stroke quality does not have to be perfect but must be assessed as safe. For example, this means that the arms must come out of the water during freestyle and the stroke should be strong enough to ensure the child’s safe swim to the side.

If you received a green band in a previous season, you do NOT need to retake the test. Please check in at the office and they can look in our system and give you your band.

NOTE: Any Member may be required to demonstrate minimum acceptable swimming skills prior to using certain portions of the pool reguardletss of age. This is to ensure your safety and is at the discretion of the SSC Managers.


BABY POOL: Parents and caregivers are responsible for the safety and conduct of their children in the baby pool. This pool is for use by children under age 5.

DIVING WELL: The deepest end of the L Pool is the only area where diving is permitted. A Green Bracelet is required to use the diving well. Only one person is permitted on the diving board at a time.

LAP POOL: The lap pool is to be used for swimming laps only, no jumping or diving. The lap pool features salt water chlorination which is the preferred method of an avid swimmer. A Green Bracelet is required to use the lap pool. Swimmers are expected to share lanes during periods of peak demand. Two swimmers may choose to swim on sides; circle swimming should be used when three or four swimmers are sharing a lane. The lap pool may be restricted to adult use only at the discretion of the manager on duty. Please Note: During busy periods the Manager on Duty may limit the duration members and guests can swim laps or may open part of the L pool for lap swimming.

SHOWERS + CHANGING ROOMS: Swarthmore Swim Club offers showers in the men’s, women’s, and family rest rooms. Please feel free to use the showers for quick rinses before and after your swim.  Private changing rooms are also available for members and their guests.

CHAIRS: The Swarthmore Swim Club provides deck and lounge chairs for our guests. Bringing your own chair is also permitted.


Private Parties: ​All reservations for parties should be pre-arranged with our Front End Manager, Angela Ripley, manager@swarthmoreswimclub.org.

Swap Days: Swap days allow members of the SSC to attend neighboring clubs at no charge on the following days:

  • Monday – Wallingford
  • Tuesday – Creekside
  • Wednesday – Rose Valley
  • Thursday – Swarthmore

Morning Lap Swimming (“Reveille”): Start Date TBD in late June. The pool will be open for lap swimmers only, Monday – Friday 6:30AM – 9AM. Six Lap Lanes will be available in the Lap Pool; additional lanes may be available in the L-Pool.

Water Aerobics: Start Date June 20, 2023. Classes will be Monday-Friday 9:15-10AM.  Each class is $5.  Cash payment may be made at the front desk ahead of each class.


Please keep all food and beverages on grass areas only and discard trash and recyclables in appropriate receptacles. Alcohol is not permitted at the SSC.

Glass of any kind is not permitted at the SSC.  For the safety of our members, broken glass in the pool area will result in the closure and drainage of our pools.

SNACK BAR: Snacks and drinks are available for purchase at the Snack Bar window in the office.

GRILLS: Gas and charcoal grills are available to use. Please visit the the front desk to reserve a grill.


SWIM DIAPERS: Children who are not completely toilet trained are required to wear swim diapers and rubber swim pants over top of them. Failure to follow this rule may (under worst-case conditions) require the closure of the pool for extended periods due to the need to increase chemical levels. Swim diapers are available for purchase at the office.

PARKING: Park only in designated spaces. Handicapped parking is available on either side of the front entrance. Overflow parking is available in the lot adjacent to the club driveway on Riverview Road.

PERSONAL PROPERTY: The SSC is not responsible for lost or stolen property. Please visit the lost and found outside the pool office if you are missing something. Unclaimed items will be donated to local charities at the end of the summer.

COURTEOUS BEHAVIOR: Loud, rude, vulgar, and dangerous behavior is not permitted. Dangerous behaviors include, but are not limited to: wrestling, running on the pool deck, dunking, or other inappropriate use of the club facilities. Radios or other audio devices must be used with earphones. Smoking is not permitted on swim club grounds.

INTERACTION WITH LIFEGUARDS: Our lifeguards have an important and difficult job and their primary responsibility is your safety. Do not distract them with conversation while they are on the guard stand. Please refrain from arguing with the lifeguards. If you do not agree with a decision made by a lifeguard, please address the issue privately with the manager on duty.

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