Pool Info and Policies

MEMBER ADMITTANCE

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.


SKILL TESTING

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

RED 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 freestyle with arms coming out of the water or breast stroke are acceptable strokes for this test.

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

WHITE BAND – For access to the diving area: Must swim continuous freestyle from the start of the test to the other side of the pool and then back, dive for a ring at the bottom of the diving well, and 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.

BLUE BAND – For access to the lap pool: Must swim continuous, strong freestyle for 50 yards (2 laps in the lap pool) and tread water for 60 seconds. 

**For the 2024 Summer Season**: Swim tests will be conducted at the beginning of the season on Memorial Day weekend.  In order to accommodate all of the children who will need to test, we will open at 10AM on Saturday and Sunday of opening weekend for band testing only.

All children under 12 years of age must sign in at the front desk and be in the system as members. After their test, they will need to leave the pool grounds until it officially opens at 12pm noon. We would STRONGLY suggest that kids take advantage of this opportunity because there could be a significant wait time to test once the pool opens.

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


FACILITIES

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 White Bracelet is required to use the diving well. Only one person is permitted on the diving board at a time. One bounce on the diving board permitted.

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 Blue 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.


SPECIAL EVENTS 

PRIVATE PARTIES: ​All reservations for parties should be pre-arranged with our General Manager by emailing ashley@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 SWIM (“Reveille Swim”): Start Date June 13th. 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. Free hot coffee is back and available in the office!

WATER AEROBICS: Start Date TBD late June. 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.


FOOD AND BEVERAGES

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

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

SHARK SHACK: Snacks and drinks are available for purchase at the brand new Shark Shack in the Grove.

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


HEALTH AND SAFETY

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: 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 mid-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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