Sometimes, a trip to the pool is what you need on a hot summer day or during a dull winter afternoon. Of course, swimming is never a bad idea. However, it’s essential to be familiar with the age requirements of the pool you choose to visit.
There is not a minimum age requirement for swimmers or guests to enter most pools. However, there is usually a minimum age requirement for children to go swimming unsupervised. At most pools, this age can be anywhere from age 14 to 18. These age requirements change from pool to pool.
By understanding the age requirements of the pool you’re planning on visiting, you’re one step closer to being ready for your trip to the pool. Nevertheless, there are some other facts to know and understand if you plan to visit the pool anytime soon.
Minimum Age to Go to the Pool by Yourself
Each pool has its own set of rules and regulations that guests should follow. Therefore, the age requirements will fluctuate depending on the pool you visit. Note that it is the duty of each guest (or responsible adult) to know, understand, and abide by pool rules during their visit. If an underage child breaks the rules, the guardian will likely have to deal with any consequences.
Some pools allow swimmers as young as 9-years-old to be unsupervised while they swim, but they still need someone older to at least come to the park with them. Most pools allow guests to be unaccompanied if they are at least 16-years-old. Any person younger than that will need to be with a 16-year-old responsible enough to supervise them.
Other pools allow kids to come unaccompanied at the age of 14 or even 12. It all depends on the rules of the particular pool you visit. Make sure you look up the pool mandates in advance so you won’t have to deal with any unpleasant surprises. No one wants to cancel a pool day just because they didn’t plan for the age limits!
If you want a general overview of typical pool rules, read through Swimming Pool Rules: A Comprehensive List w/ Descriptions.
Do Pools Have Age Restrictions for Entry?
Guests of any age should be allowed at the pool unless the rules state otherwise. Generally, you can bring people of any age to the pool as long as a responsible adult supervises the kids. One possible exception to this rule is if specific pool times have been restricted to certain age groups.
Babies are allowed into the pool as well. However, parents must take the necessary safety precautions to protect their children’s overall well-being.
So, in other words, there is essentially no age limit for going to the pool as long as an adult is present to chaperone any children under the required age limit. Remember, supervising adults are entrusted with the responsibility of their kids’ safety and rule compliance.
Things You Should Know About Pools
It would help if you understood the rules for each pool you visit, as they will probably not all be the same. By recognizing, understanding, and following such restrictions, you should have an easier time keeping yourself and others safe.
If you are the designated chaperone of your pool group, you should be aware of your younger swimmers’ abilities and limitations. This knowledge can help to keep these children safe and reduce the chances of potential injury.
Furthermore, it’s worthwhile to be aware of what is in the water. Unfortunately, accidents do happen from time to time, allowing illnesses to spread quickly from one person to the next. For this reason, you should emphasize to your children that it is never okay to drink pool water. If they are thirsty, they should drink from water fountains or water bottles instead.
Additionally, it would be a helpful practice to remind your children to take a bathroom break at least once every 60 minutes or so. With babies, you should check their swim diapers about twice every hour.
Lastly, supervising adults should be mindful of whether or not a lifeguard is currently on duty. Even if a lifeguard is on duty, this does not necessarily mean your child is entirely out of harm’s way. Lifeguards cannot keep tabs on everything that goes on in pool waters, especially during busy hours. Ultimately, you have are liable for your child’s safety if they happen to be under the unsupervised age limit.
Pool Tips to Remember
Making a family trip to the pool isn’t always easy. It can be hard to keep so many little details in the back of your mind when organizing such a trip. To help ensure your next pool trip runs smoothly, here are a couple of tips.
Know the Regulations Concerning Outside Food or Drinks
No two pools are the same, and their rules reflect these differences. The variation in pools’ policies toward outside foods and drinks is a prime example of this.
Some pools allow people to bring in outside food or drinks. Conversely, other pools prohibit this. For this reason, you should look over your local pool’s rules or talk with a pool staff member to understand these specifics.
Typically, most pools allow guests to leave the pool and re-enter without additional charges. If this is the case, you can leave snacks in the car for later use. This is particularly convenient for pools that forbid outside food. Some pools have a snack bar, so there may be food available for purchase at the pool you choose to visit.
See if the Pool Has Changing Rooms Beforehand
Most pools will have changing rooms or even locker rooms available for their guests to change at the pool. However, it’s always wise to check before your visit so you can know whether or not to show up in your swimsuit.
Apply These Safety Guidelines
- Never leave children unattended while they are in or even near water.
- Teach children how to swim. Enroll children in swim lessons if you would like them to learn in this way.
- Always enter the water feet first when first entering the water. This way you can see how deep the water is and if there are any objects that could hurt you if you jumped in and landed on them.
- Know your limits. You should know how far and how long you are able to swim without tiring. You should be able to tread water as well.
- If swimming outdoors, make sure you check the weather and watch out for storms.