Pool rules and regulations exist to ensure that the pool is operated in a healthy and safe manner, and to provide an enjoyable environment for our members. Members are responsible for knowing and obeying these rules. Any person violating these rules and regulations may have his/her GPSPA privileges suspended by the manager on duty pending a report to the Board of Directors and subsequent action by the Board of Directors.

Any issue not specifically addressed by the rules in this document is left to the discretion of the manager on duty.

Health

Taking a soap shower before entering a pool is a MANDATORY county health department requirement.

Always wash feet and legs after playing on the volleyball court or in the sandbox before entering a pool.

No member or guest shall enter pool grounds with a contagious disease or with an open wound or sore. This includes athlete’s foot, ringworm, colds, etc. The staff may bar questionable cases.

NON-TOILET TRAINED CHILDREN MUST BE CLOTHED IN DIAPERS AND TIGHT-FITTING RUBBER PANTS. This is extremely important and a county health department regulation.

Safety Regulations

Running, pushing, rough play or playing of hazardous games on pool grounds is strictly prohibited.

Floats and beach balls are permitted only in the large pool except when the pool is crowded. Soft balls are allowed in the large pool only at the discretion of the supervisor in charge.

All squirt guns and super soakers are prohibited on pool grounds.

Underwater swimming for extended periods of time is strictly prohibited.

Small toys are ONLY allowed in the baby pool.

Children wearing “water wings” must be closely supervised by an adult who should stay within an arm’s reach of the children.

NO DIVING OFF THE SHALLOW END OF THE LARGE POOL. The diving area is marked by a floating marker rope.

No digging in the volleyball court.

All injuries occurring on pool grounds must be reported to the manager on duty.

Additional Rule & Regulations

Food or drink can only be consumed in designated areas and are not allowed on cement pool decks.

GLASS CONTAINERS OR GLASSWARE OF ANY KIND IS STRICTLY PROHIBITED ON POOL GROUNDS

Do not bring alcoholic beverages to the pool. Please note that the pool may sponsor or approve social events from time to time where alcohol is present. Minors may not consume alcohol on pool grounds.

Illegal drugs are not allowed on pool grounds.

Subject to state and local laws, smoking is restricted to the upper part of the pool grounds adjacent to the tennis court. Montgomery County Swim League rules prohibit smoking anywhere on the pool grounds while a swim meet is in progress

Street shoes are not allowed on pool decks.

The manager on duty may close diving boards when diving area would serve greater need for swimmers.

Do not hang on the pool marker ropes.

Cut-offs are not acceptable swim attire.

GPSPA is not responsible for valuables lost.

Children Under 8

NON-TOILET TRAINED CHILDREN MUST BE CLOTHED IN DIAPERS AND TIGHT-FITTING RUBBER PANTS. This is extremely important and a county health department regulation.

For safety, all children under eight must be accompanied by an adult on the pool grounds.

Children under eight who pass the beginner’s swim test may swim without an adult.

A child who has not passed the beginner’s test must be under direct supervision of an adult while in the water. The adult must have ready access to the child at all times and remain alert. A pool filled with active youngsters can “hide” a young child in trouble; trouble which can occur in seconds

Children wearing “water wings” must be closely supervised by an adult who should stay within an arm’s reach of the child.

The beginner’s test consists of swimming one length of the lap pool (25 meters) followed by one minute of treading water. The beginner’s test must be administered by a life guard. See the manager on duty to schedule a test.

Parents or guardians of children using the baby pool MUST be inside the fenced enclosure with their children.

Only children under 6 may use the baby pool.

Final Special Exception on Pool Hours

In February 2014, Garrett Park was granted a special exception that clarified the operating hours of the pool. It includes rules governing the number of evenings the pool may stay open late, and how and when amplified sound may be used. To read the entire resolution, click here.