Q: What is the difference between Family Swim and Open Swim?
A: Family Swim is only for families. Children cannot attend be themselves, they must be with an adult. But Open Swim is for anyone who is old enough to use the pool on their own and families.
Q: Are there any times for young people to lap swim?
A: Yes there are. During Open swims and Family swim there are lanes open for lap swimming for anyone who wants to use them.
Q: At what age can babies be introduced to swimming?
A: The Y of the USA and the American Academy of Pediatrics both recommend that infants avoid public swimming pools until they are six months old or have achieved head control, which ever comes later. We follow these recommendations. We have an organized program for infants and toddlers and they are welcome to attend swims with their families.
Q: Are water fitness classes included in my membership?
A: We have water exercise classes that are free to members. Classes that are FREE to members include Splash & Dash, Aqua Ex , and Aqua Circuit. There are also Specialty classes that have a fee.
Q: Which locker room should I use when I bring my child to swim?
A: We have three sets of locker rooms. The Family locker rooms are specifically for parents and small children or anyone who needs help changing. The Youth locker rooms are for children and young adults through age eighteen. The Adult locker rooms are reserved for adults only. When the Family locker rooms are busy, please change with your child in the appropriate Youth locker room.
Q: My child isn’t potty trained; may we still come swimming?
A: Yes, but your child has to be dressed accordingly. We require children to wear swim diapers worn under swim suits with elastic leg openings. Small children, who are trained, should be taken to the bathroom before swimming and asked several times during swimming if they need a bathroom break.
Q: What are the reasons for having people shower before they swim and keeping their hair up in a swim cap?
A: Showering washes off normal body oils and grooming products before they get in the pool water, this allows us to use fewer chemicals in the water. Restraining hair keeps it out of the filtration system and will extend the life of the filters.
Q: I learned to swim as a child, but not very well, do you have a class for me?
A: Yes of course, we do. Try working one on one to learn to swim or improve your strokes or fitness.
Our Adult Swim lessons are individualized to meet the goals and needs of the participant. Certified and experienced instructors are ready to help swimmers at any level of ability, whether it be increasing comfort in the water or stroke tips for advanced adult fitness swimmers. Participation begins with an initial assessment. Classes are 30 minutes long and are scheduled as time permits throughout the day and evening.
Q: Why do you close the pool if someone has an accident in it?
A: It is a state regulation and the Centers for Disease Control recommend it. The good news is, with two pools we rarely have to cancel programming, only move it to the other pool.
Frequently Asked Questions
Swim Lessons and Programs
Long Reach Swim Club (Swim Team)
Water Fitness Classes
Pool Rental Information
We are pleased to make available Bath Area Family YMCA facilities for use by outside community organizations and individuals. Our Facilities may be used for business meetings, training seminars, parties, tournaments, games and other special events. Reservations for a rental must be made at least 2 weeks in advance and be accompanied by full payment and a completed rental agreement. In order to use any of our facilities we ask that you carefully read the Facility Rental Guidelines.
Reservations for pool parties should be made at least 6 week in advance to insure availability. Reservations can be made over the telephone, but payment and a completed rental agreement are required to secure the date. Enclosed is a copy of the pool rules. All pool party participants should be familiar with the pool rules. Pool party participants will meet on the bleachers to go over the rules with the lifeguard before entering the water.
Rental Fees (includes 1 hour pool time and 1 hour party room):
Therapy Pool: $200.00 /hour
½ Main Pool: $200.00 /hour
Main Pool: $300.00 /hour
(both pools and hot tub): $400.00 /hour
(all fees effective 9/1/11)
Community Room Use - Ice cream can be stored in our freezer so check with our Building Supervisor upon arrival. It is important to be mindful of the time so the party ends as scheduled. Clean up of the room and kitchen is required. Tape, pins, tacks or nails should not be used on the walls or ceiling of the community room.
• Available on Saturday and Sunday afternoons
• Max # of children allowed in a splash party is 20
• Any person in the group who wishes to swim or jump in the deep end must pass a swim test administered by the lifeguard
To check on availability or make a reservation contact Diane Hicks 443-4112x23 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Pool Rental Guidelines:
The use of the facilities and equipment of the YMCA are first and foremost for use by YMCA members and regularly scheduled YMCA programs and activities. The YMCA will make its facilities available to non-YMCA groups whose purpose is compatible with those of the YMCA.
All groups will be required to designate an individual, 21 years or older who will be responsible for the conduct of the group. The designated leader must meet with YMCA Staff prior to the anticipated use of the facility to review this agreement.
Adult to children ratios:
- Under age 5: 1 adult per 4 children
- Age 6-12: 1 adult per 8 children
- Age 13-18: 1 adult per 12 children
- Age 18 & above: 1 adult per 15 individuals
This ratio maybe achieved by use of volunteers or YMCA Staff.
Responsibility for Damage/Clean Up:
The individual responsible for the group, will be responsible for all damages to the facility, equipment and /or property caused by the group. The group will be notified of damage and payment required. The group shall be responsible for clean up of special decorations or modifications to the facility. Tape, pins, tacks, nails are not to be used on the walls or ceiling of the community room. The room and kitchen are expected to be cleaned up after use and parties are expected to be ready to leave when their allotted time is up.
Swimming can be one of the best activities to increase range of motion, strengthen the body, provide relaxation, or just have fun. We have always known about the rehabilitative benefits of water exercise for adults with injuries or chronic conditions such as arthritis. For children with disabilities, the benefits of water are enormous. Swimming is one of the few sports or recreational activities they can fully participate in regardless of physical abilities. People with multiple disabilities, developmental delays, Autism, vision and hearing impairments, and learning disabilities can all gain much from an adapted aquatics program.
For children with disabilities, water activities allow them to participate in an environment where it is easy to succeed. Children, who are often separated from others by their differences, are suddenly on “equal footing” in their swim class. Group activities and normal spontaneous social interaction are extremely easy in the water.
At our Y we believe in inclusion. Quite simply, children with special needs are not placed in a separate class but are assimilated into all of our regular programming. From Parent/Child classes for the very young to Swim Team, kids with different challenges are participating in our programs every day.
We have experienced and trained staff who are prepared to work with a variety of special needs. Using instructor aides and volunteers we are able to modify strokes, adjust requirements, and give additional support when needed. Adapted Aquatics at the Bath Y, means adapting to meet the needs of all of our members and participants.
- All Children are required to take a swim test if they want to swim without flotation. A Swim test is defined by our YMCS as "Comfortable jumping from the deck at the 9ft. mark and swimming 25 yards without stopping to the shallow end".
- Shoes are not allowed on the pool deck
- Showers are required of all swimmers before entering either pool or the Hot tub/spa.*
- Food and drinks, other than water, are not allowed in the pool area.
- Personal flotation devices, floaties, water wings, and swim rings are not permitted.
- Children under three or those not yet potty trained are required to wear a swim diaper under a swimsuit
- Hair longer than ear length must be restrained by either a swim cap or hair elastic
- Appropriate swimwear is required in all pools. Gym shorts, cutoffs, T-shirts, or ripped suits are not considered appropriate swim wear.
- Always walk on the deck
- Horseplay and rough-housing are not allowed in any area
- Band-aids, bandages, gum, and glass are not permitted
- Children under age 6 must be accompanied into the water by an adult.
- Children under age 11 must have a parent in the facility while they are participating in Open swims and splashes
- Exit pool at lifeguard signal (Two long blasts of whistle)
- Diving into less than 9 feet of water is prohibited, therefore, diving is restricted to the deep end of the pool only.
- Diving and jumping are restricted to the deep-end between the blocks.
- Back dives, twists, and flips are not allowed
- Hanging on the lane lines or safety line is not permitted.
- Use of the blocks is restricted to persons participating in competitive or instructional
programming, while under the direct supervision of a coach or instructor
- Ladders must be used for exiting the pool and should not be played on or hung on
- Diving is prohibited
- The chair lift will be operated by a lifeguard and only when appropriate.
- People age 16 and above are permitted to use the Hot Tub
- Enter and exit via stairs only
- Members should limit themselves to a maximum of 15 minutes
- Persons being treated for the following conditions should consult their Physician before use: heart disease, diabetes, high or low blood pressure,Respiratory problems, multiple sclerolsis, or any seizure disorder.
- Pregnant women are prohibited from use due to increased the risk of fetal damage
- Members should wait at least five minutes after exercising to cool down, before using.