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Swim Guidelines

  • Any person showing evidence of any communicable skin disease, sore or inflamed eyes, cold, nasal or ear discharges shall be denied admission
  • Any person with open blisters, cuts, or bandages shall be denied admission
  • Any person suspected of being under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol shall be denied admission
  • Do not enter the water if you are experiencing or recovering from diarrhea, or have had any signs or symptoms of a gastrointestinal disease in the past seven days
  • Children in diapers must wear plastic pants with snug-fitting elastic waist/ leg bands
  • Patrons must shower before entering the water
  • Children should be encouraged to use the restroom before entering the water
  • No animals except for service animals are allowed
  • Food, drink, chewing gum, and glass containers are prohibited
  • Hanging on the lane lines is prohibited
  • Appropriate swim attire must be worn (No t-shirts, gym shorts, cut-offs, thongs, etc)
  • Jewelry should not be worn in the pool
  • Pollution of the pool is prohibited (e.g. urination, nose blowing, spitting, etc)
  • Do not run on the pool deck, locker rooms, or hallways
  • No diving in the shallow water or any area to the right of the bulkhead
  • Starter blocks may only be used under the supervision of an Instructor/Coach
  • Equipment must be returned to its proper place
  • Conduct that endangers the safety and comfort of others is prohibited
  • Children should not swim alone

Note: Swimming is prohibited during a thunderstorm as established by the NSLI. Immediate evacuation of the pool area is required with the pool reopening 30 minutes following the last sighting of lightening or hearing of thunder


You should be aware that you may be injured participating in University Recreation activities or facilities. It is strongly recommended that all participants have a physical examination and secure adequate medical insurance prior to participation. Since all activities are voluntary, Appalachian State University assumes no responsibility for monetary expensed incurred for medical treatment or transportation for emergency care.

Report injuries or incidences to a lifeguard on duty

Swim Guidelines: Deep End


Lifeguards on duty need to observe the swimming ability of adults entering the water and prohibit any adult from the deep end that is not a swimmer.

Children and Teens

Lifeguards on duty need to evaluate each swimmer entering the deep end of the pool if they are unfamiliar with their swim skills by administrating the following swim test:
Swim across the shallow end of the pool on front 15 yards, tread water 5 seconds and continue on back to the other side.

Swim Guidelines: Under 12 years

Children under 12 who are less than five feet tall and are non-swimmers or have limited swimming ability (use flotation devices) must be supervised by an adult in the water within five yards of the child.

Infant/Toddler Swimwear Guidelines

3 years of age or younger

  1. Children must wear plastic pants with snug fitting legs swim diaper.
  2. During swimming time, parents must check diaper frequently to insure there are no feces in the diaper.
  3. If feces are found, exit the pool immediately and inform the lifeguard/instructor.
  4. The lifeguard will notify the Assistant Director of Aquatics. If not available and there has been no leakage then complete an incident report. If leakage is observed in the water, follow the policy regarding chlorinating for such incidences.

Recreational Water Illness