Aquatics FAQ & Policies

Policies
General Rules
Lap Swim/Circle Swim
Family Swim
Safety First

FAQ

Child and Family Swim
Private Lessons

Private Lessons
Do you have packages available for private lessons?
How long are private lessons?
How do I sign up for private lessons?

Masters Swim Team
Where do I get the forms to join the Masters Team?
How do I join the Masters Swim Team?
Do I have to stick with a set workout schedule for the Masters Swim Team?

General Questions
Do you have lifeguards?
How many laps in a mile?
What are the depth of the pools?
What is the temperature of the pools?
What is the lengths of the pools?
Do you have pool parties available?
Where are the water exercise classes held?

Policies

General Rules 
• Remember to shower before entering the pool.
• For your health and safety, we do not allow band-aids or open wounds in the pools.
• For safety, please dry off completely before leaving the pool deck.
• Please use the locker rooms for changing and not the pool deck.
• Members with special needs may use the elevators to access the pool at Millberry Fitness & Recreation Center and the outdoor pool at Bakar Fitness & Recreation Center.
• Flotation devices that have not been provided by UCSF lifeguards are not allowed.
• Do not hang on lane lines.
• For safety reasons, non-swimmers, as determined by the lifeguard, must stay in the shallow end.
• Glass containers are not allowed in the pool or on pool decks.
• Diving is prohibited.
• Only swim in the presence of a lifeguard.
• Swimming instruction is provided by Fitness & Recreation staff only.
• Guests under the age of three are free; guests three years old and above pay a guest fee.
• Please refrain from unnecessary conversations with the lifeguard.
• Cell phones, photo devices, and laptops are not allowed on the pool decks.

Lap Swim/Circle Swim  
• For your safety, swimmers must swim counter clockwise.
• Passing is allowed only at the ends of the pool. Do not pass swimmers in the middle of the lane. Tap swimmer’s foot in front and wait until reaching the wall to pass.
• Be considerate and allow other swimmers to pass at the wall when necessary.
• Children who have passed the Youth Aquatics Level VI swim test may swim laps with parents in the pool. Lap lane rules and regulations apply.

Family Swim  
• Children ages 14 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian in the water during family swim unless the child passes a swim test initiated by the lifeguard.
• Children ages 14 and under who pass the swim test may participate in Family Swim without the parent in the water.
• Parents who are not in the pool must remain on pool deck during Family Swim.

Safety First
Please review the following important safety information with your child(ren).
• Read & observe the safety rules posted on the pool deck.
• No open wounds or large scabs are allowed in the pools.
• Band-aids must be removed prior to entering the pool(s).
• Running and shouting are not allowed in any areas of the facility.
• Keep children away from pool edge while waiting for classes to begin.
• Remove shoes before walking across the pool deck.
• Athletic or street shoes are not allowed in the locker room shower areas.
• For the comfort and safety of the child, please tie long hair back (swim caps are optional).
• Suitmate usage must be under adult supervision at all times.
• Children in diapers must wear a disposable diaper under tight fitting plastic pants or disposable swim diapers.
• Please follow all other rules that the lifeguard may enforce.


FAQ

Child and Family Swim

Do I have to be in the water for my child to swim laps?
Since lap swim time is designated as adult swim, adults are required to be in the water with their children while they are swimming laps. Please note that only children that are able to swim full lengths are allowed to swim with their parents during lap swim time.

Can I take my child to swim laps with me?
Yes, children who have passed the ARC Level 6 swim test may swim laps while their parent is also in the water. Lap lane rules and regulations apply.

Can I take my child into the 2.5 foot area of the indoor pool during program time?
No. Family swim and lap swim are not allowed during designated program time.

Can I take my child into the 2.5 foot are of the indoor pool during lap swim time?
Yes, children are allowed in the 2.5 foot area of the indoor pool during lap swim times

Do parents have to be in the water for family swim or parent/toddler time?
Yes, we do require an adult to be in the water within arm’s reach of their children at all times. One adult is required for every two non-swimmers.

What is parent/toddler time?
Parent/toddler time is a designated time for members to bring their children that are five years of age or younger.

What is family swim?
Family swim is a designated time for parents to swim with their children of all ages

Private Lessons

Do you have packages available for private lessons?
Yes. Private lessons can be purchased individually or in packets of four and eight. Semi-private lessons are only available in a packet of eight lessons.

How long are private lessons?
Private lessons are 30 minutes in length. You can request an hour lesson. The instructor will simply deduct two lessons from your package.

How do I sign up for private lessons?
To sign up for private lessons, please call Peter Pun at 514.4617.

Masters Swim Team

Where do I get the forms to join the Masters Team?
Forms are available from the coaches or at the 2nd floor service desk at Mission Bay.

How do I join the Masters Swim Team?
Our Masters team is only available to UCSF Students and Fitness & Recreation Center members.
You need to be a registered member of USMS ($50/year) to participate on our team and complete the automatic credit card billing form with Member Services for the $10 monthly dues. This form is available from the coaches or at the 2nd floor service desk at Mission Bay.

Do I have to stick with a set workout schedule for the Masters Swim Team?
No, you are able to drop in to any of the workouts you want.

General Questions

Do you have lifeguards?
Yes, all of our pools have American Red Cross certified lifeguards on duty during all operating hours.

How many laps in a mile?
There are approximately 36 laps or 72 lengths in one mile for both pools at Mission Bay. At Parnassus, it is approximately 45 laps or 90 lengths.

What are the depths of the pools?
The indoor pool at Mission Bay is 2.5-4.5 feet in depth. The outdoor pool is 4-5 feet in depth. The Parnassus swimming pool is 3.5-10 feet in depth.

What is the temperature of the pools?
The indoor pool at Mission Bay is maintained between 87-88 degrees. The outdoor pool is maintained between 78-80 degrees. The swimming pool at Parnassus is maintained between 82-83 degrees during the weekdays and 87-88 degrees during the weekends.

What is the lengths of the pools?
The length of the outdoor pool is 25 yards. The two lanes of the indoor pool at Mission Bay is also 25 yards. The length of the Parnassus swimming pool is 20 yards.

Do you have pool parties available?
Sorry, pool parties are no longer available.

Where are the water exercise classes held?
Water exercise classes are held at all three pools. Please refer to the pool schedule or the catalog for the location of the class you are interested in.

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