YSC Pool Rules


The following rules governing the use of the Yorklyn Swim Club (YSC) facilities have been formulated to assure maximum enjoyment and safety for you, your family, guests, and other members. The rules, where noted, are required to comply with Delaware State Board of Health Regulations. When you pay your dues, you are agreeing to abide by all of the following rules.

All of these rules are in force at all times including normal operating hours, times when the swim team is using the pool, and during after-hours parties.


Operating Rules (to be strictly enforced)

  • The YRC staff will be in charge at all times and will have complete authority to enforce all rules including limiting the activity of anyone risking his or her own safety and/or the safety and enjoyment of others.

  • No one is permitted in the pool unless a lifeguard is on duty (Board of Health H-1, 4).

  • Children 12 years and older, who have passed the basic swim test, may be granted unsupervised use of the main pool, at the request of their parents and at the discretion of the pool staff. 

  • Children between seven (7), and eleven (11) inclusive, may use the main pool only when accompanied by a responsible person of 14 years or older. Lifeguards will not act as babysitters. 

  • Children under the age of six (6) must be under the direct supervision of a responsible person who is at least 16 years of age.

  • The wading pool is for the use of children under six (6) years of age. A responsible person who is at least 16 years of age must be inside the fenced area of the wading pool at all times with the child/children, whether or not, the child/children are in the water. Lifeguards do not directly supervise the wading pool and cannot act as babysitters. The wading pool is exclusively for the use of young children who cannot pass the basic swim test.

  • Children who have not passed the basic swimming test may use the regular pool, but must be constantly attended by a responsible person who should be in the pool with the child.

  • Leak-proof diapers are required on untrained children in both the wading pool and the main pool areas.  (Waterproof diapers will be available at the guard shack for a nominal charge.)

  • Any person having an obvious communicable disease, skin eruption, fungus infections, ear, eye, nose or throat infection, or wearing bandages may not use the pool (Board of Health, H-7).

  • Showers must be taken before entering the water. If suntan preparations are used, the bather must re-shower prior to entering the pool.

  • No running, pushing, horseplay, or other undue disturbances will be permitted in the pool area.

  • Only one person will be permitted on the diving board at a time.

  • Expectorating and nose blowing in the pool or around the pool is prohibited.

  • No pets are permitted within the pool area at any time.

  • Foods and/or beverages are restricted to the picnic (grass), patio, or deck areas. Chewing gum is prohibited in the pool area.

  • Glass containers of any kind (beverage, suntan lotions, etc) are not permitted in the area (deck and concrete) immediately around the pool.

  • Alcoholic beverages are prohibited at all times in the pool water, but are permitted in the picnic (grass), patio or deck areas provided the member and/or guest is of the legal age to consume. The Pool Manager or Lifeguard can determine that a member or guest is not permitted to swim after consumption of alcohol and may request a member to leave the pool grounds in the event of inappropriate behavior.  During adult social functions, the diving area will remain closed.

  • Illegal drugs are not permitted on the grounds at any time. Members are asked to leave prescription medications at home to ensure the safety of the pool members.

  • Smoking is only permitted in designated areas outside of the fenced area around the pool.

  • Disruptive or unruly behavior is not permitted and the disruptive person(s) will be asked to leave at the discretion of the lifeguards. Any ejection will be for the remainder of the day; any additional ejections will require a parental conference with the pool manager prior to re-admittance.

  • Trash must be deposited in the receptacles provided.

  • Pool furniture is to be used appropriately. Lounge chairs are restricted to adults only. Other chairs must not be used as playground equipment.

  • Proper swim attire (bathing suit) is required to enter the water. Cut-off's or other shorts are not appropriate.

  • All families must sign in daily when they enter the pool grounds and all guests must be logged on the sheet.

  • No skateboards, scooters, lacrosse sticks, or water guns are permitted in the pool area.

  • No skateboards, scooters, bicycles, roller skates or roller blades are permitted on the tennis courts.

  • Diving in the shallow end of the pool is prohibited at all times including the times at which the swim team is using the pool.

  • The pool MUST BE CLEARED immediately during any electrical storm. The pool will not be reopened until at least 20 minutes after last lightning is seen and/or thunder is heard.  The Pool Manager or Lifeguard will have ultimate authority over this decision.

Guest Rules

  • Guests must enter with a member, sign the guest register and pay the fee.

  • The member must stay at the pool with guests.

  • Each guest will be allowed a total of FIVE visits in a season.

iscretionary Rules

  • Certain water accessories (rafts, kickboards, noodles, etc.) and games (line, tag, ball throwing, etc.) may be allowed in the pool at the lifeguard's discretion.

  • When the diving board is not being used, permission to swim in the diving area must be obtained from the lifeguard.

  • The lifeguards, at their discretion, may announce a 15-minute adult (18 or older) swim every 2 hours.

Community Rules

  • Every effort must be made to respect the rights and privacy of the owners of property surrounding the pool, the pool grounds, shrubs, parking lot, and fields surrounding the pool.

  • Trespassing on private property surrounding the pool will be reported to the police.

  • Members and their guest must adhere to speed limits on the local roads leading to YRC.

  • YRC reserves the right to direct people to park elsewhere when it is required to alleviate congestion and during regularly scheduled swim meets.

Other Conditions and General Comments

  • The pool staff reserves the right to suspend the privileges of any member or guest who violates established rules for a period not to exceed 24 hours. The Board of Directors will determine when longer suspensions or expulsions area required.

  • Parents, not lifeguards, are responsible for their children's conduct. Lifeguards have complete authority during pool hours and disregarding their instructions may jeopardize your membership.

  • Membership fees paid are not refundable.

  • Costs for repairs or replacement of any damaged pool property may be charged to the specific member responsible.

  • Although provisions for the safety of all members and guests have been made, YRC assumes no responsibility for anyone using the pool or other YRC facilities.

  • All personal injuries, regardless of how slight, must be reported immediately to the lifeguard on duty in order to ensure that an incident report is completed

  • 7. Swim Team meets are held occasionally on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings. The exact meet schedule will be posted. In certain cases, meets that were canceled or delayed may be made up at other times. For more, information, contact swimteam@yorklynpool.com       .          

  • The pool can be rented for parties or events. See the Pool Manager or lifeguards for more information. (Certain restrictions may apply- such as curfews for music, etc.)

  • Lanes will be roped off for lap swimming between 6PM - 7PM Monday - Thursday, upon request. Lane closures during weekend hours will be at the discretion of the lifeguard.

  • Please direct all suggestions or complaints, to information@yorklynpool.com.