Tukwila Pool Rules
- The pool staff is authorized to enforce rules and supervise the public use of the pool facility. Please follow all rules and respect staff members’ efforts to keep everyone safe.
- Adult supervision: Children six (6) years of age and younger or under 48” in height must be directly supervised by an adult in the water and be within an arm’s length distance at all times.
- Non-swimmers cannot go beyond shoulder depth water. Pool staff may ask anyone in the pool to perform a swim test before using the diving board, slide, or deep-water area.
- No diving in shallow water. Diving is only allowed from the deck in designated areas under direct supervision. (A yellow line marks the diving area and a red line marks the non-diving area.)
- Diseases and illness: Persons having skin lesions, sore or inflamed eyes, mouth, nose, or ear discharge, or diarrhea or vomiting in the last two weeks shall not be allowed in the pool.
- Alcohol, tobacco, and drug use are prohibited.
- Food and drink in designated areas only. No gum or glass containers.
- Spectators are welcome in the designated areas.
- All swimmers must shower before entering the pool.
- Running, horseplay, or pushing is not allowed.
- Mask/fins/snorkels and other swimming aids must be approved by the pool staff.
- Baby attire: Infants and toddlers must wear plastic pants or swimming diapers.
- Diapers must be changed in designated diaper-changing areas or restrooms.
- Report all accidents and incidents immediately to pool staff.
- Additional rules may be required, when necessary, for the safety and enjoyment of the user.
- Bathers with a history of seizures, heart, or circulatory problems are advised to swim with a buddy.
- Children 6 years of age or under must be accompanied by an adult in the water and within an arm’s length of the child at all times.
- A maximum of 3 children 6 years of age or under are permitted in the water per adult.
- Non-swimmers may be allowed in the 5’-5’6” swimming areas only when accompanied by an adult and within arm’s length distance.
- Non-swimmers utilizing the 5’-5’6” area should be encouraged to use a lifejacket.
- All users must pass the pool swim test and receive approval from the lifeguard on duty.
- No flotation devices allowed, including lifejackets.
- One person on the slide at a time.
- Use only after the splashdown area is cleared.
- Feet first entry only.
- No stopping inside the flume.
- Leave the splashdown area immediately.
- Swimmers may not catch or assist swimmers coming out of the slide.
- Stopping inside the slide is not permitted.
- Slide users may only go down the slide feet first.
- Slide users must wait to climb the stairs to the slide until the previous user touches the wall.
- Swimming or diving in the designated slide splash area is not permitted unless the slide is closed.
- No pregnant women allowed to use the slides.
- No life jackets or loose clothing to prevent entrapment.
- Any user’s weight must not exceed 280 pounds, minimum age 7, and minimum height 44 inches.
- Divers must pass a swim test before using the board.
- Only one person at a time is permitted on the diving board and ladder.
- Each person must wait until the proceeding diver has cleared the area before diving.
- Only one bounce is permitted on the diving board.
- Front dives, front jumps, and front flips are allowed straight off the end of the board.
- Running dive, cartwheels, and handstands are not allowed.
- Jumping off the diving board into the arms of another swimmer is not permitted.
- Divers must swim directly to the nearest ladder and leave the diving area.
- Adjustments to the diving board fulcrum may only be made at the discretion of the aquatic staff.
- The manager on duty may restrict certain dives based on safety concerns.
- Playing or swimming in the diving area is not permitted while the board is open for diving.
- Hanging off the end of the diving board is not permitted.
- Goggles, Face Masks, and Flotation devices are not permitted while going off the board.
- Swimming under the diving board is prohibited when in use.
- Patrons may not stand on mats and boats.
- Patrons may not jump onto the mats or boats from the side of the pool.
- Patrons may not jump from a mat/boat or exit the pool from a mat/boat.
- No more than two (2) mats should be stacked on one another in the water.
- Mats and boats should be shared among all swimmers who wish to enjoy them.
- Mats and boats should be kept away from the pool edges and corners so they do not prevent the guard’s ability to effectively scan the entire pool area.
- Mats and boats are not to be thrown.
- Mats and boats are not permitted in the diving board or slide areas.
- No swimming under mats and boats so the guards can scan the entire pool area.
- Patrons may not slap the noodles on the water or at/near other swimmers.
- Noodles are not to be thrown.
- Noodles should be shared among all swimmers who wish to enjoy them.
- Noodles are not permitted in the diving board or slide areas
- Kickboards and pool buoys are only for use during Lap Swim. Aerobic hand buoys may only be used for Water Aerobics classes or Water Walking.
- If you require assistance with first aid, getting life jackets, or have any questions, please ask the lifeguard. The lifeguard on deck is responsible for watching swimmers in the pool.
Anyone 12 years of age and younger are required to perform a
safety swim test in front of a certified lifeguard who is employed
by the Tukwila Metropolitan Park District Pool. The swim test is
designed to identify the swimming capability of our younger
patrons to ensure their safety as well as the safety of other
members while using our facility.
The swim test will consist of:
Having the child jump in feetfirst into the 12-foot-deep end and allowing the water to go over their head. After resurfacing the child will begin swimming ONE length across the pool (25 yards) in a strong forward-moving manner using the freestyle stroke. Once they finish swimming ONE length of the pool
without stopping, they will then complete the _nal step of treading water continuously for TWENTY seconds. After the child successfully completes ALL the steps the child will receive a GREEN wristband from the approved Tukwila Metropolitan Park District Pool lifeguard.
The swimming capabilities and test level of all swimmers are at the discretion of
the lifeguards or the supervisor on duty. At any time, a lifeguard
or supervisor may retest or revoke permission of any swimmer
due to safety concerns or rule violations.
Tukwila Pool Participant Behavior Guidelines
It is the intent of the Tukwila Pool to provide the public with recreation services that are safe, enhance the participants’ quality of life, and are an enjoyable experience. To do so, the following guidelines for behavior have been established.
- Disruptive behavior is prohibited. Any activity that disrupts the facility, endangers another patron, or interferes with facility business, is disruptive behavior. A patron who is disruptive will be notified that the behavior must stop. If the behavior continues, the patron will be asked to leave the facility. If the patron refuses to leave, the local police department will be contacted.
- Disruptive behavior on the part of the patron may result in suspension or denial to the facility and activities, for a length of time to be determined by the Director of Aquatics Operations or their designee.
- The facility is open to all ages including children who may be attending without their parent or guardian. The safety and welfare of children are of primary concern and thus a parent or guardian’s responsibility for the behavior and well-being of their children is recognized. If a youth engages in disruptive or unsafe activities, proper notification will be made to a parent/guardian or emergency contact person, if appropriate. If a parent /guardian cannot be notified and proper documentation will be completed for each incident. If additional actions need to be taken, it will be under the discretion of the Director of Aquatics Operations or his/her designee.