Pool Rules & Notices

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City of San Clemente Municipal Pool General Rules

Management reserves the right to deny the use of the pool to anyone at anytimeAny behavior deemed unsafe by the lifeguard is prohibited.

  1. No swimming without a lifeguard present, no lifeguard on duty after specified hours.
  2. Diving from the pool deck is permitted only in designated areas with a water depth greater than 9-feet at the Ole Hanson Beach Club and 7-feet at the San Clemente Aquatics Center.
  3. Patrons who are not currently potty trained or are wearing a diaper MUST wear plastic pants with elastic at the legs and waist (toddler sizes available for purchase at front desk).
  4. Children under 8 years of age cannot be left unattended on the pool deck or facility. Adult supervision is required at all times.
  5. The following is prohibited: No running, roughhousing, fighting, dunking, shoulders rides , chicken fights, throwing / pushing people into the pool, jumping or diving backwards, spinning or flipping off the edge of the pool, or breath holding activities.
  6. Specialized equipment such as kickboards, fins, or paddles are only permitted in the lap lanes. Patrons must be minimum 14 years old to participate in lap swim.
  7. Use of diving blocks is prohibited during public lap swim, unless prior approval is granted. 
  8. During recreation swim, patrons shall abide by the following guidelines:
    • Children under 8 years of age must be accompanied by an adult, 18 years of age or older, who must be in the water within arms reach of the child at all times. 
      • If the child can pass a swim test and the parent/guardian signs a waiver of liability, the parent may watch the child from the deck, but must stay in the facility at all times.
    • The use of toys, water wings, snorkels, balls and any other throwing or diving items is prohibited.
    • Flotation devices must be US Coast Guard approved - see a lifeguard on duty to borrow an approved life jacket.
    • A 10-minute safety break is observed every hour, on the hour during recreation swim to check safety equipment and account for all patrons present.
  9. Proper swim attire is required - scroll to bottom of page for details.
  10. No foul language, alcohol or drugs.
  11. No phones or cameras in the changing rooms or showers. Management must approve video recording and photography of any kind within the pool area.
  12. Steps, ladders, and railings are for the express use of entering and exiting the pool. No sliding on or down rails into the pool. No sitting, swinging, or hanging on: lane lines, ropes, or water polo goals.
  13. No smoking, gum chewing, or spitting.
  14. There is no changing on deck.
  15. Persons with open sores, cuts, or rashes are not permitted in pool. Bandages are prohibited in the pool.
  16. Animals are not permitted in the Aquatic facility or in the pool area, unless proper service animal paperwork can be provided.
  17. No glass containers are allowed.
  18. All patrons must shower before using the pool.
  19. Do not play with or move any of the pool equipment located on the pool deck or behind the bleachers. Safety equipment is for Aquatic Staff use only, including pool tarps and lane lines
  20. The City of San Clemente is not responsible for lost or stolen articles.
  21. Day-use lockers are available in the locker rooms on a first come, first serve basis. Please provide your own lock.
  22. Children 12 years or younger must be under direct supervision of a parent or responsible adult at all times while in locker rooms. Parents must be aware of the privacy of others when bringing their children into the locker room.
  23. When wet, please use locker room doors located off the pool deck to enter the facility.
  24. No persons shall conduct private aquatic business, such as teaching private lessons, coaching swimmers, stroke technique, diving, or competitive swimming without prior approval and permits. 
  25. No skates, bikes, or skateboards are allowed in the pool area.

Deep End Rules
Swim test: Once a year all youth swimmers must successfully complete a non-stop 15 yard swim test, using a basic front crawl stroke before entering deep water or using the diving boards. While testing, swimmers may not touch the bottom of the pool, must be able to get their arms out of the water and have a horizontal body position with forward motion in the water. After successful completion of the swim test, swimmers will be given a wristband and must place their name on the "deep end list" located at the front counter. It is the sole responsibility of the swimmer to place their name on the this list. If the swimmer does not do so, a retest will be required each time they visit the facility and wish to use the deep water until their name is placed on the list.

  1. As a safety precaution, before gaining entrance to deep water all patron’s under 14 must successfully complete a non-stop 15 yard swim test, using crawl stroke, before entering deep water; weak or non-swimmers must remain in shallow water no deeper than armpit level (even while using a life jacket).
  2. Children under 8 years of age must pass a swim test and the parent/guardian is required to sign a waiver of liability to swim in the deep end. A parent must remain present at the facility and actively watch their child from the deck.
  3. Individuals requiring the use of flotation devices are NOT allowed to use the diving board during recreational swim.

Diving Board Rules

  1. Do not climb on the diving board ladder until the previous diver has reached the side of the pool. Divers must wait to enter the water until preceding diver reaches the pool ladder.
  2. Only one person is allowed on the diving board at a time.
  3. Only forward jumps; dives off the front of the board are allowed. Do not jump dive to either side.
  4. Handstands or sitting dives are not permitted. 
  5. Divers must swim to and exit from the ladder closest to the diving board from which they dove from.
  6. Swimming in the diving board area is prohibited while diving boards are open.
  7. Lifeguards reserve the right to stop any dives they feel endanger your safety or those around you. 
  8. Patrons must wait until other divers or swimmers leave the diving area before diving.
  9. Divers must jump or dive using only one bounce. No running off the end of the board.
  10. Hanging off the end of the board is prohibited.
  11. Do not swim under the diving board.
  12. As a safety precaution, before entering deep water or using diving boar, all persons ages 7 years and under will be required to pass a non-stop 15 yard swim test using crawl stroke. 
  13. Individuals requiring the use of flotation devices are NOT allowed to use the diving boards.
  14. Fulcrums may only be adjusted Aquatics personnel. The fulcrum must remain in the forward position.
  15. Jumping off the diving board into the arms of another swimmer is not permitted, except during instructional activity.
  16. Diving blocks are for swim team and swim lessons only, as permitted.

Aqua Play Waterslide and Play Structure Rules
Safety Rules: Theses rules apply to the slides on the water play structure. The valves and handles are accessible to allow children and adults to throttle and play with the water. We encourage you and your children to turn, pull, and open these valves to have fun with the water effect you create.

  1. Maximum weight of rider is 300 LBS.
  2. You must be a minimum of 36” tall to ride the waterslides.
  3. Only one rider on the waterslide at one time - single riders only.
  4. Never form chains.
  5. Slides must be ridden feet first, lying on your back or in sitting position (sit up to go slower, lie down to go faster).
  6. No head-first sliding.
  7. Riders must wait for lifeguard's start signal before entering the waterslide.
  8. Swim wear with exposed zipper, buckles, rivets, or metal ornamentations is not permitted.
  9. Eye glasses must be securely affixed to the rider with head bands.
  10. Keep legs, arms, and hands inside the flume at all times.
  11. Do not run, dive, stand kneel, rotate or stop in the slide.
  12. At the end of the slide, obey all instructions by lifeguard and exit quickly.
  13. Children under 6 years old must be supervised by an adult while utilizing the structure.
  14. No running on or around the water play unit.
  15. No climbing on pipes or handrails.
  16. No hanging or swinging on pull ropes.
  17. Do not block the end of the slide.
  18. Leave the landing area quickly.


Inflatable Obstacle Course Rules 

  1. Participants under 18 must pass a swim test before entering the inflatable.
  2. Participants must have clearance from a Lifeguard before entering the inflatable.
  3. Participants are to form an orderly line before entering the inflatable.
  4. Participants are to step onto the unit one at a time.
  5. Participants must behave in a safe and orderly manner, no roughhousing; fighting, pushing, etc.
  6. Lifejackets and swim wear with exposed zippers, buckles, rivets or metal ornamentation are not permitted on the inflatable.
  7. Sunglasses, prescription glasses and goggles are prohibited.
  8. No diving off of the inflatable.
  9. No sharp or dangerous objects allowed on the inflatable.
  10. Participants must exit the inflatable quickly.
  11. No climbing on the inflatable while on the pool deck.
  12. No climbing back on the inflatable once participant has fallen off.
  13. No climbing on the inflatable unless securely anchored and permitted by a Lifeguard.

Proper Swim Attire Requirements

  • All persons on the pool deck and/or swimming in the pool must have on proper swim attire.
  • All persons requiring a diaper must wear plastic diaper covers with elastic and proper swimwear.
  • The following articles of swimwear are not allowed while swimming:
    • "Street clothes", thong style and/or revealing swimwear (on pool deck or in the water), sport bras, athletic wear, underwear and/or undergarments, unlined white swimsuits, leotards, leggings, shorts, pants, cotton shirts or tops 
  • Proper swimwear is required for the following reasons:
    • Street clothes (especially cotton) can transport airborne and ultimately water borne contaminants into the pool.
    • Cotton and similar materials can absorb the chemicals in the water, causing the water to become less effective at maintaining the proper chemical balance or may cloud the water.
    • Lycra and Nylon are the best non-absorbent material for swimming and are the best fabrics for proper swim attire.
    • Other absorbent materials (such as cotton) can break down in the water and cause fibers to clog filters.     
    • Any “colored” material (unless specifically made for swimming) can bleed into the pool, affecting water chemistry and balance. This is also a reason for turbidity in pools.

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