For Youth Development, For Healthy Living, For Social Responsibility

Outdoor Pool Rules

Our Promise…To make the health and safety of our participants and staff our number one priority.

  • Lifeguards are responsible for the safety of the pool, enforce rules and respond to emergencies. All lifeguard decisions are final.
  • Parents or guardians are responsible for supervising their children.
  • Safety drills may be performed at any time.
  • Never distract the lifeguards unless assistance is needed.
  • Children age 7 and under MUST be accompanied by someone 15 years old or older.
  • All children 2 and under MUST wear plastic pants to be in the pool. Reusable plastic pants are
    available at the Front Desk for $2.00 each. We recommend that plastic pants are worn over a swim diaper.
  • Walk on the pool deck at all times, no running.
  • Rough and dangerous play is not allowed.
  • Hanging on ropes, ladders or pool structures is not allowed.
  • Only soft toys are allowed in the pool area.
  • US Coast Guard floatation devices are permitted until the second shallow rope (red/white bouys)
    provided they are accompanied by an adult (15 years or older) and approved and marked at the front desk. All other floatation devices are permitted in the zero depth only. Floatation devices are not permitted on the slide or diving board.
  • Diving is allowed in specified areas only.
  • All swimming patrons entering the water MUST be wearing a swim suit. Apparel for sun protection, without rivets or zippers, may be worn.
  • There is no outside food or drink allowed in the pool area. Please keep all food and drink in the
    concession area or the grass.
  • Water in clear, plastic, non-insulated containers is allowed. Adding tea bags, flavor enhancements, etc. to water brought in is not permitted. Non-compliant items will be asked to be removed from the pool area. All staff decisions are final.
  • Please check skate shoes, skateboards or rollerblades in the basket room. They are not allowed past the Front Desk.
  • Profanity is not tolerated.
  • Smoking, chewing tobacco, chewing gum, coolers and glass containers are not permitted.
  • Please shower before entering the pool.

Refunds will not be given due to any reason including but not limited to weather, contamination and low attendance. Season passes are not transferable and are to be used by the patron assigned.

Aquatic Director/Pool Manager/Head Guards reserve the right to prohibit anyone from using the facility due to poor conduct. Please be respectful of each other and the rights of others to have fun at the Le Mars Outdoor Pool.

Diving Board Rules

  • One person on the board at a time.
  • Stay behind the black square until the previous person has entered the water and has exited the
    landing area.
  • No back flips or excessive bouncing.
  • Hanging from the structure or moving the wheel is not allowed.
  • Exit the diving well immediately following entering.
  • Diving from the side of the pool in the diving well is permitted only in the designated area.
  • No floatation devices allowed.

Diving Well Rules

  • One person at a time.
  • Exit the diving well immediately following entering using the East wall.
  • Dive facing North, next to the diving board only, not from the East or West sides of the pool.
  • No flips.
  • No jumping over others.
  • No floatation devices allowed.

Slide Rules

  • One person on the slide at a time.
  • Wait until the lifeguard tells you that it is safe to go.
  • Feet first on your back only, no flipping.
  • You must be at least 15 years old to accompany a small child (6 years old and younger) down the slide. All other children must go on their own.
  • Riders must be able to swim to safety on their own, no catching at the bottom of the slide.
  • No floatation devices allowed.

Outdoor Pool Policies

Registration: Registration for all Outdoor Pool activities will begin on May 1. You may register at the Y starting May 1. The Outdoor Pool will take registrations and membership sales starting May 27 during pool operating hours. Payment is due at the time of registration. Both the YMCA and the Outdoor Pool can accept cash, check, Visa or MasterCard credit/debit cards for the amount only.

Membership Cards: For individuals with an Outdoor Pool membership the membership card is required for admittance to the Outdoor Pool. If you already have a membership and keep your membership card in the card box at the Y, you can keep the card with you for the summer or purchase a second card for $2.00.

Weather: Call 546-8811 for the temperature reading.

Open Swim: The pool will not be open for the next open swim time if the temperature is less than 65 degrees at 12:30pm or 6:00pm. A message will be placed on our answering machine as to the next time of possible opening, call 546-4809. In addition an announcement will be placed on KLEM.

Lap Swim (11:30am and 5pm): The pool will not be open for the next lap swim time if the temperature is less than 60 degrees at 11:00am or 4:30pm. A message will be placed on our answering machine as to the next time of possible opening, call 546-4809. Should it be cancelled, an announcement will be placed on KLEM.

Morning Lap Swim: If the temperature is less than 55 degrees at 6:00am the pool will not be open for morning lap swim and water fitness class. In addition, an announcement will be placed on KLEM.

Swim Team Practice: Swim team practice will not be cancelled due to the temperature. If there is severe weather, including lightning or thunder, practice will not be held. Swim team members can make up their missed practice on their own during the noon or evening lap swim times.

Group Swim Lessons: Morning group swim lessons will be cancelled if the temperature is less than 60 degrees at 9:30am. Evening group swim lessons will be cancelled if the temperature is less than 60 degrees at 4:30pm. An announcement of cancellation and make-ups will be placed on KLEM. The first two times that lessons are cancelled, for any reason, the swimmers will participate in a “Safety Day”. Any additional cancelled lessons will be made up at a later date. Each class is guaranteed at least eight days in the water.

Private and Semi-Private Swim Lessons: Private and Semi-Private Lessons need to contact their instructor. All cancellations will be determined by the instructor and the parent.

Stormy Weather:  The National Lightning Safety Institute stipulates that at the first sound of thunder or the first sight of lightning the pool is to be cleared and all patrons are to enter the shower/changing rooms. The pool cannot be re-opened until 30 minutes past the last heard thunder or sight of lightning. On stormy days please vacate the pool as quickly as possible for the safety of you and our staff. If an activity is cancelled due to thunder and lightning, it will be rescheduled if possible. If swim lessons are cancelled, all lessons after the lesson cancelled will be called off as well to keep lessons on the same schedule. No refunds will be given to open swimmers or lap swimmers due to weather closings. If you are paying a day pass fee, you may want to check the weather before you come to the pool. Children will NOT be allowed to walk or ride their bike home, a lifeguard will stay at the pool until a parent arrives to pick them up. If it is raining, we plan to stay open if our patron number stays up and the lifeguards are still able to see the bottom of the deep end. If it rains harder, the pool may be closed due to low visibility.

Low Attendance Rule: During the afternoon if after one hour of opening there are fewer than 15
patrons the red slide will be shut off. If there are still no more than 15 patrons at 3:00pm the pool will be closed. During the evening if after one hour of opening there are fewer than 15 patrons the pool will be closed.