Pool Policies | Shalom Austin




  • Children thirteen (13) years of age and under must be directly supervised by a parent or responsible adult at all times. Children in this age group who have not passed the Super Swimmer Test must always have an adult in the water within arm’s reach. 
  • Teens ages fourteen (14) to fifteen (15) are permitted within the pool area without an adult present after successfully passing the Swim Check. 
  • JCC lifejackets are available to members and guests free of charge. Lifeguards can help locate the appropriate size lifejacket. 
Age Groups
  • Ages 0-5: Children with or without a lifejacket must be within arm’s reach of a parent or responsible adult and actively supervised at all times 
  • Ages 6-13: Responsible adults must remain on the pool deck and actively supervise their children. Children who have not passed the Swim Check must be supervised by a responsible adult in the water and within arm’s reach. Swimmers who successfully pass the Swim Check annually are permitted to swim without a responsible adult within arm’s reach. Swimmers will receive a wristband that must be worn at all times while in the pool and on the pool deck.
  • Ages 14-15: Teens are permitted in the pool without a responsible adult after successfully passing the Swim Check. Teens who have not passed the Swim Check must be supervised by a responsible adult on the pool deck. Swimmers will receive a wristband that must be worn at all times while in the pool and on the pool deck.

Swim Check Requirements
  • Swimmer will enter the pool feet first, no diving. Swimmer may begin once they enter the pool or from the edge of the pool. 
  • Swimmer must make forward progress using freestyle or breaststroke for the length of the pool, 25 yards. Swimmer must swim with their face in the water using any form of rhythmic breathing.
    Before exiting, swimmer must tread water in the deep end for 15 seconds using their arms and legs.

    Swimmer must demonstrate the ability to climb out of the water.  

  • If a swimmer becomes vertical in the water, stops, or cannot continue, then the swimmer does not pass the test. Swimmers may only attempt the swim check once per day.  
  • After successfully passing the test, the swimmer will receive a wristband.
  • Swimmer must wear their wristband at all times. The wristband may be worn on the wrist or ankle.


  • No running on the pool deck. 
  • No diving in areas less than 8 feet deep. 
  • Small pool toys are allowed when used appropriately. 
  • Horseplay is not allowed in the pool area, including climbing on backs and throwing of any person. 
  • Repetitive breath-holding is strictly prohibited. 
  • JCC kick boards and pull buoys are for lap swimming or swim team use only. 
  • Patrons should shower prior to entering the pool. 
  • Please refrain from entering the pool if you have open wounds or sores. 
  • Food and gum are not allowed within 8 feet of the pools. All food brought in should abide by the campus Kashrut policies. 
  • Glass containers are not allowed. 
  • Alcoholic beverages are not permitted. 
  • The entire DJCC is a non-smoking area. 
  • Personal boom boxes and loud devices are prohibited. 
  • The JCC is a family facility, appropriate attire is required. No jeans, cutoffs, underwear, or revealing bathing suits are allowed. 
  • Children who are not potty trained must wear a swim diaper plus an additional layer. 
  • All patrons must use the bathroom facilities when changing. 

 The lifeguards and other aquatics staff are responsible for enforcing the rules and policies established by the JCC. 



  • When only one person is in the lane, they can swim on either side of the lane. 
  • When two people are in the lane, they can split the lane or circle swim. 
  • When three or more people are in the lane, they will circle swim. 
  • Look at the speed of the swimmers in the lanes and select a lane that is compatible with your skill. Notify the other swimmers in that lane that you would like to join them
  • When entering the water, never dive, jump, or push off into oncoming swimmers. Wait until they have made the turn and pushed off.
  • If you need to pass a slower swimmer, please tap their foot. This alerts them to move further to the right to make room or to stop at the wall, so you may pass. Slower swimmers must yield to faster swimmers.
  • If you need to stop while sharing a lane, please move off to the side to avoid interrupting other swimmer(s) in the lane. Do not stop in the middle of the lane.
  • Be considerate of your lane partners. Be aware of your space in the lane and the orientation of others.
  • Consult lifeguard for assistance.


  • All riders must be at least 48” tall. 
  • Maximum rider weight is 300 pounds. 
  • WARNING: Water depth is shallow. 
  • All riders must ride feet first while lying on their back with arms crossed across their chest. Do not go down the slide head first. Do no sit up while riding the slide. 
  • Riders must enter the slide in a sitting position and wait for instructions from the lifeguard stationed at the slide starter tub. 
  • Do not propel yourself into the ride. 
  • Only one rider at a time. Absolutely no trains or chains of riders are permitted. 
  • No running, standing, kneeling, rotating, tumbling or stopping in the flume. Arms and hands must remain inside the flume at all times. Riders should remain in proper riding position until forward movement is terminated. At no time should the rider attempt to stand up while in the slide or prior to coming to a complete stop in the splash out area. 
  • No tubes, mats, or life jackets are permitted on the waterslide. 
  • No combs or foreign objects are allowed in pockets and no jewelry can be worn while riding the slide. No cut off jeans or swim wear with exposed zippers, buckles, rivets or metal ornamentation; only approved swim suits allowed.  
  • The line should form on the deck with one rider on each landing and one rider in the starter tub. Wait until the landing area is clear before entering. 
  • Riders must be in good health. Elderly persons, those suffering from heart disease, high blood pressure, epilepsy, or persons using prescription medications should consult their physician before using the slide. Individuals with medical conditions including, but not limited to, pregnancy, heart, or back problems should not ride. 
  • Do not use this slide while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. 
  • No diving from the slide 
  • Leave the run out area promptly after entering. 

WARNING “Failure to follow rules can result in serious injury”


  • At the first sign of thunder or lightning, pools will be cleared and remain closed for 30 minutes after the last strike of lightning or clap of thunder. 
  • In the event of heavy rain, wind or thick fog, the pools may be temporarily closed if the bottom cannot be clearly seen. 
  • At the time of the program, if the temperature is forecasted to be at or near 40 degrees, all programs will be cancelled. Instructor’s will need to notify participants and welcome desk of the cancellation.
  • If the temperature gauge on the pool deck reads at or near 32 degrees, the pool will close as a precaution for icy conditions on the deck.


Campus Policies

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Marcus Litz

Marcus Litz

Aquatics Assistant Director