The Hollin Hills Pool takes member safety very seriously. In fact, it is our top priority.
Children between ages 12 and 14 can come to the pool without an adult but FIRST MUST fill out the online Emergency Care Form. A hard copy form is available at the Pool Office window.
Please note that unaccompanied children may not bring non-member guests without an adult.
All children 13 and under, including guest children at parties, must be able to pass a swim test in order to swim alone in the deep end at the discretion of the life guards.
The test is:
1) be able to swim 25 meters of the pool without assistance and with ease.
2) tread water in deep end unassisted for 2 minutes.
This can be a nice milestone in a child’s progress as a citizen of the pool. It also reinforces the idea that swimming, while very fun, is something in which safety has to be a primary concern at all times.
To request a swim test, approach one of the guards. If your child having problems swimming, or clinging to the edges, he or she will be approached by a guard and asked to complete the swim test.
If you are hosting a party, please explain the rules to your guests ask them if their children are swim worthy. If there is any doubt, suggest that they have their child take the test.
Following is information that every lifeguard wants all members to know:
- If you hear a whistle blown, immediately look at the lifeguard. Even if the whistle is not pertaining directly to you, you may need to be aware of something going on around you. Keep in mind that most of the time the person who the lifeguard is trying to get the attention of has no idea that it is them the lifeguard wants. A short whistle blast (or two) means the lifeguard needs the attention of a patron. Again, please look at the lifeguard whenever the whistle is blown.
- One long, varying, whistle means it is break or break is over. This means that anyone who is under the age of 14 (including toddlers) must exit the pool immediately.
- One long, steady whistle means there is an EMERGENCY. If/when this happens, please move to the side of the pool as quickly as possible. The lifeguard may need to jump into the water at this time, and it is important that there is nobody in the way when that happens. Also, please be ready to assist the lifeguard if they ask and you are able.One long, varying, whistle means it is break or break is over. This means that anyone who is under the age of 14 (including toddlers) must exit the pool immediately.
- In case of emergency, the pool will be cleared immediately. This is to protect all patrons. When emergencies occur, the lifeguard’s main priority is to help in any way they can with that situation. Because of this, we will clear the pool so that all focus can be put on that situation. If emergency services are called, the water will remain closed until they leave.
- Please do not engage in conversation with a guard on the stand. We strive to put 100% of our attention on the pool at all times while in the chair. Please do not distract the lifeguard in the stand. If you have any questions, please ask the guard on break.
- Always listen to lifeguard instructions. The lifeguards are there to make the pool safe. Any instruction given by the lifeguard is to insure the safety of everyone at the pool.
- Most importantly, WATCH YOUR CHILDREN! Ninety percent of the saves we make at the pool are because parents are not paying close enough attention to their children. If your child has not passed the swim test, you must be in the water with your child, within arms reach. Even if your child can jump in and swim back to the wall, you still need to be with them. They are more prone to get tired and struggle.
Please Note: If you or your child has any disabilities or conditions that may require assistance or special attention, please let the pool manager know.