Rules & Regulations

Poway Community Swim Center

  • Walking only. DO NOT RUN. 
  • All persons must shower before entering the pool.
  • An adult must supervise non-swimming children. The adult must pay the admission and be in swim attire to be able to enter the water with the child. 
  • Animals are not permitted in the pool area. 
  • All persons entering the pool must wear proper swim attire. This does not include demin, cut-offs, baggy shirts, and overly revealing bathing suits. 
  • Outside food and beverages are allowed but must be consumed in the concession area or picnic areas. 
  • No glass containers are allowed. 
  • Please dispose of all trash in trash receptacles. 
  • Horseplay, roughhousing, fighting, and foul language will not be tolerated. 
  • Diving head first must only be done in water deeper than 6 feet. 
  • Pool steps, ladders, and railings are to be used for entering and exiting the pool only. 
  • Use of toys, flotation devices, masks, fins, snorkels, balls, and any other throwing or diving items must be approved by staff before entering the pool. 
  • Swimmers moving from the deep end to the shallow end, or vice versa, of the pool are not allowed to cross through the lap swimming lanes. 
  • Emergency and evacuation procedures must be followed. 
  • All persons shall obey posted rules for locker rooms, swimming pools, and diving boards.
  • Please do not swim if you have any open cuts, sores, infections, or if you are feeling ill. 
  • All persons must obey any instructions or rules given be uniformed lifeguards or staff.
  • Any person is subject to a swim test. 
  • The swim test is 25 yards freestyle or front crawl. The swimmer must be able to have their face in the water and have their arms clearly come out of the water. 
  • Children younger than 8 years old or less than 4 feet tall will be asked to perform a swim test to be able to enter the pool without an adult. 
  • In order to be put on the "Swim Test List" (so you do not have to perform the swim test each visit), the swimmer must complete a 50 yard swim test. 
  • No children older than 7 years old will be permitted in the wading pool. 
  • A responsible adult must accompany children in the wading pool area at all times. 
  • Children who are not toilet trained are required to wear waterproof pants or swim diapers in the wading pool. This is also a requirement for the main pool. 
  • Toys are acceptable as long as they are used in a safe manner. 
  • Any person using the diving boards is subject to a swim test at the lifeguard or staff's discretion.
  • Only one person at a time on a diving board. 
  • Patrons must jump straight forward away from the board. 
  • Do not jump until the water in front of you is clear and the person before you has swam to the wall. 
  • Only one bounce per dive. 
  • Leave the board only with your feet. 
  • Dives that appear unsafe will be restricted by the lifeguards and staff.
  • During any time the pool is open to the public, lanes will be set aside for lap swimming. 
  • Playing in the lap lanes is not permitted. 
  • Coaching organized individuals or teams is prohibited, unless cleared with management. 
  • Children are not allowed in the lap lanes unless they are swimming laps and are accompanied by a responsible adult. The adult must be in the same lane as the child. 
  • Do not leave personal items unattended in the locker rooms. 
  • The City of Poway is not responsible for any lost, stolen, or damaged items.
  • Duration of showers should be kept to a minimum and shower faucets should be turned off after showering. 
  • Children over the age of 6 must use the gender appropriate locker rooms.
The Poway Community Swim Center is a multi-use facility.
The City of Poway allocates lane and general pool space to a variety of swim, dive, water polo, and water exercise teams and classes. We do our best to ensure that the public and private users of our facility have enough space during their time here. The City of Poway asks that you are respectful of all rental groups at the facility. Space will be reserved for the City of Poway coordinated swim lessons and water aerobics class.
The public is not permitted to use the pool for private business activities, such as conducting private or group lessons or coaching of any kind.