All swimmers under the age of 18 are required to pass a swim test before entering the YMCA’s pool without a Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device (PFD) or without direct adult supervision. For more information on how to be permitted into the pool, please contact the Welcome Center desk.

What is a PFD?

PDF stands for personal flotation device, which is also known as a lifejacket.

Can I bring my own PFD?

Yes. You can bring and use your own PFD as long as it is Coast Guard-approved and fits properly.

Does the YMCA provide PFDs?

Yes. We have a limited number of PFDs in several sizes. These are made available on a first come, first serve basis.

What if my child passes the swim test?

No PFD will be required for a child who successfully passes the swim test. Plus children ages 8 years of age and older who pass the swim test are free to move about the aquatics area without an adult. Adults, ages 18 years and older, with children ages 7 and younger who pass the test must still remain in the pool or on the pool deck at the YMCA.

What if my child is still working on passing the swim test?

Can my child swim without a PFD?

Yes, but only if they are within an arm’s length of parent/guardian (18 years and older) and are the only child the adult is watching. When an adult is one-on-one with the child, the adult will need to remain in the water within an arm length of the child.

What if I have two children to watch?

If you have two or more children, only one child can be with the adult guardian without a PFD. The other children are required to have a PFD in the water.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Lifeguards have the discretion to mandate a PFD on a swimmer at any time as well as require a swim test for any swimmer at any time.

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