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La Gorce Palace Condominium, Inc. Pool Rules & Regulations

General Rules

1. Dates of operation of the swimming pool will be determined by the Pool Committee.
2. The lifeguard and Pool Committee members may, at their discretion, ask name and telephone number for proof of membership. A current list of all members will be posted at the pool.
3. The lifeguard may, at his/her discretion, close the pool during periods of inclement weather, or at any other time when he/she considers that members’ safety or health may be endangered.
4. No talking to or standing around the lifeguard while he/she is on duty
5. The lifeguard is on duty to ensure the safety of members while at the pool and must be obeyed. He/She is not to be considered a babysitter. Under no circumstances will talking back or disobeying be tolerated. If a problem exists, follow the lifeguard’s direction and, if you disagree, take-up your grievance with a member of the Pool Committee or a Board member.
6. No one other than the lifeguard is allowed to sit on the guard stand, or jump into the water from the guard stand.
7. No member is allowed in the pump room unless asked by the lifeguard or a member of the Pool Committee.
8. During peak swimming hours, the only floatation items allowed will be water wings, inner tubes, or such personal devices used by small children. The lifeguard will exercise his/her discretion in allowing or disallowing diving masks, beach balls, floats, water guns, etc.
9. Please bring your own pool toys and take them home with you when you leave the premises. A lost and found box will be provided. Items not claimed within 7-10 days will be discarded or given to charity. Please label your items with your name so they may be returned to you.
10. "Break" time will be called during the last 15 minutes of every hour while the main pool is under lifeguard supervision (11am to 7pm). Only adults 18 and older and their children under the age of 2 may swim at this time. Children are NOT to sit on the steps, edge of the pool or diving board during this rest period.
11. The wading pool is reserved for children 5 years of age and under AT ALL TIMES, including break time. DO NOT ASK THE LIFEGUARD FOR AN EXCEPTION.
12. Children should never be left unattended in the wading pool, as the lifeguard is NOT responsible for watching this pool.
13. Running, pushing, dunking, vulgar language, or similar behavior is prohibited in the pool area. Throwing an object, such as a ball, is permitted only when deemed safe by the lifeguard or supervising adults.
14. Only one person will be allowed on the diving board at a time. There will be no jumping or diving off sides of the board, or swimming in the diving area when the board is in use.
15. No diving is allowed in the shallow areas.
16. Glass containers and chewing gum are prohibited in the pool area. Only beverages in non-breakable containers will be permitted. Please dispose of all trash and recycling in the trash cans provided.
17. Radios must be at a volume low enough so as not to disturb other pool members.
18. Intoxicated persons will not be allowed in the pool area. Underage drinking is strictly prohibited.
19. Smoking is prohibited within the fenced in area of the pool from 7:00am - 9:00pm. Smoking is allowed at the pool after 9:00pm during Adult Swim. Please remember to dispose of smoking materials in appropriate receptacles.
20. Pets are not to be brought to the pool or into the pool enclosure.
21. Proper swim attire must be worn in the pool to minimize problems caused by string, lint, etc. in the filtration system.
22. Nylon swim diapers are required for babies and toddlers who are not potty trained. Disposable swim diapers are not leak-proof, and should not be worn without a water-proof nylon cover. Regular diapers and pull-ups are prohibited in either pool.
23. Admission to the pool may be denied to anyone with colds, coughs, skin ailments, infections or any other malady that may be considered contagious.
24. Members 18 years or older will have priority concerning use of the lounges and chairs. Please do not use towels are personal articles to reserve chairs if you are not in the pool area.
25. Ashtrays, trash and recycling containers should be properly used to maintain a litter- and bug-free environment.
26. Automobiles shall be confined to designated parking areas only. Bikes, scooters, rollerblades, skateboards etc. are not to be used inside the pool facility and must be placed in designated areas only. Please refrain from playing in the parking areas to avoid serious injury.
27. Telephone calls using the pool phone are limited to 3 minutes. The phone should be used only for necessary calls, not prolonged social conversations. The lifeguard is not a message center and it is not his/her responsibility to answer the phone while on duty at the pool.
28. No person is permitted to climb the fence to enter the pool enclosure. Entering pool area when it is closed is considered trespassing and may result in expulsion of member privileges and/or possible prosecution. Maintenance workers, lifeguards, Pool Committee and Board members may enter the pool through the gate after hours to check on the facility or to complete maintenance duties and repairs. Swimming in the pool during the off-season (either removing the tarp, or swimming before or after the swim season) will result in expulsion from the pool for up to the duration of the calendar year and may also include possible prosecution.
29. "ADULT SWIM" is open for members 21 and older and will be on a "swim at your own risk" basis. Babies under the age of 2 are permitted in the pool area with their parents during ADULT SWIM. Otherwise, no person under the age of 21 is allowed in the pool enclosure during ADULT SWIM. ADULT SWIM begins after 9:30 every night with the exception of Wednesday and Fridays. Family swim will continue until 11pm on those nights only. Teen nights may be scheduled on Wednesday nights from 8:00-10:00pm, given appropriate adult supervision available. All are welcome to the pool during this time, but the pool committee will gear activities to teens.
30. “FAMILY SWIM” is open to all members, and will be on a "swim at your own risk" basis. No lifeguard or attendant will be on duty. Therefore, anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult 21 years or older, and is the sole responsibility of that adult. Babysitters must also be 21 or older during FAMILY SWIM.
31. Children 10 and older are permitted to remain at the pool without an adult guardian during lifeguard supervised swim hours only. Children between the ages of 10-12 must pass a swimming test given by the lifeguard before that child is permitted to remain at the pool without adult supervision.
32. All children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by a member or guest who is 14 years of age or older. This older person must provide careful supervision of the younger child, and may be asked to leave by the lifeguard if safety is a concern. This rule applies to lifeguard supervised swim times only.
33. In the event that a lifeguard is not present during normal lifeguard hours (11am to 7pm), the pool will revert to “FAMILY SWIM” procedures until a lifeguard is present. Members and guests under 18 must be accompanied by an adult 21 or older who is willing to take responsibility for said minors. If an adult 21 or older is not present to supervise under these circumstances, persons under 18 are not permitted to enter the water under any circumstances until a lifeguard is on duty.
34. During peak hours or when the pool is crowded, the lifeguard has the option of implementing a rotational strategy for group games. This option will limit group games (ie. sharks & minnows, or any game that requires at least half of the pool space) to 20 minute periods on the odd hours only. For instance, group games can be played for the last 20 minutes of "kid swim" at the 1pm, 3pm and 5pm hours only. The lifeguard will implement this strategy only when it is necessary to provide a balance of activities and pool space for all in attendance.
35. There will be no exceptions to the pool rules. Any member who refuses to comply with these rules will be reported to the Pool Committee and Board of Directors. The Board of Directors reserves the right to suspend or deny member privileges based on the severity of the infraction. If a member’s privileges are suspended or revoked, no refund of membership fees will be made.
36. Changes to the pool rules and regulations may be made at any time as deemed necessary by the Pool Committee.

Guest Policy

37. Guests must be accompanied to the pool by a member and are subject to all pool rules and regulations.
38. Members under the age of 12 are permitted to bring only one guest at a time, unless supervised by an adult pool member who is 21 years of age or older.
39. Guests 10-12 must pass a swim test if unaccompanied by an adult. This rule applies to lifeguard supervised swim times only.
40. Arrangements must be made with the Pool Chairperson to cover extended visits of house guests. The charges are $10 per guest per month if the guest is staying for more than 1 week.
41. Resident non-members of Woodfall and DCA, their relatives or house guests, are NOT eligible to be guests.
42. Baby-sitters are not required to pay guest charges. DCA and Woodfall non-member residents are ineligible to babysit for a member at the pool.

Pool Party Policy

  If you are interested in having a party at the pool, contact the Pool Chairperson for setting up the date, time, and lifeguard staff at least two weeks prior to the requested party date. Due to the increase in pool membership and pool usage, the pool will not be closed to regular members during any parties, regardless of date or time. Parties must be held in a designated area of the pool and a notice will be placed on the gate informing all members entering the pool area that a party is in progress. Party hosts are responsible for all set-up and clean-up. If party guests are under 15 years of age, adult chaperone (21 and older) must be present during the entire party. During family swim hours, standard rules apply, requiring an adult chaperone for party guests under 18 years of age.