Pool Rules & Regulations

Beacon Hill Pool is community-owned and operated under the following rules, regulations, and municipal by-laws.

PLEASE REFER TO SPECIAL RULES CHANGES FOR THE SUMMER 2020 REGARDING COVID-19


Admission and guests
All members must provide a photo to be kept on file at the pool. Adult photos should be updated a minimum of every 5 years and children photos every 2 years. Photographs of regular babysitters should be included with those of the family. Upon entrance to the pool, photos will be checked by leaders or lifeguards to ensure that all people using the pool are members. Any person who is accompanied by a member may come to Beacon Hill pool as a guest. The admission price is $5.00 per person and all guest must sign in upon entrance to pool. Each guest is permitted a maximum of 3 visits. After that, we hope that they enjoy the pool so much they will become members! Special arrangements can be made for long term visitors from out of town.
Age Restriction for Children Unaccompanied by an Adult
Children under 10 years of age must be accompanied by an adult including during lessons and team practices. Babysitters must be at least 14 years of age or older. Babysitters are not eligible to participate in any programs unless they are a member.
Safety rules
  1. Do not run or push on the pool deck
  2. Do not dive or jump from the sides of the pool. Diving is permitted in the deep end
  3. Only one person at a time is permitted on the diving board. Do not leave the board until the preceding diver reaches the ladder
  4. Swimming is not permitted in the deep end when it is being used for diving
  5. Do not talk to or distract the lifeguards while they are on chair
  6. The stairs leading to the upper lifeguards office must be kept clear at all times
  7. Children are not permitted on deck during adult swim except in the wading pool area
  8. Skateboards, rollerblades, roller shoes, scooters and bikes may not be used in the pool area
3m Diving board
Swimmers must be 10 years of age or older to use the 3m (high) diving board. The diver must jump/dive straight ahead, no jumping to the side is permitted at any time. Lifeguards reserve the right to close the high diving board at their discretion.
Baby pool
The baby pool is for children age 5 and under, all children must be accompanied by an adult (parent or guardian, at least 14 years of age). Beacon Hill Pool will post a Lifeguard in the Baby Pool area to increase pool safety. Although the Baby pool will be open to members for most of the pool's opening hours (see schedule) it will generally be closed when Beacon Hill hosts a swim meet, water polo games, diving meets, and most social events. AT NO TIME CAN A CHILD BE LEFT ALONE WITH A LIFEGUARD.
Inflatables and toys
Inflatables and other toys are not permitted in the 25 meter pool, except during Rubber Ducky swim. Balls can be obtained from the lifeguards upon request and are dependent upon availability. Water polo balls may only be used during teen swim. Toys are permitted in the baby pool.

Please remember that the use of any flotation device is not a substitute proper supervision. When allowed children must wear a government-approved flotation device. Water wings or a bum bubble do not float the child in a position which prevents water from entering their mouth if unattended. This reduces the chance of an unintended incident due to inattention. There are two life jackets available to borrow. Please inquire at the guard shack.
Lifejackets
Certified lifejackets may be used during free swim if an adult of 18 years or older is within arm reach at all times. One adult may not have more than 2 children in lifejackets with them in the water at one time. Inflatable arm supports, bubbles and swim suits with inserted flotation panels are not permitted.
Parking
In order to be a good neighbor, please use the parking lot on the west side of the building belonging to Beacon Hill school. The area on the east side of the chalet is to be kept clear of cars at all times for emergency purposes.
Bicycles
All bicycles must be placed in the bicycle racks provided. We recommend the use of bike locks and ask that the area near the chalet and stairs be kept free of bicycles.
Refunds and membership cancellation
After the pool opens for the season, there are no cancellations of membership.
Health regulations
  1. Members should shower before entering the pool
  2. No one with open sores, skin disease or communicable disease may use the pool
  3. No spitting, urinating or nose-blowing in the pool
  4. No smoking in the pool, on deck or in the dressing rooms
  5. No glass containers at the pool. Please restrict food to the grass area
  6. Streets shoes may be worn on the pool deck away from the pool, outside the blue line
  7. No animals are allowed inside the pool fence
  8. Diapers may not be worn in the water. Swimming diapers are required for non-potty trained infants and toddlers
  9. Waste must be placed in the garbage cans or recycling boxes
Lifeguard whistle signals
  • 1 short whistle-infraction, please look at the lifeguard
  • 2 short whistles-minor emergency
  • 3 short whistles-major emergency, stop and listen to the lifeguard’s instructions
  • 1 long whistle-end of swim period, clear the pool Emergency pool clearing drills may occur from time to time
Miscellaneous
  1. Courtesy for others is expected from all. Profanity will not be tolerated
  2. Any member found defacing or destroying property belonging to the Beacon Hill Swimming Pool Club will be suspended
  3. Any regulation not previously dealt with shall be left to the discretion of the pool managers
  4. Please keep your membership inforation up-to-date.

COVID-19

The following Rules are in place for the Summer 2020 in order to comply with Regulatory Guidelines and to ensure the safety of all members, staff and guests. It is your responsibility to ensure these rules are being adhered to. Failure to respect these rules will result in being asked to leave the pool premise and could result in loss of access privileges.

These rules supersede any existing pool rules, should a discrepancy exist and are subject to change.


GENERAL RULE CHANGES
  • Must agree to the Beacon Hill Swimming Pool Club Acknowledgement of Risk COVID-19 waiver when registering / Reconnaissance de risques COVID-19
  • Must enter the usual (west) gate and will now exit the east gate (emergency entrance). Exit must remain clear for emergencies.
  • You will be required to check-in and check-out every time you visit the pool. This is required in order to trace any potential spread of the virus.
  • You will be required to answer some screening questions every time you visit the pool.This is required in order to avoid allowing symptomatic people into the pool area. Entry will be refused if you respond positive to screening questions.
    • Any person who is not infected with COVID-19 but who has symptoms compatible with COVID-19 must wait at least 24 hours after their symptoms have subsided before returning to the pool
  • Should any patron test positive for Covid-19, they must inform a board member immediately.
  • Members must social distance (2m.) while waiting in line at entrance and while in pool area (in and out of pool)
  • Upon entering the pool area you must disinfect hands with provided sanitizer. Anyone who sneezes or coughs must use proper respiratory hygiene and wash hands. 20 seconds of proper hand washing is required after each bathroom use.
  • Spitting in the pool is not permitted.
  • All bathers are to arrive wearing their bathing suit, as access to bathrooms will be limited and restricted for essential use.
  • Bathers are asked to bring all their personal items in one bag.
  • Max. capacity of 40 people on deck (including baby pool), excluding staff, volunteer personnel or suppliers. If capacity is met (40) and there is a line up, you may be asked to leave after a minimum of an hour or earlier if schedule dictates; this will be a first in - first out basis (seniors and people with a disability will be granted priority access).
  • Max. of 1 family group or 2 individuals in a bathroom facility at a time. Children under the age of 7, or person requiring assistance, may have 1 member from the same household or a babysitter accompany them (must be 14 yrs or older).
  • No BBQ rentals or parties permitted
  • Exact change required for guests ($5/guest)
  • No masks are to be worn in the pool.
  • We may clear the pool a few minutes prior to the end of the programs and the gate supervisor may hold entry prior to the start of scheduled programming to help ease and control the capacity during certain peak transition periods.
  • Please use the grass area behind the lifeguard shack whenever possible, to free up deck space.
BABY POOL
  • Max. 4 households in the baby pool area at one time. Pool will be divided in 4 on the diagonal.
  • Children can bring 1 disinfected toy from home, and must not share with other patrons. No toys will be available.
  • Must remain 2m from the lifeguard on duty.
BIG POOL
  • MAXIMUM capacity in the big pool during free swim periods will be 40 bathers, subject to our discretion to reduce if required. If capacity is met and there is a line up, you may be asked to leave after a minimum of an hour or earlier if schedule dictates; this will be a first in - first out basis (seniors and people with a disability will be granted priority access).
  • During teams and programs
    • MAXIMUM capacity of 50 bathers
    • Capacity on the deck will be limited to ensure programs have space required to also use the deck for land training.
      • Parents/families are encouraged and may be asked to use the grass space behind the lifeguard shack during these peak times
  • Ladders are to be used to EXIT the pool only. Stairs are available for those who need them.
  • While lifejackets will be available for emergency, we ask that all patrons requiring a lifejacket bring their own.
  • Lane ropes and pool ropes should not be touched.
LESSONS
  • Children in levels White and Yellow must be accompanied in the water by a household member 14 yrs old or over, as lifeguards are not permitted in the water to teach lessons. Tubes, floater boards etc. will not be permitted.
DIVING
  • Respect the social distancing (2m) indicators while in line at the diving boards.
LANE SWIM/SWIM TEAM
  • Max. 6 swimmers per 2 lanes, unless all from the same household.
  • Circle swimming
  • Must respect the designated speed signs
  • When a single lane is available, only 1 person is permitted, unless all from the same household.
WATER POLO
  • -- Specific guidelines are pending --
POOL DECK AREAS
  • Members may be requested to put their belongings in a specific area during programs to facilitate circulation and maintaining social distancing.
  • Personal belongings are to be kept in a bag while in the pool.
  • Please bring your own chairs. A limited number of chairs will be disinfected and available under special circumstances.
  • Please refrain from touching surfaces as much as possible.