The Winston-Salem Recreation and Parks Department has enacted a new swimming policy for city pools. The new policy is intended to enhance the safety of all pool patrons. Wrist bands and life jackets will be issued.
Children under 48 inches tall who do not pass a swim test will be required to wear life jackets at city pools this summer. Under certain circumstances, those over 48 inches tall may also be required to wear life jackets.
Life jackets will not be required in kiddie pools and the water play areas at Kimberley Park and Bolton Park pools. The city will provide life jackets. Patrons may bring their own life jackets if they have a stamp indicating that they are Coast Guard approved and pass inspection from the lifeguards.
The swim test consists of treading water for one minute and swimming 25 yards without touching the bottom. As the staff at a particular pool gets to know the children who attend often, lifeguards may issue green wrist bands to children who they know can swim, without administering a swim test.
- No swimmer wearing a life jacket may go off the diving board.
- Swimmers may not remove life jackets to use the diving board.
- Swimmers may be asked at any time to take a swim test. Swimmers who refuse to take the test must leave the pool grounds.
- Swimmers with red or yellow wrist bands who are in the wrong section of the pool will be asked to sit out for 15 minutes. The second time, they must leave the pool grounds.
- All children attending a pool with day-care or summer-camp groups will be required to take swim tests and follow the wrist-band policy.
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