NHSC Rules, Regulations, and Policies
regulations, and policies are for the protection and benefit of patrons
to provide safe and sanitary operation. Members and their guests shall
observe them at all times. Non-compliance may result in suspension of
pool privileges from one to seven days or a revocation of privileges or
membership without dues refund. Members shall inform their children and
guests of these rules and caution them to observe all rules and comply
with the instructions of the management and staff. North Harford Swim
Club, Inc. is hereafter referred to as NHSC. In the application of these
rules, "Member" shall include, but not limited to, persons who have
supervisory responsibility for accompanying
children such as a Parent, Guardian, Custodian, Baby Sitter, Relative,
1. Persons using the
pool do so at their own risk. NHSC is not responsible for any accident,
injury or illness in connection with such use. Supervision of children
is the responsibility of members, NOT lifeguards.
2. Members are
responsible to ensure that children do not enter water deeper than their
swimming ability permits. Members shall determine their children’s
ability to safely use the diving board or other pool facilities and are
solely responsible for proper instruction in the use thereof.
3. Diving is hazardous
and may result in permanent physical injury or death. Do so at your own
risk. Backward direction dives and gainers are prohibited. Member
supervision of their children and/or guests is required while diving.
4. Any child using any
part of the playground area at NHSC must be supervised by a responsible
adult at all times.
1. Except for scheduled
activities, patrons will not be admitted prior to opening time.
2. Generally, Sunday –
Saturday from 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM, however hours are posted at the
office and may vary according to the weather. The management may extend
evening hours for specific activities or for unusually hot weather.
Refer to pool bulletin board for specific daily posted hours. Should
sports activities be scheduled for extended hours, the pool will still
close at normal time. Hours may be different while HCPS schools are in
session. Revised schedules will be posted in advance and are based on
3. Opening and closing
times will change for inclement weather, at management discretion.
Generally, the pool will not reopen after weather related closing unless
two hours of reasonable swimming weather remains.
4. On days of planned
social activities and home swim team meets, the pool may close early.
5. A portion of the
pool may be reserved for swim team practice, or instructional purposes
6. The pool may be
closed if necessary for maintenance.
1. All dues/assessment
fees must be paid in full before using the facility unless some other
payment plan has been approved, in writing, by the NHSC Board of
2. Photo identification
will be required for admittance to the pool. Entry is not permitted
without a photo ID on file at the club and a current membership form.
3. Transfer of
membership is not allowed.
4. Members are
financially responsible for property damage caused by themselves,
children, or their guests.
1. Family memberships
are available to (2) two adults (ages 18 and over) residing in the same
household and their dependents, ages 21 and younger. Dependents include:
a) your natural children; b) your step children; c) your adopted
children; d) all children to whom you are legal guardian and can show
2. Anyone not
qualifying under the above guidelines may be brought as a guest of paid
member for an additional fee, only when that member is present.
1. Any individual
non-family guest will be admitted only five (5) times per season.
2. The sponsoring
member is responsible for the conduct of their guests, shall advise
guests of pool regulations, and shall accompany their guests. Guests
under 14 years of age must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Guest
fees are published in the office. Guests who are 2 years of age or
younger will be admitted free of charge. A single guest privilege
will admit either a single guest or a single family at one time (i.e.
only one guest privilege is used for a family guest). Each member family
receives 20 guest privileges. Senior-citizen (age 60+) family relatives,
such as grandparents, who are visiting with their family and who will
not be swimming, will be admitted as a courtesy without guest fee or
3. Guests of board
members are admitted without fee and are not limited.
4. Any member who
assists a non-member gain improper entry to the pool could be subject to
disciplinary action as follows: First Offense: Payment of guest
fees, suspension of membership for 5 days and written warning. Second
Offense: Payment of guest fees, suspension of membership for 5 days
and revocation of guest privileges. Third Offense: Non-refundable
revocation of club membership.
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1. No bottles, glass,
ceramic, or otherwise breakable containers are permitted.
2. Flotation devices
may be hazardous and are prohibited in the main and wading pools.
EXCEPTION: You may use water wings or a coast guard approved personal
floatation device for your child. The parent/guardian must be within
arm’s reach of their child at all times if the child has not passed the
pool's swimming test and is in water over their shoulders.
3. Children younger
than 14 will be tested annually for swimming ability classification and
must wear a wristband while in the pool. Children under (14) fourteen
must be accompanied and supervised by an adult guardian. This may be
waived for children at least (5) five years of age who have passed the
NHSC Advanced Swim Test if accompanied and supervised by a person at
least 14 years old. This test consists of: swimming two widths of the
pool using a crawl or side stroke in a strong forward manner, turning
around without touching the side, treading water for one minute,
demonstrating the ability to go from a treading position to a back float
position, and demonstrating proper use of the diving board. An
identification wristband will then be issued by the management staff.
4. Members are
responsible for the actions of their children and shall constantly
observe and be near toddlers.
5. Children under 14
shall not be in water over their shoulders unless they have passed the
pool’s swimming test. Lifeguards will test upon request.
6. The wading pool is
limited to children under the age of seven or by permission the manager.
Children in the wading pool must be supervised and continually observed
by a close-by adult within the wading pool fenced area at all times.
7. The blue line around
each pool designates a safety zone. Within this area, there may be no
chairs, furniture, nor other articles. Sitting or lying on the deck is
not permitted in this area.
8. There shall be no
running, pushing, or causing disturbances.
9. Organized games are
allowed only with manager's permission. No running game, ball, or
Frisbee playing is permitted within the fenced areas. Ball playing must
be approved by the manager. Lawn darts are prohibited.
10. Toypedoes, noodles,
noodle guns and Nerf-like products are not permitted in the main pool.
Dive sticks, diving rings and small splash balls are permitted in the
main pool. However, managers and lifeguards have the authority to ask
members to stop using these pool toys if they determine member safety is
compromised. In addition, they are authorized to confiscate any pool toy
when a member does not comply with their instructions.
11. NO GAMES SHALL BE
PLAYED IN THE DIVING WELL.
12. Plug-in electrical
appliances are not allowed without the manager's permission. Radios and
tape players shall not be loud or disturb adjacent patrons. Please use
13 Towels or clothing
shall not be hung from fences.
14. Do not talk to or
otherwise distract lifeguards while on guard stands.
15. Persons using
volleyball court, sandboxes, or play equipment shall use foot rinse near
the wading pool to remove sand when returning to the pool.
16. Lightning or
thunder occurrences: The pool will be cleared immediately. For thunder
only, the pool will be cleared for at least fifteen minutes at the
discretion of the manager. If there are no further occurrences, the pool
may re-open. If there are continuing occurrences during a period of an
hour, the entire facility will close.
1. Diving is hazardous
and may result in a serious injury or death. Do so at your own risk.
Members shall have obtained proper instruction and training prior to
diving. Flotation devices are hazardous when worn during diving and
shall not be used in the diving well.
2. Dives shall be in a
forward shallow direction only. No Back Dives Whatsoever-No Exceptions.
Running, multiple bounces, or high diving off the board is prohibited.
The diving well
depth is only nine (9) feet. USE SHALLOW DIVES. AVOID HITTING THE SLOPED
3. Do not dive or stand
on the diving board if there are persons in the diving well. Only one
person is permitted on the diving board or ladder at one time.
4. Do not dive from the
three or four foot deep areas or from the sides of the diving well.
5. Children under 14
must pass the swim test, receive diving basic instruction, and wear the
swim test bracelet to use the diving area.
6. Swimming in the
diving well is permitted only by permission from the manager, after the
diving board has been closed.
7. Backward dives
and gainers are prohibited.
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1. Admission may be
refused to anyone with open skin abrasions, sores, severe colds or
coughs, inflamed eyes, infections, contagious diseases, or wearing
bandages, or for other health reasons at the discretion of the manager.
2. Patrons shall shower
prior to using the pool, especially after vigorous activity, or to wash
off excessive sun products.
3. Children who have
not outgrown the need for diapers (cloth or disposable) will not be
allowed in either the main or wading pool unless wearing a clean cloth
diaper and waterproof pants with TIGHT ELASTIC WAIST AND LEG OPENINGS or
Swimsuit Diaper undergarments. “Swimmies” are acceptable.
(spitting), blowing of nose, water spouting, or urinating in the pool is
prohibited. No one shall take, throw, or admit any foreign substance
into the pool or on the deck area. Eating on the deck is prohibited
within the pool safety zone (Blue Line).
5. In the water, only
bathing suits shall be worn. Cutoffs or street clothes are prohibited.
T-shirts may be worn for as a sunscreen at wearer's own risk of becoming
entangled or otherwise impaired.
6. Smoking (including
e-cigarettes) is not permitted anywhere within the chain link fenced-in
area of the pool nor at the front entrance way and under canopy. Refer
to designated smoking areas as posted on the pool bulletin board.
Properly dispose of cigarettes, do not discard on the club grounds.
1. NHSC staff is not
responsible for supervising children. This is the member's or guardian’s
2. ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES
ARE PROHIBITED: CAUTION: Participation in recreational activities,
swimming, or diving may result in serious and injury or death while
under the influence of alcohol. The club shall not be responsible for
alcohol-use related injuries. Those observed consuming alcoholic
beverages shall be asked to discard them immediately. Non-compliance may
result in being expelled from the premises.
3. Members and guests
shall clean up after themselves, remove trash from tables, pick-up
around their area, and properly dispose of trash.
4. Loud, foul, profane,
abusive, or disrespectful language will not be tolerated and is cause
for dismissal from the premises.
5. Food and
refreshments shall be consumed on the grass, at the pavilion area, or at
6. Undue use of showers
is discouraged due to limited well water supply.
7. Drive slowly and
carefully at all times. Pedestrians have the right of way. Bicycle
riders shall ride carefully and park their bicycles in the bike rack.
8. Soliciting for
personal profit is not permitted.
memberships are available for Monday through Friday. A fee is required.
This membership can only be used in the absence of members and
baby-sitter must accompany and supervise the children at all times.
Occasionally, due to bad weather, swim lessons may be canceled. If in
doubt, call the pool 1/2-hour before lessons. No refunds are given due
to poor weather. Classes may be given in a light rain or instruction
held under cover.
Pool Manager – Lifeguards:
1. Supervision of
children is the responsibility of members/guardians, not the lifeguards
nor staff. The pool manager and lifeguards are in complete charge of the
facility. All persons are required to comply with the instructions of
the staff. Those failing to do so will be asked to leave and may have
their privileges suspended or membership revoked. The pool manager has
the authority to expel persons from the pool for cause, or misconduct
and to suspend privileges for up to one week. The Board of Directors may
order revocation of all privileges or membership.
2. Do not debate
regulations or policy with lifeguards who are required to enforce
regulations, not make policy. Complaints, inquires, or comments
regarding regulations or staff performance should be directed to the
manager or club vice-president.
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Health-Related Information and Concerns:
1. CHEMICAL: Pool water
may contain, but not limited to, the following Maryland State approved
chemicals: Sodium hypochlorite (Available chlorine 3 to 10 PPM);
Isocyanuric acid chlorine stabilizer (5-60 PPM); Calcium chloride
(200-400 PPM); and other chemicals required or permitted by the Maryland
State Health Department for public safety, pool sanitation, and water
balance. Prolonged exposure to swimming pool water may cause skin or eye
irritation, or be otherwise uncomfortable or harmful to some
individuals. Patrons shall determine if exposure to pool water is
harmful to them and shall limit pool use and exposure accordingly.
Patrons are cautioned to take protective measures and prevent children
from excessive exposure to pool water or to the sun, especially on a
daily basis. Be alert to symptoms of skin irritation, sunburn, and limit
your swimming pool usage as accordingly. Shower before and after pool
2. BIOLOGICAL: Although
sanitizing agents are maintained in pool water at required levels, there
can be a survival time for organisms, bacteria, or viruses. Exposure to
pool water may result in infection therefrom. THE SWIM CLUB, OFFICERS,
DIRECTORS, OR ITS MANAGEMENT SHALL NOT BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ILLNESS OR
DISEASES CONTRACTED AT THE POOL.
3. SUN EXPOSURE: Be
advised and cautioned: It has been established that exposure to the sun
or repeated sunburn may result in health problems, possibly occurring
many years after such exposure. Patrons are responsible to properly
inform and protect themselves and their children, seek professional
medical advice and treatment, use sunscreen lotions and other protective
products or clothing, and limit exposure to the sun. Please shower to
remove excess lotion prior to entering pool.
1. The Club is not
responsible for loss or damage to personal property. Lock your vehicles
in the parking lot.
2. Abandoned or lost
clothing, or personal articles not claimed within five days may be
discarded. Mark towels, clothing, and property with your name to aid in
timely return. Inventory your belongings before leaving the premises.
3. Folding chairs may
be stored overnight in a designated area as determined by the pool
manager. NHSC is NOT responsible for any lost, stolen or damaged
items left at the pool.
Club Telephone Numbers:
1. The office telephone
is for information, membership, and business calls only: (410) 692-4662.
No personal calls to patrons will be accepted on this number.
These rules and
regulations may be revised or additional rules established as needed at
the discretion of the Operations Committee. Notification to members is
made at a general membership meeting, or by posting on the pool bulletin
board at least five (5) days before the change becomes effective.
Statement of Policy:
The mission of the
volunteer Board of Directors, Operations Committee, and employed staff
is to provide a wholesome, safe family environment and a recreational
atmosphere for our members and guests. Every effort has been made to
maintain a personal sensitivity to accommodate the needs and wishes of
our members while providing fairness to all. Although certain
regulations may seem restrictive to some, we hope that you will accept
them in the spirit in which they have been developed by our board of
directors. Safety is our first concern, without compromise. We ask that
you oblige our trained young adult staff whose job it is to provide the
safe and friendly atmosphere, which we have come to expect at North
Harford Swim Club. If, for any reason, you are dissatisfied with the
operation of the club, the staff, or have questions or suggestions, we
welcome the opportunity to discuss them with you.
The Board of
Directors extends their thanks in advance for your understanding and
NORTH HARFORD SWIM CLUB, INC. PO Box 204,
Jarrettsville Maryland 21084 (410) 692-4662
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