- Rules & Policies
Pool Rules & Policies
Pool Access Eligibility
Prerequisites - Registration for pool access is required for all residents over the age of 2 years to be admitted to the pools. Follow online registration procedures listed on Pool Access page.
- Access will be suspended by the Administration Office for households that are not in good standing.
- Access will be suspended by Lifeguards if Pool Rules are not followed. The length of suspension time will be determined by the Recreation Director to be discussed with offenders and/or the guardians of minors.
Responsibility - All Patrons use the pools at their own risk. The Association and Pool Management assumes no responsibility for any accident, injury or lost, damaged or stolen property to or of any individual in connection with such use.
Showering - All patrons must shower before entering the pool area per the Prince William County Code Sec. 25. 1-22. (Ord. NO. 86-172, 11-18-86; Ord. NO. 94-53, 8-2-94).
Germs - Patrons with open sores, discharge, or who have had diarrhea within the last 2 weeks should not swim. Germs can spread to other swimmers in the water. Prince William County Code Sec. 25.1-23 (Ord. NO. 86-172, 11-18-86; Ord. NO. 94-53, 8-2-94).
Swim Attire - Appropriate swim attire suitable for a family environment is required in order to enter the pool facilities. Clothing that is not permitted includes, but is not limited to: denim shorts, cutoffs, jeans, long or loose shirts, see through swimwear and thong swimwear. Street clothes are not permitted in the pool.
Capacity - Lifeguards may restrict or deny entry if facility is at capacity.
Guests - Each card-holding member of the Association can bring up to 6 guests at a time. All guests must be accompanied by an Association member and present a valid Association-issued guest pass.
ONLY Lake Ridge Association members may purchase guest passes. Single-Visit passes can be purchased at the pool for $5.00 or 5-Visit punch passes can be purchased at the Association office for $20.00. Check or debit/credit card accepted (no cash).
One complimentary 5-Visit punch pass per season is available upon request at the Association office for Senior (65+) members in good standing, government-issued ID required.
Each guest requires one pass per day. Guest passes have no expiration date and are non-refundable.
Members are responsible and can be held liable for the behavior of their children and guests, and must remain at the pools while hosting guests. Guests must comply with all pool rules.
Supervision - Persons using the pools who are unable to demonstrate to lifeguards the ability to swim safely (non-swimmers) must be accompanied and supervised at all times by a responsible person who does demonstrate such swimming ability. Lifeguards, pool managers and Association staff are authorized to make the determination as to whether or not a person is considered to be a responsible person. In order to demonstrate swimming ability, the person must:
1. Swim a continuous 25 meters or one pool length (wall to wall) without stopping, holding lane lines, touching the bottom of the pool and without any assistance or aid
2. Tread water for 1 minute
Skill Performance - Swimmers of any age may be asked to perform the above skills at the discretion of lifeguards, pool management and Association staff. Non-swimmers must be within arm’s reach of responsible person when in the pool.
Wading Pools - Wading pools are for individuals 46 inches or less in height. Those individuals must be accompanied by a responsible person who has demonstrated the ability to pass the swim test.
Lap Lane - The “lap lane” is reserved for lap swimming only. Do not interrupt lap swimmers by going under lane lines to cross sections of the pool or to enter and exit the pool.
Toys - Small plastic toys (at least 3 inches in diameter) may be used in the pool. Lifeguards, pool management and Association staff will determine whether toys are appropriate for pool use.
Safety Break - A 15 minute safety break is scheduled every hour. We highly recommend that parents remove their children from the water during this time for rest and recovery. During this period, only those participating in lap-swimming, lap-walking and swim instruction (instructor must remain with student at all times) are permitted in the main pool.
Glass - No glass containers of any kind are allowed at the pools.
Flotation Devices - Only United States Coast Guard approved flotation devices may be used by non-swimmers as flotation aids (if it is Coast Guard approved it will be indicated somewhere on the device) and a responsible person must be within arm’s reach of person wearing or using one. Approved flotation devices are not permitted in the deep end.
Flotation devices such as noodles, kickboards and barbells are permitted in all areas of the pools except in the deep end. Lifeguards, pool managers and Association staff may require removal of such devices if the use of such devices interferes with the use and enjoyment of the pool by others. Such flotation devices shall not be used as swimming aids by persons who are unable to swim. Tubes and rafts are prohibited. Exception: “Floaty Friday”- 4pm – close – rafts and inflatable tubes are permitted.
Pool Closures - Pools may close due to inclement weather, vandalism, or sanitary reasons. All reasonable measures will be taken to reopen the pools as quickly as possible.
Diving - Diving is permitted in the deep end only as are slides. Posted diving and slide rules are to be followed. Only persons who demonstrate proficient swimming ability may use diving boards and slides.
Divers are limited to one bounce on the diving board, and must swim directly out of the dive area. Divers/Sliders must wait for a swimmer to reach the ladder before beginning a dive or going down slide.
Swimming in the deep end is prohibited while diving board or slides are in use. Diving/Sliding use takes precedence over open swim in deep end.
Deck Rules - No running, skipping or speed walking on deck.
Lifeguard Required - Swimming is prohibited unless a lifeguard is on duty and in the lifeguard chair.
Emergency - Pools are to be cleared immediately in the event of an emergency.
Waterproof Diapers/Pants - Incontinent or non-toilet trained persons must wear specially designed diapers or waterproof pants in all pools. Individuals not wearing appropriate swim attire will not be allowed to swim. Incidents causing pool closure for sanitary reasons may result in removal from the pool and suspension of pool privileges.
Smoking - The pools are designated as non-smoking areas. Persons wishing to smoke must must do so outside the limits of the pool fence.
Trash - All trash/recyclable material should be discarded in the appropriate receptacles.
Gum - Chewing gum in the pool is prohibited.
First Aid - First aid supplies are available upon request.
Language - Profanity, abusive language or behavior is not permitted and may result in removal from pool facilities.
Horseplay - Unsafe play, disruptive behavior and / or activity that endangers the safety of others or interferes with the use and enjoyment of the pool by others is not permitted, and may result in removal from pool facilities. Members are responsible for the behavior of their children and guests. Failure to comply with rules and / or lifeguard, pool management or Association staff instruction may result in removal from the pool, suspension or loss of privileges.
Loitering - Loitering is not permitted in or around the pool facilities.
Illegal Items - Firearms, illegal drugs and alcohol are not permitted at the pools. Violators may be subject to prosecution.
Pool Rule Enforcement
Disciplinary Procedures for Members -
A - Incident #1: Verbal instruction will be given regarding the rules.
B - Incident #2: Patrons must leave the premises and pool access may be suspended until the Association office is contacted.
C - Incident #3: Pool privileges may be banned.
Disciplinary Procedures for Guests and Hosting Members -
A - Incident #1: Verbal instruction will be given regarding the rules.
B - Incident #2: Guest and host Member may be ejected from the pool or spray ground and the guest pass will be voided with no refund. Any guest removed from the Association pool will not be admitted to any Association pool for the remainder of the pool season.
Pool management or Association staff reserve the right to contact law enforcement for instances deemed necessary.
Pool Spa Use
Manufacturer Recommendations - The Edgewood Spa and Sauna can only be used in accordance with manufacturer recommendations and specifications. Persons with medical conditions should consult their physicians prior to using the spa and sauna; prolonged use of the spa and sauna can cause health problems. Usage should be limited and persons should take frequent breaks, in accordance with manufacturer recommendations and specifications.
Swimming - Swimming is not permitted in the spa.
Safety Determination - Lifeguards, pool managers and Association staff are authorized to make the determination as to whether or not a person can safely use the spa and sauna.