Natatorium Policies

General Policies

  • Lifeguards have the authority to eject or suspend anyone from natatorium use and/or program privileges for those that fail to abide by these policies and regulations.
  • Individuals may not enter the natatorium unless a lifeguard, instructor, and/ or coach is present and/or on duty.
  • Showers are required before entering the pool.
  • Spectators must remain in the bleacher area at all times.
  • All toys (balls, etc.) must be kept in the shallow section of the pool.
  • Lap swimmers must use the designated lap swim area. When lanes are full, users should expect to share lane space.

Prohibited Behaviors

  • Running, dunking, splashing and/or horseplay are strictly prohibited.
  • No diving from pool deck.
  • No running on pool deck.
  • The practice of hyperventilation or extended breath-holding is prohibited. 
  • Individuals, other than lifeguards, are not allowed on bulkheads at any time.
  • Use of starting blocks is prohibited, except during official swim meets and/or University Swim Team practices.

Prohibited Items

  • Personal possessions are not allowed. They may be kept in drawers located along the benches in the Natatorium or left in lockers in the locker rooms.
  • Baby strollers, open umbrellas, and folding chairs are strictly prohibited, especially during competitive swim meets where room is limited and crowding is likely to occur.
  • Tobacco products, drug use, alcoholic beverages, and dangerous weapons are strictly prohibited.

Cell Phone Usage

  • Due to privacy concerns, cell phone use is not permitted in the locker rooms or bathrooms. Any misuse of cell phones in any other areas of the facility (particularly camera phones) will result in removal from the facility and possible loss of privileges.

Food and Drink

  • Food and chewing gum are not allowed in the natatorium (unless prior approval has been given from UREC Personnel- i.e. birthday parties, special events, etc.). Beverages must be in a closed container.


  • For health and hygiene reasons, only swimsuits are allowed in the pool. Note: Swimmers may only wear articles of clothing constructed of non-swimsuit material for religious reasons.
  • Shoes are prohibited on pool deck.


  • Dependents under the age of 16 who cannot swim must be accompanied by an adult in the water at all times.
  • Dependents under the age of 16 who can swim must be accompanied by an adult who is to remain in the Natatorium area at all times. Children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by an adult in the pool at all times.


  • Persons with open sores or contagious infections, such as poison ivy, athlete’s foot, impetigo and ringworm, are not permitted in the natatorium. See the lifeguard if you have questions.
  • Band-Aids are not allowed in the pool. If the wound is open enough to require a Band-Aid, the injured person is not allowed to swim.

Circle Swim

Circle swim procedures will be implemented at the discretion of the head lifeguard and/or lifeguard on duty. Such procedures are as follows:

  • Swim in a counterclockwise direction, staying on the right side of the lane at all times.
    • Please move to the extreme right corner of the lane if stopping to rest.  
  • Try to swim with others of your own pace.
  • Faster swimmers have the right of way.
  • Pass on the left and only when the passing lane (middle of lane) is clear.
  • Avoid congregating at the end of the lane.
  • Always enter feet first and wait until all swimmers have made the turn and pushed off.
  • Be considerate of others and their individual workouts.

Scuba Diving

  • Scuba diving is not permitted unless part of an academic class or a UREC activity.