These guidelines and regulations are designed for your safety,
health, and comfort as mandated by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Health Code and
Boston University. Those who do not adhere to the guidelines,
or who fail to cooperate with the lifeguard staff may be asked
to leave and may be denied the privilege of access into the
- Swimmers must take
a cleansing shower before entering the pool or spa.
- A lifeguard must
be on duty before swimmers may enter the water.
- Appropriate swimsuits
are required attire for all swimmers. T-shirts,
cut-offs, or under garments are not allowed.
- Swimmers with hair longer than 1/2 inch long buzz cut must wear a swim cap. It is up to the lifeguard on duty's discretion to determine if the length of hair requires a swim cap.
Long hair must be tucked
up inside the swim cap. Children under the age of 13 do not need
to wear a swim cap.
- Please walk on the
pool deck. No running.
- Photography and the use of cell
phones is prohibited.
- Any person with
a skin disease, open sores, bandaged wounds, boils, inflamed
eyes, discharging nasal or ear passages, or any communicable
disease is prohibited from using the pool. If you have a
bandage on a minor cut, dispose of the bandage before entering the
- No glass on the
pool deck, seating area or locker rooms. Only water in an
enclosed, unbreakable container is allowed on the pool deck.
- No food or chewing
gum is allowed in the pool or on the pool deck.
- Street shoes are
prohibited on the pool deck.
- Spitting and otherwise
contaminating the pool, pool deck, walkways, aisles or
dressing rooms is prohibited.
- Diving is prohibited
in the Recreation Pool.
- Diving board use is prohibited except for participants in diving classes.
- No walking across
bulkhead or swimming under bulkhead.
- Please do not leave
bags, street shoes or clothes on the pool deck or benches.
Use the day lockers in the pool hallway. You may use your
own lock, but must remove it and all of your belongings within
- The maximum number
of swimmers in each lane is six. Please be aware of how
many people are already in the lane that you are selecting.
- Lanes are designated
"slow", "medium" and "fast" in the Competition Pool. Please
select the appropriate lane for your ability. Aqua joggers must jog in the designated lane and must abide by the spliting and circling rules below if a swimmer is present. Aqua joggers will be given priority in the aqua jogging lane.
- One or two swimmers may split a lane (each swim on a single side of the lane). When a third person wants to enter the lane, the swimmer must notify both swimmers that they must circle swim (stay to the right, like driving a car) before starting to swim. Slower swimmers should stop at the
wall and allow faster swimmers to pass.
- Do not swim in a
lane or area that is marked off for a class or swim team.
Only swim in designated lap lanes (marked with the yellow lane marker). If you are unsure of
open lanes, please ask the lifeguard.
- During open
lap swim hours in the Competition Pool, one of the on-duty lifeguards will be available
to administer boating swim tests for those who require them
for boating registration. Testing must take place in the
Competition Pool and a photo ID and U# must be presented. Swim tests will not be administered during the last 15 minutes of open swim hours.
- Kickboards and pull-buoys
are available for lap swimmers. Please return them to the
storage bin after use.
- When the lifeguard
signals the end of open swim, please leave
the pool area promptly.
- Language and behavior
should be appropriate for a family setting.
- The use of oils
and body lotions is prohibited.
under the age of 16 must pass a swim test to swim without
an adult in the water. If the child passes the swim test,
a supervising adult must remain on deck at all times. If
the child does not pass the swim test, the parent must be
in the water within arm's reach of the child. Parents should
not leave children unsupervised in the pool area for any
reason. To pass the swim test, the child must swim with
their face in the water for 20 yards. The swim test must
be performed at the beginning of every visit to the pool
and the lifeguard will make the final decision regarding
- Please note that
only lap swim takes place in the Competition Pool unless
otherwise posted. The lifeguard may ask a child to leave
lap swim if he or she is unable to continuously swim laps.
- Strollers are not
allowed on the pool deck, in the locker rooms or in the hallway near the pool. Please park strollers in the designated stroller parking areas outside of the locker rooms. Please secure valuables in the day lockers available in the pool hallway.
- An adult must directly supervise infants and children not
swimming at all times.
- The basketball hoop may be set up during open recreation
hours in the Recreation Pool. Participants must be courteous of others while
playing and may be asked to stop by the lifeguard at any
time. No dunking or horseplay is permitted.
- Disposable diapers are not allowed
in the pool. Children who are not toilet trained must
wear a cloth, washable and reusable swim diaper with tight fitting, elastic waist and leg openings. Disposable swim diapers are not permitted as they disintegrate in
the warm water. Cloth, reusable swim diapers are available for sale
at the Pro Shop.
- No swim aids such
as "water wings", Styrofoam bubbles, or floats sewn into
swimsuits are allowed. Only Coast Guard approved life jackets
are allowed. A life jacket does not substitute for direct supervision
of a non-swimmer.
- If a lifeguard feels
your swimming level is not adequate for the Competition
Pool (7'-13.5' deep), you may be asked to leave or use the
shallow Recreation Pool.
- Private lessons
may not be given by non-BU Aquatics staff at any time.
The spa is only open during posted open swim hours in the Recreation Pool. A lifeguard must be on duty.
No children under the age of 13 are allowed use of the spa. Children may not sit on the stairs or on the edge of the spa.
It is recommended that elderly persons, pregnant women and persons suffering from heart disease, diabetes, high or low blood pressure should not use the spa until they consult with their physician.
Do not use the spa when the water temperature is greater than 104 F.
Individuals should observe a reasonable time limit in the spa (10 minutes). Long exposures may result in health complications such as dizziness, nausea or fainting.
Individuals may not completely submerge themselves in the spa.