Recreational Swimming

Swimming is a valuable life skill, a great exercise option and a wonderful opportunity to bond with family and friends. The Hastings YMCA offers an abundance of time for open recreational and lap swimming. At the Y, everyone can safely enjoy some time at our pools, get wet and have fun!

Aquatics Rules and Regulations
Pool Rules


Please remember that proper swim attire is required while swimming at our facilities.

Our recreation swim times are geared for those who wish to play in the water. Fun flotation toys are provided by the YMCA such as turtle kickboards, balls, and diving sticks.  No rafts or inflatable devices are allowed in the pool. Life jackets are the only personal flotation devices permitted.

  1. Children MUST be 8 years old or older and be able to swim to use the pool without a parent in the water with them.
  2. When standing, children are not allowed in water deeper than mid-chest of the pool unless: 
    a. They have passed an appropriate swimming test
    b. They are wearing a USCG approved floatation device (NO “water wings” are allowed in the water)
    c. They are within arm’s reach of a responsible adult caregiver (who has no more than 2 such children in his/her charge)
    d. They are actively involved in an approved swimming lesson
  3. No running, boisterous or rough play, except supervised water sports, is permitted in the pool, or on the runways, diving blocks, floats, platforms, or in the dressing rooms.
  4. Spitting or spouting of water, blowing the nose or any other similar activities in the swimming pool is strictly prohibited.
  5. Diving is only allowed from the far deep end of the pool. Anyone jumping off of the side of the pool must do so facing forward. No back dives, flips, gainers, cartwheels, or pushing is allowed in any area of the pool. Parents are not allowed on the diving board with their children or in the water to "catch" their children.
  6. Rest breaks may be called at the lifeguard on duties discretion. People under the age of 18 must exit the water during these breaks.
  7. Be respectful of those swimming around you
  8. No Flotation devices are allowed to be used in the deep end of the pool. Flotation users are non-swimmers and they should not be in the deep end.
  9. No flotation devices that contain air are allowed in the pool.
  10. The lifeguard is the authority on the pool deck. Failure to follow the lifeguard’s instructions or disrespectful behavior is adequate grounds for ejection from the YMCA.
Hot Tub & Sauna Rules
  1. No person is permitted to use the spa without first having taken a warm water shower, using soap.
  2. Pregnant women, children under 5, elderly persons, and persons suffering from heart disease, diabetes, or high or low blood pressure should not enter the spa/hot tub without prior medical consultation and permission from their doctor.
  3. Do not use the spa/hot while under the influence of alcohol, tranquilizers, or other drugs that cause drowsiness or that raise or lower blood pressure.
  4. Do not use at water temperatures great than 104 degrees Fahrenheit (40⁰C)
  5. Do not use alone.
  6. Unsupervised use by children under the age of 18 is prohibited.
  7. Diving or jumping is prohibited.
  8. Underwater submersion is prohibited.
  9. Food or drink is not allowed in the spa area.
  10. Body lotions or oils are not allowed in the spa.
  11. Enter and exit slowly.
  12. Observe reasonable time limits (that is, 10-15 minutes), then leave the water and cool down before returning for another brief stay.
  13. Long exposure may result in nausea, dizziness, of fainting.
  14. Keep all breakable objects out of the area