Policies & Procedures
Natatorium Policies and Procedures
It is the responsibility of all persons using the pool to familiarize themselves with and abide by the rules and policies established for this facility.
*Please note: We follow national guidelines safety guidelines for closing of pool.
All general facility rules apply to the natatorium, in addition to the following:
- Lifeguards on duty must be obeyed at all times and under all conditions.
- No one is allowed to swim or have access to the pool area or patio unless the pool is officially open and a Valdosta State University appointed Lifeguard is on duty.
- Only swim suits and t-shirts are permitted in the pool. No cut-offs, jeans, or other inappropriate clothing is allowed. The VSU Lifeguard will verify whether swim attire is publicly appropriate.
- All persons using the pool must take a cleansing shower before entering the pool area or the pool.
- No one under the age of 17 is allowed in the pool or patio area without prior approval from the Associate Director of Facilities
- NO SHALLOW WATER DIVING. Flips, twists, somersaults or other gymnastic diving is strictly prohibited. Conventional head-first diving is only permitted in the deep end. In pool water less than 9ft, enter feet-first.
- Running, rough play and excessive noise are forbidden in the natatorium.
- No person under the influence of alcohol or drugs shall use the pool.
- Persons with communicable diseases shall not enter the pool.
- Persons with contagious conditions, such as colds or skin/eye/ear/nasal infections, shall not enter the pool.
- Persons with open blisters, cuts, sores etc. are advised to not use the pool.
- No spitting, spouting water, nose blowing, or discharging bodily wastes in the pool.
- No animals or pets allowed in the natatorium. Guide animals are permitted.
- No glass, food or beverage, or chewing gum is permitted in the pool area or pool.
- Drugs, alcohol, and tobacco products are strictly prohibited in the natatorium.
- Flotation devices may only be used at the Lifeguard’s discretion.
- Swimming longer than 25 yards underwater continuously is prohibited.
- Hyperventilation is absolutely not permitted.
- All requests for underwater training and activities need to be submitted to Catherine Citta, Graduate Assistant for Aquatics and Risk Management at firstname.lastname@example.org or 229-333-5480.
Persons disregarding pool rules or failing to cooperate with university aquatics staff may be subject to expulsion from the facility and possible further disciplinary action.