Frequently Asked Questions

Membership / Guests | Pool Use | Swim Evaluations / Swim Bracelets | Swimming Lessons | BHCP Swim Team | Miscellaneous


What do my membership fees pay for?
The Berkeley Heights Community Pool is overseen and managed by the Summit Area YMCA but is funded solely by membership fees and programming.  The BHCP operates independently from the town of Berkeley Heights and therefore is not subsidized by township funds or taxpayer monies.   

Is there a joining fee in addition to membership fees?
No. There are only the specific membership fees for your selected membership.

I am joining after the pool season started; will my dues be pro-rated?
No. Dues are never pro-rated.

My child is the only one in the family that uses the pool; can he/she join as an individual?
Your child must be a minimum of 12 years old and an incoming 7th grader to qualify for a teen membership.

My family is one adult and one senior; do I have to pay the family rate or can I join as a senior couple?
You may join as one adult and one senior adult.

My family is one adult, one senior and one child; is the family rate discounted for the senior?

Do you have a membership category for a single parent and one child?
There is no special category. A family of 2 is a family membership.

My niece/nephew is visiting for the summer; can I add him/her to my family membership?
The definition of a family membership does not include nieces, nephews or grandchildren. For shorter visits, you may be able to take advantage of the pre-purchased guest pass.  You may use free guest passes or purchase additional guest passes for visiting relatives.

Is my membership refundable?
A refund request for cancellation of membership must be made in writing by the participant.  All cancellations/refund requests will incur a $10 service charge.  Cancellations any time up to 1 month before the start of the season will be fully refunded minus a $10 service charge.  Cancellations less than 1 month before opening day will get a 50% on line credit to be used at any Summit Area YMCA branch (minus a $10 service charge).  Cancellations on or after opening day do not qualify for a refund.   Programs cancelled by the YMCA will be made available for a full refund or credit.  Cancellation and refund policy is subject to change.  Credit/refund may take up to two weeks to process. 

Does the Y offer financial assistance?
As a nonprofit, the Summit Area YMCA is committed to enhancing the lives of individuals and families in our community. We do so by offering financial assistance to those with demonstrated need so that they may enjoy all the Y has to offer, regardless of their ability to pay. This helps us ensure that everyone, regardless of age, income, or background has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive.  For more information about financial assistance, please email

What happens if I lose my swipe card?
A replacement swipe card is $10 and can be purchased at the front desk.   

I just registered online.  When will I receive my swipe card?
Swipe cards will be issued for all members (ages 18 months and above) and photos must be taken prior to the member’s first visit to BHCP.  Each member must swipe their card at the Front Desk every time they enter the facility.

Members may pick up their swipe cards and have their photos taken starting May 1, 2018 at the Berkeley Heights YMCA located at 550 Springfield Avenue, Berkeley Heights, NJ, 07922 (directionsOR at the Summit YMCA located at 67 Maple Street, Summit, NJ, 07901 (directions)

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Can I buy a day pass for the pool?
No. You may use the pool as the guest of a member.  Please see guest policy.

Can I try the pool out for a day?
No. You must be a member or the guest of a member to use the pool.  The BHCP will offer at least one “Open House” during the season so that potential members can try the pool for the day. 

Can I use the pool the same day I sign up?
Yes. If you join while the pool is open, you will be given a wristband to wear. Your wristband will be ready for pick up at the front desk the same day you sign up.

How do I check-in to the pool?
Each family member (18 months and older) will receive a scan card.   All members must check in each time they visit BHCP.

What are the requirements to use the blue slide?
A child needs to have earned a green wristband after taking the Swim Evaluation in order to use the blue slide and meet the minimum height requirement of 42 inches tall.

What are the requirements of the Diving Tank?
Only swimmers who have earned Green bracelets may use the diving tank. 

Can a child with a green wristband be at the pool without an adult?
Children age 12 and over who have ALSO earned a Green wristband after taking the Swim Evaluation are permitted to be at BHCP without an adult (18 or older).

Are floatation devices permitted in the pool?
Flotation devices are NOT permitted in the pool.  US Coast Guard approved life jackets will be available. (Flotation devices include – but are not limited to – inflated inner tubes, inflatable floats, boogie boards, kick boards, noodles)

Does my child need to wear a swim diaper?
YES!  Children who are not yet potty trained are limited to the baby pool and need to wear both a swim diaper AND plastic swim pants. Plastic swim pants are available at the front desk for 2 for $5.00.

Can I swim during home swim meets?
No. For safety reasons (monitoring the pool and keeping track of members vs. non-members in the facility) the pool will close at 5:30pm during home swim meets. Dates of all swim meets will be published as soon as they becomes available from the swim league (mid June). All members are welcome to remain at the facility to support the BHCP Swim Team during the meet.  

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What is a Swim Evaluation?
All swimmers below the age of 14 are REQUIRED to take a swim evaluation administered by the BHCP Management.  Swimmers will be evaluated based on their current swimming abilities.  The test is required, even for swimmers who took a swim test in previous seasons.  Swim Bracelets will be distributed to swimmers ages 3-14 based on current swimming ability, not age.

Why do children need to wear Swim Bracelets?
Your Swim Bracelet certifies your swimming ability and privileges.  These are a quick and efficient way to indicate to lifeguards the swimming ability of each swimmer.  Each child under the age of 14 MUST complete a swim evaluation and wear their designated Swim Bracelet at all times. 

What if my child does not take the Swim Evaluation?
Swimmers who decline to take the Swim Evaluation will be given a red bracelet, which limits them to the shallow end of the pool.  

What does my child have to do during the Swim Evaluation?
Swimmers will be asked to demonstrate their swimming abilities and stamina during a Swim Evaluation that will consist of the following requirements:

Swim Evaluation


Part 1 (Yellow Bracelet)

Swim length of shallow end on front continuously (maintaining horizontal body position)
Touch the bottom of the pool in the yellow area
Swim length of shallow end on back continuously (maintaining horizontal body position)

Part 2 (Green Bracelet)

*Part 1 is a prerequisite *

Jump into deep water and safely resurface
Swim 2 continuous lengths of freestyle in diving tank
Swim 1 continuous length of backstroke in diving tank
Tread water for 1 minute
Continue swimming freestyle immediately after treading water (remainder of length)
  • Swim Bracelet colors denote the following:

Swim Bracelet Color

Skills that must be demonstrated during Swim Evaluation


Proficient swimmer that successfully passes Parts 1 and 2 of the Swim Evaluation.

  • Swimmer must demonstrate proficiency in both front crawl and backstroke through consistent forward motion and rotary breathing
  • Swimmer must be able to tread water for a minute
  • Stamina and efficient body motion must be demonstrated through duration of evaluation


Non-swimmer, but does not need flotation.  Limited to the shallow end of the pool unless accompanied by an adult.

  • Swimmer can demonstrate forward locomotion in the water but cannot maintain it consistently.
  • Struggles to keep body at surface of the water while swimming and/or treading.
  • Does not display the stamina necessary for deep-water swimming.


Non-swimmer that requires constant parental accompaniment while swimming. Coast Guard Approved flotation devices are highly recommended.

  • Swimmer is not able to stay at the surface of the water without flotation.
  • Swimmer shows signs of tiredness soon after beginning the evaluation.


Who administers the Swim Evaluation and determines the levels?
Swimming levels are determined at the discretion of the BHCP Management.  Safety is the top priority of the BHCP Staff and Swim Bracelets will be given based on current swimming ability. 

When is my child able to take his/her Swim Evaluation?
Daily swim evaluations occur at 12:15PM, 1:15PM, 3:00PM & 5:00PM. Swim Evaluations will only be held during those specific times. At the start of the season, specific evaluation dates and times will be determined and shared with pool members. We recognize that the start of the season will require a large number of tests and we plan to accommodate accordingly.   

Can my child re-take the Swim Evaluation?
Yes!  Swimmers can re-take the Swim Evaluation no more than once per week during the daily allotted times. 

When will my child receive their Swim Bracelet?
Each time members sign into the pool they are given waterproof paper bracelets.  Each time members arrive at the pool the will receive new Swim Bracelets

What happens if I forget my Swim Bracelet?
Swim Bracelets will be given to swimmers each day

Can friends of my family borrow my Swim Bracelet?
No.  Borrowing a Swim Bracelet is not permitted. The borrowing and trading of Swim Bracelets will result in the suspension and/or revocation of membership without refund for the season.  

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My child can only attend half of the lessons; can I pay half the price?
No. Lessons are not pro-rated.

Can my child attend one or two weeks of one session and one or two weeks of another session and pay for a single session?
No. Your child would be taking a full slot for both sessions and class sizes are limited. In addition, swim classes are taught from lesson plans that progress throughout the session.

Are private swim lessons offered?
Yes.  Private swim lessons can be scheduled through the front desk staff.  Only BHCP Swim Instructors are permitted to give Private Swim Lessons. 

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Do you have to be a member of the pool to join the Swim Team?
Yes, Swim Team is for BHCP members only.

Does my child need to try out for the Swim Team?
Yes. All swim team members must try out for the BHCP Swim Team. Swimmers must turn 7 years old by the upcoming September, pass the Swim Evaluation for the Green Bracelet, and swim 25 yards of both freestyle and backstroke proficiently.  

What other activities besides Swim Team are available for kids?
We also offer group swim lessons, tennis, and basketball clinics as well as Camp Breakers. Please see the Activities tab for more information.

What is the Pre-Swim Team?
The BHCP Pre-Swim Team is a less competitive swim program. The Pre-Team is designed to help swimmers improve their strokes, swimming endurance, and confidence. For more information see our Swim Team Page.

What other activities besides Swim Team are available for kids?
We also offer group and private swim lessons, tennis, and basketball clinics, as well as the opportunity to be apart of several YMCA camps. Please see the Activities tab for more information. 

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Are alcoholic beverages permitted on pool grounds?
Alcoholic beverages are not permitted on pool grounds.

Is smoking permitted on pool grounds?
Neither smoking nor electronic cigarettes are allowed on BHCP premises.

Can I bring in food and drinks from home?
Yes you may.  All beverages must be in plastic or aluminum containers.  NO GLASS BOTTLES ALLOWED.  We hope you will take advantage of our concession stand.

Can personal materials or chairs be stored at the BHCP Facility?
No. The BHCP is not responsible for any personal materials that are left at the Facility. 

How do I apply for a job at the BHCP?
Use the following link to apply for any open position!

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