Frequently Asked Questions

Membership | Pool Use | Wristbands | Guests | Lessons | Swim Team

Membership:

What do my membership fees and joining fees pay for?

The Berkeley Heights Community Pool operates independently from the town of Berkeley Heights and therefore is not subsidized by township funds or taxpayer monies. The pool is funded solely by program and membership fees. The pool is overseen and managed by the Summit Area YMCA. For more information see GO TO THESAY website link.

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 14+ years old and an incoming 9th grader to qualify for a teen membership.

My family is one adult and one senior; do I have to pay the family rate?

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?

No.

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.

 


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Pool Use:

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.

My grandchildren are visiting for the week; can I bring them to the pool?

Members can use their 5 free guest passes (per unit) or purchase addditional ones HERE.  

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.

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 will receive a scan card.  Applies to 18 months and older.  All members must check in each time they visit BHCP.

What is the Deep Water Swim Policy?

All swimmers below the age of 14 are required to take a deep water test in order to swim in the center and deep sections of the pool. The test is required, even if a swimmer took a swim test in previous seasons. Wristbands will be distributed to swimmers ages 3-13 based on swimming ability, not age.

What are the requirements to use the yellow slide?

A child needs to have a yellow or green wristband

What are the requirements to use the blue slide?

Children must have a green wristband to use the blue slide.

Can a child with a green wristband enter the pool without an adult?

Children with green wristbands who are 12 and older and have passed the deep water test 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.  YMCA  life jackets will be available.

Does my child need to wear a swim diaper?

Children who are not yet potty trained 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?

Swimming is limited during home swim meets. The deep water tank is closed. The lanes in the 5 and 4 foot sections are used for the meets. Only the shallow end of the big pool and the baby pool are available for use. See the Swim Team page for the meet schedule.

Are alcoholic beverages permitted on pool grounds?

Alcoholic beverages are not permitted on pool grounds.

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.  Please make sure you clean up all garbage that you bring in from home.


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Wristbands:

Why do children need to wear wristbands?

Your wristband certifies your swimming ability and privileges.

Yellow

Green

Red

 

I just registered online.  When will I receive my swipe card and wristbands?  

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, 2017 at the Berkeley Heights YMCA located at 550 Springfield Avenue, Berkeley Heights, NJ, 07922 (directions) or at the Summit YMCA located at 67 Maple Street, Summit, NJ, 07901 (directions)

Lifeguards will give all wristbands after swim test are completed.  If you joined pre-season, your swipe cards will be available starting May 1st and can be picked up either at the Berkeley Heights or Summit YMCA during business hours.  A replacement swipe card is $10 and can be purchased at the front desk.   The first wristband is free, and any replacement wristband is $5 and can be purchased at the front desk.

Will I receive my pool wristbands in the mail?

No. Wristbands are given out by lifeguards after swim test are completed.

We are new family members; why was my 11 year old given a yellow wristband?

For safety reasons, all new members 13 and under are restricted to the shallow end of the pool until they pass the deep water test.   

What is the deep water test?

The deep water test is administered by the lifeguards and determines a child’s swimming abilities.  To pass the deep water test a child must swim four lengths of the dive tank, three freestyle and one on their back immediately after they must tread water for 1 minute without touching the wall or taking a break.

Once the deep water test is passed, a child aged 7 and up receives a red wristband.

What happens if I forget my wristband?

If you forget your wristband, you will be given a paper temporary wristband.

What happens if I lose my wristband or swipe card?

You must pay for a replacement at the front desk: $10 for replacement swipe card and $5 for replacement wristband.

Can friends of my family borrow my wristband?

No.  Borrowing a wristband is not permitted.

Can I bring guests to the pool?

Yes. Please see Guest Fees page for rates.

Each guest is permitted into the pool a maximum of 5 times during the summer.  Adults must pay guest fees even if they are not swimming.

Which members can bring guests?

Members ages 12 and up can not bring a guest without a guardian that is 18 years or older.  Adult members can bring guests of any age.


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Guests:

Can I bring guests to the pool?

Yes. Please see Guest Fees page for rates.

Each guest is permitted into the pool a maximum of 5 times during the summer.  Adults must pay guest fees even if they are not swimming.

Which members can bring guests?

Members ages 12 and up can not bring a guest without a guardian that is 18 years or older.  Adult members can bring guests of any age.


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Lessons: 

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.


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Swim Team: 

Do you have to be a member of the pool to join the Swim Team?

Yes, Swim Team is for members only. Swimmers that are 14 years of age or older and entering 9th grade may join with a teen or family membership.  

Does my child need to try out for the Swim Team?

No, all children ages 5-18 are allowed on the swim team, no prior experience is necessary.  We also have a pre-team for the child who does not want to compete in meets but wants to work on their strokes while being part of the BHCP swim team.

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.