Berkeley Heights Community Pool at the YMCA
Rules and Regulations

The Berkeley Heights Community Pool Management reserves the right to adopt additional or supplemental rules as needed.  All rules will be posted throughout the pool facility and strictly enforced at all times.  


  • All members and their guests must conform to these rules and regulations. Members and their guests must also follow pool staff instructions and requests. Any misunderstandings or objections should be brought to the attention of the pool management staff. Interpretation and enforcement of all rules shall be at the discretion of the pool management staff.
  • The “pool area,” for the purpose of these rules, means the fenced-in area enclosing the pool facility and the parking area.
  • All persons using the pool facilities do so at their own risk. The Berkeley Heights Community Pool or Summit Area YMCA will not be responsible for any accident or injury or loss of personal property.
  • Members or guests who damage, misuse, or abuse pool property or other property on pool premises will be liable for the cost of the damage involved and may be subject to permanent suspension from the pool and/or criminal prosecution.
  • Pool Management may close all or any portion of the pool facility at any time for necessary reasons including, but not limited to: inclement weather, swim meets, social functions, or for reasons of health and safety of the members and staff at the BHCP.
  • Only trained and certified service animals are permitted at the facility. No other animals are permitted on premises.


  • Membership Fees are determined by the estimated cost it will take to run and operate the entire facility.  The BHCP operates independently from the town of Berkeley Heights and therefore is not subsidized.
  • Memberships are defined as the following:
    • Family Membership: two adults and all unmarried children under the age of 25 residing within the same household.
    • Senior Membership: members who turn 62 in the calendar year of the pool season
    • Teen Membership:
    • This membership is for a teen ages 12-17.  A teen member must be 12 or incoming 7th grader. The teen must be a resident of Berkeley Heights or part of a family membership in 2017. This membership does not qualify for free guest passes. Teen Members will be allowed entrance to the pool unaccompanied if they have successfully completed the Swim Evaluation and earned a Green bracelet and have a parent waiver signed.
    • Single Adult: Any single member between the ages of 18 and 62.
    • Nanny Membership: members who are employed as nannies for families or are adult caregivers (ages 16+).
    • Mother’s Helper Membership: membership for a babysitter age 12 and up who does not reside in the family residence.  Mother’s helpers must be accompanied to the BHCP Facility with an adult in the family at all times.
  • Each member will be issued an ID swipe card that must be presented upon entry.  All ID swipe cards must be available for inspection at all times.  ID cards are not transferable in any capacity.  Anyone borrowing or loaning ID cards may be suspended from the facility without refund.
  • All members 18 months and older will be issued a swipe card.  This card must be utilized each time when entering the facility.  In addition to accessing the facility, your swipe card will be connected to your Summit Area YMCA online account and also be used to check out games or toys while at BHCP.  Swipe cards can be picked up at the Berkeley Heights Community Pool (59 Locust Avenue) at any point during our regular hours of operation.
  • Additionally, all members must have a photo taken for their account.
  • Returning members may use the same swipe cards from the prior year.  If a new card needs to be issued, this can be handled at the BHCP Front Desk.
  • No one will be admitted without:
    • a) a verified active membership; or
    • b) being accompanied by an appropriately-aged, active member who has registered said person as their guest for the day (member must accompany them for the entire visit).
  • Members who lose ID swipe cards must purchase a new one for $10.
  • SAY Mobile App: Never lose your swipe card again! The scanners at the Berkeley Heights Community Pool at the YMCA can detect barcodes on a smartphone. Rather than carrying around your swipe card, you can just use your smartphone! Download the Summit Area YMCA mobile app, or any app that stores barcodes, to start using this feature. Download the app: APPLE | ANDROID
  • 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 2 weeks before the start of the season will be fully refunded minus a $10 service charge.  Cancellations less than 2 weeks before opening day will get a 50% refund (minus a $10 service charge).  Cancellations on or after opening day do not qualify for a refund but will be issued a credit that is valid for 12 months from the date of issue.  Credit may be used at any branch of the Summit Area YMCA.  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.
  • The BHCP is an alcohol and smoke-free facility.  Smoking or alcohol use is not permitted on the grounds.  This includes the use of electronic cigarette and vapor devices. Failure to adhere to this requirement will result in suspension of membership with no refund.


  • Members are allowed to bring guests into the pool.  Guest passes can be purchased through the front desk and are only valid during the course of the current pool season.  Guest passes are only allowed for purchase at the BHCP Front Desk.
  • When bringing guests to BHCP, in addition to the daily guest rate, all guests must sign the BHCP non-member liability waiver to enter or use our facility.
  • Guests under the age of 18 MUST have their own parent or legal guardian sign the wavier.
  • All guests ages 18+ must show valid photo identification to enter.
  • A guest is considered any individual who is entering the facility age 12 months and older.  Guests who are not swimming must pay the full guest rate.
  • Guests are considered members of the pool for the day and are expected to follow all facility rules and regulations.
  • Failure of a guest to follow the rules set by the BHCP Management may result in removal from the facility without refund.  Guests who fail to follow facility rules may be permanently suspended from the pool facility.  Members who bring such guests to the facility may lose the privilege of bringing guests into the facility for the remainder of the season.
  • Teen members may not bring any guests to the pool without a parent or guardian present.
  • Nanny and Mother’s Helper Memberships do not qualify to bring guests into the pool.
  • Guest passes expire at the conclusion of the season.  Guests passes do not roll over to the next pool season.

Health, Hygiene, and Facility Safety

  • Use of the main pool shall be limited to children who are fully toilet trained and are accompanied by an adult. All children who are not fully toilet trained are limited to the baby pool and must wear disposable swim diapers covered by plastic pants at all times.
  • Pool shoes are not permitted in any pool at any time. If deemed necessary via medical note, approved pool shoes may be used only in the pool and not for walking around the facility.
  • Any person showing evidence of skin disease, sore inflamed eyes, colds, cough, anal or ear discharge, or any communicable disease, excessive sunburn, open blisters, cuts or bandages, may be refused admission to the pool area. Individuals who have experienced episodes of diarrhea and/or vomiting should refrain from entering the pool for at least 48 hours since their latest episode to protect the general population.
  • The BHCP is an alcohol and smoke-free facility.  Smoking or alcohol use is not permitted on the grounds.  This includes the use of electronic cigarette and vapor devices. Failure to adhere to this requirement will result in suspension of membership with no refund.
  • It is recommended that all members rinse in a shower before entering the pool.  It is mandatory to rinse in a shower if a member was using the basketball, tennis, or beach volleyball areas of the facility.
  • Appropriate swim attire must be worn at all times while in the pool.  Non-swimwear is not permitted in the pool at any time.  Additionally, swimwear must appropriately cover swimmers, so as to maintain a family friendly environment.  Failure to adhere to this policy will result in suspension of the membership.
  • All changing of clothing must occur in the appropriate locker rooms.  Changing diapers or bathing suits may not occur on the deck area of the pool.

Pool Rules

  • Swimmers are only permitted to enter the facility when lifeguards are on duty.  Members must refrain from conversation with lifeguards on duty.  During pool hours all questions should be directed towards Pool Management and not directed to lifeguards.
  • Diving is only permitted off the diving boards in the Dive Tank.  The only exception to this will be during swim lessons, swim team practices, and swim meets under the direct supervision of coaches and instructors.
  • The Dive Tank is for diving board use only.  One person is limited to each diving board at a time.  Pool Management may close the Dive Tank as necessary (i.e.: Swim Evaluations, Swim Meets, etc.)
  • There will be no jumping into the pool except in marked areas and off the diving boards.  There is no jumping permitted into any shallow area of the pool.  The Pool Management may make exceptions to this rule with a designated area of the pool and specific time frame where swimmers may be allowed to jump in other areas.
  • No inflatable toys and/or water paraphernalia will be permitted in the pool area.  This includes, but is not limited to the following: inflatable rafts, inner tubes, floating devices, leather footballs, water guns, electronic boats, children figurines or dolls, and other devices that project or discharge water. Pool Management may designate a time when swimmers may use balls and other water play items.  It is at the management’s discretion to determine inappropriate use of water toys during this time.
  • The use of fins, flippers, or snorkel breathing devices is prohibited at the BHCP. Competitive swim equipment may be used under the supervision of the BHCP Swim Coaching / Swim Instruction Staff.
  • Running, pushing, towel snapping, profane language, horseplay, or other dangerous behaviors are prohibited.
  • No skateboards, rollerblades, scooters, or “Heely Shoes” are permitted in the pool area at any time.
  • The Baby Pool is for children under the age of 7
  • The deep water-jumping zone (5 foot area) is for swimmers who have earned a green bracelet.  Swimmers who have earned a yellow or red bracelet are allowed to use the shallow jumping zone if accompanied by an adult in the water.  Feet first jumping is only allowed in this area of the pool.
  • The Large Blue Slide is for swimmers who have earned a green bracelet and are over 48 inches tall.  One swimmer is permitted to ride the slide at a time and all swimmers must enter the water feet first.
  • The Lap Lanes are designated for lap swimmers only.  Those who are not swimming laps may not enter or cross through the Lap Lanes.
  • The pool will close at 5:30pm on days of home swim meet. This is to ensure the safety of all competing swimmers, as well as monitor the members and non-members that are entering the facility for the swimming event. Dates of swim meets will be published to the members as soon as it becomes available from the swim league. All members are welcome to remain at the facility to enjoy the basketball and tennis courts, the upper hill area, the snack bar facility, and to cheer on our swimmers during the meet.
  • All swimmers 14 and below are REQUIRED to take a swim evaluation administered by the BHCP Management.  Swimmers will be evaluated based on their currentswimming 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.  Safety is the top priority of the BHCP Staff and Swim Bracelets will be given based on current swimming ability.
  • All swimmers 14 and below must complete a swim evaluation and wear their Swim Bracelet at all times.
  • Swimmers who decline to take the Swim Evaluation will be given a red bracelet, which limits them to the shallow end of the pool.
  • 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.


  • Swimmers who earn a Red Bracelet will be limited to the shallow end of the pool up to the Red Safety Line.
  • Swimmers who earn a Yellow Bracelet will be limited to the shallow end of the pool up to the Yellow Safety Line.
  • Swimmers who earn a Green Bracelet are permitted to use the entire pool facility.
  • Swim Evaluations will be administered daily at 2pm and at 4pm.  Swim Evaluations will only be held during those specific times.
  • Swimmers can re-take the Swim Evaluation no more than once per week during the allotted time periods.  All decisions regarding Swim Evaluation are at the discretion of the BHCP management and are not subject to question.  All swimmers will receive an Evaluation Sheet that indicates their current level, areas of improvement, and recommended Swim Instruction Level.


  • No skateboards, rollerblades, scooters, or “Heely Shoes” are permitted in the pool area at any time.
  • BHCP Parking Lots are only available for BHCP Members.  All vehicles MUST be parked in the lots.
  • Music devices are only allowed with headphones.
  • Members’ personal equipment (swimming boards, flippers, goggles, beach chairs, towels etc.) shall not be stored or left at the BHCP Facility for any reason.  Items left behind are not the responsibility of the BHCP Management and are subject to disposal or donation to a charitable organization.


By accepting your membership, you as the applicant, as well as others you list on your application, or any guest you bring to the facility, agree to release and hold harmless the Berkeley Heights Community Pool from any injuries resulting from the use of pool facilities. The applicant and all those listed on their application further agree to comply fully with the rules of the Berkeley Heights Community Pool, and to be responsible for (and ensure the compliance of) any guest they bring to the facility, with penalties for non-compliance ranging from member restrictions to full membership revocation.


Amended January 2018