The Berkeley Heights Community Pool at the YMCA adopts rules and regulations for the safety of its members, our community and staff. Your safety remains our #1 priority. Under the guidance from the Governor and the New Jersey Department of Health (DOH) there are restrictions on how we can operate the pool this year (2020) as it relates to reduced capacity, cleaning, social distancing etc., which will impact how we serve our members this year. Please be assured we have been diligent and deliberate in preparing for this inaugural summer season and that we will be incorporating all necessary safety and cleaning protocols into our daily operations to keep you and your loved ones safe while you enjoy the new pool complex.

RULES & REGULATIONS


The Berkeley Heights Community Pool at the YMCA 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.

Amended June 2020

GENERAL RULES

1. All members must conform to these rules and regulations. Members 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.
2. The “pool area,” for the purpose of these rules, means the fenced-in area enclosing the pool facility and the parking area.
3. All persons using the pool facilities do so at their own risk. The Summit Area YMCA will not be responsible for any accident or injury or loss of personal property.
4. Members 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.
5. 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 of the BHCP.
6. Only trained certified service animals are permitted at the facility. No other animals are permitted on premises.


MEMBERSHIP

1. 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.
2. Memberships are defined as the following:
    a. Family Membership: Two adults (18+) and all dependents (22 years old and under), permanently residing within the same household.
    b. Adult Membership (single): Member is turning 18+ during the pool season.
    c. Senior Family: Two adults (one whom is 62+ during the pool season) and all dependents (22 years old and under), permanently residing within the same household.
    d. Senior Adult (single): Member is turning 62+ during the pool season.
    e. Teen: Member is 13-17 in the calendar year of pool season. A teen member must be a minimum age of 13 or entering the 7th grade in the fall of 2020. Teen memberships do 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.
    f. Nanny: Member is 16+ during the pool season and is added as a third adult onto a family membership as a caregiver who brings the family to the pool. Nanny memberships do not qualify for free guest passes.
    g. Mother’s Helper: Member is 12+ during the pool season and is added onto a family membership as a babysitter who accompanies the family to the pool. The Mother's Helper must be accompanied by an adult on the family membership at all times. Mother's Helper memberships do not qualify for free guest passes.
3. 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.
4. All members 18 months and older will receive an ID swipe card. It is expected that each member 18 months and older will swipe into the facility each time they visit. Additionally, all members must have a photo taken for their account.
5. No one will be admitted without: a) a verified active membership, b) a signed membership waiver (minors must have their waiver signed by their own parent/legal guardian) and c) a pre-scheduled reservation.
6. Members who lose ID swipe cards may purchase a new one for $10 or use the SAY Mobile App.
7. Membership Cancellations: August & September membership rates are non-refundable. A refund request for cancellation of full season memberships must be made in writing by the participant. A full refund will be provided for full season memberships cancelled on or prior to opening day, July 9, 2020. Cancellations 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 if the membership is cancelled within the first two weeks of the pool opening on July 9, 2020. A system credit of 75% will be given to members who cancel within the first 7 days, through July 16, 2020. A system credit of 50% will be given to members who cancel within the first 14 days, through July 23, 2020. Full season membership cancellations received after 14 days will not be honored and are not subject to credit. 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.


GUESTS

1. Members will not be permitted to bring guests to the pool for the 2020 season.
2. BHCP Management may elect to change this policy as phases of the state re-open during the COVID-19 Pandemic.


HEALTH, HYGIENE, AND FACILITY SAFETY

1. Both the Main and Kiddy Pool are available for use by all members. Children that are not fully toilet trained must wear a specific manufactured swimming disposable diaper. Children not fully toilet trained in the Main Pool MUST remain in the Red Zone of the pool with a parent/guardian in the water at all times.
2. 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.
3. Any person that has had a temperature, cough, or has displayed cold, flu, or COVID-19 symptoms must be symptom free for at least 48 hours prior to entering the facility.
4. The BHCP is an alcohol and smoke-free facility. Smoking or alcohol use is not permitted on the grounds. Failure to adhere to this requirement will result in suspension of membership with no refund.
5. It is required that all members rinse in a shower before entering the pool.
6. 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.
7. Any change of clothing, diapers or bathing suits may not occur on the deck area of the pool. 


POOL RULES

1. 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.
2. 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.
3. 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.)
4. Jumping into the pool is permitted. There is no head first diving permitted in any area except in deep water where the diving boards are located. The Pool Management may make exceptions to this rule by limiting jumping to designated areas at specific times of the day. Additionally, specific programs (i.e: swim team or swim lessons) may allow diving in specific areas under the supervision of trained and certified coaches or instructors.
5. No inflatable toys and/or water paraphernalia will be permitted in the pool area. 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.
6. Running, pushing, towel snapping, profane language, horseplay, or other dangerous behaviors are prohibited.
7. The Kiddy Pool is for children under the age of 6
8. The Lap Lanes are designated for lap swimmers only - reservations required. Those who are not swimming laps may not enter or cross through the Lap Lanes.
9. All swimmers ages 14 and younger 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. Safety is the top priority of the BHCP Staff and Swim Bracelets will be given based on current swimming ability.
10. All swimmers under the age of 14 must complete a swim evaluation and wear their Swim Bracelet at all times.
11. Swimmers who decline to take the Swim Evaluation will be given a red bracelet, which limits them to the shallow end of the pool.
12. Swimmers will be asked to demonstrate their swimming abilities and stamina during a Swim Evaluation that will consist of the following requirements:

Swim Evaluation Task

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)
- Complete Part 1 Yellow Bracelet
- Jump into deep water and safely resurface
- Swim 1 continuous lengths of freestyle (25 meters)
- Swim 1/2 continuous length of backstroke in diving tank (approximately 14 meters)
- Tread water for 1 minute
- Continue swimming freestyle immediately after treading water (remainder of length)

13. The Swim Bracelet colors denote the following:

Green
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

Yellow
Non-swimmer that 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.

Red
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.


14. Swimmers who earn a Red Bracelet will be limited to the shallow end of the pool up to the Red Safety Line. Swimmers wearing a Red Bracelet must be within arms reach of a parent at all time.
15. Swimmers who earn a Yellow Bracelet will be limited to the shallow end of the pool up to the Yellow Safety Line.
16. Swimmers who earn a Green Bracelet are permitted to use the entire pool facility.
17. Swim Evaluations will be administered daily throughout the assigned session.
18. Swimmers can retake 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 Swim Evaluations will be logged and kept on file electronically.

DIVING BOARDS

1. The Diving Tank must be clear before diving
2. Divers may only take one bounce on the board
3. Only forward selection dives permitted (no backflips or gainers permitted)
4. Dives which propel a person towards the board are prohibited
5. Only Swimmers that earn a Green Bracelet are allowed to use the Diving Boards
6. No one is permitted in the Diving Tank to “catch” a person going off the board


MISCELLANEOUS

1. No skateboards, rollerblades, scooters, or “Heely Shoes” are permitted in the pool area at any time.
2. 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.
3. Music devices are only allowed with headphones.
4. Food and Drink
    a. Members are not permitted to bring their own food into the facility.
    b. Non-alcoholic beverages are allowed into the facility.
    c. Large coolers are subject to be checked at the discretion of the BHCP Management.
    d. Glass containers or bottles are not permitted at BHCP.
    e. Members must maintain a clean area at all times.
    f. Drink of non-alcoholic beverages are not permitted in any of the waters of the pool or at the water’s edge.
5. Electronic Cigarettes or Vaping devices are not permitted at BHCP.
6. Chairs will not be provided to members this year. All members will need to bring their own.
7. Members’ personal equipment (swimming boards, flippers, goggles, beach chairs, 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.


COVID-19 COMPLIANT RULES

 

ATTENDANCE

• A daily temperature check will be performed on all staff and patrons. Anyone with a fever in excess of 100.4 degrees will not be allowed in the facility.
• A daily health screening will be performed on all staff and patrons. The following questions will be asked:
   - Was fever reducing medicine administered?
   - Does the staff/member have fever, cough, or shortness of breath?
   - Does any household member have fever, cough, or shortness of breath?
   - Has the staff/member been in close contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 14 days?
• Total number of people permitted into modified to meet CDC guidelines and adhere to social distancing requirements.
• Staff/member who are high-risk might consider delaying their return to BHCP.
• Members be required to sign up for a session at the pool that will be scheduled ahead of time. “Walk-ins” will not be permitted.
• Guests and non-members will be prohibited.

PROMOTE SOCIAL DISTANCING

• Staff/members will maintain 6' while entering the facility.
• Staff/members will maintain a 6’ distance when speaking.
• Floor markings, physical partitions and other safeguards may be used to maintain social distancing.
• Families and members of the same household will only be permitted in group settings together.
• Members will bring their own chairs and be assigned to a location around the pool.

ENHANCE HYGIENE

• All staff entering the facility are required to wear a face covering. Staff at the height of the deck will wear face coverings. Staff in elevated stands on duty will not wear face masks.
• Lifeguards will wear a face covering when feasible.
• All members ages 2 and up must wear a face covering when entering the facility. Face coverings are required upon entrance at the time of the temperature check/health screening. Following that, face coverings are encouraged but not mandatory. Masks/face coverings will not be permitted in the water. We encourage members to keep a social distance of 6’ from others if they choose not to wear one. Face coverings will be required when using the restrooms.
• All touched surfaces including door handles, pool equipment, restrooms, etc. will be frequently disinfected.
• Borrowed games, books, swimming lesson equipment, noodles, life vests will not be available to borrow from BHCP.
• Cleaning will be scheduled ongoing throughout the day (high touch surfaces prioritized)
• High contact surfaces (diving boards) may be closed or limited for portions of the day (until additional phases of re-opened are reached deemed by the Governor / CDC).

MITIGATION PROTOCOLS

• Anyone who is sick is encouraged to stay home.
• If a member or staff member develops symptoms of COVID-19 (fever of 100.4 or higher, cough, shortness of breath) that person will be immediately separated from others and removed from facility.
• If BHCP becomes aware of a COVID-19 positive case, we shall contact the Health Department for up-to-date guidance. Health officials will provide direction on what steps BHCP should take. Decisions are dependent on staffing levels, outbreak levels in the community and the severity of illness in the infected individual.
• BHCP will communicate and monitor developments with local authorities, employees, and families regarding cases, exposures, and updates to policies and procedures.
• All staff members will continue to be trained on health and safety protocols


ADDITIONAL PROCEDURES / EXPECTATIONS

• DOH Guidelines: Click here to reference the outdoor pool guidelines from the NJ DOH.
• Social Distancing: All members will be asked to try to keep at least 6’ away from others outside of their family.
• Health Screening: We will screen all staff and members prior to entrance for fever and other COVID-19 related symptoms. Members or staff with a fever of or above 100.4 will not be allowed into the pool complex.
• Face Coverings: Face coverings are required upon entrance at the time of the temperature check/health screening. Following that, face coverings are encouraged but not mandatory. Masks/face coverings will not be permitted in the water. We encourage members to keep a social distance of 6’ from others if they choose not to wear one. Face coverings will be required when using the restrooms.
• Self-Monitoring: Members are expected to stay home if they are feeling unwell, are exhibiting any cold symptoms or if they have been exposed to COVID-19.
• Sanitizing Stations: Frequent hand washing and use of hand sanitizer is encouraged. There are numerous stations around the pool complex for your convenience.


OTHER INFORMATION

• Membership Registration: New member registration will remain open throughout the summer.

• Hours of Operation: 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Hours may vary depending on weather and visibility.

• Length of time at the pool: Each member will be allowed a 3 hour and 45 minute time slot each day given the state’s requirement to operate at reduced capacity. (Updated July 16, 2020)

• Pool Reservations: Members will be required to schedule their time at the pool in advance to their arrival. Members will not be permitted to enter without an advance reservation. We also ask members to be mindful of their arrival and departure time so that all members with reserved spots can enjoy their reserved time at the pool. Learn more here.

• Cleaning/Disinfecting: Our staff will spend time between each session cleaning all frequently used equipment and areas, including outdoor shower handles, bathrooms, lifeguard stands, railings, umbrellas, check-in desk, etc.

• Access Cards: Each member is allowed access to the pool complex individually with a swipe card. Members may also use the SAY Mobile App (available for Android & Apple devices) for easy check-in. However you must still pick up your access card from the membership desk to retrieve the barcode number needed to add to the mobile app. Click here for app download links, features and FAQ, like how to add multiple barcodes.

• Guests: Guests will not be permitted into the facility for the 2020 season.

• Chairs: The YMCA will provide a limited number of lounge chairs around the pool deck for member use. Chairs will be pre-set, in socially distanced locations and may not be moved from where they are placed. Exceptions may be made for members with disabilities or physical limitations. If you require assistance, please contact a staff member upon your arrival. For those who can bring their own chairs, we do ask you continue to do so. You will need to take your chair with you when you leave. Personal chairs may not be stored at the facility.

• Outdoor Showers: Members will be required to rinse at the outdoor shower prior to entering the pool. Footwear must be worn while showering.

• Indoor Showers and Changing Areas: Will remain closed.

• Bathroom: Toilets and sinks will be open. Footwear and face coverings must be worn to use toilets and sinks.

• Water Play Equipment and Games: If desired, please bring your own water play equipment (googles, fins, etc.) and games (board games, books, etc.) for your personal entertainment.

• Lap Swim: Will be available throughout the day. Members must pre-schedule lap swim in advance. Swimmers will be limited to 45 minutes of lap swim time a day unless open spots are available. A waitlist will be made available if needed.

• Playground: Will remain closed per state and local guidelines.

• Swim Lessons: Currently registration for swim lessons is on hold. We are evaluating the specifics of our program to see how best to adapt to the DOH requirements.

• Swim Team: The North Jersey Summer Swim League has suspended all competitive swim events for summer 2020. We are evaluating the options to run clinics for swim team members throughout the summer.

• Events: All summer 2020 events have been cancelled until further notice.

• Food: Will not be permitted in the pool complex.

• Water Fountains: Will remain closed per state and local guidelines. Please bring your own beverages. No alcoholic beverages are allowed.

• Glass: As a safety precaution, no glass bottles or glassware is allowed on the pool deck.

• Updated Waiver: Every member will be required to sign an updated Summit Area YMCA membership waiver prior to return/admittance in our facility. Please click here and complete the waiver for each pool member.

• Training and Certifications: Please be assured that our staff will have undergone 20 hours of online and in-service training related to COVID-19, aquatics safety and risk management.


AGREEMENT

By accepting your membership, you as the applicant, as well as others you list on your application, agree to release and hold harmless the Berkeley Heights Community Pool at the YMCA and the branches of the Summit Area YMCA 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 at the YMCA with penalties for non-compliance ranging from member restrictions to full membership revocation.

Policies Amended July 16, 2020


FAQ

Updated July 16, 2020

MEMBERSHIP / GUEST

What do my membership fees pay for?
The Berkeley Heights Community Pool at the YMCA (BHCPY) is overseen and managed by the Summit Area YMCA but is funded solely by membership fees and programming. The BHCPY 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 13 years old or an incoming 7th grader to qualify for a teen membership and enter the facility without an adult.

Do you have a membership category for a single parent and one child?
There is no special category. A family of 2 would qualify for 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. Members of your family must permanently reside in the household to be added to a family membership. Additionally, due to COVID-19 safety protocols, guest will not be permitted at the facility for the summer 2020.

Is my membership refundable?
A refund request for cancellation of membership must be made in writing by the participant. A full refund will be provided for memberships cancelled on or prior to opening day, July 9, 2020. Cancellations 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 if the membership is cancelled within the first two weeks of the pool opening. A system credit of 75% will be given to members who cancel within the first 7 days, through July 16, 2020. A system credit of 50% will be given to members who cancel within the first 14 days, through July 23, 2020. Membership cancellations received after 14 days will not be honored and are not subject to credit. 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.

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 maria.nolting@thesay.org 

What happens if I lose my access card?
A replacement swipe card is $10 and can be purchased at the front desk or you can use the SAY Mobile App.

I just registered online. When will I receive my access card?
Access cards are issued in person for all members (ages 18 months and above). Each member must swipe their access card at the Front Desk every time they enter the facility. Members may also use the SAY Mobile App (available for Android & Apple devices) for easy check-in. Click here for app download links, features and FAQ, like how to add multiple barcodes. 


POOL USE

Can I try the pool out for a day?
No. You must be a Berkeley Heights Community Pool at the YMCA member to use the pool.

Can I use the pool the same day I sign up?
Yes. 

How do I check-in to the pool?
Access cards are issued in person for all members (ages 18 months and above). Each member must swipe their access card at the Front Desk every time they enter the facility. Members may also use the SAY Mobile App (available for Android & Apple devices) for easy check-in.

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 13 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 life vests or other forms of floatation permitted in the pool?
Only US Coast Guard approved Life Vests or Puddle Jumpers are permitted in the pool. Other flotation devices are NOT permitted in the pool. (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 MUST wear a special swimming diaper underneath a bathing suit.


SWIM EVALUATIONS / SWIM BRACELETS

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 Task

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)
- Complete Part 1 Yellow Bracelet
- Jump into deep water and safely resurface
- Swim 1 continuous lengths of freestyle (25 meters)
- Swim 1/2 continuous length of backstroke in diving tank (approximately 14 meters)
- Tread water for 1 minute
- Continue swimming freestyle immediately after treading water (remainder of length)

The Swim Bracelet colors denote the following:

Green
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

Yellow
Non-swimmer that 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.

Red
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?
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 retake the Swim Evaluation?
Yes! Swimmers can retake 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.


SWIMMING LESSONS

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, a Swimming Lessons schedule has not yet been developed. The Berkeley Heights Community Pool at the YMCA is currently researching guidelines from the American Red Cross Learn to Swim Program, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the local health department to see if we can safely run a swim lesson program. The safety of our staff and members is our top priority and we will make our best effort to offer a modified swim program.

 

BHCP SWIM TEAM

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the North Jersey Summer Swim League has officially cancelled the 2020 Competitive Summer Season. The Berkeley Heights Community Pool at the YMCA is currently researching guidelines from the USA Swimming, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the local health department to see if we can safely run swim clinics for participants throughout the summer. The safety of our staff and members is our top priority and we will make our best effort to offer a modified swim program.


MISCELLANEOUS

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 BHCPY premises.

Is there a snack Bar or food service at BHCPY?
NO. Members are encouraged to order locally for delivery to BHCPY.

Can I bring in food and drinks from home?
Food is not permitted on the pool deck for the 2020 season. All beverages must be in plastic or aluminum containers. NO GLASS BOTTLES ALLOWED.

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

How do I apply for a job at the BHCPY?
Visit www.thesay.org/employment to view any open positions.

COVID-19 SAFETY / PROCEDURES

Subject to change based upon the guidelines from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the local health department.

Why are members limited to a timeslot?
All recreational bathing facilities were given recommendations to follow for operating for the 2020 season. Members will be limited at the facility once per day, to allow for multiple opportunities for a mass facility clean by the BHCPY staff. Immediately following each session, the facility will be cleared and the staff will do a clean of frequently touched surfaces and other pool equipment. These sessions will also allow for a higher number of members to use the pool, in a controlled environment, while still allowing for social distancing requirements as recommended by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the local health department.

How will BHCP handle social distancing requirements?
As per the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the local health department, BHCP will operate at a reduced capacity. Members will schedule a time to visit the pool and be given a specific area to sit around the deck that follows social distancing requirements.

Do I have to wear a face covering at BHCPY?
All members (ages 2+) are required to wear a face covering when entering the facility and at the time of temperature check/health screening. Following that, face coverings are encouraged but not mandatory. Masks/face coverings will not be permitted in the water. We encourage members to keep a social distance of 6’ from others if they choose not to wear one. Face coverings will be required when using the restrooms.

What cleaning protocols are being adopted due to COVID-19?
BHCP will be completing full facility cleanings every two (2) hours. In addition to this, high touched surfaces (hand rails, pool equipment, restrooms, etc.) will have an increase in cleaning throughout the two-hour sessions while members are present.

Will procedures for chlorinating the pool be changed?
No. The pools will be chlorinated as normal, following the requirements of the New Jersey Public Recreational Bathing Code (N.J.A.C. 8:26) and local health department. Chemical information will be taken, logged, and tracked every two (2) hours. Proper chlorination is known to and will kill the COVID-19 virus within 30 minutes.

What will be expected of members during the 2020 season?
Members will be expected to follow social distancing requirements (remaining 6 feet away from others outside of their family), wear a face covering when entering / at the height of the deck, and self-monitor for COVID-19 symptoms (staying home if sick or displaying any symptoms).

What can I expect when I arrive at BHCPY?
All members entering can expect to have their temperature taken (temperature must be under 100.4 at the time) and receive a verbal health screen with the following questions asked:

-Are you or any household member experiencing any symptoms that are related to COVID-19? Fever, chills, body aches, etc.
-Have you or any household member been in close contact with anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 in the past 14 days?
-Have you or any household member taken any fever reducing medicine in the past 24 hours?

What policies have been put in place to ensure the safety of the staff?
All staff members will be trained in COVID-19 policies and procedures. Staff members will be required to a temperature check and health screen before shifts. While at the height of the deck, all employees will wear face coverings until further notice. Additionally, Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) will be available to all staff members and the sharing of equipment will be limited.

Will members have access to lap lanes?
Yes, members will have to pre-schedule a time slot to use the lap swim lanes. Per the Governor’s executive order, multiple swimmers may swim in a lane as long as they maintain a social distance of 6’. When sharing lanes members are required to swim on one side of the lane and remain on their own side. Circle swimming is not permitted.

Will members have access to the diving boards?
Set times for the diving boards and slide will be determined.

Why are guests not permitted during the 2020 season?
As per the CDC, limiting guests is recommended. Additionally, due to the limited slots open for members to utilize the pool, BHCP management has decided to make the pool as available as possible to members.

Will members be permitted to bring food to the facility?
Members will not be permitted to bring food to the facility to promote additional cleanliness of the facility. Drinks will be permitted and recommended as common drinking fountains will not be available for use. No glass or alcoholic beverages are permitted at the facility.

Why are only limited chairs being provided to members during the 2020 season?
As per the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the local health department, limiting the use of sharable surfaces is strongly recommended.

Why will Life Vests, Puddle Jumpers, or Swimming Equipment not be provided to members during the 2020 season?
As per the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the local health department, limiting the use of sharable items is strongly recommended.

Is my membership refundable?
August & September membership rates are non-refundable. A refund request for cancellation of full season memberships must be made in writing by the participant. A full refund will be provided for full season memberships cancelled on or prior to opening day, July 9, 2020. Cancellations 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 if the membership is cancelled within the first two weeks of the pool opening on July 9, 2020. A system credit of 75% will be given to members who cancel within the first 7 days, through July 16, 2020. A system credit of 50% will be given to members who cancel within the first 14 days, through July 23, 2020. Full season membership cancellations received after 14 days will not be honored and are not subject to credit. 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.

 

 

pool reservations

Due to capacity limitations this season, members are required to pre-schedule their time at the pool in advance to their arrival. Members will not be permitted to enter without an advance reservation. We also ask members to be mindful of their arrival and departure time so that all members with reserved spots can enjoy their reserved time at the pool. If you require assistance with reservations, please call us at 908-464-8373 during business hours.

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POOL RESERVATION FAQ

• Pool reservations are made available 1 day in advance to each reservation time slot.
• Pool reservations close 30 minutes prior to each reservation time slot.
• No entry without an advance reservation.
• You will receive an email confirming your reservation once it has been created, if you do not receive a reservation email confirmation after booking, you did not complete the reservation process.
• Reservation changes/cancellations can be made up to 30 minutes prior to your reservation time.
• You can change or cancel your reservation by clicking on the View/change booking button on your reservation confirmation email.
• If you cannot use your reservation, we ask you please cancel the reservation prior to the close window so that the spot may be secured by other members.
• How to cancel a reservation:
    - Locate the reservation confirmation email you received upon booking for the reservation date/time you want to cancel
    - Confirm the email is for the reservation date/time you want to cancel
    - Click the View/change my booking button in the email 
    - You will be redirected back to our website's reservation page
    - Scroll down the page and navigate to the Review my booking section 
    - Locate the Cancel my booking button
    - Click the Cancel my booking button twice
    - Confirm your cancellation when asked by clicking on the 'Yes, cancel' button
    - You will receive an email confirming the reservation has been cancelled
• Each member will be allotted a total of 3 hour and 45 minute at the pool per day given the state’s requirement to operate at reduced capacity.
• Family members may split their time between different time slots but members will not be permitted to access the facility more than once per day.
• Please accurately list the total number of members that will be visiting the facility with you as we have to manage capacity limitations accurately. 
• No guests allowed.
• Main pool reservations provide access to the pool facility for a total of 3 hour and 45 minutes. 
• Lap swim reservation session times are 45 minutes, however, please note their corresponding check-in and check-out times below, so you may check-in to the pool facility and use the main pool prior to and/or after your lap swim reservation time to utilize the allotted total of 3 hours and 45 minute at the pool per day.

You do not need to make an additional reservation to use the main pool for the following lap swim reservation times:

12:00 PM Lap Swim for 45 minutes (Check-in allowed at 12:00 PM, Check out at 3:45 PM)
1:00 PM Lap Swim for 45 minutes (Check-in allowed at 12:00 PM, Check out at 3:45 PM)
2:00 PM Lap Swim for 45 minutes (Check-in allowed at 12:00 PM, Check out at 3:45 PM)
3:00 PM Lap Swim for 45 minutes (Check-in allowed at 12:00 PM, Check out at 3:45 PM)
4:15 PM Lap Swim for 45 minutes (Check-in allowed at 4:15 PM, Check out at 8:00 PM)
5:15 PM Lap Swim for 45 minutes (Check-in allowed at 4:15 PM, Check out at 8:00 PM)
6:15 PM Lap Swim for 45 minutes (Check-in allowed at 4:15 PM, Check out at 8:00 PM)
7:15 PM Lap Swim for 45 minutes (Check-in allowed at 4:15 PM, Check out at 8:00 PM)

• Per the Governor’s executive order, multiple swimmers may swim in a lane as long as they maintain a social distance of 6’. When sharing lanes members are required to swim on one side of the lane and remain on their own side. Circle swimming is not permitted.
• Morning lap swim only time slots (any reservations prior to 12:00 PM) provide access to 1 shared lap swim lane for 45 minutes from reservation start time for lap swimming only. There is NO access to the main pool or lounging prior, during or after these time slots.

As a reminder, every member is be required to sign an updated Summit Area YMCA membership waiver prior to their first entrance to our facility. If you haven't already, please click here and complete the waiver for each pool member. This only has to be completed once.

If you have specific questions pertaining to the updated policies, please contact us using the form below or call us at 908-464-8373 during business hours.