The YMCA of Central New Mexico’s aquatics program strives to teach more than just water skills. We provide both instructional and recreational opportunities for all ages, so participants can enjoy a lifetime of safe, and healthy aquatic fun. And our aquatic programs help the young and young at heart grow spiritually, mentally, and physically.
The Pool is OPEN!
We would like to address new rules and policies that are going to be implemented. This is being done in an attempt to ensure the safety of all children swimming at the YMCA of Central New Mexico.
Many of these changes are based off of the recommendations from the Y of USA and the Redwoods Group. The following is a list of the rules and policies, including our new “Test. Mark. Protect.” policy; and other important rules.
For more information, feel free to contact:
Aquatics Director of YMCA of CNM
(505) 595-1515, ext. 4106
All swimmers ages 15 and under are required to take a swim test
The swim test will take place at designated times during each day, as well as before private parties
Head Guards and/or Lifeguards reserve the right to retest any individual that may show cause for concern
- Entering feet first on the shallow end
- 5 Bobs, Shallow end, with or without wall
- Swim 25 yards
- Get out of pool on deep end
- Jump in deep water
- Tread water 30 sec
Turn over on back and float 20 sec
Children will be marked on pass, no pass system.
Pass = swimmer
No/partial pass = non-swimmer
Children must pass all parts of the test to receive a band that they must bring, each time they want to swim
If band is lost or forgotten, children will be considered a “non-swimmer”
Children may retest and receive a visitor’s band or pay $5.00 for a new band
Children ages 6 and under: Must be accompanied by an adult in the water, at arm’s length, regardless of swimming ability
Children Ages 15 and Under: Must take a swim test to receive a band allowing them access to entire pool
Please refer to following table to see what is needed in order to protect your children; based on age and swimming ability
|Ages||Pass/Complete||Do Not Pass/Incomplete|
OTHER IMPORTANT RULES
No swimming unless a lifeguard is present and has given approval to enter the water
ONLY proper swimming attire allowed in the pool
Stay off of the lane lines and divider ropes
No breath holding or prolonged underwater swimming
There will be random “red shirts,” or mock emergencies, during operating hours to help lifeguards practice different skills needed in real life situations
Lifeguard MUST be present to enter baby pool
Only swim diapers allowed
ONLY children 5 and under are allowed and MUST be accompanied by an adult (18+)