Safety Rules

       Alpena County Pool Rules:

  1. The Alpena County Plaza Pool prides itself in offering a safe, positive, friendly environment and experience for all patrons. All patrons purchasing punch cards and passes are required to sign a patron user agreement. Those patrons participating in open swims please refer to posted rules and procedures. Patrons participating in swim lessons please refer to the on-line user agreement, by completion of the registration form serves as signature of a user agreement.
  2. Patrons must shower their entire bodies with soap and shampoo before entering the water. Social swimmers that are not immersing their heads are not required to wash their hair.
  3. Street shoes are not allowed in the shower or pool deck area. ONLY flip flops, crocks, or shower shoes are allowed.
  4. Glass containers are not allowed in the pool.
  5. Children under the ages of 8 must be accompanied by an adult.
  6. Instructions are given by the lifeguards to ensure safety. At no time are patrons to instruct other patrons on procedures. Patrons must follow facility rules at all times. Failure to do so will result in removal from the pool.
  7. Diving is only allowed at the deep end of the pool from a standing position. No diving is allowed in the shallow end or from the sides of the pool.
  8. No running or horseplay. Horseplay includes flips, spins or twists for the pool edge.
  9. Adverse behavior including but not limited to profanity, disruptive behavior and intoxication will result in removal from the pool. See procedure 13.
  10. During appropriate Alpena County Plaza Pool programming flotation toys and life jackets are only allowed in the deep end of the pool for those passing a lap swim test. The lap test may include but is not limited to observation of “out of the water arm recovery”, rhythmic breathing and no stopping to rest during the test. Staff of the Alpena County Plaza Pool reserves the right to fail any patron who does not demonstrate safe and consistent swimming behaviors.
  11. During lap swims patrons are to execute proper abilities and exercises in appropriate moderate or distance sections. Lap swimming etiquette rules must be followed in the circle swimming lanes. Etiquette rules are posted on the shallow end of the pool wall.
  12. All patrons with children that are not toilet trained are to adhere to the fecal matter policy and diaper rule 16.
  13. All equipment that is used during any program must be returned to its original location.
  14. The Alpena Plaza Pool prides itself in meeting all community members’ needs. Anyone entering the property of the Alpena County Plaza Pool must adhere to the appropriate policies and procedures to ensure their safety and the safety of others. Our facility is not intended for rehabilitation participants must be able to physically and mentally perform the function required by the activity. Please refer to our safety policy for clarification.
  15. Solicitation of Plaza Pool staff to work during unscheduled shifts and times without prior management approval is prohibited.

Fecal Matter Policy:

  1. Diaper Rule:

Children that are not toilet trained are required to wear Little Swimmers, available for purchase at Walgreen, Walmart and other local retailers.

An elastic waist and leg banded plastic protection pant can be worn over a diaper and is an accepted form of protection.

At no time is a just a diaper considered an acceptable form of swim wear or protection.

In the event that a fecal accident should occur responsible parties will be charged a $100.00 disposal and clean-up fee.

Alpena County Pool Procedures:

  1. If patrons are attending a program that follows other programming times patrons are to wait patiently on the bleachers until the end of previous program. Patrons may enter the water only with the lifeguard’s permission.
  2. All patrons are to sign in prior to getting into the water. If attending back to back           programming patrons must sign in for each program indicating method of payment.
  3. If the patron is a “pass holder” passes must be presented prior to entering the water.
  4. Specific pool parking is available parking in designated areas, marked pool parking, is required. Handicap parking is available and is indicated by blue cub lines and signs. At no time is parking in front of yellow lines or ambulance parking allowed. Vehicles in violation may be towed.
  5. The Alpena County Plaza Pool is not responsible for lost or damaged articles. A padlock is recommended to ensure the safety of individual belongings. Locker rentals are available for $5.00 per month.
  6. A lost-and-found basket is located on the pool deck. Plaza pool staff are not responsible for locating a lost item or addressing lost-and-found concerns. Items are retrieved nightly by contractual cleaning help and kept for two weeks. All patrons are responsible for retrieving lost items, no items are stored.
  7. Locker room doors will be unlocked 5 minutes prior to the beginning of any swim time. At no time is “rattling” of locker room doors permitted, as this behavior results in unnecessary wear and tear on the lock mechanism and is distracting to lifeguard set-up this will result in the delay of opening the facility
  8. Locker room doors will be unlocked 5 minutes prior to the beginning of any swim time. At no   time is “rattling” of locker room doors permitted, as this behavior results in unnecessary wear and tear on the lock mechanism and is distracting to lifeguard set-up. Distractions result in the delay of opening the facility.
  9. All information concerning scheduling, program descriptions, pricing or registrations are done via the internet on our webpage at www.alpenaplazapool.com if internet access is not available hard copies are available for patron pick up in the pool lobby.
  10. The Alpena County Plaza Pool office is administered 6am-2pm. Monday-Friday any calls received after business hours will be returned by the next business day with the exception of holidays, summer maintenance and scheduled vacation time.

 

 

The Alpena County Plaza Pool is open most days!  

  1. The Alpena County Plaza Pool will remain open despite
    Alpena Public School Closures, only there will be NO SENIOR
    FITNESS.
     If the weather is really bad then the pool will be closed.
    If the pool closes it will be noted on this website and also on the
    WATZ.com web page, as well as noted on the WATZ web site
    and announced on WATZ radio.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alpena County Pool Procedures:

 

 

  1. Missed swimming lessons are not rescheduled or offered a different day. Class sizes are not restricted and late registration is permitted.

 

 

  1. The Alpena County Plaza Pool does not issue monetary refunds. A requested refund amount may be issued in the form of a pool gift certificate.

 

 

  1. Insufficient fund checks will be assessed a $25.00 per check fee made payable to the Alpena County Treasurer.

 

Patron Removal Policy:

 

  1. If an incident should occur a two week suspension will be granted.

If an additional incident should occur a one month suspension will be granted.

A third incident will result in an indefinite suspension.

 

Incidents considered by pool management to be severe in nature will result in immediate                 suspension.

 

Safety Policy:

 

The Alpena County Plaza Pool does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, natural origin, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law.

 

The Alpena County Plaza Pool prides itself in being open to all members of the community. Though we strive to create a warm and welcoming environment, pool staff cannot provide individual assistance to all patrons. Such individual assistance interferes with a lifeguard’s responsibilities. The Alpena County Plaza pool reserves the right to require a patron to provide a personal assistant in and out of the water.

 

A lifeguard cannot perform adequate surveillance duties while also providing individual assistance to a patron with special needs. Such an intrusion can result in the failure of a lifeguard to notice other potential emergencies.

 

According to the American Red Cross 2007 Lifeguarding manual, drownings are most likely to occur when lifeguards fail to notice that a victim has slipped below the surface. Drownings in areas where lifeguards are on duty result from one or more of three causes, summarized as the RID factor (Pia, 1984)—Recognition, Intrusion and Distraction:

  • The failure of the lifeguard to recognize the instinctive drowning response
  • The intrusion of secondary duties on the lifeguard’s primary responsibility of patron surveillance
  • Distraction from surveillance duties

 

 

Anyone entering the property of the Alpena County Plaza Pool must adhere to the appropriate policies and procedures to ensure their safety and the safety of others. Our facility is not intended for rehabilitation participants must be able to physically and mentally perform the function required by the activity.

 

For the safety and well-being of all concerned, patrons wishing to use the deep end of the Alpena County Plaza Pool must complete a lap test. The lap test must demonstrate safe and consistent swimming techniques. If a patron fails to pass the swimming skills test they are to remain in the shallow portion of the pool programming permitting.

 

Patrons recovering from surgery or serious illness are encouraged to seek the advice of medical professionals before returning to pool activities. Plaza Pool staff reserve the right to require a health release form be completed. Patrons requiring individual assistance are encouraged to bring an assistant with them when visiting the Alpena County Plaza Pool. For example, patrons with severe psychomotor or cognitive impairments would be best served by swimming with a personal assistant to care for any non-emergency needs that might arise.

 

If at any time adverse conditions affect the patron’s ability to exhibit safe and consistent swimming techniques. A periodic suspension from pool activities will be put into effect by pool management. There is no set time for this suspension and will be determined by pool management. Written permission for the attending physician attesting to the ability, type of activities able to be performed, safety equipment needed and whether in water assistance is to be provided by the patron. A Health Release Form is available at the pool. This permission is not to include personal medical history, current conditions or any information violating HIPPA regulations. This form must be presented to pool management. Upon receiving doctor permission, pool management and approved staff will schedule a time to conduct an observation and test of the patron to determine if safe and consistent swimming techniques are present. If at any time inconsistent and unsafe swimming techniques reappear the patron will again be suspended from pool activities.