City of Syracuse Parks & Recreation’s Pool Rules and Expectations
Each year, we welcome thousands of patrons to our 2 indoor pools and 8 outdoor pools to cool off, learn to swim, stay fit and have fun at our pools. For the health and safety of everyone, rules and expectations need to be adhered to. The management reserves the right to refuse admitting to, or eject from the pool premises, any person(s) failing to comply with any of these health and safety regulations.
Swimming activities present certain inherent risks and dangers. Participants assume any and all risks of injury, property damage, death or other loss arising from engaging in such swimming activities within the City of Syracuse pool facilities.
City of Syracuse Parks and Recreation is not liable for any lost, stolen, or damaged personal property within the pool facilities.
City of Syracuse Parks and Recreation is not liable for any damages or injuries sustained as a result of not following the Pool Rules and Expectations.
Daily swim proficiency tests are required for any swimmer who does not meet the height requirement and/or wishes to swim in deep water. Testing required for each entry and location.
- The shallow water proficiency test is required if the minimum height requirement is not met, regardless of age. The test includes approx. 25 yards of swimming, exiting the pool and jumping into deep water feet first.
- The deep water proficiency test is required for deep water entry. The test includes approx. 50 yards of swimming with at least one face submersion, exiting the pool and jumping in deep water feet first.
For your safety, pools will close due to:
- Weather events such as lightning, thunderstorms and/or heavy rain
- Mechanical/chemical issues
- Water visibility/clarity
- Incident/contamination responses
- Syracuse City School District (SCSD) closures and/or cancellations during the school year
Find Cancellations/Closings here.
One (1) person on the board and ladder at a time. No double bouncing. One Bounce only. Check the area in front of the diving board. It must be completely clear before the next person leaves the board. Dive or jump straight off the end of the board. Do not swim in front of the board. Available at Southwest Pool only.