Pool Rules

New Pool Rules during COVID-19

Overarching Farm Rules

  • Treat everyone who does not live with you as if they are COVID-19 positive.
  • Throw out everything you think of as “typical” and begin to embrace our “new normal”.
  • Be extraordinarily flexible.

Farm Pool Recreational Swim Rules

  • Previous reservations only. No walk-up entry. We will work hard to get everyone on the reservation system as soon as possible.
  • Do not come to The Farm if you are not feeling well or are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Do not arrive more than five minutes before your reservation time begins. You will be let in the gate promptly when your reservation time begins. For capacity or close to capacity reservation blocks, we will be using two entrances and exits. The second entrance/exit will be the middle gate facing the parking lot between the shade tents along the front fence.
  • The Farm is located within Durham County. Masks or other types of facial coverings are required upon entering and exiting the pool gates, and when entering the changing room. They are not required on the deck when six feet of social distancing is possible. Masks are not required in the pool.
  • Social distancing in the pool and on the deck is not going to be the responsibility of Farm Lifeguards. We need everyone to do their part to ensure that social distancing rules are being practiced at all times. Please maintain more than six feet of distance between non-related people in the pool, on the deck, and in the changing rooms.
  • Post swim showers are discouraged. Changing rooms will be limited to 5 people capacity. Please be considerate to others by spending as little time in the changing room as possible.
  • The water fountain may not be available.
  • Swimmers 12 and under are not allowed at The Farm Pool this summer without a parent or guardian.
  • Parents of swimmers 8 and under must be either in the pool or on the edge of the pool when those swimmers are in the swimming pool regardless of swimming ability to monitor your child’s social distancing.
  • Recreational swimming reservation blocks will be for 75 minutes. You will need to be completely out of the gates at the end of the 75 minute reservation block. Swimmers will receive a 15 minute warning, 10 minute warning, and five minute warning before the end of each block.
  • No guests are allowed at The Farm Pool. Members only. Babysitters are allowed to bring member children to the pool. Please register your babysitter by emailing uncfarm@gmail.com.
  • We will be allowing up to 110 members during each reservation block. This number is based on the total square feet of Farm Pool water divided by 100 square feet. Pools are also allowed to have an additional number of swimmers based on deck space. The Farm is only allowing the amount of swimmers who are allowed to enter the water at one time.
  • The entire upper pool will be used for recreational swimming.
  • Diving boards and slide will be open. Marks will be provided every six feet for users of the boards and slide.
  • Lap swimming will take place in the lower pool.
  • The wading pool will have a 2 family at a time capacity.
  • The Farm will not provide any shared equipment such as goggles, fins, kickboards, pull buoys, toys, sunscreen, shampoo, and noodles. These items can be brought from home. No floats are allowed.
  • There will be a 15 minute block between each recreational swimming block. Please help the Farm Lifeguards by being completely out of the gate by the end of your reservation block. This includes any necessary time in the changing rooms.
  • Between reservation blocks, Farm Lifeguards will sanitize each changing room, sanitize touch points around the pool such as ladders and handrails, and sanitize tables. At this time, Farm staff will not be sanitizing chairs at tables or lounge chairs. Please feel free to use a chair cover, sanitize your own chair, or bring one from home. Our apologies for this, but we will not have the “people power” to handle this at this time.
  • Chairs are set up in clusters of four lounge chairs or five chairs at each table. These clusters are set up at least 10 feet from other clusters. We have provided 45 clusters of chairs. Please DO NOT move chair clusters.
  • During inclement weather, all pool patrons will be asked to leave the pool area. We do not have enough space to socially distance people during stormy conditions. You may go to your car during storms when there is a chance the pool may reopen during your reservation block. IF the weather does not clear, or the 30 minute wait time affects your reservation block, you will, unfortunately, lose your pool time for that day. We cannot reschedule or add time to another block if your reservation time is affected by inclement weather. If your reservation block starts during inclement weather, you will be admitted when the inclement weather has cleared our area (30 minutes after last lightning or loud thunder).
    Please be aware that we will not be calling the six and under break during recreational swimming blocks. Parents, please do your best to ensure that your child makes it to the bathroom and that you check diapers thoroughly and frequently. Unfortunately, an accident of this type will close the recreational pool and cancel some or all future reservation blocks.
  • Initially, The Farm Grille will not be open. Food may be brought to the pool. Food may be delivered to the pool, but delivery personnel must be met outside the pool area. Remember, no glass is allowed on the pool deck.

Lap Swimming Rules

  • Previous reservations only. No walk-up entry. We will work hard to get everyone on the system as soon as possible.
  • Do not come to The Farm if you are not feeling well or are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Do not arrive more than five minutes before your reservation time begins. You will be let in the gate promptly when your reservation time begins.
  • The Farm is located in Durham County. Masks or other types of facial covering are required upon entering and exiting the pool gates, and when entering the changing room. They are not required on the deck when six feet of social distancing is possible.
  • Once recreational swimming begins, all lap swimming will take place in the lower pool. Lanes will numbered 1-6 in the lower pool.
  • Only swimmers with reservations will be allowed to enter during lap swimming hours (meaning, no spouses, children or friends of the swimmer can hang out at the pool during this time).
  • Please be prepared to exit the pool facility before the conclusion of your reservation time.
  • Post swim showers are discouraged. Changing rooms will be limited to 5 people capacity. Please be considerate to others by spending as little time in the changing room as possible.
  • The Farm will not provide any equipment such as kickboards, fins, pull buoys, snorkels, goggles, etc.
    The water fountain may not be available.
  • Restrooms will be sanitized several times during the day.

Safety First

The Farm Pools have always been a safe and happy place for everyone, especially children. The following pool rules have been developed over the years to ensure the safety of all swimmers. There is a logical reason for each of the rules. Lifeguards are expected to enforce them in a friendly manner. The guards want everyone to have fun at the pool, but it is their responsibility to prevent accidents and dangerous situations.

Diving Boards

  • High Dive Waiver Form
  • High dive waivers must be signed for all users under the age of 18 of the high dive. Members cannot sign waiver for guest children.
  • Only one person may be on ladder or steps at a time.
  • No inward, cutaway, or suicide dives are allowed.
  • Only one bounce is allowed on diving boards.
  • No swinging on rails is allowed.
  • No goggles may be worn off boards.
  • Do not climb stairs until person in front has left the board.
  • Do not go off board until the person before you is at side of pool.
  • Swim immediately to side of pool closest to diving board you used, and climb out using the ladder.
  • No free swimming in diving area is allowed while the boards are open.
  • Children under eight years old must have badge to go off the high dive.
  • No back jumps are allowed off the boards outside of dive class.
  • Swimmers are not allowed to throw toys to people going off the diving boards.
  • Children without badges should use low board only under close parental supervision. Parents may not enter water to meet poor swimming children.

Slide

  • Go down slide in sitting position only.
  • No swimming is allowed below bottom of slide.
  • Exit immediately after sliding.
  • Goggles and standing are restricted on the slide.
  • With no exceptions, parents waiting for children coming down slide must wait outside slide area.
  • No flipping, diving or twisting at the end of the slide.
  • No swimming from low dive to shallow water free swim area.
  • Children without badges should not use slide.
  • Please use extreme caution when climbing down stairs.

Floats and Kickboards

  • No rafts or large floats are permitted.
  • Kickboards are permitted only in lap lanes and in shallow end of upper pool, not in the 7 or 5 ft. sections.
  • On crowded days, floats and balls may be removed from pool.
  • Floats are only allowed in the upper pool shallow end or baby pool.
  • Children in water wings, in inner tubes, or on floats must always be within arm’s reach of a parent or adult.
  • Swimmers are not allowed to hit one another with kickboards or floats, this includes noodles.
  • Standing on kickboards is not allowed.

Lap Lanes

  • Only lap swimming and swim instruction is allowed only in lap lanes.
  • Lap swimmers must stay on one side of lane (two in each lane).
  • No cutting through lap lanes is allowed.
  • Circle swimming is allowed only in the end lane under shallow-end guard stand, or when agreed to by swimmers in a certain lane.

Pool Area

  • Swimmers must enter water from side facing forward-no flips, spins, back dives, or can-openers.
  • All swimmers must check in at desk.
  • Soap shower should be taken before entering pool.
  • Children without FSRA badge must remain in shallow area of the upper pool and behind depth divider rope in shallow end of the lower pool, unless with adult.
  • The following are restricted…
    • walking on deck in flippers.
    • running on the pool deck.
    • profanity.
    • talking to on-duty guards in stand.
    • glass anywhere inside pool gates.
    • gum in pool.
    • horseplay in the water or on the deck.
    • hanging or playing on ropes.
    • hanging in the water with feet on the deck.

Games

  • Take only one step when entering pool, no running entries.
  • Balls may be used only in shallowest end of large pool and shallow end of lower pool. (Abuse of privilege will result in balls being taken away).
  • No squirt guns are allowed.
  • Foam squirt cannons are allowed in the upper pool shallow end.
  • No tennis balls, footballs, baseballs, etc… are allowed in pool. If it would hurt to get hit in the head with it, it’s not allowed.
  • Balls may be removed due to overcrowded shallow end.

Check In

  • All members should check in at front desk.
  • Each member family receives five free guests per year.
  • Each guest beyond the free guests is $5 per guest.

Lightning policy

In the event lightning is seen at the pool, the pool will be closed for a minimum of thirty minutes, following the last bolt seen or close/loud thunderhead. The pool will also be closed in the event of close/loud thunderheads. The reopening of the pool will be decided by the Pool Supervisor or head guard, and the pool will only be reopened when the weather is no longer threatening. Under severe weather conditions, members are requested to clear the pool deck quickly and follow the instructions of the Pool Supervisor or head guard. These instructions may include entering the bathhouses or requesting that all members seek shelter in their cars, or leave the facility.