Bainbridge Island Recreation Center

BIRC Pool Rules

General Rules

  • Children ages six and over must use gender-appropriate locker rooms.
  • Listen to staff instructions and follow pool and facility rules. The safety of our patrons and staff is priority number one!
  • Children under the age of 7 must have an adult (ages 16 and over) in the water within arm’s reach or have a Park District swim license.
  • All individuals ages 1-13 must have an adult in the facility.
  • Lap swimmers must be at least eight years old and have a level 4 swimming skill and swim license. All lap swimmers must swim continuously.
  • Lifejackets are available for non-swimmers. Those wearing lifejackets or floatation devices must stay within arm’s reach of an adult (ages 16 and over).
  • No one is allowed in the pool unless supervised by a qualified lifeguard or certified coach who is an employee of the Park District or an authorized user.
  • Camps, birthday parties, classes, and other groups entering the Recreational Swim time must follow the same policies regarding non-swimmers. In addition, the maximum an adult can be responsible for is four non-swimmers.
  • Rinse off in one of the on-deck or locker room showers before entering the pool.
  • No glass, rocks, or sharp objects in or around the pool area.
  • No chewing gum is allowed while swimming, lifeguarding, or instructing swimming as it may pose a choking hazard.
  • No sitting or hanging on the lane lines.
  • No splashing the lifeguards or purposely distracting them in any way. For safety, they cannot afford to be distracted.
  • No running or horseplay in or about the pool and dressing room areas.
  • No pushing, hitting, or general rough play.
  • No throwing toys or people in the pool or on deck.
  • No unnecessary screaming or yelling.
  • No use of foul language.
  • No changing on deck.


  • No one with open cuts, sores, diarrhea, or other infectious diseases may use the pool or spa.
  • Persons shall not pollute the pool in any manner. Those not potty trained must wear a swimming diaper and utilize designated charging stations.
  • Smoking is not permitted anywhere in the building, on the deck, or on the adjacent grounds.


  • Only play equipment set out by the lifeguard staff may be utilized during Recreational Swim times. The Recreation Administrator must approve outdoor equipment or flotation devices.
  • Diving rings are allowed.
  • No squirt guns.
  • No hard balls; beach balls are permitted.
  • No standing on mats or other floatation devices. Keep mats at least three feet from the edge of the pool.
  • No throwing toys or people in the pool or on deck.


  • Personal audio equipment must be kept at a level not to disrupt other users.
  • Please be courteous and share lounge chairs by occupying a lounge chair for a maximum of two hours.
  • Please clean up your garbage after yourself.