Aquatic Center FAQs

Why is showering before entering the pool required?

The Colorado Health Department requires that all guests using the Aquatic Center take a head to toe soap shower before entering swimming pools. This helps reduce contaminates in the pool water from sweat, body oils, lotions, etc.

What makes the Aquatic Center different from area pools?

The Aquatic Center is a state of the art facility. It was designed and constructed based on the current aquatic industry standards and practices. As the aquatic industry standards and practices change so does the construction and design of new aquatic facilities. This is why there are differences in the appearance, design, construction, and safety precautions & guidelines compared to other area pools.

Why is it strongly recommended for guests to be 17 and older in the whirlpool?

The Aquatic Center whirlpool was designed as an adult use hot water pool. The design intended for users to only sit and use the jets in the whirlpool and not as a warm water play pool. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) helped develop standards to prevent hair entanglement and body part entrapment in spas, hot tubs, and whirlpools. These standards should help prevent deaths and injuries. The main hazard from hot tubs, spas and whirlpools is the same as that from pools - drowning. Since 1980, CPSC has reports of more than 700 deaths in spas, hot tubs and whirlpools. About one-third of those were drownings to children under age five. Since 1978, CPSC has reports of 49 incidents (including 13 deaths) in which people's hair was sucked into the suction fitting of a spa, hot tub, or whirlpool, causing the victim's head to be held under water. Hair entanglement occurs when a bather's hair becomes entangled in a drain cover as the water and hair are drawn through the drain. In some incidents, children were playing a "hold your breath the longest" game, permitting their long hair to be sucked into the drain. CPSC knows of 18 incidents since 1980 in which parts of the body have been entrapped by the strong suction of the drain of pools, wading pools, spas, and whirlpools. Of these, 10 resulted in disembowelment and 5 other people died. CPSC knows of several deaths from extremely hot water in a spa. High temperatures can cause drowsiness, which may lead to unconsciousness, resulting in drowning. Adverse health outcomes that may result from the intense and sudden changes in temperature associated with the use of these whirlpools include slowed heart beat, hypothermia, impaired coordination, loss of control of breathing, muscle cramps, heat stroke, severe dehydration and death and loss of consciousness. In general, exposure to temperature extremes should be avoided by pregnant women, users with medical problems and young children. Prolonged immersion in spas or other pools with high or low temperatures should be avoided or approached with caution. In addition, it has been proven that infants through 16 years of age often do not remain seated while using the whirlpool. Lastly, we do not allow anyone to sit on the outer edge of the whirlpool as it impairs the lifeguard from properly guarding the whirlpool to ensure the safety of our guests.

What are the requirements for guests who are incontinent or not toilet trained?

The Glenwood Springs Aquatic Center requires all guests who are incontinent and/or not toilet trained to wear a swim diaper and tight fitting plastic or rubber pants. When regular diapers become immersed in water the gel used to absorb urine and fecal matter. A swim diaper is designed not to disintegrate while swimming like a regular diaper but does not prevent urine or fecal matter from entering the water. When the swim diaper is combined with tight fitting plastic or rubber pants the fecal matter is contained and is less likely to contaminate the swimming pool water with the bacteria that can cause several illnesses such as Pseudomonas, Hepatitis, Giardia, Legionella, Staphylococci, or Cryptosporidium.

What type of swimming attire should I wear?

The Colorado Health Department requires all guests using the swimming pool wear lined swim suits. Lined swim suits are more sanitary than regular clothing. Wearing lined swim suits helps in protecting guests from debris and contaminants that may be on regular clothing. In addition, t-shirts or pants restrict a guest’s ability to effectively move through the water. The Aquatic Center staff also recommends that small children wear thermal swim suits or swim suits that cover more body area. Since the body mass is drastically different than adults or older children heat loss is greater. We suggest that your child wear a hat to prevent heat loss. Before and after your child swims, we recommend keeping them warm with a hooded terry cloth robe or towel.

Why is the height requirement for the waterslide?

The water slide manufacturer requires that all users of the water slide be a minimum height of 48" to prevent the guest from being seriously injuried. In addition, the splash down area of the leisure pool is 3 feel 6 inches or 42" deep. A person under 48" cannot comfortably keep their airway above the water when exiting, due to the extreme force of the water from the slides water.

Why can't a child sit on my lap when using the water slide?

The water slide manufacturer requires that all guests use the slide one person at a time, feet first on the back. This prevents the potential injury to the neck or back. When a guest uses the slide with a child on their lap, it increases the risk of the guest to have a neck or back injury in addition to the child potentially slipping off the person and becoming severely injured. The flow of the water slide also increases the potential of injury when more than one guest uses the slide at a time and can result in multiple guests becoming injured.

Why does the aquatic center have safety guidelines?

The Aquatic Center has safety guidelines to ensure the health and safety of all our guests. We strive to maintain a clean, healthy and safe aquatic environment. Safety guidelines are posted and strictly enforced to keep our guests and their families safe when visiting the Aquatic Center.

Why does the Aquatic Center have diving board safety guidelines?

The Aquatic Center diving board guidelines are based on the manufacturer of the diving board and the diving board platform. Since any diving activity has potential hazards the diving board manufacture restricts certain activities to guests. Most diving injuries are to the cervical spine. As you prepare to dive, you bend your head forward. This weakens the spine by stretching neck ligaments. Upon impact, the spine will dislocate, fracture and tear the spinal column, often causing paralysis. The National Pool & Spa Institute has concluded that diving accidents are mainly caused by the behavior of individual divers who were unaware of the possible risks. They recommend that we “teach and warn the public that living without proper caution and training, whether it be in pools or in the natural environment, involves risk of injury to the cervical spine.” Several studies have shown that people with a history of diving into both in-ground and above-ground pools were more likely do so in spite of the warning. This is the "familiarity effect," where people having a benign history with a product are less likely to comply with warnings. Since their personal experience says that there is little risk, they are more likely to gage future risk as low.

Ironically, the most experienced and able divers, such as swim team members, are the most likely people to ignore warnings. In addition, people often model their behavior based on what other people around them are doing. If other people are diving into a pool or performing competition dives, then there is increased likelihood that warning signs will be ignored.

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