Columbia Parks and Recreation
Creating Community through People, Parks and Programs
Our aquatic staff of Starfish licensed lifeguards strives to maintain the highest standards in emergency training! The goal is to provide patrons with a safe, clean atmosphere in which families can enjoy aquatic recreation. The purpose of the aquatic staff is not to supervise your child, but to prevent accidents from happening. Therefore, parents are expected to closely supervise their children and assist in enforcing the policies for the safety and enjoyment of all patrons. All children 10 years and under must be accompanied and supervised at all times by a paying adult (16 years or older).
In an attempt to provide the safest facilities possible, our staff undergoes extensive training. In an attempt to simulate real situations this training could happen at any time, including during recreational swimming times. Please do not be alarmed, as you may witness staff training when a "Lifeguards in Training" sign is posted. Training aids may include lifelike mannequins. We apologize for any inconveniences this may cause.
Proper swimsuit attire is required to enter all municipal pool facilities. Guardians must also be in proper swimsuit attire, so if necessary, they can enter the pool to assist the patrons for whom they are responsible. Appropriate swimsuit attire is defined as clothing specifically designed for use in the water. Some examples of inappropriate attire include (but not limited to), basketball shorts, sports bras and shorts, sweatpants, cut-off shorts, and cargo shorts. Aquatic cashiers will ask to see swim attire at time of entry. Those without appropriate attire will not be admitted.
To assist those who do not have access to proper swimsuit attire, Parks and Recreation conducts a year-round swimsuit drive. Bring new or gently used swimsuits or swim trunks to the ARC, 1701 West Ash Street. Donated swimsuits will be washed and made available for distribution.
Flotation devices are welcome at aquatic facilities under these guidelines:
All facilities are subject to early closings if low attendance (10 patrons or less in a two hour period), weather warrants, or for a special program. All outdoor facilities will close whenever projected high air temperatures for the day are below 75 degrees.
Lightning poses a serious risk of injury at aquatic facilities, including indoor facilities. Due to the seriousness of this issue, the following policy has been developed for aquatic facilities managed by the Parks and Recreation Department. When inclement weather occurs, the water will be cleared and the staff will remain at the facility and attempt to reopen as soon as possible. If it is not feasible to reopen after forty-five minutes, the pool will close and an attempt will be made to reopen the pool later in the day. This policy is in effect until one hour prior to official closing time. Facility closings are announced on the Swim Hotline (573-874-7663).