Outdoor Pools 2020

We have compiled a number of what we believe will be Frequently Asked Questions pertaining to the opening of the Outdoor Pools at the Davis Family YMCA. The pools open Monday, June 29 with some modifications to the norm due to COVID-19 restrictions. 




Q. When is the Outdoor Pool open?

  • Opens June 29 through Labor Day
  • Adult Lap Swim Mon-Fri 7-9am
  • Open Swim Mon-Fri 11am-8pm, Sat 11am-5pm, Sun 12:30-5pm

Q. Do we need to make a reservation?

  • No reservations are needed; members coming for open swim will receive a wristband when they enter the outdoor pool gate
  • For the 7-9am adult lap swim, we can accommodate up to six swimmers at a time on a first come, first served basis
  • The diving well will be open during adult lap swim with a 12 member limit
  • Capacity is 150 people inside the pool gate. Only members entering onto the outdoor pool deck will be counted; members sunbathing in the grass will not be counted unless they come onto the pool deck
  • If capacity is reached, then members will have the option to
    • Sit in the grass area or swim inside until members begin to leave the outdoor pool for the day
    • Come back at a later time

Q. How will we know if there will be room to swim?

  • We do not anticipate that we will reach capacity on an average day; however, on hot days, it is advised that you arrive early
  • The service desk will know the count after the first 100 people have been admitted
  • Members are responsible for maintaining at least 6ft distance from others you do not live with

Q. Can I bring a guest?

  • No, due to COVID-19 restrictions, guests are not currently permitted

Q. What ages can children swim alone?

  • Children 14 and older are welcome to swim and use the Y without adult accompaniment
  • Children 10-13 must have a parent/caregiver in the facility
  • Children 9 and under must have a parent/caregiver in the pool area
  • Children 5 and under must have a parent/caregiver in the water within arm’s reach
  • Caregivers must be at least 16 years or older

Q. Will there be chairs available to use?

  • Yes, there are 30 lounge chairs on the pool deck and 100 chairs in the grass area (50 lounge chairs and 50 beach chairs)
  • All chairs are first come, first served
  • Chairs on the pool deck are spaced 6 ft apart in pairs; some areas have 4 chairs grouped together for families. Please do not move these chairs.
  • Staff will be sanitizing chairs in between use of members not in the same household
    • For lounge chairs on the pool deck, we ask that you leave your chair back in an upright position when you leave as a signal that your chair needs to be sanitized
    • For lounge chairs in the grass area, we ask that you stack your chair next to cement pad (by the sign) to signal that the chair needs to be sanitized

Q. Can I bring my own chair and/or cooler?

  • Yes, you are welcome to bring your own chair to use in the grass area; however, there will not be room on the pool deck for additional chairs
  • Yes, you are welcome to bring coolers with food and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Members are expected to dispose of all trash that they bring in or produce; trash receptacles are located throughout the pool complex

Q. Will the concession stand be open?

  • No, at least not initially. We will revisit this once the pool reopens and we can determine feasibility

Q. Will the diving board and water slides be open?

  • Yes, these features will be open during open swim hours
  • Children ages 12 and under must pass the swim test to use the diving board
    • Swim tests will be conducted hourly during pool check, which occurs 15 minutes before every hour
    • Children can sign up for a time to take the swim test upon entry
  • Children ages 12 and under must meet the height requirement to use the water slides or pass the swim test
    • Wristbands for the slide can be obtained upon entry to the outdoor pool
    • Children can sign up for a time to take the swim test upon entry

Q. What is the swim test?

  • Click here to watch a short video about the swim test and our wristband system for children ages 12 and under: https://youtu.be/_vvGb0qr8O4

Q. Will there be life jackets available for non-swimmers to use?

  • Yes, there are a limited number of life jackets available for use
  • All life jackets must be sanitized in between use; please see a lifeguard for assistance

Q. Will there be a lap lane in all day long?

  • No, however, lap lanes will be available at the indoor pool all day by reservation. You can make a reservation to swim inside using this link: https://www.ymcayo.org/aquatics

Q. Is there a time that adults can swim outside without kids in the pool?

  • Yes, adults can lap swim outside Mon-Fri from 7-9am 
  • There is also an opportunity for adults to swim for 15 minutes during open swim, which occurs hourly 15 minutes before each hour (during pool check)

Please note that due to COVID-19 concerns and sanitation protocols, some things will have limited access this summer including:

  • Pool gates – there will be one gate to enter the outdoor pool, and one gate to exit the outdoor pool. Members must enter using the gate nearest to the food court, and exit using the gate nearest the concession stand.
  • Pool doors – the doors between the indoor/outdoor pools will be locked and are designated for emergency exit only. Access to the indoor pools and locker rooms can only be done from inside the building. Use the South Wing building entrance for quick access to the restrooms, locker rooms, and indoor pools.
  • Food court – no tables or chairs will be available in the food court; however, there will be a few tables and chairs on the pool deck for family use
  • Pavilions – no pavilions will be available for member use; however, there will be picnic tables available in the café area
  • Playground – this area will be closed Mon-Fri from 7am to 6pm for Day Camp, but will be available in the evenings and on the weekends