Rules & Regulations

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The following pool rules and regulations have been established for the benefit of all users of the Fairfield Aquatic Center to assure the safe operation of the facility and to provide enjoyable recreation for all.  Patrons are requested to cooperate in observing these rules and to obey the instructions of the Fairfield Aquatic Center staff. Failure to follow the Pool Rules and Regulations could result in ejection from the Fairfield Aquatic Center without refund or serious injury.

The Fairfield Parks and Recreation Department reserves the right to refuse admittance into the Fairfield Aquatic Center when the capacity of the pool has been reached or when otherwise deemed necessary for the health, welfare or safety of the patrons. The Pool Supervisor and designated assistants are responsible for the operation of the pool. Their instruction must be followed at all times. Should disagreement arise, patrons are advised to contact the Operations Coordinator.

General Rules

  • No one will be allowed in the swimming area unless the pool is officially open and lifeguards are on duty. Entering the pool facility when it is not open to the public is trespassing and subject to police arrest.
  • All persons entering the pool facility must pay the appropriate admission fee or present proof of a valid season pass or program registration.
  • Children under 8 years of age entering the pool facility must be accompanied by a guardian 13 or over.  
  • Parents/guardians must directly supervise children in their care.
  • Cash register receipts are not valid for re-entry. Patrons leaving the pool facility and wishing to return that day must have their hand stamped.
  • All sales are final. No cash refunds will be given for admission. 
  • Smoking is not permitted anywhere in the pool facility or within 50 feet of it. 
  • No person shall photograph or videotape an unrelated person or persons without the consent of the person or persons being photographed or videotaped. 
  • The Fairfield Aquatic Center reserves the right to inspect all bags, packages, or containers.
  • Pool break or adult swim goes from :00 after to :15 of every hour during open swim. Only those patrons 18 and over are allowed in at this time. Infants under 2 years of age are permitted with adult.
  • Loitering will not be permitted on the pool grounds, within the facility or in the parking lot.

Inclement Weather

  • In the event of lightning and/or thunder, patrons will be removed from the pool deck for 30 minutes from the last occurrence.
  • If the Fairfield Aquatic Center closes due to inclement weather, no refunds will be given.  If you have been at the facility for one hour and fifteen minutes or less and have a valid receipt, a one day pass will be issued.
  • If the Fairfield Aquatic Center closes due to inclement weather after 6 p.m., the facility will not reopen that day.  
  • The Fairfield Aquatic Center may close if the air temperature drops below 68 degrees.


  • Pool users must wear swimming suits or swimming trunks upon entry into the pool. Swimming suits and trunks must have a liner. Clothing such as cut-offs, gym shorts, board shorts, sports bras and underwear is not permitted as swimwear. Swimwear should not have been worn for exercising prior to pool use.  The Fairfield Parks and Recreation Department reserves the right to determine the appropriateness of swimwear.
  • Clean T-shirts may be worn for modesty or medical reasons but must be tied or tucked into swim suits.
  • Protective head wear such as hats and visors are allowed if they remain above the water. 
  • Sun bathers swim suit straps must remain tied at all times.

Infants & Children Attire

Infants/children who are not toilet trained and adults who are incontinent, which wish to enter the pool must wear a clean diaper or disposable swim diaper covered by separate rubber/vinyl pants, all of which must fit snugly around the legs and waist. If the diaper becomes soiled, this person must leave the pool immediately, and may not return until he/she has taken or been given a soap shower and has been recovered by a new diaper with clean rubber/vinyl pants. Diaper changing is not permitted on the pool deck.

Diaper changing stations are located in the locker rooms. Swim diapers are available for purchase at the front desk.

Health & Safety Policies

  • All swimmers must take a shower prior to entering the swimming pool.
  • No person within the pool grounds shall behave in such a manner as to jeopardize the safety and health of self and others. Such behavior, including intoxication, abusive or profane language, shall be grounds for expulsion.
  • Running, boisterous or rough play, pushing, acrobatics, dunking, wrestling, splashing, yelling, diving or jumping hazardly, snapping of towels, improper conduct causing undue disturbances on or about the pool area or any acts which would endanger any patron are prohibited.  
  • Admission can be refused to persons having any skin disease, sore, inflamed eyes, cold, nasal, or ear discharge, or any communicable disease.   Persons with excessive sunburn, open sores, or bandages of any kind will not be permitted in the pool.
  • Diving into shallow water is prohibited.
  • Prolonged underwater swimming or breath holding is prohibited.
  • Spitting, spouting water, blowing nose, urinating, or defecating in the pool is prohibited.
  • The City of Fairfield or members of the pool staff are not responsible for any injuries incurred while on the premises. 
  • Chewing gum is not permitted in the pool area.
  • Fecal matter related accidents may cause the pool to close for the remainder of the day. Those involved in the incident may be ejected from the pool for the day.

Food & Beverage

  • No coolers, food, or beverage may be brought into the facility. Food and beverages are available for purchase at the concession stand. Water, medical supplies, and baby food are the only exceptions.  
  • Glass containers, alcoholic beverages and drugs are not permitted on the pool grounds or within the facility. 
  • Food and drinks are not permitted within 15 feet of the pool side.

Locker Rooms

  • All persons age 6 and older must use gender-appropriate locker rooms.
  • Food, drink and glass containers are not permitted in locker rooms.
  • Leave valuables at home. The Fairfield Parks and Recreation Department is not responsible for personal property or valuables at any time. Lost and Found will be disposed of weekly. Lockers are available at the facility.  Valuables may not be checked with the cashier or pool staff.
  • Patrons are not permitted to leave locks on lockers overnight. Locks will be cut off and locker contents will be placed into Lost & Found. 
  • Use of cameras, video cameras or any device containing camera equipment of any kind is prohibited in all locker rooms and bathrooms.

Equipment & Toys

  • As a safety measure, only US Coast Guard approved Type I, Type II or Type III Personal Flotation Devices are allowed and an adult must accompany the child in the water and remain within arms reach.  
  • No toys, floats, balls, rafts, etc. are permitted in the Main Pool. 
  • Snorkels and fins are permitted in the main pool. Fins are not to be worn while walking on deck.
  • Kick boards and fins may be used in the lap lane for fitness swim.

Rules for Novice Swimmers

All novice swimmers may be asked to pass a swim test by the guard to use diving board, and rock wall. The swim test consists of the bather swimming the width of the pool. 

Swimmers are not allowed in an area that is not visible to a lifeguard.

Rules for Divers

  • Divers must be experienced swimmers.
  • 1 person on the board at a time. 
  • 1 bounce only on a board.
  • Forward dives only. 
  • Divers must jump out in the direction of the board, not to the side. 
  • Life jackets and goggles are not permitted.
  • No one is allowed in the diving area in an attempt to catch a jumper or diver.
  • To exit the diving well, divers must swim to the wall on their left. They are not to use the back wall.

Water Slide Rules

  • Riders must be 48 inches tall.
  • Patrons are to go feet first, laying on their backs and one at a time down the slide. 
  • Life jackets and goggles are not to be worn while riding down the slide.
  • Riders must exit the slide catch as quickly as possible and are not to wait on or attempt to catch another rider.

Climbing Wall

  • Climbers must be experienced swimmers.
  • Only 1 participant at a time on the climbing wall. 
  • Climb at your own risk. 
  • Feet first entry only into the drop zone.
  • Life jackets and goggles are not to be worn while climbing.

Play Structures

  • No pushing or rough housing on or around the play structure. 
  • No toys are allowed on the brown splash grounds concrete area.
  • Do not attempt to climb or scale the play structure features.