Pool, Media and Recreation Policies

Pool policies:

A family who swims together, stays together! Adult supervision of kids is important as it allows our lifeguards and aquatic safety staff to focus on the water and keeping everyone safe. Children who are 10 years of age or older and are able to swim 25 meters of the pool on their fronts without stopping may be left unattended at the Aquatic Center. Children under the age of 10 who are able to swim the 25 meters must have an adult present in the facility. All children who are unable to swim 25 meters must be accompanied by an adult within arms reach in the water at all times.

Caregivers and babysitters, ages 14 to 17 years old, are allowed to bring children under 10 to the pool with a note from the parent (s) of the children under his/her care. We also have an agreement that must be signed by the caregiver and the parent to remain on file at the Salida Hot Spring Aquatic Center. Again, this is to ensure that all patrons are safe at all times while at the facility. Click here to download the Agreement. Please return the signed copy to the Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center front desk staff.

Swim pants or diapers are required for those children who are not potty trained. Swim diapers are available at the front desk.

GREEN means go safely!! 
Green means you can GO safely in the lap pool without an adult. Green means you can GO safely off the diving board. Green means you can GO safely up and down the climbing wall. Keeping all children SAFE in the water has always been a top priority at our facility. We have added a new policy that assigns a color-coded wristband to a child based on their swimming ability. The Salida Hot Springs Aquatic Center will assign a green wristband for children who are able to swim 25 meters of the pool on their front without stopping. This is a great tool to help our staff identify swimmers and non-swimmers. We will be keeping a record of all our swimmers. The children who have passed the swim test will have their names recorded in the swim test binder and in the computer under their household (if one exists). Enjoy the water!

For a complete list of pool, slide, diving board and climbing wall rules, click here.

Locker Rooms
Use of still cameras and video cameras are strictly prohibited. Violators will be prosecuted. Locker rooms will close 15 minutes after the closure of the pool each night. Please be respectful of our staff time in completing closing procedures and nightly custodial duties.

Pool Features
The diving board, slide and climbing wall will be open at the sole discretion of the head lifeguard on duty, based on the number of people in the pool, scheduled fitness classes, scheduled lap swim times, lessons and staffing. Please be respectful of the decisions that are made in order to keep all patrons safe.

Soaking Pool Policies
Must be 18 and over. Elderly persons, pregnant women and those with medical conditions should consult with a physician before use. No food, alcohol, smoking, or glass containers are allowed at any time. Persons having contagious disease, open wounds, cough or colds shall not be allowed to enter. Soaking pool users are encouraged to use the locker room showers for more than a rinse. Oils, body lotions, and soaps shall not be applied while in the pools. One hour limit.

Soaking Pool Reservations
We do not require reservations, but they are recommended, especially on evenings & weekends.

Media Policy
Smile, you’re on camera! The City of Salida Recreation Department uses brochures, flyers, social media, and other advertisements for our programs and events. We reserve the right to use photographs, video recordings, and/or images of anyone in any activity, program, park, special event, or public place in present and/or future publications. Participants of Salida Recreation programs and events may also record program activities that are open for observation as long as it does not interfere with the instructor and participants, cause a safety concern, or infringe upon copyright laws. The individual(s) recording participants or programs must have an association with a registered participant. All other persons wanting to take photos or tape events must have prior approval from recreation staff. We reserve the right to refuse anyone the privilege of recording events.

Refund Policy
Activity Refund Policy: A full refund, minus a $5 processing fee, will be given for any activity if the participant gives Salida Recreation at least 48 hour notice, unless otherwise noted. Partial refunds may be given for notification under 48 hours at the discretion of the Recreation Supervisor. Weather refund policy: Refunds will be given if a program is cancelled at the discretion of the Recreation Supervisor or Manager. Refunds will not be given if a program is not cancelled. General refund policy: A full refund or replacement will be given on defective items. A refund or swim coupon may be given in the event that a pool needs to be closed or the building evacuated for any reason. Passes: Refunds (or extensions) are not given for either punch passes or memberships except in a documented case of a medical circumstance. No refunds on swimsuit purchases.

Many programs such as drop-in fitness classes, Jive & Dive and Preschool Parks at the Market do not need registration. However, other classes require preregistration, allowing us to ensure proper staffing, plenty of materials, and space for everyone. In addition, if a program has very few or no participants enrolled as the program date draws near, it may be cancelled. Please register as soon as you know you want to participate to help keep our programs running smoothly! You may find the registration at the pool or download a form www.SalidaRec.com/register.  We are in the process of adding on-line registration and hope to have it available on our Home Page by April 2018!