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Pool Closure & Lightning Policy

closedsignAt the Y, your family's health and well-being is our primary concern. That's why we adhere to the following safety procedures when thunder, lightning and other inclement weather strikes near our aquatics center. These procedures are recommended by the National Lightning Safety Institute & Redwoods Insurance Group.

Inclement Weather Policy

Our Y now utilizes a weather-tracking service that will notify us when lightning is detected within 10 miles of our location. When lightning is detected within 10 miles, pool activities will be suspended and all aquatics facilities will be closed until 30 minutes after the last occurrence of thunder or lightning.
If thunder is heard or the lightning alarm goes off the pool will close.
When closed, the entire pool area including sauna and hot tub, will close.
All aquatics programs scheduled any time during the closure will be cancelled, including swim team, swim lessons and water aerobics classes. The Y does not guarantee make-ups for missed classes due to inclement weather; however we will work to provide you with at least one option for a make-up class.
Make-ups are made by placing swimmers in pre-existing classes of similar skill levels. Participants can schedule make-ups by connecting with the aquatics director.
The pool area will be reopened 30 minutes after the last thunder or lightning strike.


Q: I heard thunder. Why aren’t you closing?
A: The Y now employs a weather-tracking software that will let us know when lightning is detected within 10 miles of our facility. You may hear thunder at your home, but the Y will not close unless it is detected within range of our facility.

Q: Why weren't we informed about the closure before we arrived at the Y?
A: We apologize for any inconvenience. We do make every attempt to reach participants when there is an unexpected closure, but many times the nature of the closure is "last-minute" and may occur while you are already in transit. If you are interested in signing up for a text alert system, please contact Ashley Coticchio with your cell phone number.

Q: If the pool opens up in the middle of a lesson time, will the lesson take place?
A: No, unless we are able to get the full lesson time in, we will not have the lesson that day/evening. This includes starting even as little as 5 minutes late.

Q: Why do we close down for thunderstorms?
A: For the safety of the participants and our staff, the pools must be closed during lightning storms. This is a policy that ties back to our insurance carrier and our concern for our members/program participants.

Q: What areas of the pool close? Can I use the sauna since it is not in the water?
A: Unfortunately we have to close all areas, including spa and sauna. As the pool deck is closed, that includes all components of the deck for which our lifeguards are responsible.

Q: If my lesson ends early, do I get a makeup class?
A: Makeup classes are only provided if the pools close within the first 15 minutes of class.

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