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GMSC Summer 2021 – What you need to know
What are the pool hours?
Most days, the pool will be open to members from 11AM-8PM. Please keep an eye on the Events calendar and Pool Hours for weekly changes to this schedule.
What is the procedure for checking in and checking out of the pool?
Please stop at the front desk when coming in and out so our staff can check you in and out. We have a new membership management system that will help us monitor usage patterns. This will help us properly staff the pool throughout the season, so your support is appreciated!
Will capacity restrictions or masks be required this season?
We will continue to monitor the state and county restrictions and guidelines as it relates to COVID-19. The Board will send updates, as needed, related to this topic. As of May 16th, Jefferson County moved to All Clear so there are no COVID-related capacity restrictions at this time. No masks are required when outdoors.
Related: All Members agreed to terms upon membership, including respecting the GMSC authority to assess JeffCO’s guidance in order to determine capacity, mask and other safety policies that are best for our community. And, of course, please do not come to the pool if you are experiencing COVID symptoms. Many of our members are children and our priority is to keep everyone safe.
Will there be swim lessons this year?
Yes, we will offer two, two-week sessions. One will be at the end of June and one in mid-July. We plan to give members preference once the registration is available. More information will be coming soon.
Can I bring guests?
Yes! We encourage it! Each member can bring a maximum of 20 guests over the course of the season with a 4-guest limit per visit.
Important information related to Guest Passes!
Guest passes must be purchased in advance (or via your phone once you arrive at the pool). We will not accept cash for guest passes. You can purchase guest passes by logging into our Member Dashboard. Guests will be required to sign a standard waiver.
Can I reserve a table or set of tables for an Event, such as a birthday party or team party?
Approaching the season, we announced that we would not take reservations for Events this year due to COVID and JeffCO compliance concerns. Given the recent JeffCO All Clear status, we are now assessing our ability to offer Events. We plan to provide updates to members on this topic in early June.
I didn’t see any lightning. Why did the guards clear the pool?
Our guards are trained to monitor an application that confirms lightning sightings and its distance from the pool. When appropriate, the guards will clear the pool for 30 minutes. This is standard procedure. While it is disappointing to go to – or be at – the pool during a lightning watch, safety is our priority. Please respect our guards authority to make this decision and encourage your children to quickly clear the baby and main pools, when needed.
Does the Snack Shack accept cash or credit cards?
The Snack Shack will accept cash or credit cards for purchases. For 2021, we moved the location to the front desk area. We will sell ice cream, cold beverages (seltzer, soda), and other treats. Due to COVID, we are not selling any open food items (such as pizza, hot dogs, etc.).
Does GMSC offer time for Lap swimming?
Yes, we will keep a lane in place each morning from 11-12. Our staff can also add a lane at another time of day, upon request, if the pool is not too crowded. The latter will be the Lead guard’s discretion.
Will there be a daily opportunity for Adult-only swimming?
Generally, our lifeguards will blow the whistle at 1PM, 3PM, and 5PM each day in order to clear the pool for 15 minutes for “Adult Swim.” This encourages kids to reapply sunscreen, enjoy the swing set, snack shack treats, and other features at GMSC while adults get some quiet time in the pool.
Can I use the grills? Do I need to bring my own grilling tools?
Please use the grills! Feel free to bring your own tools or use the GMSC tools for grilling. Please wipe down the tools and turn off the grill after use.
Can I bring my own lawn chairs?
Yes, of course! If you prefer to sit on the lawn, feel free to bring your own chairs. On busy days, this may be a great idea.
Can I bring adult beverages to the pool?
Yes, alcoholic beverages are permitted per GMSC rules. No glass bottles, drink in moderation, 21+, recycle and be responsible. GMSC Board and Staff reserve the right to refuse this option at any time.
Does the GMSC offer free wifi?
Yes. Please ask the front desk attendants for the password.
Should I use swim diapers for my child in the pools?
Yes, we ask that diaper-aged children use commercial swim diapers when in the baby pool or large pool.
Why does the pool open late or close early on days of home swim meets or events?
Swim team meets for The Gators are scheduled throughout the summer at our pool and other area swim club pools, and are generally held on Saturday mornings from 6 am to 12 pm or evenings starting around 5:00 pm. The pool is closed to all other members whenever GMSC is hosting a swim meet (on average five times per summer). Please refer to the Events calendar for specific dates when we open late or close early. Please note that the baby pool is closed during all swim meets as well.
What are the guidelines or general expectations related to picnic tables and chairs?
We want all of our members to enjoy the pool this summer! Please grab a picnic table if having lunch or dinner with your family. When done, allow someone else to do the same. The same approach goes for the deck chairs. Please don’t reserve more chairs than you need. (If your kids are like mine, they won’t sit down in them the whole time!) Finally, please do pick up after yourself when leaving the pool. Leave no trace applies to the pool, too.
Am I responsible to make sure my child doesn’t litter?
Many kids are having so much fun that they forget to grab their wrappers when leaving the swing set or volleyball court! Please encourage your children to be good citizens of the pool by picking up after themselves.
My kids love the high and low diving boards! What are the guidelines for using them?
The diving boards are beloved by adults and kids alike! For safety reasons, the guards enforce the following rules:
- Goggles cannot be worn when going off the diving boards.
- Only one person is allowed on the high dive ladder or board at a time. Don’t start climbing before the person before you jumped. And do not jump until the prior person has cleared the area.
- Once up the high dive, you are required to jump. Please make sure your kids know this! It is more dangerous to come back down the ladder than it is to jump.
Do you allow pool floats?
Yes, you can bring your pool floats. However, the size must not impede other swimmers. Large floats may be restricted at guard discretion.
I have more questions or would like to provide feedback. Who can I contact?
To contact a Board member, please use this form.