We are deeply grateful for your respect for the following rules, which apply to all of Columbia Association’s indoor and outdoor pools. For any questions, please email Aquatics@ColumbiaAssociation.org. Please call 410-715-3154 for weather-related operations and updates.

Learn more about specific COVID-19 related guidelines each facility is following to protect our members and community.

The pool manager is responsible for the strict enforcement of the rules and ensuring the facility is operated in a safe and peaceful manner for all to enjoy. The pool manager has the authority to temporarily deprive any member or guest use of this facility and may use discretion in the enforcement of these and other rules and regulations.

Please walk at all times while in the pool area.

All children ages 9 or younger must be accompanied by a supervisor. Children ages 10-13 who are CA members or Columbia Cardholders can be admitted to the facility without a supervisor if the child passes Safety First. Anyone who has not passed Safety First must be accompanied by a supervisor. Supervisors who are CA members or Columbia Cardholders must be at least 14 years old. Supervisors who are non-members – whether they are using a guest pass or paying the daily admission fee – must be at least 21 years old.

Members are responsible for the actions of their guests and must remain in the facility with them.

Unruly or inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated. Profane, loud or abusive behavior is prohibited.

Columbia Association cannot be held responsible for loss or damage to personal property of any kind. Please keep a close watch on personal items and report any suspicious behavior.

For your safety, only United States Coast Guard-approved personal floatation devices (life vests) may be used in the pool. Non-swimming children must be within arm’s reach of a responsible supervisor at all times unless wearing a properly fitted Coast Guard-approved life jacket.

Inner tubes, water wings or play equipment may not be used in the Main Pool. Wading pool toys must be able to fit (fully inflated) into a 30” x 30” x 30” box.

Extended breath holding and other hypoxic workouts are not permitted.

Spouting water and other unhygienic actions will not be permitted in the pool area.

For your safety and the safety of others, admission to the facility will be denied to all persons having infectious diseases, inflamed eyes, colds, nasal or ear discharges, or any communicable disease of any kind. Persons with excessive sunburn or open sores will also be restricted from entering the facility.

Obey the lifeguards. Violators will be asked to leave the facility immediately without a refund.

Lifeguards are on duty to enforce rules and regulations, respond to emergencies, and prevent as many problems as possible; however, a parent/caregiver is ultimately responsible for the safety of his or her child. There is no substitution for close, active parental supervision.

  • All children using the Wading Pool MUST be accompanied and closely monitored by a responsible supervisor.
  • The Wading Pool is for children six years of age or younger.
  • All diaper changing must be performed in the changing facilities provided in our facility bathrooms.
  • Wading Pool toys must be small enough to fit, fully inflated, into a 30”x30”x30” box.
  • No diving allowed. Feet first on all slides.
  • Protect our water.
    • Take a cleansing shower before entering the pool and after using the toilet.
    • All bathers who are not toilet trained shall wear a tight-fitting swim diaper.
    • Disposable cotton diapers are not permitted in the pool.
    • If your child has or has had diarrhea in the last two weeks, please do not use the pool.
  • The spa is for the use of adults sixteen (16) years of age or older.
  • Pregnant women and people suffering from heart disease, diabetes, high or low blood pressure should not enter the spa without prior medical consultation or permission from their doctor.
  • Protect our water:
    • Take a cleansing shower before entering the spa and after using the toilet.
    • If you have or have had diarrhea in the past two weeks, please do not use the spa.
  • Check the temperature of the spa water before entering. Maximum safe temperature is 104° F.
  • Members utilizing the spa should only do so for a maximum of 15 minutes at a time.
  • Enter and exit slowly.
  • Do not use the spa if you have consumed alcoholic beverages.
  • No lifeguard on duty. Please use at your own risk.
  • Must pass Safety First Test.
  • Maximum of one person on the wall at a time.
  • Climb must begin from the water.
  • Only feet first entry into the water off the wall.
  • Exit the splash area immediately after use.
  • Obey all staff instructions for safe use.
  • Climbers assume all risk of injury due to misuse or failure to follow these rules.
  • All persons using the slide do so at their own risk and responsibility.
  • Riders must be:
    • Minimum of 44” tall
    • Minimum of 70 pounds
    • Maximum of 280 pounds
    • Must pass Safety First test for slides going into water deeper than the height of the user
  • Obey all instructions given by the staff who have the authority to prevent any condition which leads to the unsafe operation of the water slide or pool.
  • Wait for the dispatcher’s signal to start the ride.
  • One rider at a time.
  • Riders must ride feet first with arms crossed across chest and legs crossed or together.
  • Do not stop or attempt to stop in the slide.
  • Exit the splash pool immediately after leaving the slide.
  • Riders must not be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Pregnant women, people with contagious diseases, open sores, known heart ailments, or prone to seizures should not ride the slide without prior medical consultation or permission from their doctor.
  • Shoes, sandals, shirt cut-offs or suits with exposed metal parts are not allowed. Wearing glasses is highly discouraged.
  • All children using the Splash Pad MUST be accompanied and closely monitored by a responsible supervisor.
  • The Splash Pad is for the use of children six (6) years of age and younger.
  • All diaper changing must be performed in the changing facilities provided in our facility bathrooms.
  • Small hand held toys only.
  • Protect our water:
    • Take a cleansing shower before entering the pool and after using the toilet.
    • All bathers who are not toilet-trained shall wear a tight-fitting swim diaper.
    • Disposable or cotton diapers are not permitted in the pool.
    • If your child has or has had diarrhea in the past two weeks, please do not use the pool.
    • No lifeguard on duty. Please use at your own risk.

Due to COVID-19, lap lanes are only available with reservations made online through Columbia Association’s Customer Service System. Click for instructions for creating your account. Lap lanes are available for reservations under “Scheduler” in the online system.

  • Limit 2 reservations per member per day.
  • Lap lanes can be reserved online up to ten days in advance.
  • We encourage swimmers to social distance while sharing a lane. Please enter and exit from opposite sides and take breaks on opposite sides of the pool.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, SplashDown is temporarily closed. When it is in operation, the following rules and regulations are for the benefit and protection of all users of the Columbia Swim Center to assure safe, enjoyable recreation for all members and their guests. All persons using the SplashDown at the Columbia Swim Center do so at their own risk and responsibility.

  1. All riders must be at least 48″ (4 feet) tall.
  2. The maximum rider weight is 200 pounds.
  3. WARNING: Water depth is 3 feet 6 inches.
  4. Non-swimmers are not permitted.
  5. All riders must ride feet first while lying on their back with arms crossed across their chest. Do not go down the slide head first. Do not sit up while riding the slide.
  6. Riders must enter the slide in a sitting position and wait for instructions from the lifeguard stationed at the slide starter tube.
  7. Do not propel yourself into the ride.
  8. Only one rider at a time. Absolutely no trains or chains of riders are permitted.
  9. Riders should remain in proper riding position until coming to a complete stop in the splash-out area. Do not run, stand, kneel, rotate, tumble, or stop in the flume.
  10. No tubes, mats, or lifejackets are permitted.
  11. Only approved swimwear will be allowed. No cutoff jeans or swimwear with exposed zippers, buckles, rivets, or metal ornamentation. No objects are allowed in pockets and no jewelry can be worn while riding the slide.
  12. Riders must be in good health. Among those who should consult their physicians before using this slide are elderly persons, individuals suffering from heart disease, high blood pressure, or epilepsy; or individuals using prescription medication. Individuals who should not ride include pregnant women and individuals with medical conditions such as heart or back problems.
  13. Do not use this slide while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  14. No diving from slide.
  15. Leave plunge pool promptly after entering.
  16. Riders assume all risk of injury due to misuse of this slide or failure to follow these rules.
  17. WARNING: Failure to follow rules can result in serious injury.
  • Non-swimmers are not permitted to use the diving board.
  • One diver at a time on the board and ladder.
  • Only one bounce to jump or dive straight off the end of the board is permitted.
  • Handstands, cartwheels and sitting or back dives are not permitted.
  • The pool diving area must be clear before using the board.
  • Exit the pool diving area immediately after using the board.
  • Jumping off the diving board into the arms of another swimmer is not permitted.
  • Goggles, masks and floatation devices may not be worn while using the board.
  • Obey all staff instructions for safe use.
  • Divers assume all risk of injury due to misuse or failure to follow these rules.
  • Normal Operations Sunny summer days. Pools open as usual.
  • Limited Operations Cold and dreary with light rain or thunder showers predicted. The following pools will remain open (except on their closed day): Dorsey Hall, Hopewell*, Kendall Ridge, River Hill, Stevens Forest and Swansfield*. *Slide not available in limited operations.
  • Inclement Operations Rainy inclement days: Stevens Forest and Swansfield* remain open (unless very inclement or on their closed day). All other pools closed. Slide not available in inclement operations.
  • Electrical Storms: For your safety, the pool may be closed at any time because of weather, operational difficulties, or other conditions at the discretion of the management
    • During electrical storms, the pool will be closed for a period of one half hour after the last report of thunder or lightning.
    • If the rain becomes heavy enough that the bottom of the pool cannot be observed clearly the pool will be cleared until the bottom can be clearly observed from the lifeguard stand.
    • During periods of lightning, members and guests will be cleared from the facility, as soon as reasonably safe.
    • Columbia Swim Center Program Pool and Columbia Athletic Club pool may remain open during electrical storms.
  • Anyone wishing to enter water deeper than the level of their shoulders must be able to swim one length of the pool while remaining in a horizontal position without stopping or touching the sides or the bottom of the pool.
  • Protect our water:
    • Take a cleansing shower before entering the pool and after using the toilet.
    • All bathers who are not toilet-trained are required to wear a tight-fitting swim diaper.
    • Disposable or cotton diapers are not permitted in the pool.
    • Anyone who has or has had diarrhea in the last two weeks should not use the pool.
  • At a quarter of every hour, there will be a 15-minute break (adult swim), at which time all children younger than 16 years of age will be required to clear the pool. One child 6 years or younger may accompany an adult into the pool during this time.
  • To maintain a safe and family environment, revealing or see-through bathing suits, thongs, shorts with rivets and clothing generally considered offensive will not be permitted.
  • In consideration of others, personal amplified music or radios with external speakers will not be allowed.
  • Illegal drugs and alcoholic beverages or persons under the influence will not be permitted in the pools or on its grounds.
  • Food and drinks are permitted in the designated areas. Grilling is not permitted except at the charcoal grill at Talbott Springs Pool. You must bring your own charcoal and clean the grill after using it. Glass containers of any kind are not permitted.
  • The outdoor pools are a smoke-free zone. Smoking is strictly prohibited inside the property and within 50 feet of the entrance gate.
  • Dogs, cats and other pets are not permitted in the pool complex, except for service animals.
  • Masks, fins and snorkels are only allowed in the lap lanes, provided they are being used appropriately.
  • Pools with basketballs, volleyballs or other game equipment will require collateral for usage of CA pools property.

The sand volleyball courts at the outdoor pools are to be used only for volleyball or other similar games (nuke ‘em). Its purpose is not to be used as a sandbox. Therefore activities, such as digging holes or building sand castles, etc are not permitted. Digging in the sand ruins the court surface and base layer which may cause injury to those playing volleyball.

The sand volleyball courts at the outdoor pools are to be used only for volleyball or other similar games (nuke ‘em). Its purpose is not to be used as a sandbox. Therefore activities, such as digging holes or building sandcastles, etc are not permitted. Digging in the sand ruins the court surface and base layer which may cause injury to those playing volleyball.

For the safety of the community during the summer 2021 swim season, CA will keep capacity at 175 swimmers during the day (generally through 5 pm) and 50 swimmers during the evening (5:30 to 7 pm). During the day, no reservations will be required. We are currently working on having a live count of pool usage for the CA website, so members can see how many people are at the pool before they head over. If it hits 175, no one will be admitted until someone leaves.

During the evening, advance reservations are highly encouraged. Drop-ins are allowed in only on a space-available basis during this time.

The pool manager is responsible for the strict enforcement of the rules and ensuring the facility is operated in a safe and peaceful manner for all to enjoy. The pool manager has the authority to temporarily deprive any member or guest use of this facility and may use discretion in the enforcement of these and other rules and regulations.

Please walk at all times while in the pool area.

All children ages 13 or younger must be accompanied by a therapist.

Members are responsible for the actions of their guests and must remain in the facility with them.

Unruly or inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated. Profane, loud or abusive behavior is prohibited.

Columbia Association cannot be held responsible for loss or damage to personal property of any kind. Please keep a close watch on personal items and report any suspicious behavior.

For your safety, only United States Coast Guard-approved personal flotation devices (life vests) may be used in the pool. Non-swimming persons must be within arm’s reach of a responsible supervisor at all times unless they are wearing a properly fitted Coast Guard-approved life jacket.

Extended breath holding and other hypoxic workouts are not permitted.

Spouting (spitting) water and other unhygienic actions are not permitted.

For your safety and the safety of others, admission to the pool will be denied to all persons having infectious diseases, inflamed eyes, colds, nasal or ear discharges, or any communicable diseases of any kind. Persons with excessive sunburns or open sores will not be permitted to use the pool.

Pregnant women and people suffering from heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure or low blood pressure should not use the pool without prior medical consultation or permission from their doctor.

The pool may be closed at any time because of operation difficulties or other conditions at the discretion of management.

Obey the lifeguards. Violators will be asked to leave the facility immediately without a refund.

Columbia Association lifeguards are on duty to enforce rules and regulations and respond to emergencies, and prevent as many problems as possible; however, a parent/caregiver is ultimately responsible for the safety of their child. There is no substitution for close, active parental supervision.