Recreation Pool, Wading Pool, Lap Pool and Spas (Hot Tubs)
General Aquatic Center:
Use of the Aquatic Center facilities at the Ranch House at any time is at the swimmer’s own risk and may result in certain unforeseeable risks. Neither Ranch House staff nor River Valley Ranch Master Association shall have any liability to any member, or guest of a member, for damage or injury resulting from use of the pool facilities. The Ranch House is under no obligation to have personnel with any specific types of training in the aquatic facilities.
1. Any injuries or accidents should be reported to the Ranch House staff immediately.
2. Lifeguard staff guards the Recreation Pool and slide during set hours in the summer. During the “off-season” (Labor Day to Memorial Day) there are no lifeguards on duty in the aquatic area. Lifeguard staff does NOT guard the Spas (hot tubs), Wading Pool area or Lap Pool at any time, summer or off-season.
3. The lifeguards are in charge of enforcing the rules of the Ranch House in and around the Aquatic Center. Anyone disobeying or ignoring enforcement of the rules or an attempt by a lifeguard to maintain safety is considered in violation of the General Ranch House Rules. If a member disagrees with the directive given by a lifeguard, the directive must be obeyed immediately and then brought to the attention of management.
A lifeguard’s response to an infraction or unsafe activity in the Aquatic Center (whether or not they are within the Ranch House Rules and Regulations or posted signs) may include, but is not limited to: a verbal warning, sitting out of the pool or spa for a period of time or leaving the aquatic area for the rest of the day. Repeated infractions by a member or guest may be brought to the attention of Management and then the Executive Board and dealt with accordingly.
4. All children twelve (12) and under, must be supervised at all times by an adult or caregiver at least fifteen (15) years of age, while at the Ranch House Aquatic Center. Supervision is defined as having the child(ren) in view at all times or being in the pool/spa with the child(ren).
5. Parents or caregivers are not allowed to leave children under the age of twelve (12) unsupervised in the Aquatic Center area to use the Tennis facility.
6. All Aquatic Center users must shower prior to entering the pools or spas, especially when returning from the restroom or following a workout, to limit the spread of bacteria and germs
7. Lifeguards may call for a “Safety Break” if they feel that they cannot see the bottom of the pool due to congestion, raindrops or if they feel there is any safety concern (ie. sun fatigue, wild play). This break will generally last 10 minutes and is signaled by the Lifeguards.
8. Proper swim attire is required while using the pools or spas. Tee shirts may be worn for sun protection. Management has discretion to determine “proper swim attire.”
9. Wet bathing suits are not permitted in the Lobby, Juice Bar or Great Room areas. All bathers must dry off before entering the building. Bathers are encouraged to wear cover-ups when in the building. No bathing suits, cover-ups, etc. allowed in the Great Room.
10. If there is a bio-incident (accident) in a pool or spa, that pool or spa will be closed by staff for an appropriate period of time according to the bio-incident protocol for cleaning and sanitizing.
11. The pools and spas will be closed when lightning is observed or thunder is heard in the immediate area. The pool may reopen thirty (30) minutes after the last noticeable lightning strike or sound of thunder.
12. Caution should be used when walking on wet floors, slide stairs and pool deck. Please be especially careful of locker room floors and when entering the building from the lap pool.
13. Alcohol is not allowed to be brought onto premises, but is available for purchase at the Juice Bar. Only plastic or aluminum containers are allowed in the Aquatic Center.
14. Food, gum, candy and beverages besides water are not allowed to be consumed in the pools.
15. No skateboards, rollerblades or bicycles are allowed in the Aquatic Center or fenced area behind the Ranch House.
16. Pool parties and birthday parties at the pool must be reserved through the Ranch House Director. Please see Member Services for costs and guidelines.
Recreation Pool (Big Pool):
1. All children twelve (12) and under must be supervised at all times by an adult or caregiver at least fifteen (15) years of age while at the Ranch House Aquatic Center. Recreation Pool supervision is defined as having the child(ren) in view at all times from the Recreation Pool deck or being in the Recreation Pool with the child(ren).
2. An appropriate caregiver must be in the pool with his/her child if the child is not a competent swimmer. Lifeguards will advise the guardian if they feel that the child is not a competent swimmer.
3. Rafts and other flotation devices may be allowed at Lifeguard’s discretion. Jumping off the sides of the pool onto flotation devices or kickboards is not allowed.
4. Children in diapers or not potty trained MUST wear swim diapers. Adults should check the diaper or take the child inside to the restroom frequently to avoid a bio-incident in the pool.
5. The slide will be closed when Lifeguards are not on duty or as determined by management.
6. When going down the slide, person must slide down feet or knees first. No head or back first slides.
7. Flotation devices cannot not be taken down the slide.
8. Horseplay should be avoided in the waiting line at top of slide. Slide users should walk up the stairs and use caution as it is slippery.
9. Climbing on or near rock waterfalls or walking up the slide is not permitted. When the slide is on, play is not allowed in the pool around the slide exit area.
10. Slide privileges may be suspended at any time for unsafe behavior.
1. All children twelve (12) and under must be supervised at all times by an adult or caregiver at least fifteen (15) years of age while at the Ranch House Aquatic Facility. Wading Pool supervision is defined as having the child(ren) in view at all times from the Wading Pool deck or being in the Wading Pool with the child(ren).
2. Children in diapers or not potty trained MUST wear swim diapers. Adults should check the diaper or take the child inside to the restroom frequently to avoid a bio-incident in the pool.
1. The Lap Pool is to be used for workout purposes: lap swimming, water jogging/walking, water aerobics or an organized swim class/lesson (adult or child).
2. Individuals not utilizing the pool for workout purposes (splashing, playing, etc.) will be asked to vacate the lap pool by staff or another member/guest if that person intends to use it for a workout purpose.
3. All children twelve (12) and under must be supervised at all times by an adult or caregiver at least fifteen (15) years of age while at the Ranch House Aquatic Center. Lap Pool supervision is defined as having the child(ren) in view at all times from the Lap Pool deck or being in the Lap Pool with the child(ren).
4. Children may NOT be in the Lap Pool, unless attending an organized practice or lesson, when the Recreation Pool is open.
5. Lap Lane Etiquette:
• Swim to the right of your lane when sharing the lane with another swimmer or jogger
• If a swimmer in the same lane is right behind you, wait at the end of the lane for them to pass you
• When standing at the wall of a lane, stand to the right (when facing the wall) whenever possible to allow space for the incoming swimmer
Spas (Hot Tubs):
1. All children twelve (12) and under must be supervised at all times by an adult or caregiver at least fifteen (15) years of age while at the Ranch House Aquatic Facility. Spa supervision is defined as having the child(ren) in view at all times from the Spa deck or being in the Spa with the child(ren).
2. The larger Family Spa is intended for adults and children. The smaller Therapeutic Spa is intended primarily for adult therapeutic purposes because it is deeper and has higher pressure jets.
3. All children must be potty trained; swim and regular diapers are not permitted in either spa.
4. No food, gum or candy is allowed in either spa — Adults may responsibly consume beverages while children are allowed to drink water when using the spas; please use care not to spill beverages in the spas.
5. There will be a two drink limit (alcoholic beverages) for adults in spas.
6. No toys, floaties or noodles of any type are allowed in either spa, with the exception of personal flotation devices (PFDs).
7. Horseplay or splashing is not allowed in the spas.
8. Jumping or diving into the spas is not allowed.
9. Spa users should use care when using the spa stairs and exercise caution when exiting the spa as it is slippery, especially in winter.
10. Prominent health organizations advise, for health and safety reasons, that any child under the age of five (5) should not use a hot water spa of any kind. Additionally, elderly persons, pregnant women and those people taking medications or that have health conditions which require medical care should consult with their physician before entering a spa with high water temperatures, such as those at the RVR Ranch House (which are kept around 103⁰).