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    Participant Emergency Contact Information and Aquatics Program Waiver

    All participants are required to provide the name and phone number of an emergency contact.  For participants under the age of 18, the emergency contact must be someone other than the parent/person accompanying them. 

    All participants 18 years or older are required to sign the Aquatics Program Waiver.  All minors must have an adult 18 years or older sign the waiver for them.  Please arrive a few minutes early on the first day to sign the waiver.  No participant will be allowed to enter the pool until the waiver is signed, no exceptions.

    The waiver reads:

    By signing below, I confirm that I give permission for myself/my child to participate in the St. Paul Public Schools Community Education Aquatics program.  I do hereby acknowledge that the sport of swimming and aquatics activities involve greater than normal risk of catastrophic injury, paralysis and even death, as well as minor injury.  I agree to assume all risks, costs or losses sustained by me, my child or my child’s family in connection with participation in the aquatics program including classes, trainings and open swims.  Due to the nature of our facilities, family changing areas are not available and children 5 years and older must use gender appropriate locker rooms.  Further, I hereby release, agree to hold harmless and indemnify the St. Paul Public Schools Community Education Aquatics program, its members, officers, directors, staff and volunteers from any claims, losses or expenses incurred by or on behalf of me, my child or my child’s family. 

     

    Class Placement

    If a student is registered for a class that is inappropriate for the student’s skill level, that student will not be allowed to remain in the class.  The student will be placed in the appropriate class only if space is available.  Decisions are at the discretion of the instructors and pool staff.

     

    Pool Closings

    If a pool is closed and classes cancelled due to reasons beyond our control (ie: pool repairs, water contamination, chemical imbalances of the water, inclement weather, etc.), all efforts will be made to reschedule the class session at a later date and/or at alternate location.  If a class session is rescheduled, a refund will not be issued for that class session.  Additionally, it is possible that cancelled classes may not be rescheduled or refunded.

    Community Education staff will contact you as soon as we know of a pool closure.  Please make sure your phone number and email address are updated in your account so that we may contact you in a timely manner. Since some closures are unanticipated, there is a possibility that you may not become aware of the pool closure until you arrive at the pool. 

     

    Closings Due to Weather

    In case of bad weather, tune to WCCO 830AM, local television news stations, or the Saint Paul Public Schools website for notification of school closings. St. Paul Community Education Programs are not held when St. Paul Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather.

     

    Cancellations

    Saint Paul Community Education reserves the right to adjust the length of classes, combine classes, or cancel classes due to lack of enrollment or emergencies.

    Refunds, credits, or make-up classes are not available when participants are unable to attend their scheduled class(es).

    Please register early to avoid class cancellations due to low enrollment.

     

    Refunds

    Refunds minus a $10 processing fee will only be issued if requested three (3) business days prior to the start of the first day of class.  Refunds will not be issued once the class has already begun.  Full refunds are issued if Community Education cancels a class or if the class is already full.

     

    Expectations for Swimmers and their Families

    General

    • Respect all school and Community Education property and equipment.
    • Respect lifeguards, pool staff, and rules at ALL times.  Lifeguards and pool staff have final say in any safety or program issue.
    • Parents accompanying their children to and from all Community Education Aquatics classes.
    • School aged children (5 years old) and older must use gender appropriate locker rooms.
    • Pool and locker rooms will be open approximately 15 minutes prior to the start of the first class of the day/evening.  Please do not arrive earlier. 
    • Pool and locker rooms will be locked 15 minutes after the end of the last class of the day/evening and participants must exit by that time.
    • Mark class and no class days on your calendar and be on time.
    • What to bring to lessons:  swimsuit, swim diapers for those not potty trained (regular disposable diapers are not allowed in the pool), towel, hair binder to tie back long hair
    • What not to bring to lessons: food or beverages (water in unbreakable containers is permitted), glassware, ceramics, or similar material with tendency to shatter on impact, toys, strollers, valuable or irreplaceable possessions (Community Education is not responsible for lost or stolen articles)
    • Saint Paul Public School facilities are tobacco free
    • Domestic animals are not permitted in Saint Paul Public School facilities

     

    Safety and Conduct

    • Participants must sign the Aquatics Program Waiver before participating in Aquatics classes.  Minors must have the waiver signed by a parent/guardian over age 18.
    • Everyone must wait back, away from the pool, until receiving further directions from their instructor or pool staff.
    • Parents and observers must watch from bench so students can focus on their teacher and their class.
    • Anyone not registered for the lesson is not permitted in the pool.
    • Walk on pool deck and in locker rooms.
    • Do not climb, play, or hang on pool steps, ramps, ladders, or railings.
    • Parent and Child classes: Only one parent/guardian is permitted in the pool with each child
    • Parent and Child classes: Parents must not swim while holding their child. Parent’s feet must remain on the ground at all times.
    • Parent and Child classes: Children tall enough to stand by themselves in the water must remain within arm’s reach of their parent and under close supervision of their parent at all times.  The water level shall not surpass the child’s shoulders.
    • Foul language and inappropriate behavior will not be permitted.
    • Do not spit or spout water from your mouth or blow your nose into the water.

     

    Attire

    • Appropriate swim attire is required for all swimmers.  Swim suits are preferred and recommended.  No baggy or loose clothing, no cut-off jeans, no long pants or long sleeved shirts, no see through or white colored clothing is permitted.
    • Children who are not potty trained must wear a disposable swim diaper or plastic pants. Regular disposable diapers are not allowed in the pool.
    • Tie back long hair
    • Goggles are permitted. However, instructors may ask younger children not to use goggles so as not to become dependent on them or if they become a distraction.
    • Jewelry and valuables should not be worn in the pool
    • No bathing suits with built in floatation, inflatable tubes, water wings, or non-Coast Guard approved life jackets are permitted

     

    Health

    • Shower before entering the pool.
    • Children who are not potty trained must wear a disposable swim diaper or plastic pants. Regular disposable diapers are not allowed in the pool.
    • Change diapers in locker rooms and not at poolside to help prevent germs from spreading to objects in and around the pool.
    • Do not come to lessons if you are sick or contagious (ie: severe cold, flu, diarrhea, pink eye, ring worm, strep throat, etc).

     

    Basic Pool Rules

    • No food, beverages, gum, or glass allowed in the pool area.
    • No running.
    • No pushing, dunking, spitting, sitting on shoulders, or horseplay.
    • All life jackets must be Coast Guard approved. Those wearing a life jacket must remain within arm’s reach of a parent or other adult at all times.
    • The use of non-Coast Guard approved life jackets, water wings, float suits, inner tubes, and air mattresses are prohibited. 
    • Patrons must demonstrate their swimming ability before entering deep water.
    • All jumps from the pool deck or diving board must be done feet-first, facing forward. No flips or spins.
    • The pool must be at least 9 feet deep to dive form the side of the pool.
    • The pool must be at least 11 ½ feet deep to dive from the diving board.
    • One person on the diving board at a time.
    • After using the diving board, immediately swim to the side.

     

     

     

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