From Cannon balls to back flips, and all the tricks in between kids are excited to hit the pool this summer. However, before your kids make a splash there are some new rules Northside Pool will be enforcing this summer.
Starting now, the City of Wilmington is requiring each kid under the age of 18 will have to have a signed release form. These forms are being passed out at the pool entrance, and need to be returned no later than June 16th.
Also, if you are under the age of 10 years old you have to have a parent with you.
"It used to be 8 and under you had to have a parent present with you," explained the head lifeguard at Northside Pool. "I think it is a lot less stressful to have more mature kids in the pool, and it keeps everyone else in line."
As for your traditional rules of no running, no rough play, no glass bottles, etc. there is also a swim test required before kids can take a dive into the deep end.
"They have to swim from one end of the pool to the other," said the head lifeguard. "It's a way for us to recognize your swimming abilities."
He also said once the kids pass their test they get a neon green wristband. However, that band is only good for that day. Each kid will have to retake the test each time they come.
"Sometimes they can have good days and sometimes they can have bad days, so we just want make sure we are being as safe as possible."
So before you grab the towel and apply the lotion make sure you pay attention to the new rules at Northside Pool.
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