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Frequently Asked Questions

Sea Gull Swim School

How do I get information about SU summer swim programs?

Information about the Sea Gull Swim Club and Sea Gull Swim School are available online on April 1st.  Patrons from the previous summer will receive an email reminder that registration is open. 

Who teaches in the Sea Gull Swim School?

All of the instructors involved with the swim school are Water Safety Instructors (WSI) or supervised by a WSI.  Salisbury University pool staff have undergone fingerprinting and background checks to assure their record is clear prior to beginning work at the pool.

When are Swimming Lessons Offered?

The Sea Gull Swim School operates lessons during the summer months only.  Each session consists of eight 45 minute lessons.  Sea Gull Swim School lessons are taught following the American Red Cross Learn to Swim Program. http://www.redcross.org/services/hss/aquatics/its.html.

Are private swimming lessons available?

No. We do not offer private swimming lessons however; our group lessons are limited to 25 for children’s lessons and 15 for young beginner lessons.  Split between our instructors the typical class has four to five students allowing each child maximum instruction time under the supervision of his/her teacher.

How do I know what level my child is?

By reading the descriptions printed on the brochure you can get a general idea of the level of your child.  We test each child on the first day of lessons and make further adjustments as needed to assure each child is in the correct level.  By indicating on your registration form the level you think your child will fit in allows us to prepare our instructors and lessons ahead of time to maximize the amount of water time.

What if my child does not pass his/her lessons level?

It is not unusual for a child to repeat a level two or more times before passing.  The American Red Cross has stringent guidelines that we must follow to assure that each child successfully completes one level before moving to the next.

Can my four year old take children’s lessons?

No. Our experience has taught us that four year olds are not ready to join in with older children in our children’s lessons.  The young beginner classes are challenging and teach many of the level one and two skills that your child will need to move up.  Often our young beginners skip level one and move right into level two as they join our children’s lessons.

How should I dress my child for lessons?

Most bathing suits and swim trunks are acceptable. We ask that you make sure your child’s swimwear fits snuggly so it will not hinder any movement. If your child is prone to chill, a swim cap may help. For swimmers with long hair, we ask that it be pulled back away from the face (no metal clips or bareats please). Goggles may be used at times during lessons but are not required since we want children to be comfortable without goggles.If your child is not toilet trained we require that they wear a swim diaper when in the water for the health and safety of our instructors and patrons.

What do I do if my child is ill?

If your child has diarrhea, is throwing up, has a fever or has a contagious disease you should not bring them to the pool. Strict health department regulations prohibit us from allowing anyone with the above afflictions to swim.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

There are no refunds for any classes. If we need to cancel a class due to unforeseen circumstances we will make every attempt to make up the time. Unfortunately, non-attendance on your part for any reason does not entitle you to a refund or a make-up class.

Inclement weather

We do not cancel classes due to weather unless it is severe. Should we experience severe weather we may clear the pool for a limited time until the danger has passed. If we are unable to complete a significant portion of a class we will make every attempt to make up the missed time.

Transferring to another time or session

Each class has a limit due to participant/instructor ratio. If you wish to transfer to another class or time we can only honor your request if there is remaining space in that session. We ask that you check your child’s schedule carefully prior to signing them up as our classes fill quickly and we may not be able to accommodate you.

Parent/guardian observation

We require parents to remain in the pool balcony during their child’s lessons to watch their child; however, we do not allow parental involvement or allow parents on deck during the lesson.

Bathroom/locker room usage

When arriving for lessons please enter through the pool balcony doors at the top of the stairs. Should your child need to use the bathroom or locker room they are located at the south end of the pool. If your child should need to use the bathroom during lessons we will ask the parent or guardian to accompany them if they are not comfortable on their own. Under no circumstances will our pool staff accompany your child into the locker room.

 

What if I would like to talk to someone, who should I approach and when?

We ask that you limit your questions/concerns to before and after class as it poses a distraction and a safety hazard to approach an instructor during class. The head instructor is almost always available to speak with you but we ask that you remain in the balcony during lessons unless you are called to the deck by the head instructor.

Why are lessons only offered during the summer?

During the academic year our priority is to accommodate our students, staff and faculty. The pool is used by academics, athletics, campus recreation, intramurals and student groups. With the demand from our campus groups we do not have pool time available for lessons.

Parking

We recommend that you park in the parking garage located on the corner of Wayne and Bateman streets. Normally in the summer that is no charge or a very nominal charge. From the parking garage you will walk through the tunnel under route 13 and proceed past the first set of doors to the main entrance.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Sea Gull Swim Club

What is the difference between Lap Swim and Open Swim?

Lap swim is reserved for adults and others who wish to swim lengths of the pool.  Open swim gives patrons the opportunity to use pool equipment, play games, and dive in the deep end.  The lifeline separating the shallow end from the deep end is in place during all conference and open swim times.  Patrons wishing to work out during these times will need to swim widths or swim under the lifeline.

What floatation devices are allowed?

For safety and liability reasons we allow only Coast Guard approved floatation devices.  When purchasing life jackets and other pool accessories look for the Coast Guard approved seal.  We do have a limited number of life jackets and pool toys available for use by our patrons.  We do require that anyone needing the support of a life jacket or other means of support, remain in the shallow end of the pool.  Minors wishing to swim in the deep end must perform a swim test for the lifeguard.  The lifeguard on duty will determine who may use the deep end.

Do I have to stay at the pool while my child swims?

Yes. Children 18 and under do need a parent or guardian in the pool area at all times when using the pool.  By staying with your child, you are following correct water safety procedures and eliminating additional stress on our lifeguarding staff.

Can I bring a guest to the pool?

No. Safety and liability concerns along with the heavy usage by the campus community do not allow us to offer our facilities to guests.

Do I have to have my card with me each time I swim?

Yes.  We issue Swim Club cards to assure only those who qualify for the benefits of our summer pool hours are able to use the facility.  Each time you swim you will need to show your card to the lifeguard at the desk.  By tracking attendance, we can better serve your needs and interests.

Does the pool ever close during the summer?

Yes. We close only for the Fourth of July and in unexpected situations.  For our patron’s safety, we close the pool for several hours if there has been fecal contamination or other body fluids in the water. During thunderstorms we clear the pool as the storm passes.  Unexpected incidents are handled on an individual basis and patrons will not be allowed to re-enter the water until it is safe.

When can students and faculty with a Gull Card use the pool?

Gull card holders can use the pool from 4:00 – 5:00 pm only Monday through Sunday.  To swim at other times a membership is required.

Can I work at the Maggs Pool?

Yes. Anyone 16 years of age or older with current lifeguarding certifications may apply for a position on our summer staff.  We offer a lifeguard training course in April in conjunction with the American Red Cross and begin hiring our staff shortly after that.  This is the only Lifeguarding course offered through S. U. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Maggs Pool

 

Can I work at the Maggs Pool?

Yes, we offer tryouts twice per year for Salisbury University students. The spring tryouts are for students currently enrolled in Salisbury University who wish to work the following academic year. The fall tryouts are for freshman and transfers new to the university. Tryout dates, times and information will be posted in the pool window prior to the tryout.

Can I rent the pool?

Yes. We do allow Salisbury University associated groups and community members to rent the pool on a limited basis as long as we have lifeguards available. All pool rentals are handled through the Conference Services Office to assure liability coverage.

Can I supply my own lifeguard if one is not available?

No. Only lifeguard currently hired and trained by Salisbury University are allowed to guard due to state regulations and safety and liability concerns.

What is the difference between Lap Swim and Open Swim?

Lap swim is reserved for adults and others who wish to swim lengths of the pool.  Open swim gives patrons the opportunity to use pool equipment, play games, and dive in the deep end.  The lifeline separating the shallow end from the deep end is in place during all conference and open swim times.  Patrons wishing to work out during these times will need to swim widths or swim under the lifeline.

What floatation devices are allowed?

For safety and liability reasons we allow only Coast Guard approved floatation devices.  When purchasing life jackets and other pool accessories look for the Coast Guard approved seal.  We do have a limited number of life jackets and pool toys available for use by our patrons.  We do require that anyone needing the support of a life jacket or other means of support, remain in the shallow end of the pool.  Minors wishing to swim in the deep end must perform a swim test for the lifeguard.  The lifeguard on duty will determine who may use the deep end.

Can I bring a guest to the pool?

No. Safety and liability concerns along with the heavy usage by the campus community do not allow us to offer our facilities to guests.

Do I have to have my gull card with me each time I swim?

Yes. Each time you swim you will need to show your gull card to the lifeguard at the desk.  By tracking attendance, we can better serve your needs and interests.

Can my group provide a D.J. or bring our own speakers for our event?

No. The state regulations mandate that the noise level in the pool area be at a “conversational” level. If the lifeguard cannot hear swimmers it becomes a safety issue. In addition, we do not allow excess electrical equipment or cords to be used on deck.

What equipment is available for my groups to use?

We can provide up to three lane lines, kick boards, pull buoys and limited balls to use. Any additional equipment will need to be provided by your group and approved prior to your event. We do not supply microphone or bullhorns for your groups announcements.

  

Renters responsibilities

It is the responsibility of the group to set up and clean up after your event. No food or drinks will be permitted in the pool area and all non-participants must remain in the pool balcony. The lifeguards are assigned for the time requested so please figure in set up and clean up times when making plans. In addition each group must have a responsible adult or advisor present at all times during the event should problems arise.

Bathing attire

Most bathing suits and swim trunks are acceptable. We do not allow street clothes, cut off shorts, thong style suits,  string bikini’s or other items that may be offensive to other swimmers. We do ask that your swimwear fits snuggly so it will not hinder any movement. If you are prone to chill, a swim cap may help. For swimmers with long hair, we ask that it be pulled back away from the face (no metal clips or bareats please). Goggles are strongly encouraged as the pool chemicals can cause irritation to the eyes. Jewelry should be removed prior to entering the pool.

ADA accomodations

The pool is equipped with a lift chair that is operational by the person using it. In addition we have a set of stairs allowing those with limited mobility to enter the shallow end with minimal assistance. Restroom, shower facilities and changing area are also equipped to accommodate those with mobility issues.

Locker space

The lockers in the pool locker rooms are available for patrons to use. If you wish to keep your belongings at the pool you may bring your own lock for one of the annual use lockers. All lockers must be registered. Locks on lockers that have not been registered may be cut at any time.

Pool patio

The patio located at the south end of the pool is available for use during pool hours. Please help us keep the area clean by picking up trash following your visit.

Pool Facts:

6 lane, 25 meter pool

One mile = 66 lengths of the pool

Depth – 3 ½ feet to 12 feet

Temperature = 80 to 84 degrees

Lost and Found

There is a lost and found basket located under the officiating stand. Items left behind will be held until the end of the semester then disposed of. Items of value may be turned over to campus police for safe keeping.

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