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The Winston-Salem Recreation and Parks Department Aquatic Program would like to remind patrons of the current swim attire requirements for all city-operated swimming pools. Life Jackets and Swim Test requirements

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The current requirements are as follows:

  • All Day Cares, Day Camps or any groups (where kids are supervised by adults), wishing to swim at a city operated swimming pool, must contact Dick Butler for an orientation before you are permitted to swim. Dick Butler can be reached at 336-734-1212 or via email at dickb@cityofws.org.
  • Swim attire that is designed for swimming.
  • Proper swim attire is a swim suit with a liner inside the swim wear.
  • Nylon board shorts with a draw string are allowed to be worn over nylon rash guard shorts, jammers or speedos.
  • Females may wear proper male swim attire over proper female swim wear.
  • Clean cotton t-shirts maybe worn in the water over proper swim attire.
  • All infants/toddlers that require a diaper are asked to wear swimmer diapers and proper swimwear.
  • City pools are family friendly. All swim wear must be appropriate.

The following attire is not proper swim attire for a city swimming pool.

  • Athletic/Basketball shorts
  • Shorts without a liner
  • Cargo pants
  • Denim shorts/cut-offs
  • Female undergarments
  • Boys underwear or boxers
  • Socks or shoes
  • Non-Coast Guard approved flotation suits

Pool patrons often ask, "Why do I have to wear proper swimwear?" Here are just a few reasons:

  1. Street clothes can be dirty and will add dirt to the pools water.
  2. Street clothes can be contaminated with fecal matter and that will contaminate the pools water.
  3. Cotton and similar materials can absorb the chemicals in the water, causing the water to become less effective at maintaining the proper chemical balance or may cloud the water.
  4. Street clothes can transport airborne and ultimately water borne contaminants into the pool.
  5. Swim suit material is generally made of Lycra and Nylon which are the best non-absorbent material for swimming and are the best fabrics for proper swim attire.
    • Other absorbent materials (such as cotton) can break down in the water and cause fibers to clog filters.
    • Any “colored” material (unless specifically made for swimming) can bleed into the pool, affecting water chemistry and balance. (This is also a reason for turbidity in pools.)

See the Aquatics Calendar for pools information.

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