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:
- 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
- Sports Bras
- 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:
- Street clothes can be dirty and will add dirt to the pools water.
- Street clothes can be contaminated with fecal matter and that will contaminate the pools water.
- 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.
- Street clothes can transport airborne and ultimately water borne contaminants into the pool.
- 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.