General Facility Rules

  • Everyone must take a shower using soap and warm water before entering the pool.
  • Diving is not allowed in the wading pool, whirl pool, or in the shallow end of the main pool.
  • No food, gum, or drinks other than water are allowed in the change rooms or the pool area.
  • Glass containers or bottles are not allowed in the change rooms or the pool area.
  • No person shall spit, spout water, defecate, urinate, or otherwise pollute the pool water.
  • Anyone with communicable diseases, open sores, or infections are not to use the facility.
  • Anyone on medications for high blood pressure, heart condition, or other medical conditions must speak with a doctor before using the whirl pool or steam room.
  • Swimmers must wear clean swimwear intended for use in the pool, not street clothing. Swimsuits are not mandatory.
  • Any person with incontinence or diarrhea over the previous 2 weeks must not enter the pool.
  • For sanitary reasons, strollers are not allowed on the pool deck; speak to our front desk staff about stroller storage.
  • Street shoes are not to be worn in the change rooms or in the pool area.
  • No bather may be intoxicated with drugs or alcohol while using the facility – they will be asked to leave.
  • Swearing, foul language, racist and/or bigoted language, and bullying are not allowed in the facility.
  • Aquafit belts are not allowed to be used by non-swimmers as a substitute for an approved PFD.
  • It is strongly recommended that anyone with medical conditions disclose their condition privately to a lifeguard.
  • Animals are not permitted in the facility with the exception of registered service animals.
  • Swimmers are not allowed to use the start blocks during lane swim or public swim.
  • Children aged 7 and over must use the change room that corresponds with their gender identity; families may change together using the family change room.
  • Aggressive play is not allowed on the premises; this includes but is not limited to pushing, dunking, play-fighting, throwing another swimmers, and sitting on the shoulders of another swimmer.
  • Lockers are for day use only and all personal belongings must be removed at the end of your swim.
  • Portage Pool is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
  • Bicycle rack is available outside the facility, to the right of the accessibility ramp. 
  • Lifeguard must be obeyed at all times.

This list is not exhaustive and Portage Pool lifeguards will use their discretion in enforcing pool rules to ensure the safety of all patrons on the premises. Call the front desk with specific questions about our facility rules and guidelines.


Children 3 years and under and anyone who is incontinent must wear protective, water resistant swimwear. Swim diapers are FREE at Portage Pool’s front desk – one per child per swim. Reusable diapers are available for sale at the pool as well.


Whirl Pool Rules

  • Swimmers should limit time in the whirl pool to 10 minutes at a time
  • Anyone who shows signs of altered state of consciousness or over heating should exit the whirl pool immediately
  • Women who are pregnant, anyone with a heart condition, hypertension, seizures, diabetes, and obesity and those greater than 65 years of age should speak with a doctor before using the whirl pool
  • Swimmers must not submerge their head in the whirl pool
  • Pool equipment including kick boards, toys, and PFDs are not allowed in the whirl pool or on the tiles whirl pool platform
  • For safety reasons, bathers should enter and exit the whirl pool using the stairs
  • For health reasons, children under the age of 2 are strongly recommended not to enter the whirl pool
  • Children aged 6 and under are allowed to enter the whirl pool with the direct supervision of a caregiver within arm’s reach in the water
  • Children between the ages of 7 and 11 years of age may use the whirl pool without supervision of a caregiver as long as they meet the height requirement of 36”
  • Patrons paying for showers only are not permitted use of the whirl pool
  • The maximum number of bathers permitted in the whirl pool at one time is 25

Steam Room Rules

  • Pool equipment including like toys and PFDs are not allowed in the steam room
  • Children aged 6 and under are not allowed to use the steam room
  • Children aged 7-12 may use the steam room under the supervision of a responsible person of at least 12 years of age
  • Patrons should limit time in the steam room to 10 minutes at a time
  • All steam room uses should behave quietly ans respect others
  • Everyone must wear a bathing suit in the steam room, at all times
  • Anyone on medication for high blood pressure, heart condition or other medical conditions must consult with a physician before using the steam room
  • Patrons paying for showers only are not permitted use of the steam room
  • The maximum number of users allowed in the steam room at one time is 17

Admission and Supervision of Children

To view Portage Pool’s admission and supervision policy for children under age 12, click here.

Extra Resources

Check out our swim etiquette brochure to learn more about swimming in shared spaces, like how to circle swim in lanes.

First time at a pool? No problem – here’s what to do in your First Ten Minutes At the Pool.

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