Pool Rules

Please click the PDF below to review our initial pool opening plan that follows the state's Phase 2 guidelines for outdoor pools. We are committed to adhering to the highest standards to create a safe environment for all.  










(Failure to abide by the rules may result in suspension of membership)


The following rules are in addition to the 2020 Sun Valley Pool Opening Guidelines. In the event of any conflicts between the two, the SV Pool Opening Guidelines supercede what is outlined below.

General Rules -  Responsibilities and Liability

  • The Pool Opening Guidelines in the PDF above provide more detail regarding our rules during the pandemic.

  • Members only (no guests).

  • Children under age 16 must be supervised by parent or guardian at all times on Sun Valley property.
    No drop-offs of children under age 16.

  • All persons using the pool and all Sun Valley property do so at their own risk. Sun Valley Associates, Inc. assumes no responsibility for accidents or injury on the premises, nor for claims of loss or damage to personal property.   This includes, but is not limited to, travel or transportation related to Sun Valley activities.

  • COVID-19 specific waiver must be Supervision of every child shall always be the responsibility of that child’s guardian, NOT that of Sun Valley.

  • The General Manager, Asst. Manager and the lifeguards have the authority to ask any person (adult or child) to leave the pool area who, in his/her opinion, is endangering the health and/or safety of others.  This includes children over 16 who are left unattended at the pool.

  • Improper behavior may result in suspension of member privileges.


Board of Health Regulations

  • The following are Board of Health regulations

    • All bathers must take showers before entering the pool (only the outdoor shower is open at this time).

    • No glass is permitted in the pool area.  This includes all glass containers and drinking glasses.  Please use plastic items.  Ring tabs from cans are hazardous and must be disposed in a trash container.

    • There must also be a minimum of 4 feet clearance from the pool on the cement apron.

    • There will be no lounge chairs on the cement apron. 

    • Tricycles, wagons, and other wheeled toys must not be used on the cement apron of the pool.

    • Eating or drinking is prohibited within the concrete apron around the pool.

    • Those with open skin infections (blisters, sores, etc.) are not allowed in the pool until said infection is healed.  Any child who has scabs or pox that are not completely healed may not use the pool.


General Pool Rules

For children under 16 years of age, use of different areas of the pool is allowed in accordance with capability assessment by the Life Guard staff.

  • Testing is to be completed each season.

  • Those who have passed a test are allowed to swim in the appropriate areas.  The tests are as follows:

    • 4 foot section only:      1 length freestyle of the Main Pool

    • 4 and 5 foot sections:  2 lengths freestyle of the Main Pool      

    • Entire Pool                   3 lengths of the Main Pool – 2 freestyle and one of any forward-facing stroke.

  • Children who have not passed a swim test may be in the main area of the pool only if accompanied by an adult, at a depth of up to 5 feet, with the parent close by. The lifeguards on duty have the discretion to ask any parent/child to leave the main pool if they are swimming in an unsafe manner. 

  • No cutting through the lap lane or designated pool areas at any time.

  • The pool heater will be set to between 76 and 78 degrees by the manager.  This will take the chill off the water, but still leave it cool enough for lap swimming.  It also moderates the increased energy costs of  pool heater.  The manager is the only person allowed to set the temperature.  Do not complain unless the temperature is lower than 76 degrees.


Rules Relating to Older Children

  • All unaccompanied children over age 16 are considered responsible for themselves while on Sun Valley property.  Sun Valley provides no supervision.

  • Unaccompanied children who are asked to leave the pool more than 3 times during the season will no longer be allowed at the pool without a parent or guardian.


Rules Relating to Children

  • A parent, guardian or babysitter must directly supervise all children under 16 while on Sun Valley grounds.. 



  • Children using the shallow “L” end of the pool must have a responsible person in close attendance at the pool edge at all times. It is strongly recommended that the parent/baby-sitter be in the water. 

  • Regardless of the age of the child, parents are responsible for watching children in the shallow L end. Non-swimming children must be accompanied by a parent or baby-sitter when in the pool or on the cement apron.

  • Children should be urged to use the bathroom before going to the pool area.

  • Infants should have fresh diapers before going into the water.  All infants and young children who are not fully toilet-trained must wear tightly fitted plastic pants over their diapers or specially made disposable swim diapers.  Used disposable diapers must be sealed in a plastic bag before being placed in a trash barrel.



  • Babysitters must be over the age of 18 and sign the general waiver and COVID-19 waiver.

  • Babysitters must provide direct close supervision of younger children at all times.

  • The manager will intervene if proper supervision is not provided.

  • Non-member babysitters will be admitted without a guest fee when they are babysitting.

  • Older sibling babysitters must supervise their siblings.  They may not swim separately or leave the pool area for any reason while responsible for a younger sibling.


Water Safety

  • The General Manager and his/her staff have complete authority during pool hours and are charged with the responsibility of carrying out these rules and maintaining safety and reasonable decorum.

  • Conversations with lifeguards on duty should be limited to safety issues.  Lifeguards rotate through shifts at the check-in desk and can be approached there for non-safety related issues.

  • No running, pushing, tag games, or general horseplay allowed on the cement apron.

  • The pool must be cleared when there is thunder.  People may return to the pool 20 minutes after the last occurrence of thunder or at the discretion of the lifeguard.

  • The use of swim fins, toys, floats, tubes, noodles, and ball playing is prohibited.



  • Diving is permitted from the 9 ft end of the pool only.

  • No back dives allowed. 

  • No diving from ladders.

  • No diving from the sides of the pool.


Flotation Devices

  • No personal floatation devices are allowed in any part of the pool.  Sun Valley owned floatation devices such as kick-boards, swim noodles, and tubes will not be available for use at this time due.



Adult Swim

  • With the reservation system in place we will not be holding Adult Swim at this time.


Members and Guests

  • Sun Valley is members only. Guests are not permitted.
    The only exception is for a named nanny/childcare provider.



  • No alcoholic beverages allowed except when approved by the Board of Directors.

  • No glass containers allowed.

  • No pets allowed on Sun Valley grounds.

  • No smoking within the pool fence.  Smoking is permitted outside of the fence, with proper caution and proper disposal of cigarette butts.

  • No unauthorized electrical appliances will be allowed.

  • No solicitation allowed.  Selling goods or services of any kind is prohibited on Sun Valley property.



  • Parties are not allowed on Sun Valley property

  • The grill and picnic tables will be closed at this time.

  • Each member of every family is responsible for cleaning up its own refuse.  Failure to do so, after warning by the General Manager, may result in suspension of seven days.

  • The Pool Attendant’s House cannot be used for storage of members’ personal belongings.


Travel To and From SV

  • Only registered motorized vehicles driven by licensed operators are allowed on Sun Valley property.  No mini-bikes are permitted at any time.

  • All bicycles must be placed in the bike racks when not in use.

  • The only entrance to the Pool and Recreation Area is at 14 Fairlawn Lane.  Do not cut through neighboring yards.


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Mailing Address: Sun Valley Associates, PO Box 64, Lexington, MA 02420

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