MARC has a complete set if pool rules which members should review. Below is an abbreviated list of rules which cover some often encountered situations.
- When using the club facilities, all members and their guests must conduct themselves in a courteous manner to ensure safety for all. No abusive language or boisterous behavior will be tolerated. Pool users must obey the lifeguards and/or pool management at all times. Members are responsible for the registration, identification, and conduct of themselves and their guests. Please register every time you visit the pool.
- Guests: Members are allowed up to four guests. No residents of the Corporate Membership Area are allowed as guests. Having more than four guests constitutes a “party” and will require that you follow the party request process. There are Wake County regulations on the ratio of swimmers-to-guards that we must follow, and the party request process helps us plan for larger than normal numbers of swimmers. Please see a guard at the “hut” if you have any questions or go to the “Want a Party” section of the MARC Web site at http://marcpool.org/want-a-party/.
- The MARC Corporate Membership Area is defined as the area within the boundaries of Chapel Hill Road, I-40, Trinity Road, Edwards Mill Road, Reedy Creek Road, Umstead State Park and Harrison Avenue and includes but is not limited to the following subdivisions: Ardmore, Braeloch, Brandywine, Carriage Woods, Hearthstone Farms, Hemingway Forest, Kingsbrooke, Medfield, Royal Oaks, The Lakes at Umstead, Talton Place, Trenton Woods, Trinty Farms, Trinity Grove, Trinity Woods, Windy Woods and Wyatt’s Pond
- Games: For safety reasons, passing lacrosse balls inside the fenced pool area is not allowed.
- Pets: Wake County health code requires that pets and other animals not be allowed to enter fenced pool area.
- Broken glass in or around pool is a health code violation, and will cause the pool to be closed until the glass can be removed. In the worst case, broken glass in the pool area can cause the pool to be closed, totally drained, the filtration system cleaned, and the pool refilled. This is a costly process that takes several days to complete. It is MARC pool policy that no glass containers or similar breakable objects of any kind are permitted within the fenced pool area.
- Swimmers/waders who are not potty-trained must wear swim diapers and tight fitting rubber/plastic pants (the “hut” tries to keep a few of these available if you or a guest forgets to bring them, but availability is not assured). Disposable diapers often fail, regardless of what the label may say, and are not a substitute for swim diapers and plastic pants.
An exception to the general pool schedule is that the pools, deck and shelter will close at 4 PM for home swim meets. Food and refreshments are available from the hut during the meets, and adults or older swimmers willing to help with set-up are always appreciated! For more information see the Swim Team section of the MARC Web page at http://marcpool.org/MARC/MARC_Sharks.html.
Unscheduled closings do happen occasionally. Below are the guidelines that are followed:
- Equipment failures will sometimes cause pool chemicals to get outside of acceptable limits. When this happens, our management company will respond to repair the equipment and reopen the pool as soon as possible.
- Thunder & Lightning – If thunder is heard or lighting seen, members will be asked to get out of the water for 30 minutes. Each time thunder is heard or lightning seen the 30-minute count will begin again. If severe weather persists past 6:00 p.m. with no indication of clearing, the pool may remain closed for the rest of the day and a notice will be sent to the members via email.
- Contamination – The Health Department requires that the Pool Manager shut down and treat the pool for up to 24 hours every time there is vomit or fecal contamination in the water. When this happens, it is inconvenient for all pool members. To avoid this, the MARC pool rules are as follows:
- Swimmers/waders who are not potty-trained must wear swim diapers and tight fitting rubber/plastic pants (the “hut” tries to keep a few of these available if you or a guest forgets to bring them, but availability is not assured). Disposable diapers often fail regardless of what the label may say, and are not a substitute for swim diapers and plastic pants.
- The best way to avoid an accident is to make frequent trips to the restroom and to check for soiled diapers often. You know your child better than anyone else, so look for signs. Check them frequently while they are in the water and give them a thorough check when they are out of the water during the hourly break.
Pool closings will be emailed to the membership.