Swimmers 12 and under must complete a swim skills assessment with a certified lifeguard and be assigned a swim band to wear each time they come to the pool. Each swimmer will be required to test once a year but can re-test at any time.

Red Swim BandMust have in water supervision and life jacket
Those who do not pass the swim test or decline to take the test are marked with a red swim band

  • All non-swimmers must wear a Coast Guard approved personal flotation device (PFD), remain in the shallow end of the pool and within arm’s length of an actively involved adult caregiver who is in the water with the child.

  • While actively teaching your child how to swim you may remove the PFD.

Yellow Swim BandMust remain in shallow water (up to armpit deep)

Steps to successfully get a yellow wristband:

  • Float on back for 30 seconds then must regain vertical position on their own.

  • Swim half of the length of the pool unassisted and swim back unassisted on stomach.

  • Swimmers who pass the shallow water test may play in water that is armpit deep or less.

Green Swim Band Can go anywhere in the pool 

Steps to successfully get a green wristband:

  • Jump into water that is over the individual's head and return to the surface.

  • Swim half of the length of the pool unassisted and swim back unassisted using front crawl or breaststroke.

  • Tread water for at least one minute with ears and face above water, then turn onto back for 30 seconds.

  • Exit the pool without assistance.

Enjoy your time at the pool! The YMCA of Central Kentucky reserves the right to limit activities to protect members and guests. For your safety and the safety of others, please obey all verbal instructions from YMCA staff.