Aquatics FAQ & Policies

Aquatics Policies

Locker Room Usage

  • 14Y members and Aquatics Program participants may use the lock rooms and showers.
  • Maintain 6 feet social distancing at all times, in all areas.
  • Face masks must be worn at all times except while swimming. 
  • Currently all lap lanes need to be reserved for 30-minute swim sessions.
  • Please do not leave your belongings in the locker room overnight unless you have arranged for a locker rental. Please inquire at the Service Desk. 
  • No eating or drinks in glass containers are allowed in locker rooms , or in the changing or pool deck areas 
  • All participants must shower before entering the pool using the shower on pool deck. 
  • Bathing caps are required for all participants (adults and children) at all times. They are available for purchase at the Service Desk. 
  • Children up to 3 years old or those not yet potty trained must wear swim diapers. They are available for purchase at the Service Desk. 
  • Goggles are optional and also available for purchase at the Service Desk. 
  • There is no towel service at the 14th street Y. Please bring a towel for yourself. This is also available for purchase at the Service Desk. 
  • Sandals/Flip flops are optional, but recommended. 

Swim FAQ

1. What do I need to swim at the 14Y?

Everyone in the pool needs a swim cap, a bathing suit, and a towel from home.

2. What’s the chlorine and PH level?

As per Department of Health (DOH), we keep the chlorine level at around 2.0, in the middle of the suggested range, which is 1.0 – 3.0. The PH is normally at 7.4, also right in the middle of DOH recommended range, which is 7.2 – 7.6.

3. What’s the pool temperature?

We keep the pool 84 degrees. The deck temperature is between 80–84 degrees.

4. What is the length of the pool?

The pool is 20 yards (18.28 meters) long.

5. What amenities do you have in the locker rooms?

Our locker rooms are currently open for changing only. Our showers and sauna remain closed.

6. What can’t I bring onto the pool deck with me?

Street shoes, food and cell phones are not allowed on the pool deck.

7. Anything else I should know?

Please think of safety first! No running on the pool deck. Alert a lifeguard if you experience or see trouble.

8. Can I bring a guest?

The 14Y is not offering guest passes for aquatics use during this time

9. I’m interested in private swim lessons, who should I contact?

Miguel Pagan, 14Y’s Aquatics Director, can help you schedule private lessons. Please email him at  MPagan@14streety.org.

Needs for Swim Class 

  • Bathing caps are required for all participants (adults, children, and babies) at all times. They are available for purchase at the Service Desk.   
  • Goggles are optional. Instructors will let you know if you (or children) need a pair. They are available for purchase at the Service Desk. 
  • Towels are not provided by the 14th Street Y. Please bring a towel for yourself and/or pack one for your child as well 
  • Sandals are optional but recommended for participants.  
  • Showers are available in both locker rooms, and all-in-one shampoo and body soap are provided in each shower stall for your convenience.  
  • We recommend that you bring a padlock to secure your belongings in a locker. The 14 Street Y is not responsible for lost or stolen items. 
  • All participants must shower before entering the pool. A shower is available on the pool deck.  

Children’s Learn to Swim Drop Off Class Information

Drop Off & Pick Up
Please be timely in both drop off and pick up of your children. Street shoes are not permitted on the pool deck. You will be asked to remove them. Drop off and Pick up Locations: please use the locker room entrance to drop off and pick up your child.

Locker Room Policy 
As per 14 Street Y policy, children above the age of 6 are not allowed in opposite sex locker rooms.
Street shoes are not permitted in the shower and drying area. You will be asked to remove them. Food or drinks in glass containers are not permitted. The family changing room on the 1st floor is available for parents/caregivers who need to change opposite sex children. Please arrive with plenty of time to change and get to your class. Please do not leave your clothing inside the changing room since it is a shared space.

Attendance
For the safety and security of your child, each swim student must check in (attendance) upon arrival.   The 14 Street Y is not responsible for providing makeup classes or issuing refunds for programs missed as a result of client illness, scheduling conflicts, emergencies, or other events beyond our control.

Aquatics Program 
Children learn the complex physical skills of swimming at different rates. Our program emphasizes effort as swimmers can spend a lifetime perfecting their swim skills. Based upon age and ability, children will work to acquire the following Red Cross Swim Skills: water safety, breath and buoyancy control, front & back float, streamlining and basic stroke mechanics for all 4 competitive strokes.

We will be working under the American Red Cross Swim Curriculum Levels 1 thru 6. Our Red Cross Certified Water Safety Instructors are responsible for determining which swim level is appropriate for each child. Children will be given a swim evaluation during the first class of each semester. This evaluation will determine the appropriate level for instruction.

Parents/Observers on the Deck 
We are sensitive to the fact that separation from your child can be difficult especially in the case of a first time visit to a new program and facility. In order to provide a safe learning environment with minimal distraction, parents/caregivers will not be permitted on the deck after the first class. One parent/caregiver can observe the first and last class. This policy helps ensure your child’s safety and ability to learn. Shoes are not allowed in pool area. Please observe COVID–19 social distancing guidelines. Please note that due to our health and safety protocols, parents/caregivers will not be allowed to wait in the 14Y lobby while children are in class. You’ll be allowed to re-enter the 14Y building for pick-up 5 minutes before class ends.

Needs for Swim Class 
Bathing caps are required for all children at all times. They are available for purchase at the Service Desk. Goggles are optional. All participants must shower before entering the pool. We recommend that you provide your child with a lock for the lockers to ensure the safety of their belongings. The 14 Street Y is not responsible for lost or stolen items.

Accidental Water Contamination 
Parents/caregivers should have a conversation with their children on the topic of accidental water contamination. Children between the age of 4 and 6 are most likely to experience an accident of this nature. The Aquatics Staff will always ask and escort children to the bathroom. Reassure your child that it is far less embarrassing to let someone know about his or her needs than it is to contaminate the water; this can be traumatizing.


Baby & Toddler + Parent/Caregiver Swim Class Information

Locker Room Policy
As per 14 Street Y policy, children above the age of 6 are not allowed in opposite sex locker rooms.
Street shoes are not permitted in the shower and drying area. You will be asked to remove them. Food or drinks in glass containers are not permitted. The family changing room on the 1st floor is available for parents/caregivers who need to change opposite sex children. Please arrive with plenty of time to change and get to your class. Please do not leave your clothing inside the changing room since it is a shared space.

Attendance 
For the safety and security of you and your child, you must check in (attendance) upon arrival. The 14 Street Y is not responsible for providing makeup classes or issuing refunds for programs missed as a result of client illness, scheduling conflicts, emergencies, or other events beyond our control.

Needs for Swim Class 

  • Bathing caps are required for all participants (adults, children, and babies) at all times. They are available for purchase at the Service Desk.
  • Goggles are optional. Instructors will let you know if you (or children) need a pair. They are available for purchase at the Service Desk.
  • Towels are not provided by the 14th Street Y. Please bring a towel for yourself and/or pack one for your child as well
  • Sandals are optional but recommended for participants.
  • Showers are available in both locker rooms, and all-in-one shampoo and body soap are provided in each shower stall for your convenience.
  • We recommend that you bring a padlock to secure your belongings in a locker. The 14 Street Y is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
  • All participants must shower before entering the pool. A shower is available on the pool deck.

Swimming Diaper for Baby Classes 
The child should be closely supervised by a parent or caregiver and the diaper should be changed frequently. Please wear a bathing suit over the swim diaper. This is mainly for extra protection against leakage in the event of a bowel movement. Diaper changing stations are available in men’s, women’s and family bathroom facilities.


Questions?

If you have questions, concerns, or comments please contact Miguel Pagan, 14Y’s Aquatics Director, at  MPagan@14streety.org or call 646.395.4315.