Aquatic Center FAQs

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Why is showering before entering the pool required?

The Illinois Health Department requires that all guests using the Aquatic Center take a head to toe soap shower before entering the swimming pools. This helps reduce contaminates in the pool water from sweat, body oils, lotions, etc.

What makes the Aquatic Center different from area pools?

The Link Aquatic Center is a state of the art facility. It was designed and constructed based on the current aquatic industry standards and practices. As the aquatic industry standards and practices change so does the construction and design of new aquatic facilities. This is why there are differences in the appearance, design, construction, and safety precautions & guidelines compared to other area pools.

Make Up Procedure

There is no provision made for swim class makeup for children missing classes. This is so the students registered will have quality and consistency in their lessons. If classes are cancelled by the Illinois Valley YMCA, arrangements will be made to make up the class.

Why can’t a child sit on my lap when using the water slide?

The water slide manufacturer requires that all guests use the slide one person at a time, feet first on the back. This prevents the potential injury to the neck or back. When a guest uses the slide with a child on their lap, it increases the risk of the guest to have a neck or back injury in addition to the child potentially slipping off the person and becoming severely injured. The flow of the water slide also increases the potential of injury when more than one guest uses the slide at a time and can result in multiple guests becoming injured.

Why does the Link Aquatic Center have health & safety regulations?

Why is it strongly recommended for guests to be 17 and older in the spa?

What are the requirements for guests who are incontinent or not toilet trained?

The Link Aquatic Center requires all guests who are incontinent and/or not toilet trained to wear a swim diaper and tight fitting plastic, vinyl or rubber pants. When regular diapers become immersed in water water the gel used to absorb urine and fecal matter. A swim diaper is designed not to disintegrate while swimming like a regular diaper but does not prevent urine or fecal matter from entering the water. When the swim diaper is combined with tight fitting plastic or rubber pants the fecal matter is contained and is less likely to contaminate the swimming pool water with the bacteria that can cause several illnesses such as Pseudomonas, Hepatitis, Giardia, Legionella, Staphylococci, or Cryptosporidium. Swim diapers and plastic pants are available for purchase at the Alligator Alley & Pro Shop.

What type of swimming attire should I wear?

The Illinois Health Department requires all guests using the swimming pool to wear clean swimming attire. The Illinois Valley YMCA requires all swimmers be in a lined bathing or swimming suit. Lined swim suits are more sanitary than regular clothing. Wearing lined swim suits helps in protecting guests from debris and contaminants that may be on regular clothing. In addition, t-shirts or pants restrict a guest’s ability to effectively move through the water. The Link Aquatic Center staff also recommends that small children wear thermal swim suits or swim suits that cover more body area. Since the body mass is drastically different than adults or older children heat loss is greater. We suggest that your child wear a hat to prevent heat loss. Before and after your child swims, we recommend keeping them warm with a hooded terry cloth robe or towel.

Why is the height requirement 48” for the inner tube waterslide?

The water slide manufacturer requires that all users of the water slide be a minimum height of 48” to prevent the guest from being seriously injured. In addition, the splash down area of the leisure pool is 3feet 6 inches or 42” deep. A person under 48” cannot comfortably keep their airway above the water when exiting, due to the extreme force of the water from the slides water. In addition the manufacturer of the water slide states in the operational handbook that guest under 48″ have a high risk of being thrown off the inner tube while using the slide. Being thrown off the inner tube can potentially give the guest a head, neck or spinal injury or lead to death.