Blodgett and MAC Pool Policies

  1. Every patron must take a cleansing shower before entering the pool.
  2. Every patron must wear an appropriate bathing suit; gym shorts, compression shorts, sport bras or similar attire are not permitted. If a patron prefers to wear long attire to cover their arms, legs and head, the material must be swimming attire material and tight fitting. Cotton is not permitted in the pools.
  3. No patrons with communicable diseases, sores, bandages, a cough, fever, or cold will be permitted in the pools.
  4. No carriages or strollers are permitted on the pool deck. Each child under the age of 7 must be accompanied and directly supervised by an adult at all times while in the facility, including in the water. One adult must be present per two children under age 7, and one adult per four children between ages 7 and 18. If a child cannot swim independently for 25 yards, a parent or guardian must remain in arm’s reach at all times regardless of the child’s age in a one to one ratio.
  5. Children over the age of 4 must use the age appropriate locker room.
  6. Personal flotation devices are NOT permitted unless they are stamped with coast guard approval. Lifejackets are available at both pools but this does not replace direct, in-water supervision of non-swimmers.
  7. Kick boards and pull buoys are available on a first come, first serve basis. Please return them when you are done.
  8. Scuba equipment, including masks and snorkels, are NOT permitted in the pool. Exceptions will only be made for those with current medical approval on file with the Aquatic Manager.
  9. Diving from starting blocks, diving boards, and tower is prohibited.
  10. Blodgett prohibits swimmers from using any entrance other than the main lobby doors.
  11. Private swimming lessons are prohibited. Only Harvard Aquatics Staff may give swimming lessons.
  12. Blodgett users are not permitted in closets or storage areas, or to adjust pace clocks.
  13. Swimmers must circle swim when there are more than two people swimming in a lane (staying to the right). Verbal communication between swimmers must occur when switching between splitting lanes and circle swimming.
  14. Special activities may necessitate the change in or cancellation of recreational swim hours. Patrons should check the weekly schedule online or with the front desk at 617-495-1789.
  15. LIFEGUARDS ON DUTY ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR POOL ACTIVITIES AND HAVE AUTHORITY TO SUSPEND POOL PRIVILEGES. PARTICIPANTS MUST COMPLY WITH INSTRUCTIONS OF THE LIFEGUARDS.