Pool Rules

Mission Valley Aquatics is a community aquatic facility, therefore must abide by all state health department regulations and is subject to fines or closure if rules are not followed.

Please do not be offended if a lifeguard or member of the management staff asks you to stop or alter your current behavior due to a facility rule. Rules are in place to ensure patron safety. Failure to comply may result in pool privileges being revoked.

All rules are in place for a reason, so please be courteous to lifeguards who are just doing their job. If you have questions about facility rules, please seek an explanation from a head lifeguard or facility management, not the on-duty lifeguard. Their first priority is swimmer safety and must not be distracted from watching the water.


Be safe – All rules and requests by lifesaving personnel must be followed. Do not engage the lifeguard in unnecessary conversation. Emergency procedures must be observed. Swimmers must leave the pool area immediately upon the signal or request of pool staff.

Admission fee – All patrons using the facility must pay the admission fee. Children under the age of 2 are free.

Keep our facility clean – No outside shoes are allowed on the deck. Bring a pair of flip-flops to wear. A cleansing shower is required before entering the pool.

Children under 7 years old or less than four feet tall must be accompanied by a parent or responsible person in a swim suit at all times including in the water, on the deck and in the restroom. While in the water, the parent/ responsible person must remain within arm’s reach at all times.

Sanitary measures – Individuals who are not toilet trained must wear a swim diaper and a swimsuit. No cloth or disposable diapers allowed. Do not change diapers near the pool or on the pool deck. Please do not use the pool if you have had diarrhea or any other disease transmittable by water in the past two weeks.

Attire – Appropriate swims suits must be worn in the pool. No cut-offs or T-shirts allowed. Rash guard shirts are permitted.

Therapy pool – The therapy pool is intended for calm and relaxing use. Check the Aqua Therapy class and swim lesson schedules for pool closures or “Adult Only” times. Disruptive behavior is prohibited. An adult must accompany any non swimmer and children under the age of 14.

Animals – No animals in the pool or deck area except as required under the Americans with Disabilities act. No animals will be allowed in the pool.

Alcohol/drugs – Persons under the influence of alcohol or narcotics will be denied admission and/or asked to leave the premises.

Food/beverage/tobacco/glass – No food, beverages, candy, gum or tobacco are allowed in the pool area. Food and beverages brought in for events must be consumed in the party or community rooms. No glass or other breakable items are allowed.

Floatation devices – Floatation devices (water wings, swim suits with floats, float rings, etc.) are not allowed. A properly fitting USCG-approved lifejacket is allowed. Adults doing water aerobics exercises may use their own float belts and noodles to work out, but they must be used properly.

Toys – Small toys and soft balls are permitted, but must be used respectfully or the will be taken away. Snorkels are not allowed during open swim. Training equipment like kick boards, pull buoys, fins, float belts hand paddles may be used by adults only. Facility aerobics equipment is reserved for participants during facility-run exercise classes.

Health – Persons with open cuts, sores, bandages, active viruses, coughs or infected eyes are not permitted in the pool. Spitting, spouting or nose-blowing in the pool is strictly prohibited. No band-aids in the pool.

Water comfort – A lifeguard may ask individuals to perform a swim test before entering water that is above their head. This will allow our safety staff to access an individual’s comfort level in the water and swimming proficiency. You may only take a swim test once per day. Once you pass the swim test, you will receive a cool MVA patch!

 – Swim 25 yards (75 feet) using the front crawl (“freestyle”). Body must be horizontal; Flutter kick (no bicycling) with rhythmic breathing to front or side; Over water arm recovery (No dog paddle).

 – Jump into deep water, surface unassisted, tread water for one minute in a vertical position and mouth above the water line.

 – Exit from pool unassisted.

Weak or non-swimmers must remain in the shallow end.

Running/diving/jumping – Patrons must not run on decks; climb on ADA lifts or starting blocks; dive in shallow water (less than 9 feet deep); dunk, push, pull or splash swimmers. Jumps are permitted feet first. Back jumps, twisting and flips are not permitted of the side of the pool. Diving in water less than nine (9) feet deep, back dives, somersaults, “cannon balls” from the side of the pool or any other unsafe activities are not permitted. Use of the starting blocks is strictly prohibited unless supervised by a certified Mission Valley Aquatics staff member.

Personal trainers, coaches and instructors – Only MVA staff, in the course of their MVA employment, may provide personal training, swim instruction and/or coaching at the Mission Valley Aquatic Center. Failure to observe this policy or attempts to circumvent it may result in loss of privilege to use the aquatic facility for both the person receiving instruction and the person giving instruction. This policy also precludes these individuals or groups from recruiting clients within the aquatic facility. Licensed physical therapists may conduct aquatic therapy during open swim hours with prior aquatic director approval and a signed written agreement. Outside individuals or groups wishing to rent space at the aquatic center must receive prior aquatic director approval.

Be kind – Offensive, abusive, profane, intimidating or unsanitary behavior will not be tolerated and may result in pool privileges being revoked.



Mission Valley Aquatic Center
P.O. Box 774
Polson, Montana 59860

(406) 883-4567