Pool Rules

The Avondale Swim and Tennis Club (ASTC) Rules and Regulations are for the protection and benefit of all members. These rules have been established to ensure the safe, enjoyable and sanitary operation of our facilities. All members are required to review these rules and regulations carefully. Members are requested to caution their family members and guests to observe all rules and obey all instructions by the pool manager and other staff of ASTC.

Our priority is the SAFETY of all members. Please respect our rules and the direction of our lifeguard staff. If at any time you have questions or concerns about the operation of your pool, please contact an officer of the Board either by email (
ASTCMembership@gmail.com) or phone (404-969-2782).

Rules & Regulations


The pool, tennis courts, and facility grounds are limited to members in good standing and their paid guests. At no time are non-members allowed to use the facility while not in the company of a sponsoring member. Unauthorized guests will be asked to leave.

All members must sign in upon entrance to the grounds.

Guests will be admitted to the grounds only when accompanied by a member, and after registration at the front desk and payment of the appropriate guest fee. Guest fees are $5/guest and fees are subject to an increase at the discretion of the Board. The definition of “Guests” and explanation of fees can be found in Article III, Section G of the By Laws.

All children under the age of 9 years must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, or a babysitter. Lifeguards and other pool staff are not responsible for looking after children. The lifeguards are there to watch swimmers only. Unsupervised children under the age of 9 years will be asked to contact a guardian to be picked up immediately from the pool.

Parents/caregivers are always responsible for the behavior of their children while on ASTC property, and membership privileges are subject to review for serious and/or repeated rules’ infractions.

Appropriate swim attire is required – bathing suits only.

Everyone must change in the restroom. There is no deck changing.

No food is allowed on the pool deck at any time.

No glass, sharp objects, or hazardous materials may be brought to the pool or pool deck – non glass drink containers only.

No drink containers of any kind are allowed in the pool.

No chewing gum is allowed on the pool deck.

Running is not allowed on the pool deck. Rough play and excessive noise is prohibited on the grounds in general.

Bicycles, skateboards, scooters, rollerblades and other wheeled vehicles are prohibited on pool grounds and tennis courts. The only exceptions are strollers and wheelchairs. Bicycles should be racked outside the entrance.

No animals other than service animals are allowed in the pool area.

Hammocks are not allowed on the grounds.

The pool phone is provided as a courtesy; please keep calls to three minutes or less.

ASTC is a smoke-free facility; smoking, vaping and/or the use of e-cigarettes is prohibited on ASTC grounds. 

Public intoxication or abusive behavior will not be tolerated.

Underage drinking is prohibited.

Acts of vandalism, theft, trespassing, assault or disorderly conduct will be prosecuted.

A violation of rules may result in an immediate removal from the grounds and suspension or termination of membership as determined by the Board of Directors.

Swimming and Diving


Obey the lifeguards. If a lifeguard views a situation as potentially dangerous to any members, he or she will require that members adhere to safety precautions. This may include discontinued use of an unsafe toy or flotation device. The lifeguards are the ultimate authority over all pool safety issues. Problems should be taken to the ASTC pool manager on duty.

Do not engage in unnecessary conversation with the lifeguards while they are watching the pool.

Pool and Pool Area

No flotation devices (such as rafts, inner tubes, or inflatable objects) are allowed; pool “noodles” are allowed.  Personal safety devices and/or swim aids are allowed.

Non-swimmers are required to wear flotation devices and are required to be within arms’ reach of a guardian/responsible swimmer at all times. Non-swimmers are restricted to the shallow pool area.

Kickboards are for instructional use or lap swimming only.

No spitting, spouting, nose-blowing or other bodily excretion is allowed in the pool.

No hard projectiles, such as tennis balls, hard balls or Frisbees, are allowed in the pool. Soft sponge balls, diving toys, water guns, noodles, and other pool-related toys are allowed at the discretion of the lifeguard. 

Lifeguard breaks occur the last fifteen (15) minutes of every hour. Swimming during Lifeguard Breaks is restricted to those 18 and older. Non-swimmers are allowed in the shallow end of the pool during adult swim and must be accompanied by an adult.

All swimmers must exit the pool immediately on the occasion of lightening or thunder. The pool will remain closed until 30 minutes after the last occurrence of lightning or thunder and at the discretion of the lifeguard.

Diving is only allowed in the deep end of the pool.

Diving Board

No swimming is permitted under the diving board area. All divers must exit the pool using the ladder to the right.

Only one person is allowed on the diving board at a time.

Only one bounce is allowed on the diving board.

Wait to dive until the previous diver is at the ladder.

Dive or jump straight off the front of the diving board.

Kiddie Pool (aka: the “Mushroom”)

The Mushroom is for children 5 years of age and under. No lifeguard is on duty and children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Rafts and/or floats are not allowed in the Mushroom area.

All swimmers must exit the pool immediately on the occasion of lightening or thunder. The pool will remain closed until 30 minutes after the last occurrence of lightning or thunder and at the discretion of the lifeguard.

Children of diaper age must wear swim diapers with plastic covers at all times while in the Mushroom and surrounding area.

Pool Contamination

Any member or guest experiencing stomach problems, intestinal discomfort, or diarrhea is asked to refrain from swimming. Parents of young children are asked to monitor their child’s health to insure that they are not experiencing similar conditions.

Children of diaper age must wear swim diapers with plastic covers at all times while in the pool or on the pool deck. They should be monitored and frequently changed in order to avoid any leakage. Young, non-diapered children should also be monitored to ensure they visit the toilets frequently.

Lifeguards have the right and responsibility to remove any children from the pool, who are not in compliance with this rule.

Diaper changing must take place in the restrooms only. Changing diapers on the pool deck is prohibited.

All pool contamination must be reported to the pool staff immediately.

In the event of formed fecal stool, blood or vomit contamination, the pool will be cleared and all contaminate material removed. The pool will be reopened only once a proper cleaning has been conducted.

In the event of diarrhea contamination, the pool will be cleared and closed until the chlorine level has been brought up to 20 PPM (parts per million) for ten hours and then allowed to return to its normal level. The amount of time may vary due to circumstances beyond control but is usually achieved in less than 24 hours.

If fecal contamination occurs and is not reported, or it cannot be determined if it is the result of diarrhea, it will be treated as a diarrhea contamination.

Swim Meets

The pool will be closed during home swim meets. The schedule for swim meets will be posted on the bulletin board and can be found online at http://www.avondaletidalwaves.org/ .

The Mushroom will be closed during home swim meets.

Swim Lessons

No Instructor shall be allowed to provide any swim lessons without completion of an ASTC Swim Lesson agreement and approval of the ASTC Board. ASTC Board approval is required to ensure that all requirements are met by swim instructors, including insurance provisions, lifeguard certification, etc.

All Instructors must hold a current American Red Cross lifeguard certification.

All Instructors must be insured or covered by a minimum $1 million liability insurance policy that specifies Avondale Swim and Tennis as a location for their swim lesson services.

For every swim lesson given to a non-ASTC member, the swim instructor will pay $5/student to cover the ASTC guest fee.

Swim lessons at ASTC may be offered on the following days and time:

Mondays through Thursdays – before or during ASTC pool hours

Fridays until 2 p.m. ET

Saturday mornings until the pool opens at 10 a.m. ET

Sunday mornings until the pool opens at 12 p.m. ET

ASTC Board-approved swim instructors have permission to provide swim lessons any days before the ASTC pool opens.


The Trophy Room, patio and Tennis Pavilion are available to all members for private parties. Parties have no age restrictions but can only be hosted by an adult member in good standing. Adult supervision of children is required.

Reservations must be made with the ASTC party coordinator no less than 72 hours in advance. Reservation requests may be made

Maximum attendees for a party is 25, including members and guests. Guest fees must be paid for each non ASTC member in attendance. A request for larger parties must be submitted to the
ASTC Party Coordinator no less than 7 days in advance and is subject to Board approval.

Private parties may not be scheduled on Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Father’s Day or Labor Day weekends. 

ASTC and ALTA sanctioned events take priority at the Tennis Pavilion only. Tennis dates can be found on the
tennis calendar. ASTC events can be found on the ASTC Calendar of Events.

Members are responsible for cleaning up after parties. Failure to do so may result in fees assessed to the booking member.

Parties are restricted to normal pool hours and days of operation.

Abuse, Molestation, and Harassment Prevention

Three person rule:  It is prohibited for any adult employee or volunteer to be alone with one youth who is not their child. There must be another adult present or more than 1 child.

Required Reporting:  All volunteers and employees are required to report any known or suspected abuse incidents by an employee or volunteer to law enforcement and to the board of directors of the pool.

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