Parking, Pool and Gym access at Owings Mills J:  Parking on the right side of the building (by Gordon Center) will be limited Friday, Feb. 3-Sunday, Feb. 5. ALSO this Sunday, Feb.5:  the Glazer "wood" gym and the Indoor Pool will be closed from 12:00-7:00pm.  Please plan ahead.

Shabbat candle lighting: 5:11pm

Indoor Pool FAQs

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

*Updated March 2, 2022

Q: What options are available at the indoor pools?
A: During select hours, you can swim laps in a lap lane, tread water in the deep end, workout in the shallow end, take a water aerobics class, or play in the pool. Each of these activities are designated on our pool schedule as either lap swimming, water aerobics or general swim. General swim includes treading water in the deep end, shallow water workouts or family swim time. If you have additional questions about these programs please contact scrawford@jcc.org in Owings Mills or rchinsky@jcc.org in Park Heights. Please review the pool schedules before coming so you can plan your visit.

Q: Who will be permitted to participate in indoor aquatics exercising?
A: These activities are available exclusively to members whose accounts are active and financially up to date. Members are allowed to purchase guest passes.  

LAP SWIMMING

  • Up to 4 people are allowed to share a lap lane at a time. If there are more than 2 people per lane, please circle swim. 
  • Ask before entering a lane. Sit on the side for the swimmer to see you before entering the lane. 
  • Try to swim in a lane with someone of comparable speed.
  • Lifeguards have the discretion to ask members to switch lanes for patron safety.

WATER AEROBICS

  • We offer water aerobics classes in both of our facilities. Please view our schedules for details and times.
  • We recommend participants wear water shoes in the water to prevent slipping.
  • The JCC will provide all equipment needed for water aerobics classes. Members are welcome to provide their own.

GENERAL SWIM

  • General swim on the schedule means you can use that space for whatever you like. This is the space that should be used for treading water, shallow water, general play.
  • General space is when families are welcome to bring kids to the indoor pool.
  • Any child under the age of 8 must have an adult in the water within an arm’s reach of the child. An adult may watch up to 2 children under the age of 8 at a time. An adult is someone age 18+
  • Any child between the age of 8-11 must have an adult watching them at all times (adult may not be lap swimming). An adult is someone age 18+.
  • Please note that the last portion of the evening is reserved for ages 16+only.
  • Members are welcome to use any of the equipment we have out, but please return is back to its storage location after use. Children are not allowed to use water weights. 

WATER TREADING/SHALLOW WATER SPOTS

  • All participants must be JCC members.
  • All participants must reserve a spot online in advance.
  • All participants are expected to maintain physical distancing while in the water with other patrons in the treading space.
  • All participants must provide their own equipment.

ADDITIONAL AQUATICS QUESTIONS

Q: What equipment will be available to me at the pool?
A: The JCC has limited equipment for general member use, including kickboards, noodles, pull buoys etc. Members should bring any equipment they plan to use, including kickboards, pull buoys, noodles, aqua belts, water weights, lifejackets, goggles, etc.  Equipment will be provided for the exclusive use of water aerobics class participants.

Q: What about restrooms and water fountains?
A: Our indoor locker rooms will be available for use as well as water fountains. We recommend you bring a filled water bottle to keep hydrated during your workout. Our indoor restrooms are fitted with no touch toilets, sinks, and soap dispensers.  Bathrooms will be continuously sanitized throughout the time the JCC is open and after each session.

POOL SAFETY RULES

  • Children ages 8 and under who are in, or near, the water, must be actively supervised by an adult guarding who is within arm’s reach. An adult may watch up to 2 kids at a time. 
  • Prolonged underwater swimming or breath holding is not allowed. 
  • Look before you leap! Diving is only permitted in water deeper than 9 feet. Please be aware of what (or who) may be beneath you when entering the water.
  • Running, dunking, pushing, or throwing persons into the pool is not permitted. No horseplay, riding on shoulders, excessive splashing or dunking allowed.
  • Inflatables (balls, rafts, water-wings, etc.) are not permitted in our pools. Individuals requiring flotation assistance may use US Coast Guard approved PFDs (life vests).
  • Hanging on the ropes, ladders or other pool equipment is not permitted. 
  • Non-swimmers must stay in the shallow water. 
  • All swimmers are encouraged (and children under 18 are required) to take a swim test before swimming or exercising in deep water. Lifeguards may require any swimmer to take a deep water test based on program requirements or safety needs
  • No car seats or strollers are permitted on the pool deck. 

PLEASE HELP US KEEP OUR POOLS CLEAN & HEALTHY

  • All swimmers with earlobe-length hair or longer are encouraged to wear a swim cap. Tying up hair is also acceptable. 
  • A proper bathing suit is required in the pool. No cut-off jeans/pants or colored tshirts are allowed.
  • No street shoes are allowed on the pool deck. You must wear a different pair of shoes on the deck -other than you wear outside (e.g. pool shoes, sandals, slippers, etc.)
  • No spitting in the pool or on the pool deck.
  • Bathers should rinse off in a shower before entering the pool.
  • Bathers must wash their hands thoroughly with soap and hot water after using the restroom or after changing a diaper.
  • Diaper-age children or children who are not toilet trained must wear a swimsuit diaper or closely fitting plastic pants.
  • Parents must make frequent diaper checks of their children’s diapers. A diaper check must be made before placing the child in a pool. Diaper checks must be made with the child out of the water.
  • Diaper changing is not allowed poolside. Please use changing tables in restrooms.
  • Any person suffering from diarrhea or a waterborne transmitted communicable disease shall not be allowed in the pool, per Maryland state law.
  • Any person with open cut, blister, or lesion shall not be allowed in the pool, per Maryland state law. Please remove and dispose of bandages properly before entering the pool.
  • Please alert the pool staff immediately if there has been a fecal accident.
  • If there is a fecal accident in the water, the pool will be closed until a cleanup is completed. Fecal accidents are a public health risk that can cause the spread of disease from person to person in the water.