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Lightning Policy

Our pool closes during lightning and thunder

For more information contact:  James Mullen, Aquatics Director   or 643-3052

The Rockland County YMCA is dedicated to the safety and well-being of our members and program participants. 

One way the YMCA practices a safe environment is to close swimming pools during severe weather such as thunder and lightning. 

The Redwoods Group, American Red Cross, National Lightning Safety Institute and YMCA of the USA continue to recommend the proactive action of removing swimmers from indoor pools as a lightning storm approaches and until after it passes.
This protocol includes keeping swimmers out of the showers, away from telephones, and clear of metallic objects or large expanses of glass until after the storm passes.
We are in agreement that people come to indoor pools to have fun; however we must also remain diligent in clearing the indoor pools during thunderstorms.
There has been a tremendous amount of technology created to more accurately track thunderstorms.
These affordable systems may decrease the time out of the water for the swimmers and help to decrease the dissatisfaction of the swimmers at having to clear the water.
For the safety of indoor pool swimmers, as well as for the sake of our own consciences, we are retaining our historic stance and will continue to encourage the clearing of indoor pools during a thunderstorm".

For these reasons, our YMCA aquatic facilities will close when we receive notification that lightning is 6-8 miles way and will stay closed until 30 minutes after the last lightning. 

Thank you for your cooperation and we apologize for any inconvenience.


Make up procedure for swim lessons

  • Swim Lessons - There will only be one make-up class if needed due to a pool closure from lightning or thunder each session.
  • Water Group Exercise classes that are cancelled due to lightning, will not be made up.
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