Pool Rules & Regulations



Pool Rules & Regulations

  • No one is allowed in the pool or pool area unless a City of Brownsville lifeguard is on duty.
  • Children under twelve (12) years of age must be accompanied by an adult (17 or older) who is capable of caring for the child in and out of the water.
  • Maximum of two (2) children per adult. An adult must be wading in the baby pool with children 4 years of age or younger.
  • All swimmers and sunbathers must take a complete shower before entering the pool area. Suntan oils or lotions that are water soluble must be showered off before entering the pool.
  • Swimmers are not allowed to hang onto or play on lifelines, and must go under the ropes when crossing, not over the ropes.
  • Running or rough play is prohibited in all areas of the pool facility.
  • Playing or rough play is prohibited in all areas of the pool facility.
  • Rough play, dunking, water-fighting, diving off another person’s shoulders or pushing others into the pool is not permitted. NO HORSEPLAY!!!
  • Swimmers are not allowed to run and dive over the edge of the pool, dive or jump from lifeguard stands, or dive or jump from the deck backwards. No flips from the side will be allowed. 
  • Distracting a lifeguard from his/her duty or falsely summoning aid is prohibited.
  • Glass containers are forbidden anywhere in the pool area.
  • Persons under the influence or in possession of alcoholic beverages or narcotics are forbidden from using any Municipal Pool.
  • Swimmers where water level is at shoulder level or above may be required to complete a swimming test to prove their swimming ability.
  • Smoking is not permitted.
  • Drinking or eating is allowed only in the area designated for such.
  • The pool shall be closed when the opinion of aquatics staff, and the crowd has reached maximum controllable capacity.
  • Any object that could be considered a weapon will not be permitted in the pool area.
  • Lifeguards have complete authority at all times under the supervision of the Supervisor of Aquatics or other superiors.
  • Lifeguards have complete authority during emergency procedures and mock emergency procedures. Interference with emergency procedures is forbidden.
  • Spitting, spouting of water, blowing the nose, urinating or defecating in the pool is prohibited.
  • No group may monopolize any particular area of the pool or pool areas to the exclusion of others. No claiming territory.
  • Abusive or profane language will not be tolerated in any part of the pool facility.
  • Patrons are not allowed to hang on or around lifeguard stands.
  • Lying on the deck close to the pool edge where swimmers may trip over sunbathers will not be allowed. Sunbathing is allowed only in the area designated for such.
  • Other rules concerning the safety of patrons is the lifeguard’s discretion under the supervision aquatics supervisor and or staff.
  • If you need an accommodation to safely and enjoyably participate in any of our programs please see the pool supervisor.
  • Do not bring valuables to the pool. The City of Brownsville is not responsible for loss or theft of personal belongings.
  • There will be no refunds for bad weather so please check the weather before you come to the pool.
  • The City of Brownsville reserves the right to make changes to dates and times due to weather conditions.

Proper Swimming Attire:


In order to gain entry into the pool area, you must be clothed in proper swim attire. 

Proper Attire:

  • Clean white t-shirts may be worn over proper swim attire.
  • Colored t-shirts will not be allowed in the pool.
  • All infants/toddlers that require a diaper must wear swimmer diapers and proper swimwear.
  • City pools are family friendly. All swim wear must be appropriate.
  • Approved water shoes are permitted.


Attire that is NOT PERMITTED:

The following attire is NOT PROPER swim attire for a city swimming pool and will not be allowed:

  • Cargo pants
  • Denim shorts/cut-offs
  • Male or female undergarments, (sports bras (unless designed to go in water), underwear, or boxers)
  • Non-Coast Guard approved flotation suits
  • Socks or shoes

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Reasons for Proper Swimwear

Pool patrons often ask, "Why do I have to wear proper swimwear?"

Here are just a few reasons:

Any "colored" or "dyed" material (unless specifically made for swimming) can bleed into the pool, affecting water chemistry and balance. (This is also a reason for turbidity in pools.)

Cotton and similar materials can absorb the chemicals in the water, causing the water to become less effective at maintaining the proper chemical balance or may cloud the water.

Street clothes can be dirty and will add dirt to the pools water. They can also transport airborne contaminants and fecal matter, which will contaminate the pool water. Cotton can also break down in the water and clog the filters.

Swim suit material is generally made of Lycra and Nylon which are the non-absorbent materials for swimming and are the best fabrics for proper swim attire and do not weigh down swimmers in the water.

Still have questions?

Contact Aquatics & Compliance Coordinator Samuel Perez at (956) 275-1114.