Pool Information

Pool is closed as of 9/9/18 and the Huntsman will reopen in May 2019.

Identification

All adult residents are required to show a picture ID when entering the pool. It is our policy to ask everyone for proper identification, even if we know you. Children (or any adult) that without a picture ID need to register for a pool pin. Pool pins are to be worn at all times upon entering the pool area. Pool pins are issued during the times stated below and during pool operation hours.

Pool Pin Registration

  • Yearly pool pin registration is needed for persons under 16 years of age without a picture ID.
  • Annual Hethwood dues must be paid prior to being issued pool pins!
  • Registration will be available at the Huntsman pool during the normal operating hours.
  • A parent or legal guardian must register for the pool pins; a photo ID is required for registration.
  • Initial pins are issued annually for free; if lost, a replacement pin is $2.00 and is non-refundable.
  • Renters from Haymarket Square, Chowning Place, and any of the Hethwood detached homes need to have a current Transfer of Privileges on file with the Hethwood office. Please check with the owner or Management Company to be sure they have sent one on your behalf.
  • Pool pins are to be worn at all times upon entering the pool area.

Supervision of Children

  • Children 10 years and under must be accompanied by an adult/guardian or sitter of 16 years or older at all times while at the pool.
  • The swim test is available for children 11 & 12 years (must be able to swim 25 meters with good form and tread water for 1 minute); if the swim test is passed, children may come to the pool unaccompanied by an adult. Guardian must be present while lifeguard administers test, and both sign proficiency form.
  • Babysitters (16 years or older) may be registered through the Hethwood Office to avoid being charged a guest fee.
  • Children under 4 years of age may use the wading pool only when accompanied and supervised by an adult/guardian or sitter.
  • Renters from Haymarket Square, Chowning Place, and any of the Hethwood detached homes need to have a current Transfer of Privileges on file with the Hethwood office. Please check with the owner or management company to be sure they have sent one on your behalf.

Guests &Passes

All guest must be accompanied and registered by a resident. Residents will be allowed to entertain up to three guests on any one day. Conduct of the guest is the direct responsibility of the resident. Guests are subject to the rules that apply to the residents. Guest fees are $4.00 at the pool gate. See $3 discount pass information below. Children ages 2 and under are free.

Yellow Passes

Yellow discounted guest passes are $3.00 each and must be pre-purchased at the Hethwood Foundation office. Residents may purchase as many yellow passes as wanted throughout the current season. The yellow pass is valid for one visit per one guest during the current season.

Orange Passes

Orange discounted guest passes are $3.00 each and must be pre-purchased at the Hethwood Foundation office. Allows for one resident to entertain up to 6 guests pending availability of lifeguards. This pre-purchased pass requires a designated day that the resident and their guests will be attending. This allows us to evaluate staffing for a larger than average bather load. These passes will be limited when our lifeguards return to school/college.

Responsibilities of Management and Residents

All persons using the pool or pool area are to do so at their own risk and sole responsibility. The management assumes no responsibility for any accident or injury in connection with such use. Persons using the pool covenant and agree with the owner or management to make no claim against the owner or management for, or on account of, loss of life or personal injury or damage to or loss of personal property.

Pool Supervision

The pools will be in the charge of a qualified head lifeguard who will be under the direct supervision of the management. The pool staff has the authority to suspend any resident’s swimming privileges due to rule, regulation or policy violation (Suspension period may vary with the severity of the violation). Pool staff may request a swim proficiency test at any time.

Unauthorized Entry

Swimming is permitted only when the pool is open. Violators will face disciplinary action by management.

Privileges

If a resident is delinquent in the payment of rent, late fees, damages, or dues, pool privileges will be suspended. Residents that are not current may not use the facilities or be a guest under any circumstances.

Property Damage

The cost of any damage will be charged to the responsible party. Management cannot be responsible for loss or damage of any kind.

Use of Life Preservers, etc.

Artificial flotation devices (water wings, inner tubes, pool noodles etc.) may not be used at any time. U.S. Coast Guard approved personal floatation devices (PFD'S) may be approved, by consulting with a lifeguard. Floatation swimsuits may be used only if the brand is U.S. Coast Guard approved.

Closing of the Pool

The pool may be closed at any time due to inclement weather, equipment breakdown, or other operational difficulties.

Diving Rules

This equipment is strictly for use at your own risk.

  • Only one person may be on the diving board at a time.
  • Diving is ONLY permitted straight away from the board. No diving toward the walls will be permitted.
  • No specialty dives.
  • Upon completion of the dive, swim to the nearest ladder IMMEDIATELY. Do not swim under the boards.
  • In the interest of the majority, and at the sole discretion of the lifeguards, the diving boards may be closed.

Food and Beverages

No intoxicants may be brought into the pool area. No food or drink will be consumed in the immediate apron portions of the pool area. Trash and refuse must be placed in the receptacles provided; please recycle. No glass or other breakable objects will be allowed. Coolers may be checked for contents of glass or intoxicants. Smoking is not permitted inside the fenced area of the pool. Ashtrays will be provided outside of the area for your convenience.

Rules Concerning Health & Restrooms

  • Restrooms will be open during pool operation.
  • Before entering the pool, all bathers must take a cleansing shower.
  • Admission will be denied anyone with skin abrasions, colds, coughs, inflamed eyes, infection or anyone wearing bandages. Bathers should impose this responsibility themselves, but if in doubt, consult the lifeguards.
  • Swim diapers must be worn by any bather who is incontinent, lacks toilet training or is otherwise deficient in voluntary control of excretory function.
  • Pollution of the swimming pool is prohibited. Urinating, discharge of fecal matter, expectorating or blowing the nose in any swimming pool is prohibited.

Dress

All bathers must wear appropriate swimming attire (bathing suit or wet suit). Dripping bathing suits in the building areas must be avoided! Cut-off shorts and other street apparel will not be allowed in the pool! Bathers must wear fully opaque coverings (refer to Town of Blacksburg Code Section 14-108). Thongs are prohibited.

Pets

Pets are not allowed in the pool area. Pets may not be tied to trees, fences, or other structures in the Hethwood common area outside of the pool.

Wheeled Recreation Vehicles

Wheeled recreation vehicles, skateboards, roller blades, or skates of any type, will not be allowed in the pool area. Wheelchairs and strollers are permitted.

Phones

The telephones located at the pools are reserved for emergency and staff business use.

Revision of Rules

These rules may be revised or additional rules established at any time. Please ask office or lifeguards for a listing of additional pool policies and basic lifeguard guidelines. Questions regarding conduct or pool rules should be addressed to the Head Lifeguard or Management.