Updated May 23, 2019

The rules of conduct are intended to provide pool patrons with a safe and enjoyable place to swim. 

Enjoy yourself and come back often.


  1. Hours of Operation: The Marengo Municipal Swimming Pool hours are:

12:00 p.m. to 6 p.m.  Monday-Friday

12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday-Sunday

The City of Marengo reserves the right to adjust hours at its discretion.  

The pool lifeguard supervisor will make the decision whether to stay open or not.  


  1. Pool Closings.  If the air temperature outside is less than 70 degrees or the weather conditions are unfavorable, the City may close the pool.   If there are less than five swimmers in the pool for 2 hours or more, the pool may close.  The City of Marengo reserves the right to close the pool at any time for any reason.


  1. Refunds. No refunds will be given for daily admissions or season passes for any circumstances. This may include but is not limited to closures due to weather or disciplinary actions taken against a patron.


  1.  Guard Rotation and Breaks.  Whenever scheduling permits, there will be 4 lifeguards on duty when the pool is open to the public.  One lifeguard will stand at the shallow end, one lifeguard will occupy the chair at the deep end, one lifeguard will walk the pool deck when there are more than 40 swimmers, and one lifeguard or window worker will staff the guard shack.  Lifeguards will rotate positions every 20 minutes.  A 20-minute break will be taken at 2:20 p.m. and 5 p.m.  During break times, only lifeguards will be allowed to swim in the pool.  Head guard will remain on duty during breaks. If a guard leaves the pool, they must clock out and let the manager know.


  1. Supervision of Minors. Lifeguards are responsible to ensure the overall safety of patrons at the pool, not act as babysitters. Supervision of all minors by a responsible adult is strongly encouraged. Children 8 and under must be supervised by a responsible person 14 years old or older, who must remain in the water with the child. Pool staff reserves the right to refuse admission to and/or ask anyone to leave that they feel is not being properly supervised.


  1. Pool Phone Use.  Arrangements for picking up children should be made before arriving at the pool.  The telephone is for Emergency use only.  This includes incoming calls.  Any personal calls for pickup or otherwise will be made by the person in charge of the guardhouse. Lifeguards are not responsible for finding a patron to talk to their parents on the phone.


  1. Bicycles. All bicycles are to be parked in or close to the bike racks.  Do not ride bicycles on the sidewalks.


  1. Pool personnel.  Pool personnel and City staff only are permitted in the Guard House and Sugar Shak.  Do not talk unnecessarily to the lifeguards while they are on duty.  Exit the water immediately as soon as you hear a long whistle blast. All lifeguards’ instructions and directives are to be followed without harassment by all patrons, regardless of age.  The head lifeguard on duty will act as the “daytime manager” and shall have authority for enforcement of all pool rules at their discretion. If a patron disagrees with the head lifeguard’s decision on discipline, they may request the pool manager to review the matter. 



  1. Allowable attire.  Proper swimwear is required for swimmers (suits/trunks). “Street clothes” are not allowed to be used as swimwear. Street clothes include but are not limited to: denim or mesh shorts, jeans, or sweatpants. Swim diapers are required for those children that are not toilet-trained. Lifeguards are allowed to wear an appropriate t-shirt while on the stand. The pool manager will have authority to deem what is an appropriate t-shirt.


  1. Showers.  A thorough shower is required before entering the water.


  1. Illness.  Anyone with a communicable illness will not be admitted to the pool.  Anyone experiencing diarrhea within the last 24 hours will not be admitted to the pool.


  1. Deep End Requirements. Each swimmer must be able to swim across and back the width of the deep end of the pool adequately for any lifeguard before being permitted into the deep endDiving and free swim will be allowed in the deep end at the deep end lifeguard’s discretion, between the hours of 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.  Under no circumstances will diving and free swim be allowed together at the same time.  Diving will only be allowed to one person at a time, including parents holding children.


  1. Horseplay, etc. Running, loitering, towel fighting, shoving or throwing is not allowed on pool deck or in the bathhouse area.  Splashing, dunking or other "horseplay" is not allowed. Spitting or nose blowing in the pool is strictly forbidden.  Profanity will not be tolerated and will result in disciplinary actions detailed later in this manual.


  1. Items not allowed: Gum, tobacco products, alcoholic beverages, glass containers of any kind, and weapons of any kind will not be allowed on the pool grounds.   


  • One person on the diving board (including the ladder) at any time.  Parents will not be allowed to dive with children.
  • Parents will not be allowed to catch children off the board.
  • Wait for area to clear before diving into the water.
  • Dive straight off the end of the board.
  • Exit the water at the nearest ladder.
  • No swimming under the boards or in the diving area.
  • No hanging under the boards.
  • No life jackets or other flotation devices allowed when diving from boards.


  1. In the pool.  Do not hang or gather around the ladders. Do not hang or swim on the ropes.  Do not play with any rescue equipment. Do not harass lifeguards.  NO DIVING IN THE SHALLOW END. No flips from the side of the pool.


  1. Lost and Found.  There is a lost and found located in the guard shack.  Please contact any lifeguard if you have found something or are missing anything.  THE MARENGO MUNICIPAL SWIMMING POOL, ITS PERSONNEL, AND THE CITY OF MARENGO ARE NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR LOST OR STOLEN ITEMS. The lost and found items will be taken to Marengo City Hall once per week. Any lost items at City Hall will be kept until the beginning of the next pool season, at which time they will be disposed of.




  1. After-hour or Off-hour Usage. All patrons utilizing the pool facilities during hours outside of regular operation are subject to all rules and possible disciplinary actions listed in this manual. This includes those participating in lap swims, classes (aerobics, swimming lessons, etc.), or private pool parties scheduled through the City.