Area Specific Policies
A. Level One
1.1 Leisure/Therapeutic Pool
Warm water shallow pool for fun, relaxation and therapeutic use. Capacity is twenty-seven (27) persons.
1.2 Competition/Recreation Pool
25-yard, 8-lane recreational pool for lap swimming, water aerobics classes and recreational activities such as water basketball, inner tube water polo and competitive swim meets. Capacity is one hundred (100) persons.
1.3 Sanitation Requirements
- All swimmers must have appropriate swim attire.
- A shower is required before entering the pool.
- No one with sores, open wounds, bandages or other infections may enter the water.
1.4 Safety Requirements
- Enter the water only when a lifeguard is on duty and is present on the pool deck in the guard stand
- No running is allowed on the pool deck
- No tennis shoes, street shoes, dress shoes, etc. allowed on pool deck
- No riding or standing on shoulders
- No hanging or dunking on water basketball rim
- It is recommended that weak or non-swimmers stay behind the black shallow depth marker and wear a U.S. Coast Guard approved flotation device. The WRC does not provide such equipment. Individuals must bring their own
- Personal inflatable devices will not be allowed in the pool
- Kickboards, pull buoys, and running belts are allowed in the pool but the lifeguard may limit their use if the pool is crowded or they are not being used for its intended purpose
- Use non-breakable plastic containers - NO GLASS- no food/gum allowed on deck
- Smoking is not permitted on the premises or patio
- Horseplay or inappropriate equipment usage in the pool will not be tolerated
- No hanging or sitting on the lane lines
- Staff are responsible for the safety of the pool and reserve the right to ask any patron to leave if they feel it necessary
1.5 Weather Restrictions
- The Associate Director of Aquatics reserves the right to close the pool due to inclement weather.
1.6 Lap Swim
- Please be considerate of other swimmers in the lanes.
- Circle swim when necessary
1.7 Water Aerobics
- Aerobic classes take precedence over the area of the pool they are utilizing. Please be considerate of the classes while they are in progress.
1.8 1 Meter Diving Board and Patron Responsibility
- One person allowed on the board at a time.
- Divers may take only one bounce on the board.
- Divers must dive or jump straight off the end of the board (forward dives, flips, jumps).
Forward dives and jumps only.
- Divers must exit the water by swimming as far away from the board as possible and then swim to the side of the pool where exit by ladder is accessible, unless otherwise instructed by the lifeguards
- No flotation devices, masks, goggles, or other equipment allowed when on the boards.
- Absolutely no inward dives.
- Divers are not permitted to change the fulcrum settings.
1.9 Aqua Climb
- Experienced swimmers only
- Only one climber per wall at a time on the AquaClimb
- There should be no swimmers in the drop zone while climbing
- No diving. Feet first entries only
- Flotation devices are not permitted
1.10 Thunder/Lightening Policy
According to the National Lightning Safety Institute (NLSI) and the American Red Cross, indoor facilities are connected to a much larger surface area through underground water pipes, gas lines, and electric and telephone wiring. According to the NLSI, if lighting strikes the ground anywhere on this metallic network it may induce shocks elsewhere.
The NLSI recommends waiting at least 30 minutes after the last sound of thunder/sight of lightning before resuming activities. For example, if thunder is heard or lightning is seen at 11:00am, the pool will close until 11:30am. If lightning is seen or thunder heard at 11:15am during the initial activity cease the time resets to open at 11:45am.
1.11 Appropriate Pool Attire
Academic classes have priority use. Any other use of the classroom must be requested through Facility Reservations. Please adhere to Food and Beverage policy on page 22.
3. Climbing Wall
Climbing is strictly prohibited during hours outside of the advertised Climbing Wall schedule. The Climbing Wall is only available to members during specific climbing hours. The WRC Climbing Wall is managed by the Outdoor Center at Georgia College which determines the hours of operation. The Wall schedule will be created and made available prior to the start of each semester.
Rules of the Wall
The following policies are to be observed during any programs or open climb sessions at the WRC Climbing Wall:
- All climbers must check in at Member Services before entering the climbing area.
- Loose jewelry/glasses must be secured and all objects from pockets must be removed before climbing.
- No food, drink, or gum/candy are allowed in the climbing wall area.
- Auto-Belays can only be used under the supervision of WRC Climbing Wall Staff and those members who have been properly trained by WRC Climbing Wall Staff. Maximum allowable weight on the auto-belay system is 250 lbs.
- Climbers are responsible for their own gear. Only commercially manufactured climbing equipment in good condition is allowed. Manufacturers guidelines for retirement must be followed. All personal equipment must be inspected by WRC Climbing Wall Staff.
- Only climbing shoes are allowed on the WRC Climbing Wall. No climbing shoes may be worn outside the climbing area.
- Communicate! Talk to your climber/belayer/spotter!
- When bouldering you must stay below the marked maximum height; spotters are recommended.
- No one is permitted to belay or tie themselves into a rope until they pass the WRC Climbing Wall Basic Belay Test.
- All belayers must stand. Sitting or lying down while belaying is not permitted.
- Lead climbing and lead belaying are not allowed without first passing the WRC Climbing Wall Lead Test.
- Tightening, loosening, or moving holds in any manner is not allowed without authorization of a WRC Climbing Wall Supervisor.
- Please report loose holds, bad wear spots on ropes, or any issue you believe to be a safety hazard.
- Please be courteous and respectful to other participants. Vulgar or obscene language will not be tolerated.
- Non-marking shoes only. No heels or boots.
- No dunking or hanging on rims or nets.
- No deliberate abuse of the walls, doors, ceilings, equipment, etc.
- No kicking or throwing of a basketball and/or other equipment towards the ceiling, track and/or adjacent court(s).
- Contact Member Services for assistance with equipment; disassembling or moving equipment is not permitted.
- Volleyball nets and standards will be set up and taken down by WRC staff only.
- Users are not to turn on the lights or tamper with the panel boxes. Requests or problems should be referred to the Member Services desk.
- Limited equipment is available for checkout at the Member Services desk. If equipment is not returned, the WRC will suspend the participant’s membership and charge the cost of the equipment to that student’s GC account or for non-GC members, their WRC account. The participant cannot regain his/her membership until the charge is paid.
- · Open recreation basketball and volleyball have court priority, with the exception of events scheduled by Rec Sports or the WRC. [a2]
- No food allowed. Water and sport drinks may be allowed on court side-lines and bleachers.
- Use of informal activity spaces when not scheduled/reserved (including priority scheduling) is first come, first serve.
B. Level Two
1. Fitness Area
- All individuals exercise at their own risk.
- Participants may request assistance with equipment or their exercise programs. Fitness Assistants are available to provide basic assistance and instruction on proper operation and use of equipment.
- If you experience lightheadedness, dizziness, nausea, or any other discomfort, discontinue your workout and seek help immediately.
- Proper exercise attire is required.
- Only full athletic footwear, clean, full T-shirts, and athletic shorts/pants are allowed.
- No tank tops, sleeveless shirts, mesh tops, mid-drifts, or hoop-neck/off-the-shoulder shirts.
- No sandals, slides, boots, or open toe shoes.
- No short shorts, cut-offs, or denim
- Shorts must be long enough to cover the buttocks and groin when the participant exercises or moves. Appropriate support and undergarments are required at all times.
- No weight lifting suits or “plastics.”
- Any participant not dressed in proper attire will be denied entry or asked to leave.
- The WRC staff's decision concerning appropriate attire will be final.
- Water and sports drinks in sealable, screw-top containers are the only beverages allowed.
- To reduce risk of participant injury, all loose jewelry, bracelets or loop earrings should be removed prior to use of equipment.
- All personal items/belongings must be stored in a day use or rented locker, in a wallet locker, or in a cubby.
- Backpacks, book bags and large personal items are not allowed in any Fitness activity area.
- Talking and texting is prohibited while using exercise equipment. The only exception is when it is used as a music device with headphones.
- The WRC is not responsible for any valuables left unattended.
- Horseplay and rowdy behavior that poses a risk to user safety will not be tolerated.
- Participants must wipe down each piece of equipment following use. Towels and disinfectant are provided throughout the workout areas.
- Return towels and disinfectant to the appropriate location after use.
- All facility-related injuries must be reported immediately to the nearest WRC staff member on duty.
- Report any damage, equipment malfunction, or facility irregularity to the nearest WRC staff member on duty.
- Participants should be considerate of other users at all times.
- Respect for equipment, facilities, and the WRC staff should be shown at all times. Anything less is not acceptable.
1.1 Cardio Equipment
- Use of cardio equipment will be limited to 30 minutes during peak hours, or when others are waiting.
1.2 Resistance Training and Conditioning Area
- Do not attempt to use any equipment with loose or damaged parts.
- Do not place hands or feet on mirrors or walls.
- Do not lean or prop free weights/weight plates against mirrors, walls, pillars, benches, or equipment.
- People socializing in groups that congest the area will be asked to disperse or leave.
- When the Center is busy, do not monopolize a select weight station. Allow others to work in and share machines.
- Weightlifting belts may only be worn if they do not come in contact with equipment upholstery. Accessory belts are not allowed.
- DO NOT drop or throw free weights or plates. Slamming of the free weights and/or weight stacks will not be tolerated. Members who do so may be subject to disciplinary action.
- Using a spotter is recommended on all press stations.
- Collars/locks are required on all free weight bars during use.
- Fitness equipment shall not leave the resistance training area.
- All equipment and weights must be returned to the proper location and storage racks in order [a3] after use.
- Users who fail to rack and put their weights back properly may be subject to suspension of facility privileges.
1.3 Group Fitness Studio
- Water and sports drinks in sealable, screw-top containers are the only beverages allowed.
- No food is allowed in the studio
- Proper exercise attire is required. *Bare feet, full-coverage tank tops, and other attire appropriate for a specific class format may be allowed during class time only.
- Only non-marking shoes are allowed.
- Report any injuries or equipment problems immediately to the class instructor.
- No dropping equipment.
- Do not touch mirrors.
- All Group Fitness equipment is to remain in the Group Fitness Studio and stored properly.
- Only WRC staff is allowed to use the stereo and audio equipment.
- Arrive at least 5 minutes prior to class starting time to receive directions from the Instructor. Space may be limited for some classes.
- Studio doors will be locked 5 minutes after the start of classes.
- All personal items must be stored in the provided cubbies or lockers.
- Cell phone use is strictly prohibited during class times.
- WRC is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
- Silence or turn off all cell phones and electronic devices.
- Plan to complete entire warm up and cool down.
- Multiple failures to adhere to instructor cues will result in class suspension.
1.4 Group Fitness Studio – Spinning
- In addition to the above listed Group Fitness Studio Policies, please adhere to the following policies for Spinning classes:
- All first time riders must attend the cycling orientation prior to the start of class.
- Wipe down the bike, including your seat and hand rails when you are finished. Towels and disinfectant are provided.
- Place bikes back in correct storage position before leaving class.
1.5 Indoor Track
- Track is intended for walking/running use only. Walking lunges, plyometrics, etc. are not allowed.
- No wheels of any kind are allowed on the track.
- Stretching and warm-up exercises are to occur in the designated areas only.
- Only non-marking, closed-toe, athletic shoes allowed. Spikes, turf shoes, cleats, and hard-sole shoes are not allowed.
- See Track Direction signs for daily direction of travel.
- Jogging/Running lanes – 2 & 3 (Outside lanes)
- Walking lanes – 1 (Inside lanes)
- Give right of way to people passing on the track.
- 10 laps = 1 mile
- The track is not an observation area for courts below. No one is allowed to stand on or block any lanes of the track.