Parents or a responsible caregiver 16 years of age or older provide an important layer of protection for young, small, and non-swimming children. Please help us keep your child safe by accompanying them in the water unless they are at least 8 years of age. Non-swimming children of any age should be directly supervised by a caregiver. Limit of 2 non-swimmers per caregiver, please.
Help Us Keep Your Child Safe!
The MAC provides life jackets free of charge for supervised day use.
McMinnville Aquatic Center Drowning Prevention and Education Program
IF SOMEONE’S IN TROUBLE, GET HELP ON THE DOUBLE!
If you see someone that can’t swim or is not moving...
TELL A LIFEGUARD RIGHT AWAY!
EYES and EARS AROUND THE POOL and IN THE WATER!
Every year, approximately 100 million people enjoy the water through recreational, competitive and other aquatic activities. But while water can be fun and relaxing, it can also be dangerous.
The McMinnville Aquatic Center (MAC) takes your safety seriously. In order to maximize your enjoyment while minimizing the inherent risk of drowning, the MAC incorporates a preventative safety system that utilizes “layers” of protection:
Tell a Lifeguard if:
- Someone is not moving under the water
- Someone is having trouble swimming
Our Eyes and Ears Around the Pool combined with Your Eyes and Ears In the Pool, and Under the Water, will help us keep everyone safer!
Insist on adult supervision
When you can, swim only in areas where there are lifeguards.
- Keep a constant watch on your children when they are in or near the water. Stay within touching distance of young children at all times.
- Have adults take turns watching children at social events. Never use alcohol or other drugs during water and boating activities or while watching children around the water.
Wear a life jacket
Even if you or your child knows how to swim, children, teens and adults should always wear a life jacket:
- When on a boat, raft or inner tube.
- When swimming in open water like a lake, river or the ocean.
- When playing in or near the water and on docks (for young children).
- Check your life jacket to make sure it is U. S. Coast Guard approved.
Learn to swim
- If you don’t know how to swim well, find someone to teach you. Learn to float and to tread water for at least ten minutes.
- Make sure your children learn to swim. Upgrade their swimming skills each year.
- Check about lessons at your local pool or life guarded beach.
Know the water
- Make sure the water is safe for diving. When in doubt, don’t dive or jump.
- Check for hidden objects, currents and water plants.
- Be aware that cold water can kill, even on hot summer days. Stay close to shore and rest if you are cold or tired.
Know what to do in an emergency
- Learn child and adult CPR.
- Bring a cell phone with you or know where to find the nearest phone.
- Dial 911 in an emergency.