Aquatics Center

Hot Tub

  • 12 person capacity
  • Average temp 102 ° F

Age Guidelines:

  • No Use Allowed: 10 and under
  • Supervised Use Allowed: 11-15
  • Unsupervised Use Allowed: 16+

Sauna & Steam Rooms

  • Co-Ed
  • Temperature Controls

Age Guidelines:

  • No Use Allowed: 15 and under
  • Unsupervised Use Allowed: 16+

Lap Pool

  • 6 lanes wide and 25 yards in length
  • 3 ft at shallow end to 6 ft max depth
  • Average temp 83° F

See below for age guidelines and youth swim test procedures. Times provided for lap swimming, swim lessons, open swim and water fitness. The Lap pool is also the home competition pool for the Keene YMCA Dolphins Swim Team. The Lap Pool schedule is available on our homepage, and at the Y Welcome Center.

Teaching/Therapy Pool

  • Zero entry ramp- Handicap accessible
  • 6 feet at max depth
  • 3 feet at shallow end
  • Approximately 40’x23′
  • Average temp 88° F

See below for age guidelines and youth swim test procedures. Times provided for swim lessons, open swim and water fitness. Therapy pool schedules are available on our homepage and at the Y Welcome Center.

 Lap Pool Slide

  • Available Saturdays and Sundays
  • 2:00-3:30pm

Slide Rules:

  • No lifejackets or water shoes are permitted on the slide.
  • Only kids who have passed the swim test and are wearing their green swim band can go on the slide. Adults are permitted on the slide. Adult may not hold or take children who have not passed the swim test on to the slide. 
  • The air pump system requires regularly scheduled cool down time. The slide will be closed for a short time while this takes place and lifeguards break and change positions.
  • You may only go down on your back with your feet first. No riding the slide head first, on your stomach, or backwards.
  • All patrons have to wait at the bottom of the ladder until the lifeguard tells them they can climb up the ladder for their turn.
  • Lifeguards are the final authority on slide usage.

Aquatic Center Age Guidelines and Youth Swim Test Policy

1. Facility use age requirements

  • Youth members  must be at least 11 years of age to access the facility without an adult
  • Youth less than 8 years of age must have a responsible adult with them in the pool area at all times except during leader led programs.
  • Adults must be present to take children to the bathroom. Aquatic staff may not take your child into the locker room.
  • Youth non-swimmers 8-12 years of age as determined by the swim test must have a responsible adult present in the aquatics center.
  • Any child under six years of age must have an adult (at least 18 years of age) accompany them in the water (within arm’s reach).
  • All youth guests must be accompanied by an adult (at least 18 years of age) when accessing the facility and must follow the age/supervision requirements as listed above.
  • Any child 6-8 years of age that has successfully completed the deep water swim test, must have a responsible adult with them in the pool area at all times except during leader led programs.

2. Swim testing procedure

  • Swim across the shallow end of pool. This will determine; “non-swimmer”, “shallow water competency” and ability to continue to the deep water competency test.
  • Deep Water Competency Test: Swim comfortably 25 yards from deep to shallow without touching the bottom or sides of the pool. Jump into water that is over the patron’s head and return to the surface. Tread water for one minute; turn on their back, float briefly, exit water.

3. Pool use restrictions

  • Deep water competent swimmers may access all parts of the pool while wearing green band
  • Patrons who do not pass the swim test are considered non-swimmers.
  • Patrons who decline to take the swim test are considered non-swimmers.
  • Non-swimmers must stay in shallow water (armpit-depth or less) and require active adult supervision. Active adult supervision means an adult must be in the water within arm’s reach at all times (1 adult per 6 children ratio).
  • Non-swimmers who do not meet the “armpit-depth” guideline are required to wear a US Coast Guard approved Type II or III PFD and require active adult supervision.
  • Instructional Flotation Devices (IFDs -such as noodles and bubbles) should not be used in lieu of a PFD. IFDs may be used by non-swimmers but only in addition to a coast guard approved PFD, but not in place of.

4. Swimmer identification

  • All swimmers must be clearly identified as to their swimming ability.
  • Swimmers are classified only as “swimmer” or “non-swimmer”.
  • Swimmer – green band
  • Non-swimmer – no band

5. Pool safety arrangements

  • Pools zones should be organized for all swim times; including outside group use, birthday parties, recreation and family swims.
  • Buoy-lines will be used to create deep-water and shallow-water zones.

6. Lifeguard responsibilities

  • Swim testing should follow the POSTED schedule. See Lap Pool schedule for details.
  • Swim testing in addition to posted schedule may only be conducted when other swimmers are not in the pool or when additional Lifeguard supervision is present in sufficient ratio to allow for a Lifeguard to conduct testing.
  • Lifeguards must ensure that all swimmers have been tested. Patrons who arrive and have not been tested are considered non-swimmers and must remain in arm-pit depth water until such time testing can be arranged.
  • Lifeguards must ensure that adult supervision is provided as outlined in the procedures. Unsupervised non-swimmers will be removed from the water at the Lifeguard’s discretion.

7. Swimmer ability tracking

  • Swimmers are given their initial GREEN band by the lifeguard issuing the swim evaluation.
  • Lifeguard will record the patron’s information to be input into membership profile for future reference.
  • At the end of the swim testing allotted time, the lifeguard will bring the recorded information to the Welcome Center, where a welcome center staff member will input the information into the patron’s Daxko account.
  • Deep water swimmers who have passed their swim test will be responsible for bringing their GREEN band with them each time they come to swim. If they do not have it and would like to swim in deep water, an additional GREEN band may be purchased at the Welcome Center for $5.

Aquatics Center Rules

  • Showers must be taken prior to pool/ hot tub use.
  • Appropriate attire required for use of the pools, hot tub, steam room and sauna. Bathing suits must be appropriate for a family facility. No pants of any kind or cut-offs.
  • No running on the pool deck. Appropriate behavior and language is expected at all times. Those engaging in rough or dangerous behavior or using profanity will be asked to leave.
  • No diving. Diving may be taught as part of a YMCA program under staff supervision.
  • Please keep splashing to a minimum and be respectful of those around you.
  • No back jumps, dives, flips or twists off the wall. Front jumps are permitted in the lap pool only.
  • No jumping into the hot tub, or therapy pool during open swim
  • Hair must be pulled back or a swim cap warn if hair is shoulder length or longer.
  • No band-aids permitted. No open sores.
  • No glass containers, food or street shoes permitted on the deck.
  • Non-potty trained children/adults must wear a swim diaper in the water. Traditional diapers are not permitted.
  • Hot tub, sauna and steam room use is limited to 10 minutes by state law. Individuals who have a heart condition or are pregnant should not use these areas. Consult your doctor prior to use.
  • A lifeguard will always be on duty when the aquatics center is open. Lifeguards are the final authority on behavior and language and are authorized to remove any patron not following these rules or endangering themselves or others will be asked to leave the premises. Please refrain from talking to or asking for unnecessary assistance from lifeguards. They must remain focused on the pool at all times and are there for your safety.