The pool will be closed when there are storms with extensive lightning in close proximity to the YMCA. It will remain closed until the storm cell has passed the area, up to 30 minutes after the last lightning was seen. Members are encouraged to wait out the storm, but out of the water and away from the windows. The National Lightning Safety Institute (NLSI) recommends closing both indoor and outdoor bathing facilities during a thunderstorm.
The need to close the pool will be determined by the Aquatic Director, duty officer or lifeguards on duty. The National Weather Service radio or internet issued reports of “watches” (conditions favorable to develop severe weather) or “warnings” (severe weather reported in the area) along with radar images available through the internet (www.NOAA.gov) should be used to make informed decisions on the timing and duration of a closure. The number of seconds between a lightning flash and thunder divided by five will give you the distance, in miles, from your location. The goal is to provide an increased level of safety for the members and staff without undue interruption to program.