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Q&A: Part two -- Layton Surf 'n Swim

Article Published 06/17/2015
Layton City’s Surf ‘n Swim has been a unique recreational asset to the entire area since it opened back in 1985.
Located at 465 N. 275 East — north of City Hall and inside the Commons Park – it features 500,000 gallons of water and eight lap lanes. The wave action lasts 10 minutes (10 minutes on and 20 minutes off).
-This is part two in a Q&A series on the facility ... 
Q: What about swimmer illness – when should a swimmer not enter the water?
A: Utah State Code prohibits any person having a communicable disease transmissible by water from using any public pool. It also prohibits a person having any exposed sub-epidermal tissue, including open blisters, cuts, or other lesions from using a public pool. Any person who has or has had diarrhea within the last two weeks caused by an unknown source or from any communicable or fecal-borne disease is also prohibited from using any public pool.
Q: What about lockers and securing valuables while swimming?
A: Lockers are available to rent on a daily, monthly or year rate, .25 for the small daily lockers, $10 per month for a full size locker or $100 per year for a full size locker. 
Q: What about swimmer safety and lifeguards – how much of their own welfare are swimmers responsible for?
A: It is up to each individual and parent to understand their own  and their children’s abilities and limitations. Children, ages 5 and under, must have an adult within arm’s reach at all times; Children, ages 6-8 may be in the water as long as an adult is supervising them from the water, or the pool deck. The lifeguards are on staff to help ensure safety and to provide lifesaving measures in an emergency.
Q: What about tube rentals?
A: Note that outside tubes are not allowed. Tube rental cost is $3. You will receive a $1 refund when your tube is returned.
Q: I can swim, why do I want a tube?
A: Floating on a tube enhances the “surfing” wave experience at Surf ‘n Swim. Also, while the waves are on, no one is allowed past the four-foot-deep line (a black line on the pool bottom) unless they are on a tube. When the waves are off, there is no restriction. However, a lifeguard may ask a weak swimmer, or a non-swimmer to return to the shallow end, if they think the individual is not being safe in the deeper water.
Q; What about diaper changing?
A: No diaper changing is allowed, except inside the dressing rooms. The Utah State Code states: “The lifeguards and operator shall only allow diaper changing in restrooms or changing stations not at poolside. The person or persons who change the diaper must wash their hands thoroughly with soap before returning to the pool. The diapered person must undergo a cleansing shower before returning to the pool.”
Q: What are the permitted ways to enter and exit the water of Surf ‘Swim?
A: Because of the tall walls in the wave pool, entry and exit should only be done on the ladders, or the blue steps in the shallow end. When the waves are on, swimmers should only exit through the shallow end.
Q: What are some other important rules at Surf ‘n Swim?
A: No running on the deck and no diving in the pool (except from the little pool’s diving board). Also, no smoking is permitted anywhere at Surf ‘N swim. This includes inside the fenced area around the lawn and decks of the Surf ‘n Swim – even though that is outdoors. 
Q: Does Surf ‘n Swim offer swimming lessons?
A: Yes. Sessions fill up fast, but in the summer are held from 9 a.m.-noon, and 5:40 p.m.-6:50 p.m. on weekdays.; and 10 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.
Q:  What about lap swimming for exercise?
A: Surf ‘Swim has lap swimming available from 5 a.m. until noon weekdays and from 7 a.m.-10 a.m. on Saturdays. The lap swimming cost is $3. Senior aerobics are also available from 5:30 a.m.-9 a.m. on weekdays.