General Policies & FAQs

  • Everyone is welcome
    The Snohomish Aquatic Center is a 52,000 square foot state-of-the-art facility owned and operated by the Snohomish School District. It is a public facility and does not require membership or have any joining fees. There are many admission options including single use, 10-session passes or three-month and annual pass choices.

    Open recreation swim line policy
    Please click here to learn more about the line policy for open recreation swim sessions.

    General guidelines by area

    • Young guests: Guests 6 and under must be accompanied into the pool by a supervising guest (14+) at all times. Guests 6 and under must be within arm's reach of the supervising guest. Guests 12 and under must be supervised by a guest (14+) in the building at all times. One supervising guest may monitor no more than three children (ages 6 and under) in the water.
    • Pool deck: We recognize our guests’ needs to observe not only from the lobby, but also from the pool deck. Spectators can watch from the pool deck, but for safety reasons, are required to sit on the provided benches/bleachers at all times. This allows us to maintain safety for our swimmers and staff, while recognizing our guests’ needs to be closer to those they are observing.
    • Lap swim: Lap swim is available during specified times in our competition pool. It is recommended for guests who can swim with a level of competency and are interested in swimming for exercise. Guests may be subject to swim testing and other applicable rules. (Please see the pool schedule or a lifeguard for specific tests.)
    • Open swim: There are specified times when the recreation pool is reserved for families. Guests 6 and under must be accompanied by a supervising individual in the water. Guests may be subject to swim testing and other applicable rules. (Please see the pool schedule or a lifeguard for specific tests.)
    • Hot tub: The Washington State Health Department does not allow guests ages 6 and under in the spa/hot tub area.
    • FlowRider: Guests must be 42-inches tall to ride the boogie boards and 52-inches tall and less than 250 pounds to ride the stand-up boards. (Please see specific FlowRider rules.)
    • Splashtacular: Guests must be at least 48-inches tall and pass a swim test to slide.

    Additional general guidelines

    • Attire: Appropriate swim attire is required. Bathing suits should be full coverage. Eyeglasses may be worn in the pool if they have plastic or safety-glass lenses and are worn with a safety strap. 
    • Swim diapers: In compliance with the Washington State Board of Health code:
      • Swim diapers and protective vinyl diaper covers required for infants and toddlers.
      • Swim diapers and protective vinyl diaper covers are available for purchase at the Welcome Desk.
      • Staff will be enforcing the requirement that all children wearing diapers must also wear a protective diaper cover (plastic pants with tight-fitting leg openings).
      • Please remember to change diapers only in diaper changing areas provided in the locker rooms.
    • Flotation devices: Personal floatation devices and pool toys are not permitted. The Snohomish Aquatic Center provides aquatic toys for guests free of charge, as well as lifejackets.
    • Food: No gum is allowed in the facility. No food or drink other than water is permitted in the aquatic areas. No glass is allowed on the pool deck or in the locker rooms.

    Pool rules and swim testing

    • Safety is our top priority. The zero-depth entry/spray-play area is recommended for guests 11 and under. Adult supervision is highly recommended for all young children. Some lifejackets are available free of charge and may be required. No running or rough play. Please be responsive to the lifeguards' requests.
    • A cleansing shower is required before entering the pool.
    • Guests may be subject to a simple swim assessment to determine swim ability. Swim assessment consists of stroke proficiency and ability to be in the water without assistance. Youth guests who want to use the competition pool, diving boards or wibit will be tested for competency prior to being allowed in the competition pool.
    • Swim caps and goggles are allowed. The Snohomish Aquatic Center does have some lifejackets that are available free of charge. Other aquatic toys are also provided free for our guests to use while at the facility. Please do not bring noodles, swimmies, water wings, toys or any other flotation devices from home, as they will not be allowed in the facility.


    • Wristbands will be issued for guests riding the FlowRider.

    FlowRider rules

    • All guests participating in any FlowRider activity or program must have a signed waiver on file. Before riding the FlowRider all guests are required to complete the waiver. There are no exceptions to this rule. Minors (anyone under the age of 18) are required to have a parent/legal guardian sign the waiver (family friends, grandparents, relatives or anyone other than their parent/legal guardian cannot sign waivers).
    • The waiver is available by clicking here and must be completed before your visit.
    • Guests must be 42-inches tall to ride the boogie boards and 52-inches tall and less than 250 pounds to ride the stand-up boards.
    • Guests must be able to swim in fast-moving, turbulent water.
    • Guests should not participate if they have had any recent surgery or illness, if they have a heart condition or neck, back and bone ailments, if they suffer from high blood pressure or aneurysms
    • Guests should also not ride if they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
    • Female guests are highly encouraged to wear a one-piece swimsuit.
    • No jewelry of any kind (including watches, rings, earrings) is allowed.

    Saline water
    The pool water at the Snohomish Aquatic Center is treated through a system that produces natural chlorine out of simple salt water, which reduces reliance on typical pool chemicals. The system creates a more swimmer-friendly environment with improved water and air quality. (Note: The FlowRider is not a saline system.)

    Recreation pool

    • The pool supports a variety of structured and non-structured uses including swimming lessons, water exercise and water play.
    • The pool area includes a recreational pool (5,091 square feet), a warm-water therapy area, spray-play area, zero-entry area, surf-simulation machine (FlowRider), lazy river and water slide (Splashtacular).
    • The main recreation pool begins at 2 feet and deepens up to 4 1/2 feet. There are steps to get into and out of the pool. There is also a zero-entry spray/play area.
    • The pool is 83-86 degrees Fahrenheit.
    • The hot tub is 102 degrees Fahrenheit.
    • The pool spaces hold 112,726 gallons of water (5,091 square feet). The FlowRider® uses 39,086 gallons of water. The Splashtacular uses 650 gallons of water per minute.
    • The pool spaces have a maximum capacity of 203 people.

    Competition pool

    • There are 10 competition lanes each 25 yards long.
    • The pool is 25 yards by 25 meters.
    • The pool bleachers seat 420 people. This area also incorporates a separate air supply for the added comfort of spectators.
    • The pool is 78-80 degrees Fahrenheit.
    • The pool begins at 7 feet and deepens to 12 1/2 feet.
    • The diving well is 12 1/2 feet deep.
    • There are two 1-meter diving boards.
    • There are 10 Xcelerator adjustable track starts. We utilize the Colorado Timing System and have a 10-lane display board.
    • The pool holds 438,380 gallons of water (6,163 square feet).
    • The pool has a maximum capacity of 205 people.


    • It uses 39,086 gallons of water and flows at a rate of 326 gallons per minute.
    • One guest is able to use the FlowRider machine at a time. Rides are typically a minute long or less. Sessions are 1 hour long. Only 6 guests are allowed per session.
    • Boards will be provided for use while at the Snohomish Aquatic Center. If a guest brings his/her own board, it must be a FlowRider approved board.
    • Guests must be 42 inches tall to use the body board or 52-inches tall and less than 250 pounds to use the flow board.
    • Visit for more information about the FlowRider.

    Violation of these guidelines may result in suspension or revocation of guest usage.