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For the safety and enjoyment of ALL pool users, EVERY pool user needs to know and follow the Pool Rules, Code of Conduct, and Lap Swim Etiquette. Please review all the Pool Rules, Code of Conduct, and Lap Swim Etiquette before visiting the Mills College pool.

Please note that if you do not abide by any Pool Rule or the Code of Conduct, you will be asked to cease the behavior, and may be asked to leave the facility for the day, an extended period of time, or indefinitely.  

No one is allowed to use the Aquatic Center without lifeguard supervision.


  • Mills students may have immediate family or one individual as guests. Guests must be accompanied by the student, and the host must remain in the pool area as long as the guests are present.
  • Children of alumnae must be accompanied and supervised by their alumna parent at all times.
  • Children under 18 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. The adult must be in the faciltiy.
  • Children under 14 years of age are welcome during family recreactional swim hours only.
  • Children under 13 years of age must be directly supervised by an adult.
  • Children under six years of age must be directly supervised by an adult in the water within arm’s length of the child at all times.
  • Children under three are not charged a fee to swim.
  • The shallow end is open for play only during recreational swim hours.

Due to the potential for injury, diving is allowed only in the deep end and only under the strict supervision of a lifeguard or instructor during classes and swim meets. Jumping in the shallow water or playing on the steps in a manner which creates a hazard for the swimmer or others will not be allowed.

Infants and toddlers who are still in diapers must wear a “swim diaper."

Everyone, including infants and toddlers, must wear safe swimming attire in the pool and on the deck at all times. There is no nudity allowed on the pool deck or other public spaces other than the locker rooms.

All flotation devices worn by children must be of solid material, not inflated, and shall be Coast Guard approved, and must fit properly and be properly worn. Children wearing flotation devices must be accompanied by an adult who is in the water within arm’s length of the child at all times.

Mills College Pool has a limited number of fins, kickboards, buoys, and jogging belts available during lap swim only.  Children under 14 are not allowed to use this equipment unless in a supervised program. All equipment available to the public can be found in a standing container on the deck between the locker rooms.  Please do not enter or remove items from any other shed or storage area in or around the pool facility.  

With the exception of water in clear plastic bottles all food or beverages whether brought in or purchased must be consumed in the designated Eating Area or outside of the enclosed pool area. No glass containers are allowed.

Individuals entering the pool area during Recreational Swim times for the sole purpose of watching or waiting will be charged the regular entry fee.

The therapy spa is for adults (18 years of age or older) and Mills students only. Children are not allowed within the designated spa area.

Mills College is not responsible for personal items brought to the pool including items stored in lockers. Lockers in the locker rooms may be rented for $35 per semester (free for Mills students). Personal locks left on lockers will be removed. A daily use fee for lockers is $1.

NO SMOKING anywhere within 30 feet of any building or within the boundaries of the pool area.  


CAMERA-CAPABLE DEVICES including phones are forbidden anywhere in the pool facility.

NO HYPERVENTILATION followed by prolonged underwater breath-holding or swimming.


Our toy and play policy is based on a safety first philosophy.

These rules apply whether there are 2 or 200 people in the pool.

We encourage toys that assist children to learn while they play: toys that can be dropped and retrieved, that help children submerge and open their eyes.

We say YES to:
• Small toys that float
• Retrievable toys that sink (like rings that are dropped not thrown)

We do not allow toys that give a false sense of safety, that can intrude on other people’s enjoyment or safety, or require training for proper, safe use.


When playing in the water the following rules are enforced:

  • No riding on shoulders
  • No throwing toys or people
  • No grabbing around the neck
  • No dunking, splashing, tag or other play that interferes with other people's safety or enjoyment
  • No hyperventilation followed by prolonged underwater swimming


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Last Updated: 8/3/17