Pool Policies & General Information


Please be aware that as the situation in our community changes, public health guidance may change, and policies and procedures may change accordingly.


Membership Required

  • Pool attendance is by membership only for summer 2022 (except for confirmed reserved pool parties and guest passes available for purchase by members). After purchasing a membership online through Active, you will be able to register online through your Active account for lap swim sessions throughout the summer. Registration for lap swim is not required but strongly recommended due to limited lap lanes during open swim times during the week and a limited number (12) during lap swim sessions on weekends.


COVID Safety Precautions & Policies

  • Masks will not be required at this time outside and on the pool deck.
  • Masks must be worn at all times when indoors to protect our attendees under 5 years old who are not yet eligible for vaccination. 
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Required: All eligible members and guests 5 years old and above must be up to date on COVID-19 vaccinations, including booster shots, and provide proof of full vaccination to attend the Goodman Aquatic Center.
    • Individuals are eligible for booster shots:
      • 5 months after the last dose of Pfizer or Moderna primary vaccine series
      • 2 months after the Johnson & Johnson vaccine
  • Vaccination Verification Required: A digital copy of vaccination cards may be sent to us in advance, shown in person prior to entry, or electronic record with the Wisconsin Immunization Registry accessed (requires social security number and date of birth). We will be following up in communication to members and event/birthday party hosts with more details for this process. Once we have seen your vaccination card in person or electronically, we will note your vaccination status in a list for staff at the admission window. We will not store any vaccination records.
  • Do not come out to the Goodman Aquatic Center if you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, have been in contact with someone who is experiencing those symptoms, or if you have tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 10 days (or after 5 days if you wear a mask the entire time you are at the pool). See CDC Quarantine and Isolation guidelines.
  • We will be following CDC COVID-19 recommendations for public pool operations.



  • 325 - this number is subject to change based on lifeguard availability.



  •  We accept credit cards, debit cards, cash, and checks. An additional processing fee may be added to purchases made at the pool using a credit or debit card.


Food & Beverages

  • There is a concession stand on-site that will be open and operating at full capacity. All items are Kosher, with the exception of the dipping cheese for nachos.
  • You may bring your own food and beverage (including alcohol) but there are NO GLASS CONTAINERS OF ANY TYPE permitted.
  • Delivery of food from outside vendors will NOT be allowed this summer.
  • There is no eating or drinking allowed while sitting on the edge of the pool or IN the pool at any time.



  • Lounge chairs will be returning this summer; however, there may be fewer than in past years.
  • There are a number of picnic tables and round tables with attached benches. Each will have an umbrella or be under the pergola for some shade.
  • You may bring in your own lawn/beach chair for our grassy and pool deck areas.


Restrooms & Locker Rooms

  • All restrooms will be open and available for full use this summer.
  • We have removed all lockers from the restrooms, so there is no place to lock up valuables. Please leave them at home. If you must bring something of value and don’t want to leave it unattended while you swim, you may ask an aquatic staff member to store it in the guardhouse. Please note, however, we are not responsible for any lost or stolen items as our primary responsibility is on the pool deck or managing the concession stand/admissions.
  • We offer a family restroom (with changing table), a women’s restroom, and a men’s restroom. All are accessible, have diaper changing stations, and have showers.
  • Children over the age of 6-years must use age-appropriate locker rooms.


Infants & Children

  • Children age 15 and younger must pass “the deep end swim test” one time each summer to swim in the deep end. Please ask a lifeguard to take the test. Swimmers will be required to swim with their face in the water without any assistance or stopping to take a break to catch their breath. Swimmers may only take the deep-end swim test one time per visit.
  • Infants/children who are not potty-trained MUST wear a swim diaper AND swimsuit of some kind. The i-diaper is acceptable.
  • We sell swim diapers at the pool for $3.00.
  • Please DO NOT change your baby’s diaper anywhere on the pool deck. This is a violation of the city health code.
  • There are diaper changing stations in all restrooms.
  • Children must be at least 12-years of age or older and able to swim in order to be dropped off, unsupervised, at the pool.


Floatation Accessories

  • No “floaties” or “water wings” are allowed for younger swimmers. Puddle jumpers and/or Coast Guard-approved life vests are permitted and encouraged to be brought.
  • No swimsuits with float devices built/sewn in.
  • We rent puddle jumpers and Coast Guard-approved life vests ($10 deposit; $5 back upon return).
  • You may bring your own pool “noodle.” We also rent them ($3 deposit; $1 back upon return).


Pool Safety

  • Safety breaks during open swim will happen on an as-need basis for the safety and well-being of the lifeguards. This will be a maximum of one per hour for 15 minutes. This break is essential for our lifeguards to stretch and re-focus, allowing them to provide the best safety for all of our swimmers. This is a great time to get a snack, have your child go to the bathroom, drink some water and re-apply sunscreen. Kids are asked to clear the pool during this time. Those 18-years and over may swim during this time. There is a lifeguard on deck.
  • Lifeguards will be on duty as required by code.



  • There is NO SMOKING or use of e-cigarettes/vaping anywhere on the campus grounds.
  • No drugs of any kind are permitted.



  • Pets are not permitted in the pool area.
  • Pets are only allowed on the walking trails. Please do not allow them to run on the upper fields at any time. Firearms.
  • No firearms are allowed on the Goodman Jewish Community Campus or at the Goodman Aquatic Center.


Pool Extras

  • We do not have a diving board or slide, however, we do have a zero-depth entry with a mushroom waterfall and geysers in the shallow end.


Birthday Parties & Events


Pool Closings

  • Jewish Federation of Madison reserves the right to close the Goodman Aquatic Center at any time and for any reason, including but not limited to inclement weather, to accommodate groups or private events, low attendance, or other unforeseen reason.
  • See Pool Closing Policies page for additional information and details.


Pool Updates & Announcements

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