Swimming/Aquatics in Fairfax, VA
The J's Aquatics Center in Fairfax, VA offers a variety of recreational and competitive programming year-round to meet all of your aquatic needs. The Center features a heated, six-lane indoor 25-meter swimming pool with a graduated depth from 3.5’ to 8’. A permanent, handicapped access ramp provides 0’ to 3.5’ depth access for use by Individuals in wheelchairs, small children and others with special needs. Locker and shower facilities, including a family restroom, are also available to our members.
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- Class Placement: After the first week of lessons, the J reserves the right to make all necessary changes in order to ensure swimmers are in the appropriate ability level.
- Refunds/Cancellations: If registration is cancelled prior to the first day of class, a $10 handling fee is deducted from the refund. After the start of the class date, only credits are issued.
- Unexpected Cancellations: In situations beyond our control (i.e., weather related cancellations, pool repairs, etc.), refunds and credits will not be issued for classes lost.
- Customized Aquatics: All swim sessions are valid no longer than three months from the time they are processed in our system.
- Life Vests: Anyone who is not able to swim 25M (1 length) of the pool without stopping must wear a life vest in the pool. Life vests are available on the pool deck.
Article: Take Steps to Stay Safe around Water
by Teo Albu, Aquatics Director and HFA Associate Director
Swimming is the most popular summer activity. The best thing you can do to help your family stay safe is to enroll in age-appropriate swim lessons. Contact Follow these safety tips whenever you are in, on or around water:
- Make Water Safety Your Priority Swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards.
- Always swim with a buddy; do not allow anyone to swim alone. Even at a public pool or a lifeguarded beach, use the buddy system!
- Ensure that everyone in the family learns to swim well. Enroll in age-appropriate water orientation and Learn-to-Swim courses.
- Never leave a young child unattended near water and do not trust a child’s life to another child; teach children to always ask permission to go near water.
- Have young children or inexperienced swimmers wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets around water, but do not rely on life jackets alone.
- Establish rules for your family and enforce them without fail. For example, set limits based on each person’s ability, do not let anyone play around drains and suction fittings, and do not allow swimmers to hyperventilate before swimming under water or have breath-holding contests.
- Even if you do not plan on swimming, be cautious around natural bodies of water including ocean shoreline, rivers and lakes. Cold temperatures, currents and underwater hazards can make a fall into these bodies of water dangerous.
- If you go boating, wear a life jacket! Most boating fatalities occur from drowning. Avoid alcohol use. Alcohol impairs judgment, balance and coordination; affects swimming and diving skills; and reduces the body’s ability to stay warm.
Prevent Unsupervised Access to the Water
- Install and use barriers around your home pool or hot tub. Safety covers and pool alarms should be added as additional layers of protection.
- Ensure that pool barriers enclose the entire pool area and are at least 4-feet high with gates that are self-closing, self-latching and open outward and away from the pool. The latch should be high enough to be out of a small child’s reach.
- If you have an above-ground or inflatable pool, remove access ladders and secure the safety cover whenever the pool is not in use.
- Remove any structures that provide access to the pool, such as outdoor furniture, climbable trees, decorative walls and playground equipment.
- Keep toys that are not in use away from the pool and out of sight. Toys can attract young children to the pool.
Maintain Constant Supervision
- Actively supervise kids whenever around the water — even if lifeguards are present. Do not just drop your kids off at the public pool or leave them at the beach — designate a responsible adult to supervise.
- Always stay within arm’s reach of young children and avoid distractions when supervising children around water.
Know What to Do in an Emergency
- If a child is missing, check the water first. Seconds count in preventing death or disability.
- Know how and when to call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number.
- If you own a home pool or hot tub, have appropriate equipment, such as reaching or throwing equipment, a cell phone, life jackets and a first aid kit.