Community Pool

The Mountainside Community Pool is a beautiful, barrier-free facility nestled off Mountain Avenue adjacent to Echo Lake Park. It offers plenty of sun and swimming for the active set, as well as lots of cool, refreshing shade and a relaxed pace of summer life. The facility includes a 50-meter Olympic pool, diving tank, zero-depth wading pool, two water slides, basketball courts, baby changing area, men’s and women’s locker rooms, snack bar, picnic grove, benches, and grassy areas to sunbathe.

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Pool Activities

  • Swimming
  • Swimming/Diving Lessons
  • Swimming/Diving Teams
  • Lap Swim
  • Adult Swim
  • Family Float Nights
  • Youth Splash Parties
  • Movie Night
  • Swim Meets
 

Members may also utilize card tables, horseshoes, shuffleboard, basketball, and books.

Pool Membership Plans

The Mountainside Community Pool offers several categories of membership.

  • A Family membership is for a husband, wife, or single parent, and all unmarried children under the age of 21 living at home.
  • A Single Family membership is for a parent or unmarried child ages 21-61 living at home (membership in this category must accompany a Family membership).
  • A Single membership is for those people ages 16 and above.
  • A Single Parent/Child membership is for a parent and one unmarried child under age 21 living at home.
  • A Senior Citizen membership is for those people ages 62 and older.
  • A Nanny membership is available to caregivers 16 & above as an add on to a valid membership. This membership is valid weekdays only.
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Non-residents who are not already pool members are welcome to apply for membership with the sponsorship of a paid pool member who is a resident of Mountainside. Please contact the Recreation Department at (908) 232-0015 for membership fees, regulations, and an application.

 

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Instructional Program

The Time to Swim program is designed to instill a sense of fun in children as they learn how to swim.

    • The Journey Series is for children ages 4-8, and classes are limited to 6 children per class. The Challenge classes are for advanced swimmers.
    • The Exploration Series (ages 3 and under, toilet-trained, and with an adult) introduces developmentally appropriate water activities in a fun-filled, exciting way.

Class size is 10 pair per class. All classes are offered at the designated times within the limits of available space and teaching personnel. All water safety courses are supervised by fully trained instructors. Choice of time and date of classes will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Session I: June 22-July 3
  • Session II: July 6-17
  • Session III: July 20-July 31

Registration for Session I begins on June 6 at 11:00 am at the pool. Please call the Recreation Department for fees and registration information.

 

Swim Team

Registration begins June 8 and continues throughout the summer. Team information will be available at the pool. Swimmers are expected to attend all practices unless they have spoken to coaching staff in advance. Those swimmers who both attend practice and work hard in practice will be given preference for swims at meets. If your child can not make the practice time for his/her age group but can make one of the other times, please speak with coaching staff.

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Dive Team

Diving experience is not needed when joining the diving team! Everyone is welcome!

Registration for the diving team will begin on June 8 and will continue throughout the summer. Team information will be available at the pool. Call the Recreation Department for details.

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Swim Team

Registration for the swim team will begin on June 9 and will continue throughout the summer. Team information will be available at the pool. Call the Recreation Department for details.

Swimmers are expected to attend all practices unless they have spoken to coaching staff in advance. Those swimmers who both attend practice and work hard in practice will be given preference for swims at meets. If the your child can not make the practice time for his/her age group but can make one of the other times, please come speak with coaching staff so we can make arrangements for your child. **There will be practice on days of away swim meets (evenings only)! **

*Note for all 8 & Unders:

All 8 & Unders interested in joining the team must be proficient in freestyle and backstroke and must be able to complete one length of the pool (50 meters) without stopping. In addition, they must have a basic understanding of breaststroke and butterfly, as these strokes will be refined in practice. It is assumed your child has completed the Journey series at the MCP or another comparable program elsewhere, no exceptions. If you are unsure if you child meets this criteria, or you child needs a little more work, you are allowed to join the team at any point during the season. Private lessons are available.

Meet Schedule/Procedures:

There are a total of 8 Dual Meets and 2 Championship Meets during the season. There are 4 Home meets (which are morning meets), and 4 Away Meets (MOST of which, but not all, are evening meets this season). Swimmers are expected to attend all meets, both Home and Away, unless they have spoken to me in advance. Swimmers who attend both home and away meets will be given preference for swims at meets. Rain dates for meets will occur on Fridays.

In order for your child to be eligible to compete in the Divisionals meet, s/he MUST have attended at least 4 regular season meets. This is a qualifying meet for Meet of Champions, and your child’s time in the Divisionals meet will determine his/her qualification for the Meet of Champions.

· HOME MEETS:

o Warm-ups will start at 8:00 am sharp. Please have your child arrive at least 15 minutes prior to warm-ups so that they can get in the pool on time. Swimmers MUST check in with Melissa or me when they arrive so that they do not get scratched from the meet.

· AWAY MEETS:

o Warm-ups generally start at 5:30 sharp. Swimmers should arrive at the pool at least 15 minutes prior to warm-ups and MUST check in with coaching staff so they do not get scratched from the meet. Directions to away meets will be available at the pool, please contact coaching staff if your child needs a ride and they can make arrangements.

**** Parental support is necessary to the running of all swim meets. We need parents to time, ribbon write, score, announce, etc. at all of the meets, home and away. If you are new to the team and have never completed any of these tasks before, Melissa or Danielle would be happy to teach you!!! *****

Non-Member Guests

A non-member may only be a daily guest three times during the season. A houseguest is a non-member who eats and sleeps in a member’s home, and may be a guest on a weekly basis. Please call the Recreation Department for associated fees.

Lane Swim

The lane swim is scheduled daily. Times are subject to pool closings.

12:00-2:00 pm
5:00-7:00 pm

The lane swim will begin at 11:00 am on weekends and from August 10 to Sept. 7.

Diving Lessons

Diving lessons are offered for beginner and intermediate divers in the late afternoon on weekdays. Diving team practices are held afterward.