200 Main Street, Hyannis, MA. 02601

Lifeguard Regulation Hearing


The Board of Health of the Town of Barnstable Massachusetts in accordance with and under the authority granted by Section 31 of Chapter 111 of the General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, for the purpose of the protection of public health and safety, hereby announces that there will be a public hearing to review and discuss lifeguard exemption requirements.

A public hearing will be held on Tuesday February 27, 2018 at or after 3:00 p.m. at the Town Hall, second floor Hearing Room, 367 Main Street, Hyannis, MA. The hearing will be held to provide citizens the opportunity to be heard.

The current requirements for a lifeguard exemption are described below:

Lifeguard Exemption

The Board of Health previously voted in favor of removing the lifeguard and qualified swimmer requirements for only those low usage semi-public swimming pools associated with facilities containing 75 units or less which meet the following criteria: 

 Signage shall be posted which reads as follows:


  • Children under age 16 should not use swimming pool without a responsible adult in attendance.
  • No alcohol allowed in the pool area.
  • Maximum occupancy of pool is limited to 19 persons.
  • Adults should not swim alone.

 Access to pool area by key or key card. The swimming pool gate shall be locked at all times.

 No diving boards, slides, or other such appliances in pool area.

 Pool hours no later than 10:00 p.m. The pool may be open later if there is

a lifeguard or qualified swimmer in attendance at pool site

 No organized/scheduled children's activities (including birthday parties)

without a lifeguard or qualified swimmer in attendance at pool site

 No variances needed or granted in regards to protruding steps or stairs into the swimming pool.

 Staff member, with adult and child CPR certification, shall be on premises all times pool is open.

 No more than 75 units exist on the premises.

This deregulation is proposed to continue to be in effect until such time alternative guidelines or regulations are provided by the MDPH in this regard; but in no case shall this deregulation continue after December 31, 2022 without approval by the BOH.



Lifeguard Regulations




Thomas McKean
P 508-862-4644
F 508-790-6304
E Health
200 Main Street
Hyannis, MA. 02601

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