Rules and Guidelines
Washington State rules on construction and maintenance of regulated recreational water facilities such as swimming pools, spas, water parks, and wading pools. Regulated facilities include pools at athletic or private clubs, municipal or park facilities, hotels, motels, apartments, condominiums, mobile home parks, RV parks, and homeowner association communities.
See our guidelines to help you comply with state rules and federal law. Guidance documents to help you comply with the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act include: what you need to know about the federal law, selecting a new drain cover, single main drains, determining when plan review is required, and more.
Pool Drain Cover Recall
Recall: Pool Main Drain Covers (PDF)
Suction outlet drains used in certain commercial facility pools recalled because they may not protect against entrapment.
Report Serious Injury
Injury Report Form (PDF) | (Word Fillable Form)
Pool owners or operators of regulated facilities must report any death, near drowning, or serious injury. Complete the injury report form and contact your local health department within 48 hours of the incident. If you're unable to reach your local health department, contact us.
Training for Pool Operators
Pool operators need to be properly trained in water chemistry and mechanical components to effectively maintain pools. The following trainings are available.
Internationally Recognized Training
State and Local Training
Pool Operator's Manual
Pool Operator's Manual can be purchased from the Washington State Environmental Health Association website. The manual covers safety and health operations of swimming pools and spas.
Pool Rule Signs
Create your own pool safety rule signs using our template of rules that comply with WAC 246-260-131 (5). Rules for swimming, spa, wading, and spray pools are provided, as well as suggested rules for diving boards.
Pool Monitoring Log Sheets
Swimming Pool Log Sheet (PDF) | (Word Fillable Form)
Log sheet for documenting chemical treatment and maintenance of swimming pools.
Spa, Wading, or Recirculating Spray Pool Log Sheet (PDF) | (Word Fillable Form)
Log sheet for documenting chemical treatment and maintenance of spas, wading pools, or recirculating spray pools.
Shallow Water Lifeguards and Attendants
Shallow Water Lifeguards and Attendants (PDF)
Brochure that explains the use of shallow water lifeguards and attendants at private swimming club facilities.
Shallow Water Lifeguard and Attendant Training (PDF)
Training providers for shallow water lifeguards and attendants.
Water Clarity Monitoring
Kids Disappear When the Water's Not Clear (PDF)
Brochure on the importance of pool operators routinely monitoring pool water clarity to prevent drowning.
Water Recreation Illnesses
Content Source: Water Recreation Program