Goochland Outdoor Pool

Take advantage of our amazing outdoor pools and stay cool this summer!

Goochland Outdoor Pool


Due to the issues surrounding COVID-19, the outdoor pool at the Goochland Family YMCA is open.  However, you must reserve a spot for lap swimming, family swim or Water Fitness classes, which can be done through our Schedules page or with our free mobile app.


We’re glad you’ve joined our outdoor pool this summer and we can’t wait to share in tons of fun and games!  Here you’ll find everything you need to know about using the pool, including pool rules, guest policies and passes, hours of operation and more!

Hours of Operation

Monday – Friday: 7 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Saturday: 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday: Noon – 5 p.m.

Reopening Guidelines

The pool will be currently available for lap swim and Water Fitness classes only. There is a maximum of 2 swimmers per lane during lap swim.

Water Fitness classes will begin on a limited basis beginning Monday, June 8.  We will expand class offerings as we are able.


Wednesday, July 4 – Closing at 4 p.m. for Independence Day
Wednesday, July 11 – Closing at 3 p.m. for YMCA Swim Meet

Guest Policies

Currently we are not accepting guests in our facilities while we reopen from the COVID-19 closures.

Inclement Weather

The YMCA will close the pool in the event of inclement weather if the safety of our members and guests is at risk.  While we will try to “wait out the storm”, the pool will remain closed for 30 minutes after each lightning strike or clap of thunder.  For more information on the Inclement Weather Policy, see our Information Packet at the bottom of this page.

Swim Tests

Swim tests assist our lifeguards in more quickly identifying the swimmers who can be in different areas of the pool.  Our swim test consists of jumping in the water, treading water for 15 seconds, and swimming 25 yards.

  • Swimmers under the age of 12 must successfully complete the swim test in order to swim in deep water (chest depth or greater) or use the slides and diving boards.
  • Green Bands will be given to swimmers completing the test in a prone position with forward movement, propellant kick and rhythmic breathing
  • Red Bands will be given if the swimmer cannot complete the swim test. He/she must wear the red band and remain in the designated shallow area under the direct supervision of a responsible adult.
  • Weak and non-swimmers must wear a Coast Guard approved lifejacket and have a parent in the water with them.
  • A Lifejacket can be removed if the child is under direct supervision of a responsible adult who is in the water with them.

  • Adults with multiple children of weak/non swimming ability must maintain prudent supervision and be in the water with the non-swimmer children.  The lifeguard has the authority to require that lifejackets be worn.

  • The Lifeguard has the authority to swim test anyone and ask them to swim in a designated area of the pool and wear a Coast Guard approved lifejacket.

  • Green or red bands will be issued by lead aquatic staff after swim test.  Please be sure to keep you band for the next time you attend the pool.  If a band is lost, we will issue one band to the child again, if lost a second time there will be a fee of $2.

For a complete list of pool rules, click here.