All persons on the pool deck, and/or swimming in the pool, are required to wear proper swim attire. All swimwear bottoms must have a liner. All swimwear must be clean. All infants/toddlers must wear swim diapers and proper swimwear.
PERMITTED SWIM ATTIRE: Clean cotton t-shirts and sarongs. Patrons on the deck MUST have on proper swim attire under these items.
PROHIBITED SWIM ATTIRE: Brazil/French-cut, thong style and/or revealing swim wear is prohibited. “Street clothes”, cut-off jeans, jeans, skirts, shorts, sport bras, leotards, leggings, dri-fit wear, compression shorts and compression shirts. Underwear and undergarments are not allowed to be worn under swimsuits.
Why is proper swimwear required?
1. Street clothes (especially cotton) can transport airborne and ultimately water borne contaminants into the pool.
2. Lycra and Nylon are the best non-absorbent material for swimming and are the best fabrics for proper swim attire.
a. Other absorbent materials (such as cotton) can break down in the water and cause fibers to clog filters.
b. Any “colored” material (unless specifically made for swimming) can bleed into the pool, effecting water chemistry and balance. This is also a reason for turbidity in pools.
3. Cotton and similar materials can absorb the chemicals in the water, causing the water to become less effective at maintaining the proper chemical balance or may cloud the water.
Arlington County Department of Parks and recreation reserves the right to deny use of Long Bridge Aquatics & Fitness center pool and/or spa facilities for non-approved swimwear. If you are unsure if your swimwear meets our guidelines, please check with facility management. 703-228-3338