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Sam Fishman Pool


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A view of the city pool with a double rainbow

Facility Information

43 East Street
Vergennes, VT 05491
Phone: (802) 877-1054


About the Pool
Sam Fishman Memorial Pool History
The Sam Fishman Memorial Pool is a municipal pool located at 43 East Street. It was built in 1966 and was originally known as the Vergennes Community Pool. This pool was made possible from a federal grant and a large match from Simmonds Precision (known now as Collins Aerospace). In 1975, after the death of Samuel Fishman, the pool was renamed the Sam Fishman Memorial Pool in part of a large donation from the Fishman Family and annual donation thereafter. It was Sam Fishman’s wish for the pool to continue and be available for all children in the community. He wanted every child to learn how to swim, being so close to Lake Champlain. In April 2010, the City of Vergennes assumed ownership of the pool from the Vergennes Graded School District. The Sam Fishman Pool is a popular recreation spot for community members to enjoy in the summer months.

Mission Statement
To provide a welcoming municipal pool managed in a fiscally responsible manner for the residents of Vergennes and its surrounding communities. We carry out this mission with a staff who are compassionate, inclusive, and responsive to the needs of our community, and who maintains a safe and friendly atmosphere. To promote lifelong skills of water safety, physical fitness, socialization and recreation.
 
Core Values
We Value…
…a safe, inclusive, caring public resource that is integrated into the fabric of our community
…educating all ages of our community in the lifelong skills of swimming and water safety
…treating everyone with respect and embracing diverse opinions
…conducting our business and maintaining our facility in a fiscally-responsible manner that ensures the community can depend on aquatics as an available resource for generations to come
…creative, affordable and fun programming that is responsive to the community’s needs and contributes to the overall health and wellness of the community
…a spirit of collaboration and innovation when working with others to enhance services available for our community member
…our amazing volunteers and supporters

General Policy
  • A lifeguard must be on duty and the pool officially open before any user is allowed in the water.
  • Individuals may be barred from the pool or pool area, at the discretion of the lifeguard and/or management in charge, for violation of pool rules or for any other reason which in his/her judgment constitutes a hazard to themselves or others.
  • Management is not responsible for loss or damage of personal property.
  • All swimmers shall exit the pool at the lifeguard’s request.
  • The pool may be closed at any time due to mechanical breakdown, operational difficulties, or inclement weather. The decision is at the sole discretion of management.
  • No abusive or profane language or breach of the peace will be tolerated.
  • No pets are allowed in the pool area at any time. Service animals must be identified.
  • Only proper bathing suits are permissible to enter the water. Street clothes and undergarments such as bras, underwear, boxers are not permitted in the pool.
  • The pool may occasionally close early due to events being held at the facility. These events will be communicated in advance onsite and through social media.
  • Drinking or smoking is not permitted anywhere in the pool area.

Parent/Guardian Supervision Responsibilities
  • Lifeguards are on duty to enforce rules and regulations and to respond to emergencies, but parent/guardian is ultimately responsible for the safety of their child.
  • Parent/Guardian must actively watch children at all times when inside the pool area, and specifically near or in the water, regardless of their age or swimming ability.
  • Well behaved children under twelve (12) who are confident swimmers can come unaccompanied. However, if behavior is an issue they will be asked to come with an adult.
  • Parent/guardian must maintain visual contact with and be in control of their children at all times.
  • Parent/Guardian is solely responsible for assessing and knowing their child’s swimming ability.
  • Children that are not potty trained must wear a swim diaper.

General Safety Regulations
  • Flotation devices, mats, rafts, inner tubes are not permitted in the pool area at any time except during predetermined event times, communicated in advance.
  • Running, pushing, wrestling, splashing, or causing undue disturbance in or about the pool area will not be tolerated. Spitting of water and similar unhygienic acts will not be permitted in the pool.
  • Prolonged underwater swimming, breath-holding, and games including such behavior are prohibited.
  • All non-alcoholic beverages or snack foods brought into the pool area must be in metal, paper, or plastic containers. No alcoholic beverages are allowed.
  • All trash must be disposed of in a trash container.
  • All personal injuries, however slight, must be reported to the lifeguard.

Diving Board Rules
  • Only one person on a diving board at a time.
  • All jumps and dives must be in a straight-forward direction.
  • Swim directly to the nearest stair and exit the pool after each entry.
  • Swimmers may only bounce once on the diving board.
  • Front flips, back flips, back dives, inward dives, reverse dives, spins, handstands, and seat drops off the board or side of the pool is prohibited.

Pool Donations
Pool donations can be made online, by mail, or in person.
Online: PayGov Please write “Pool Donation” in the very first red box
Mail: PO Box 35, Attn: Vergennes Pool, Vergennes, VT 05491
Drop Box/ In Person: 120 Main Street, Attn: Vergennes Pool, Vergennes, VT 05491




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