Safety Policies & Rules
The Circle of Safety: It's A Team Effort
Swimmer safety is the top priority at Splash Montana and Currents Aquatics Center. The facilities aim to create a "circle of safety" to ensure a safe and fun experience for all. The circle includes close and constant supervision of children by a parent or a responsible adult, swim lessons for all children beginning at an early age, life jackets for young kids or non-swimmers, and well-trained lifeguards.
When it comes to swimming with kids, especially young children or non-swimmers, parents are the "first lifeguard on duty." All children should be under CLOSE and CONSTANT supervision around water.
Children ages 6 and under and non-swimmers: parents or responsible adults must be IN THE WATER and within arm's reach at all times.
This is called "touch supervision," where adults are close enough to reach the child immediately. While lifeguards are essential to water safety, nothing can replace undistracted, swim-ready parental supervision.
- Designate a responsible adult to actively supervise children in and around any body of water, giving them your undivided attention. Because water accidents can occur quickly and quietly, adults should not be involved in other distracting activities (like reading or texting) while supervising children, even where lifeguards are present.
- To maintain the safety and security of young swimmers, children under the age of 7 must be accompanied by an adult at both pools.
- Ensure kids of all ages obey pool rules and are under adult supervision.
Coast Guard-approved life jackets are available free for your use, but parents must remain within arm's reach of their child. Young children and inexperienced swimmers should wear life jackets, but safety devices do not replace close and constant adult supervision.
Swim lessons teach vital life skills and could save your child's life. Lessons are offered at free and reduced rates to families who need financial assistance. According to the CDC's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, a child's risk of drowning can be reduced by up to 88% after formal swim instruction.
Lifeguards – The Last, Best Defense
Lifeguards are your last, best defense against swimming accidents. Like police and firefighters, lifeguards are "first responders." They are trained to enforce safety rules, immediately recognize the signs of a swimmer in trouble and respond with lifesaving measures which help prevent an accident from becoming a tragedy. While lifeguards are essential in providing water safety, only parents can ensure a child's safety in and around water. Children of all ages should be under adult supervision and should understand the importance of obeying all pool rules.
Splash Montana and Currents lifeguards undergo comprehensive American Red Cross training, along with weekly in-service training and drills to practice emergency response skills. Guards receive extensive training in "patron surveillance," monitoring the behavior of swimmers to detect the subtle signs of a swimmer in distress. Our facilities' emergency protocols include "layers of protection" to ensure a rapid team response to any situation. If you have any questions or concerns about water safety at Splash Montana or Currents Aquatics Center, please call Aquatics Manager Eric Seagrave at 406-721-PARK (7275), or email Eric Seagrave.
Learn more about water safety at the American Red Cross website
Important Safety Information: How to spot a swimmer in distress
Enjoy your visit to Splash Montana and Currents
- Bring a lock for the day-use lockers or purchase one at the front desk for $3.50. Do not bring valuables into Splash Montana or Currents.
- Please bring your own towels and swimsuits. Swim diapers and suits that seal off the legs and waist are required for infants and not-yet-toilet-trained toddlers (if you are unsure, have your toddler wear them.) Swim diapers and reusable infant swim pants are available for sale at both pools.
- Smoking is prohibited on-premises or within 25 yards of the facilities.
- To help maintain water quality during recreation swim, both facilities will stage five-minute "Safety Checks" at 90-minute intervals throughout the day. All guests will be required to exit the pools. This is an excellent time for children (especially preschoolers) to use the restroom.
- State safety regulations restrict the number of patrons allowed in the pool area at a given time, whether they are swimming or not. The admission fee is required for everyone entering the pool deck, regardless of whether they plan to swim.
- The staff at Parks and Recreation is committed to making Currents and Splash Montana welcoming, friendly, and safe for everyone. Parks and Recreation fully supports nursing mothers, belongs to the Missoula Breastfeeding Coalition, and makes every effort to comply with state laws protecting nursing mothers and infants.
- Splash Montana is a full-service facility. We provide food sales through the Crazy Creek Café and Fireline Grill, plus day-use lockers, float toys, lounge chairs, lifeguards, swim instructors, and pretty much anything you might need.
- No outside food or drink is allowed within Splash Montana. Only store-bought, sealed plastic water bottles or empty personal water bottles (which can be filled from our water fountains) will be allowed into the facility. No glass. Please leave your coolers at home (if you have a medical need, please inquire at the front desk for accommodation.)
- Re-entry policy: Guests may need to exit and re-enter during the course of the day. If you plan on leaving the park and re-entering, get a hand stamp and then pay $1 when you re-enter. A $1 re-entry fee and a hand stamp are required every time you leave and want to re-enter. Seasonal, 6-month, and annual pass holders do not need to pay the $1 re-entry fee.
- During inclement weather, call 406-542-9283 for pool closure updates.
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