To ensure the safety of its visitors, the Super Aqua Club has established a clear dress code that must be respected by everyone who uses its facilities. Appropriate swimwear helps reduce drowning risks and facilitates recues by our lifeguards. The dress code and recommendations below provided by the Lifesaving Society are intended to make everyone’s experience as pleasant and safe as possible.
Firstly, it should be noted that nudity is prohibited at the Super Aqua Club and that appropriate swimwear “is made of tight-fitting fabric that allows the body to move freely, does not impede buoyancy and does not create an increased risk to the bather’s safety.”¹ Given these three criteria, a bathing suit is a must. Other pieces of clothing may also be worn, depending on the specific wishes and needs of visitors.
Indeed, for a variety of personal reasons, some visitors prefer wearing swimwear with long sleeves or pant legs. This is perfectly acceptable at the park, providing the clothing allows the body to move freely, does not impede buoyancy and does not create an increased risk to the bather’s safety, as stated above. For example, a loose-fitting sweater made of a heavy, absorbent fabric (such as fleece) is not appropriate swimwear and is therefore prohibited at the Super Aqua Club since it would prevent the bather from moving freely and weigh them down when wet. The same principle applies to bottoms: denim pants, skirts or other bottoms made of heavy, absorbent fabric are not suitable for water activities and are prohibited at the park for the sole reason that they would compromise the safety of swimmers and lifeguards.
As is the case when choosing a standard bathing suit, it is therefore best to favour clothing specifically designed for swimming when seeking an alternative to meet one’s needs. For example, the Super Aqua Club allows tight-fitting wetsuit-style tops, wetsuits, burkinis and rash guards. It should be noted that wetsuits must include a piece that covers the zipper to prevent injury. For their part, burkinis must be one-piece i.e. a single piece that covers the whole body from head to toe. If the piece of clothing allows the body to move freely, does not impede buoyancy and does not create an increased risk to safety, it should generally be considered appropriate swimwear and therefore allowed at the water park.
Finally, when choosing clothing to bring to the water park, visitors should keep in mind the three criteria regarding freedom of movement, buoyancy and safety, as this precaution will be very helpful in creating a safe and pleasant swimming environment for everyone. And, of course, don’t forget your sunscreen and beach towel!
¹ Lifesaving Society, “Accepted swimwear in accordance with safety and hygiene”, https://www.sauvetage.qc.ca/en/lifeguarding/lifeguard-duty/accepted-swimwear-accordance-safety-and-hygiene, 2015.