State Codes

Iowa Pool Code

Code: Iowa Rule 641-15.1 (1351)
Effective Date:July 8, 2009
Governing Body:Iowa Department of Public Health
Notes: The Iowa Pool Rules sign incorporates stipulations outlined in Iowa Rule 641-15.1 (1351) and must be posted a minimum of two locations within the pool enclosure. The Iowa No Lifeguard signs follow the Iowa Rule and must be posted at each entry to a swimming or wading pool where no lifeguard is in attendance.

Required Pool Safety Equipment For Iowa

Rescue PoleYes8' Required. 1 unit of lifesaving equipment for each 1500 square ft.Shop
Shepherds CrookYes Shop
Ring BuoysYes18" Life Ring Buoy RequiredShop
Rescue TubeYesTube only with lifeguards.Shop
Lifeguard ChairYesWhere required, 1 elevated chair for 2000 to 4000 square ft., 2 elevated chairs for 4001 to 6000 square ft., and 3 for 6001 feet or more.Shop
Throw LineYes1/4” in diameter, 1-1/2x width of pool - no more than 60 feet.Shop
Depth MarkersYes

On deck, at 1 foot intervals (but not more than 20 ft. apart) where water is 5 feet​ or less (wave pools deck and wall, 3 ft. or deeper).   Maximum depth of pool at both sides of pool at main drain.  Depth marked at both ends of float line, where float line required.  Depth markers shall be located not more than 25 ft. apart measured between the centers of the depth markers around the deep end of the swimming pool. The words “Deep Water” may be used in place of numerals.

No Diving in wording or graphics within 3 feet of pool in shallow areas and where determined by management. In lieu of above, Wading Pools, maximum depth posted at each entrance to pool and one conspicuous location inside wading pool 3” high, letters or numbers. No Diving not required for 0 depth or wading pools.

Rope & Float LineYesLine and floats on 4 inch painted stripe (required) between shallow and deep water (5 ft).  Floats no more than 5 feet apart.  Within 12” of shallow edge.Shop
SpineboardYesSpine Board where lifeguard required.Shop
First Aid KitYes Shop
Rescue BlanketYes2 blankets required.Shop

Lifeguard/No Lifeguard

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Rules - Pool

Rules - Spa

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