Das Rec Policies and Guidelines

In order to provide a healthy and safe environment for our patrons, it is important that our members follow these guidelines and other posted regulations. Additional rules and policies may be implemented when deemed necessary for the safety and comfort of Das Rec members.

Hours of Operation
Monday-Friday: 5:00am – 9:30pm
Saturday and Sunday: 7:00am – 8:00pm

gymnasium policies

  • Members must be 14 years of age or older to use the Das Rec gymnasium unsupervised. Members ages 10-13 may use gymnasium when a parent or legal guardian is in Das Rec facility. Members under 10 years of age may use gymnasium when supervised by a parent or legal guardian.
  • Members are required to wear closed-toe, non-marking athletic shoes. Shirts must cover the midriff; shorts and pants must be worn at the waist.
  • Organized practices, clinics, and/or coaching and training are prohibited. Failure to comply may result in suspension or termination of membership privileges.
  • Exercise equipment is not permitted in gymnasium.
  • Das Rec is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Valuables should be locked or stored in a locker. Lockers are available for day-use only.
  • For safety reasons, gym bags are not allowed on the gymnasium floor.
  • Profanity, yelling, rough play, and spitting are NOT permitted. All games require good sportsmanship and proper conduct.
  • Gambling of any kind is strictly prohibited.
  • Grabbing or hanging on the net or rim is prohibited. Please do not throw or kick any balls against the walls or other equipment.
  • Food is not permitted in the gymnasium. Water in a closed container is allowed.
  • Full-court play is first come, first served. High volume may require courts to be shared to accommodate more participants. Scheduled activities in the gymnasium may take priority over open recreation.
  • Das Rec Management reserves the right to ask anyone to leave the gymnasium if policies are not followed.

pool policies

General Pool Policies

  • Members must be 14 years of age or older to use the Das Rec pools unsupervised.
  • Parents or guardians of children ages 13 and under must remain in the aquatic area at all times. Guardians must be at least 16 years of age.
  • Guardians of children ages 7 and younger must be wearing a swimsuit and actively participating in water within arms-length from their children at all times.
  • Running or horseplay of any kind is prohibited.
  • Diving is prohibited.
  • Only U.S. Coast Guard-approved flotation devices are allowed. Use of toys including, but not limited to, water wings, rafts, inner tubes, noodles, tennis balls, flying discs, face masks, or small rings is prohibited.
  • Swim diapers for non-toilet trained patrons are required. Regular diapers are prohibited in the pool. Swim diapers are available for purchase at the Das Rec Guest Services Desk.
  • All clothing and diaper changes must be made in designated areas within the family changing room or locker rooms.
  • A cleansing shower before entering the pool is required by all swimmers.
  • Only properly maintained swimsuits are allowed.
  • Cutoffs or leotards are prohibited.
  • Anyone with open cuts, wounds, or communicable diseases will not be permitted in the pool.
  • Glass containers and food, including gum and candy, are prohibited in the pool area.
  • Das Rec is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged personal items.
  • Hanging, sitting, or climbing on lap lane lines, railings, or safety ropes is prohibited. No climbing or jumping over pool walls.
  • Das Rec Management reserves the right to ask anyone to leave the aquatic area if policies are not followed.
  • Das Rec operates under American Red Cross policies that state that all pools, indoor or outdoor should be closed during lighting. While the building is grounded and bonded it is not guaranteed that lighting could not strike users in the pool.
  • When there is a lightning strike within one mile of Das Rec, the pool will close. The pool will reopen once lightning has not struck within the one miles radius.
  • When there is a lightning strike within ten miles of Das Rec, the slide will close. The slide will reopen once lightning has not struck within the ten-mile radius.

Lap Lane Policies

  • Lap lanes are for continuous lap swimming; please use proper lap swim etiquette.
  • Circle swimming is required during peak usage.
  • Hanging, sitting, or climbing on lane lines, railings or safety ropes is prohibited.
  • Please consult the current pool schedule for lap swim availability. ​
  • Schedule subject to change due to programming and events.

Water Slide Policies

  • All riders must be at least 48” tall.
  • Maximum rider weight is 300 pounds.
  • WARNING: Water depth is shallow.
  • Non-swimmers are not permitted.
  • All riders must ride feet first while lying on their back with arms crossed across their chest. Do not go down the slide head first. Do not sit up while riding the slide.
  • Riders must enter the slide in a sitting position and wait for instructions from the lifeguard stationed at the slide starter tub.
  • Do not propel yourself into the ride.
  • Only one rider at a time. Absolutely no trains or chains of riders are permitted.
  • No running, standing, kneeling, rotating, tumbling, or stopping in the flume. Arms and hands must remain inside the flume at all times. Riders should remain in proper riding position until forward movement is terminated. At no time should the rider attempt to stand up while on the slide or prior to coming to complete stop in the splash out area.
  • No tubes, mats, or life jackets are permitted on the slide.
  • No combs or foreign objects are allowed in pockets and no jewelry can be worn while riding the slide. No cut off jeans or swimwear with exposed zippers, buckles, rivets, or metal ornamentation: only approved swimsuits allowed.
  • The line should form on the deck with one rider on each landing and one rider in the starter tub. Wait until landing area is clear before entering.
  • Members with heart disease, high blood pressure, epilepsy, and those on prescription medication should consult with their doctor before riding this slide. Individuals with medical conditions including, but not limited to: pregnancy, heart, or back problems should not ride.
  • Do not use this slide while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • No diving from slide.
  • Leave the splash out area promptly after entering.
  • Das Rec operates under American Red Cross policies that state that all pools, indoor or outdoor should be closed during lighting. While the building is grounded and bonded it is not guaranteed that lighting could not strike users in the pool.
  • When there is a lightning strike within ten miles of Das Rec, the slide will close. The slide will reopen once lightning has not struck within the ten-mile radius.

Fitness Floor Policies

  • Members age 14 years of age and older may use fitness floor unsupervised.
    All members must complete Das Rec member orientation. Members ages 12-13 may use
    fitness floor when supervised by parent or legal guardian. Members ages 10-11 may
    use cardio equipment and perform bodyweight exercises and functional training when
    supervised by a parent or guardian. The use of weights by members 10 years of age and
    younger is prohibited.
  • Members are required to wear closed-toe, non-marking athletic shoes. Shirts must cover the midriff; shorts and pants must be worn at the waist. Jeans, denim, and cargo pants are not allowed.
  • Das Rec is a closed-training facility. Only personal trainers employed by the City are permitted to train members/guests. Failure to comply may result in suspension or termination of membership privileges.
  • Please wipe down equipment after each use.
  • Das Rec is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
  • Valuables should be locked or stored in a locker.
  • Lockers are available for day-use only.
  • For safety reasons, gym bags are not allowed on the fitness floor.
  • Profanity and yelling are not permitted.
  • Dropping weights or fitness equipment on the fitness floor is prohibited.
  • Cell phone usage is restricted to the lobby area only.
  • If necessary to take a phone call, please be courteous and leave the fitness floor.
  • Personal music must be used with headphones; no radios or loud music are allowed.
  • Food is not permitted on the fitness floor. Drinks in closed containers are allowed.
  • Equipment should not be removed from the fitness floor.
  • During busy times, use of cardio equipment should be limited to 30 minutes. Please allow for others to work out on the weight room floor.
  • Das Rec Management reserves the right to ask anyone to leave the fitness floor if policies are not followed.

Kinder Care Policies

General Policies

  • No reservations are required.
  • Children ages 6 months through 10 years are welcome to visit Kinder Care once a day for a maximum of two hours per session. The time limit of two hours is strictly enforced.
  • Only parents or legal guardians may drop off and pick up children at Kinder Care. The same parent or guardian who signed the child in must sign the child out.
  • A Das Rec membership card is required for check-in. Non-members paying to use the Kinder Care must present a photo ID at check-in.
  • Parents must remain within Das Rec premises at all times while their child is at Kinder Care. No exceptions. Members found to have left the building will lose their Kinder Care privileges for 30 days and New Braunfels Police may be notified.
  • Due to allergens, outside food, drinks, and snacks are not allowed.
  • Please change your child or have them use the restroom prior to checking him/her into Kinder Care. If a child needs a diaper change or assistance in the restroom the parent will be notified. Staff will not change diapers.
  • Pacifiers and comfort items such as blankets are permitted and must be labeled.
  • Medication will not be allowed or administered by staff.
  • Toys from home including electronic devices are not allowed. Kinder Care and Das Rec staff are not responsible for lost, broken or stolen items.
  • Kinder Care participants must be fully clothed. Swimmers must be dry and wear a swimsuit cover. Shoes are required for all walking children.
  • As a health standard and courtesy to others, parents are expected to adhere to the Sick Child Policy.

Kinder Care Discipline Policy

In most cases, re-direction towards other activities will be used as a resolution. Kinder Care staff will assess behavioral issues on a case-by-case basis. Time away will be used to address behavioral issues in some cases.

Kinder Care Sick Child Policy

Children who have any of the following symptoms are not allowed at Kinder Care:
  • Child has had a fever of 100 or higher within the past 24 hours.
  • Child has vomited within the past 24 hours.
  • Child has watery stool in the past 24 hours.
  • Child has rash not associated with diapers.
  • Child has a sore throat and/or swollen glands causing difficulty swallowing.
  • Child has constant cough.
  • Child has symptoms of possible communicable disease (usually colored nasal discharge, red eyes, sore throat, headache, abdominal pain, fever, and/or skin spots, bumps or patches).
  • If staff observes any of these symptoms during the child’s visit, the parents will be asked to remove the child.

Kinder Care Parental Notifications

  • A child is in need of a diaper change.
  • A child is crying for more than ten minutes.
  • A child is not following instructions from staff.
  • A stay that has exceeded the two-hour time limit.
  • A child feels sick.
  • Staff feels the child is in need of the parent.
  • Staff feels that a child is perceived to pose a danger to themselves or others.