Membership Poll:  Minimum Age for Jacuzzi

Earlier this year, the Board amended the jacuzzi rules on a trial basis.

Based on requests from many families, and in accordance with the CDC and the Red Cross, which advise an age limit of 5 and over for jacuzzis, the Board decided to allow children age 5 and over to use the jacuzzi.  (Previous age was 10 and over.)  As a family friendly club, we hoped this policy would allow for more people to enjoy the facilities.

Now with the end of the summer, we are polling the members — and based on your feedback, will make these changes permanent, or revert to the previous rule that children under 10 are not permitted.

Please note, the following important rules would still apply:

  1.  All children under 18 must be closely supervised by an adult member at all times
  2.  Adult Members have priority for jacuzzi use at all times
  3.  The “no children under 5 rule” will be strictly enforced
Poll is now closed (10/15).   thank you for your input!

What should be the minimum age for children in the Jacuzzi?

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17 thoughts on “Membership Poll:  Minimum Age for Jacuzzi”

  1. One doctor posted 5 year olds are safe to be in hot tubs. So in good faith I voted for 5 years old. However, it should be emphasized and posted that all children under 10 be accompanied by the parent in the hot tub at all times. Maybe even mentioning warnings of over exposure be included.

    Donna Gibbs

  2. This is a terrible idea—-overturning 50 year precedent at the Club.

    This is a safety issue—having a very small sampling of members decide —is not the way to govern our Club— Since the Club fails to enforce the rules—- this will become a major issue when something bad happens—a child drowns or is rushed to the hospital after over heating—- That’s when an attorney deposes the Board–and asks—who came up with this idea—they’ll shrug and say —not us—it was voted by the members – on the basis of what? — “we want a family friendly atmosphere” — GAME OVER

    Recently observed five children ages 6-7–in the hot tub…one of them was swimming around the others—no adult within 30 feet—no one watching them-

  3. Unfortunately accidents do happen and the probability is higher with a younger child. They need more attention than some adults may give and are less reliable in telling us if they are having a problem. Exposure time is of greater risk as well for younger children.

  4. I appreciate this opportunity to provide feedback on the issue of children’s ages in the Jacuzzi. I am glad to see the club be responsive to the members and how members are allowed to enjoy the club.
    I think the club is becoming increasing family friendly and that is a great thing. As a frequent swimmer and mother of young children, I know that the pool is a great benefit to many of our members.
    The Center for Disease Control has written guidelines with regard to the safety of children (and adults) using a hot tub/spa ( They recommend that children under the age of 5 avoid the hot tub. Therefore, with the club’s minimum age of five in the Jacuzzi, we are in line with their recommendation regarding the health and safety of children using a hot tub.
    I fully support the minimum age of 5 at the Jacuzzi and always appreciate the kind, smiling faces of other club members when we visit, of which there are many.

    1. Thanks for the CDC guidlines.
      I also included the standards required for Jacuzzi’s which requires a fence, cover, which must be locked.
      No matter the outcome of this vote, I recommend awaiting implementation until all the physical features are put in place including secure identification system of those people who open the Juccuzi and thos who closet with dual- factor authentication, video and individual lock entry which matches the entry to the club in case any harm comes to a member. Also a reporting system must be implemented so the board can hold members accountable and the members can hold the board accountable.

      I trust you I just want to verify all people who make their personal decisions are held accountable.

  5. It sounds like we’ve been fine with kids aged 5-10 swimming in the pool. Concerns like drowning, accidents, peeing in the pool, being unsupervised, etc. all seem much more likely in the pool than in the jacuzzi. We’ve allowed kids in the pool all these years because parents have been capable enough to teach and monitor their own kids. If anything I think kids would be safer in the jacuzzi since it’s not as deep. The only argument I could see against having kids be in the jacuzzi is a health one but there is no science to back that up.

    1. As a physician and member of the club for many years using the Jacuzzi I have noted more than 90% of the time children are in the Jacuzzi without supervision. Many times when I have asked they aren’t even members.
      I have discussed this with members of the board without an answer as to how the board plans to enforce the rules.
      Recently a member has died in the Jacuzzi.
      As to there is no science on the subject I have included 1 of the hundreds of articles regarding children’s use of pools and Jacuzzi’s which clearly shows the hazards which are worsened when children are not supervised.
      I had one of the members who lives directly across the street inform me that his child was being harassed by a member who simply explained to the child he needed his parent to be in attendance.
      I grew up on the east coast living on the water, learned junior life saving, senior life saving, and eventually was a life guard and certified swimming instructor.
      I hope that you take the time to read and understand the risks while considering the frequency well informed, well intentioned people ignore risks and still engage in high risk behaviors.

      Dr. Karlovitz’s note is illustrative.

  6. Members go to high end hotels and kids are allowed in the hot tubs. Kids should be allowed to be in the tub from 5+ with adult supervision. My kids are both 10 and 11. So, we are past the original requirement. That being said we wish it would have been 5+ the whole time. It is kind of ridiculous that it hasn’t always been that way. I might add…make parents responsible for keeping their kids in-line. Adults in the tub don’t like getting splashed and if there is an adult in the tub the parents should be over there supervising their children.

  7. I have 3 children (ages 5, 10 and 12). We are very thankful that the club is considering to permanently allow kids 5+ to use the jacuzzi. When the kids get cold it is very nice for them to be able to warm up in there.

  8. The hot tub is a great tool to provide recovery from sport-related injuries and muscle problems for active kids and adults. Children start playing organized sports around age 5. It’s common for an 8 or 9 year old child to play in 3-4 sports competitions per week. The hot tub provides a great tool to help the kids stay healthy and recover from injuries. e.g. If you’re experiencing sore or tight muscles after exercising, dipping into a hot tub after working out can help loosen sore or tight muscle tissues. Similarly, if you’re recovering from a sports-related injury, a hot tub can help. Soaking in hot water, starting three or four days after the initial injury, can improve healing. It may help by reducing muscle spasms, boosting your circulation and minimizing pain.

  9. There is a big difference in the way hotels operate and MBBC. Hotels have large liability policies and attorneys to defend against lawsuits by guests using their facility. The Club has very limited insurance, no attorney on staff and will have to prove it wasn’t negligent since the Board does not enforce swim/hot tub rules. It’s not a question of being “family friendly” but mitigating potential damages. It’s not a matter of if but when an accident will happen, forcing the Club to defend itself in a lawsuit which it cannot afford and should it lose, force the facility into receivership. Don’t think it can’t happen.

    A sampling of only 64 members, representing only 14% of the voting members, should not determine overturning a rule that has worked effectively in protecting MBBC for the past 50 years.

    In researching the topic, here is what comes up:


    15-20 minutes is generally considered a safe soaking time for adults. At MBBC, adult members soak for much longer periods while drinking alcohol—which is not recommended but done anyway.

    Children and Supervision

    Children must be supervised at all times. Most hot tub or pool accidents involving children occur when the children are not supervised, or while their supervisors are distracted, even for a moment.
    For this reason, hot tubs are a constant source of danger.

    The American Academy of Pediatrics clearly states its position on hot tubs: Don’t allow young children to use them.

    Children should not use a hot tub for more than five minutes at a time, especially at the maximum temperature of 104 degrees. Children are at a higher risk of overheating than adults. Keep children less than 10 years of age, especially infants, out of hot tubs and spas. Their small bodies do not regulate temperature well and can overheat quickly. Children will absorb more heat soaking in a hot tub than adults, and dangerous elevations in body temperature can potentially develop (the younger the child, the greater the risk).

    The risk of drowning is real. Children can drown in as little as a few inches of water, and every year several do. No child of any age should ever use a hot tub unless supervised by an adult. Perhaps the greatest drowning danger arises when a child climbs unnoticed into an unsecured tub.

    All hot tub and pools should have restricted access to prevent drowning. Access can be restricted by using a fence or lockable gate. Cover and lock your hot tub when it is not in use. An open tub should never be left unattended by an adult — even for a few seconds.

    For those members who want their kids in a hot tub…my advice—buy one for your home!

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