Frequently asked questions

Is the club private, public, or semi-public?


Penn Valley Athletic Club is a budget friendly private community club. Guests will be allowed this year. Non-members can attend the club with members of good standing to experience what the club is about. Read our 2021 Guest Policy. Special events allow for guest admittance for a nominal price. This includes community parties, teen parties, private parties, etc. Please see the front desk for details.




Are there limitations due to Covid-19?


PVAC is blessed with a large amount of outdoor usable space to allow for ample social distancing. Social distancing, along with increased sanitiation, are the primary safety measures used at our facility. We will operate nearly identical to 2020. With the guidance and multiple inspections of local health officials in 2020, we were in complaince with all Covid-19 related guidelines. Our snack bar will be open and fully stocked, but operating as cashless. You can set up an account and add money to your account at the front desk. We require social distancing while waiting in line at the snack bar. Guests will be allowed, but the guest policy will be strictly enforced. To learn more about the guest policy, please review the 2021 Guest Policy. All levels of swim lessons will be provided this season. Through relationships with local clubs during the winter season, PVAC has learned a great deal about safely swimming through COVID-19. Swim team will have a 2021 summer season! You can sign up now on the Swim Team page. Safety measures will be in place and will be communicated to the parents/guardians of swimmers before the season starts.




Do you allow guests?


GUEST POLICY – 2021

2021 guest policy will be strictly enforced. Members are permitted to bring Guests for the season under the following guidelines:

1. Guests 17 years and younger are permitted with an admittance fee of $5.00 per visit. Guest must be with a current Member to enter and must sign in at the front desk upon arrival

2. Each membership will be permitted to bring a guest who is 18 years or older, one time in the month of June, two times in the month of July, and two times in the month of August. The admittance fee for each Guest is $5.00 per visit. No Guest shall be admitted unless they are with a current Member. Each Guest will be required to sign in at the front desk upon arrival.

3. Members who have family or friends that are visiting from out of town (outside of the 16xxx zip code) are permitted to come to the pool an unlimited amount of time during their stay with an admittance fee of $5.00 per visit. No Guest shall be admitted unless they are with a current Member. Each Guest will be required to sign at the front desk upon arrival. Photo ID of the guest required.




Do I have to be a Member to host a party?


You do not have to be a member to host a party at PVAC, but Members receive discounted prices for hosting parties. Non-member hosted parties must abide by all of the facility rules without exception. Non-member parties will not be permitted to rent out the entire facility exclusively. These parties must coincide with daily member attendance. Please use this contact form to start the process of hosting a party. Member hosted parties are permitted to have non-members attend. See the front desk for details.




What are the hours of operation?


12pm-8pm daily. One exception is when a moonlight swim is scheduled. Closing time for these events will be posted on the homepage calendar, posted on our Facebook page, and/or posted near the front desk. Lap swim, swim team practice, and swim lessons may be scheduled during non-operating hours. These times will be communicated to members either by the calendar, social media, email, and/or posted near the front desk.




Do you require specific flotation devices?


We do not require a specific approved flotation device. We do recommend using a device that has been approved by the American Red Cross. No matter the device used, please make sure that it is properly functioning before each use. Additionally, if your child cannot swim independently, with or without a device, our staff and lifeguards will require that a parent must be within arms reach of that child at all times while in the main pool.




When do you open for the season?


Each season, our goal is to open Memorial Day Weekend. Although unlikely, any delays would be appropriately communicated to members. Check our Calendar for important club dates!




What kind of food do you serve at the snack bar?


We have an extensive snack bar menu. Some hot foods include hot dogs, cheese sticks, fresh cut potato fries, funnel cakes, and personal pizzas. Colds items include popsicles, ice cream bars, and our Famous Snow Cones! Bagged snacks are also available, as well as a generous list of refreshments. Themed events may include specials such as pierogies, pulled pork, walking tacos, hamburgers, build your own ice cream sundaes, and so much more. Check out the Calendar for themed events.




How to I sign up for swim lessons?


*Visit the Lessons page of our website. *Click on the Lesson, Class, or Clinic you are interested in. *Download the registration form. *Submit the completed registration form to the PVAC front desk. Did you know that non-members are also able to participate in our swim lessons, classes, and clinics?!




How do I sign up for the swim team?


PVAC and the AK-Valley Swim League is going forward with the 2021 summer season! Go to the Swim Team page of our website and click "2021 Details & Registration". Complete the form instructions. Non-members are encouraged to join! You will be contacted regarding the first team gathering to try on and purchase team suits, sign up for parent volunteer committment, and pay for the swim season. You can find additional swim team information on the team Facebook page: "Penn Valley Swim Team" Any questions regarding the swim team can be directed to Trisha Murray. Email: pennvalleyswim@gmail.com




Who do I get in hold of if I have a specific club question?


Financial or Accounting questions can be directed to pvacfinance@gmail.com Swim Team questions can be directed to pennvalleyswim@gmail.com Marketing, Social, or Website questions can be directed to pvacweb@gmail.com Facilities and Grounds questions can be directed to pvacpool@gmail.com Board or Committee Volunteer Interest can be directed to pvacpool@gmail.com Any topics not listed above can be directed to pvacpool@gmail.com




Who do I get a hold of if I have a general club question?


General quesions can be directed to pvacpool@gmail.com. This email is monitored by the pool management. You may also speak with a club employee at the front desk for general questions.




Why would the club be closed during normal operating hours?


The main reason for the club to be closed during normal business hours would be due to inclement weather. The is mainly due to extended thunderstorms. During these storms, nobody is allowed in the pool or on the pool deck. If these storms show no signs of letting up, we will shut down for the safety of our staff. We will attempt to communicate closures as soon as safely possible. Additionally, the PVAC Swim Team may host a Swim Meet on a weeknight evening. Although the pool will be closed for just a couple hours, we encourage Members to attend a highly competitive sporting event. No Admission Fee!




Can a business advertise to PVAC Members?


We are currently limiting advertising to our Members. As of right now, we are accepting donated baskets we can auction off during out swim meets. If you would like to donate a basket, as well as provide tabletop advertising literature to go with it, please email pvacweb@gmail.com.




Is PVAC Hiring?


PVAC is a great place for young adults to learn responsibility, committment, and accountability. For many, it is their first job. Please visit our Jobs page to learn more about hiring prerequisites, if we have any openings, and when we typically start hiring for the summer season.




Do you allow recreational pool floats or innertubes at the pool?


We are not permitting recreational pool floats at the pool this season, including during Moonlight Swim. Pool noodles are permitted (just be aware of your surroundings when having a pool noodle sword fight). Why are we not permitting recreational pool floats this year? The safety of our members and guests is our #1 priority. Recreational floats, inflatables, and especially foam bead filled floats pose a great risk for younger swimmers to get trapped under. Additionally, larger floats block lifeguard view of the pool, preventing them from performing their essential duties. We understand recreational floats were a fun part of Moonlight Swim, but you and your child's safety takes priority above all else.