Public Recreational Bathing

Inspections of public recreational bathing facilities (including swimming pools, lakes, rivers, streams, tidal bays, and ocean swimming facilities) are conducted by the local departments of health. Inspections of all public recreational bathing facilities located in New Jersey state parks are conducted by NJDOH.


News and Updates



The New Jersey Department of Health, Public Health & Food Protection Program (PHFPP), is granting a temporary waiver of standard to the Public Recreational Bathing regulated community from compliance with the requirement of N.J.A.C. 8:26-5.2(a)2, which states, “For pools larger than 2,000 square feet, the designated adult supervisor shall possess pool director training certification. Current adult pool supervisors shall have until January 16, 2019, to obtain certification.” The temporary waiver provides that the Department will not require a designated adult supervisor overseeing a pool larger than 2,000 square feet to possess pool director training certification starting on January 16, 2019.  This temporary waiver is necessary because of the absence of a recognized training agency needed to provide the certification required by the rule. The Department previously granted a temporary waiver to September 1, 2019, however, taking into account that pool director certification training agencies have only recently been approved, additional time will be needed for designated adult supervisors to complete the training required by the rule.  Accordingly, the Department is extending the temporary waiver from compliance with N.J.A.C. 8:26-5.2(a)2 through December 31, 2019. Please click here for a list of recently approved pool director certification training agencies.


**NEW** Pool Director Certification Courses Approved

The Public Health & Food Protection Program (PHFPP) has approved four (4) organizations to provide training for the pool director course. Please review the current recognized certification document for details.


Public Recreational Bathing FAQ revised


Public Recreational Bathing Statutory Changes


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Healthy Swimming
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Beaches and Coastal Bathing Waters

The Cooperative Coastal Monitoring Program (CCMP) is a joint effort between the NJ Department of Environmental Protection and coastal area health departments. Seasonal water quality monitoring is performed routinely and as necessary at public bathing areas. Information on results, advisories, and closings can be found at

Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) -associated Illness

EPA's Cyanobacterial HABs in Water

New Jersey 2019 CynoHAB Events

Questions about Harmful Algal Blooms (HAB)


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Frequently Asked Questions
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Public Recreational Bathing Complaints

Complaints regarding public recreational bathing facilities may be directed to the facility's local health department.


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Last Reviewed: 8/15/2019