Swimming and Exercise Clothing Rules

Many students ask what they can and can't wear, here is the break down:

Changes to Hart Building exercise clothing services

Beginning January 1, 2014, approved exercise clothing will no longer be available for checkout at the Hart Building. The $15 laundry service that has been offered in conjunction with checking out clothing will also be discontinued at that time. Towel service will continue to be provided for free in our facilities.

Approved exercise clothing will still be required in the Hart Building and the BYU-Idaho Center courts. As before, clothing can be purchased at the University Store. If you forget to bring approved clothing with you to campus, some clothing will remain on hand and will be available at the Hart Building Equipment Room for a $3 fee.

The age requirement for children to wear approved clothing has been raised to 8 years old. Approved issue is not required for the swimming pool, but swim suits must follow the approved guidelines listed below.

Discounts on approved exercise clothing may be available during University Store sales.



Swimming Suits:

Swimmers may wear their own swim suits during open swim times according to the following:

All swimwear must be modest in coverage, style, and cut

Fabrics and colors must not be transparent or revealing

Women's suits must cover the stomach (swim shorts and shirts may be worn over your suit)

Men's suits must sit at the waist (No briefs)

All swimmers using their own suits during open swim times must check in at the Equipment Room (Hart 202).

What you can't wear:

Hats and bandanas are not allowed in the building.

No rolled up or cut off sleeves.

Pull-over sweatshirts must be approved exercise clothing or you can wear any cold weather clothing (sweatshirts, Under Armor, long sleeve shirts etc) under an approved exercise T-Shirt.

If the participant is going to wear shorts, then the approved exercise shorts must be worn. If the participant is going to wear pants, the pants must be loose fitting. Levi's and dress pants are not permitted.

Dress and grooming standards apply when participating in activities in the Hart Building/BYU-Idaho Center.

Brigham Young University Idaho invites students to refer to, For the Strength of Youth when choosing their swimsuit attire or any other attire.  Specifically we are taught, "Never lower your dress standards for any occasion.  Doing so sends the message that you are using your body to get attention and approval and that modesty is important only when it is convenient".

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why is the laundry service being discontinued?
A: The number of students and employees using the laundry service has steadily declined over the past few years, while the cost to launder the clothing has continued to rise. This has created a situation where it is no longer feasible to maintain a laundry service.

Q: Is approved exercise clothing still required to use the Hart Building and BYU-Idaho Center Courts?
A: Yes, approved issue clothing (Shirt and shorts) are required.

Q: Where can I purchase approved exercise clothing?
A: Clothing is available at the University Store.

Q: Are all of the clothes sold by the University Store approved exercise clothing?
A: No, only the clothing in the "approved exercise clothing" section are allowed in the Hart and BYU-Idaho Center courts. (Click here for options)

Q: How much will a set of approved exercise clothing cost?
A: Price will vary depending on the styles and fabrics you choose. (Click here for costs)

Q: Will clothing still be available in the employee locker rooms?
A: Towels will be available, but approved clothing will no longer be available in any of the locker rooms.

Q: What age is approved clothing required?
A: When children turn 8 years old they are required to wear approved issue. At 8 years old children of employees should also get an I Card.

Q: Can I get an exception to work out if I forget my approved exercise clothing at home?
A: No, but you can rent a set of clothes from the equipment issue room for $3 per use.

Q: If I feel more comfortable exercising in pants can I wear them instead of shorts?
A: Yes, pants are permitted as long as they are loose fitting, not revealing, and don't have writing across the rear of the pants.

Q: Can I wear a non-approved sweatshirt if it is cold?
A: Pull-over sweatshirts must be approved exercise clothing or you can wear any cold weather clothing (sweatshirts, Under Armor, long sleeve shirts etc) under an approved exercise T-Shirt.

Q: How many sets of approved exercise clothing should I buy?
A: While the amount of clothing will vary depending on the number of uses per week and how often a person does laundry, the table below can serve as a guide to help you make this decision:

User Type

Number of uses Recommendation
High Use 2-3 x /Week Purchase 2-3 sets of clothing
Moderate Use 1 x /Week Purchase 1 set of clothes
Low Use 2-3 x / Semester Purchase 1 set of clothes