Programs, Classes & Fun

Splash into Swimming Fun at City Pools!


Splash into Swimming Fun at City Pools! Swimming is a great pastime for fitness, reducing stress, and spending time with family and friends. 

2019 Regional Pool Season Opens May 4

 Regional pools include Lady Bird Johnson, Southside Lions, Heritage and Woodlawn

Reservations for regional pools starts May 11. Book your next event or special occasion at a pool! Contact 210.207.3299.

The normal operating schedule is:

Open Swim

  • Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday - 4:00pm to 7:00pm
  • Saturday & Sunday - 1:00pm to 7:00pm

Lap Swim

  • Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday -  7:30am to 9:30am


San Antonio Parks and Recreation Summer Season Pools



Phone Number


1440 S. Zarzamora



600 E. Theo



502 S.W. 36th St.



500 Basswood Dr.



1214 E. Crockett



5800 Hemphill Dr.



1423 S. Ellison Dr.


Joe Ward

435 E. Sunshine



3299 S.W. 28th St.



350 Felps St.


Lady Bird Johnson

10700 Nacogdoches Rd.



2803 E. Commerce St.



5919 W. Commerce St.


New Territories

9023 Bowen Dr



700 Culberson Ave.



330 Roosevelt Ave.


SA Natatorium (indoor) 

1430 Cesar E. Chavez


San Pedro

2200 N. Flores



803 W. Southcross


Southside Lions

3100 Hiawatha


Spring Time

6571 Spring Time


Sunset Hills

103 Chesswood



7601 W. Military Dr.



221 Alexander Ave



Group Swim Lessons

Check back for updates!



Registration is available on-line.       View & Register for Classes

Need help? Visit or call the SA Natatorium for assistance at (210) 207-3299 anytime during normal hours of operation.

Registration Update Summary provides information on spaces available.  Keep in mind that registration is on-going and this summary is updated periodically.  Click the blue button above to search for the most update information on availability for lessons at various pools.

Registration Guidelines

  • Participants must be at least 4 years of age or older.
  • Pre-School Age (4-5); School-Age (6-12); Adult (13+).
  • Participants may only be enrolled in one lesson session (2-weeks) at a time.
  • Waiting lists will be established once a session (2-weeks) is full.
  • Participants must be present for the first day of the session or they will forfeit lessons and the next individual on the waiting list will be contacted.
  • Online registration begins May19, 2018 at 9am 
  • After lessons have started if additional spaces are available, then participants may register for an additional session as follows:
    • June 26 – July 6
    • July 10 – July 19
    • July 24 - August 2

Level Requirements

Pre-School Level 1 Requirements

  •  No skill requirements
  • Ages 4 & 5

Pre-school Level 2 Requirements

  • Enter/Exit water using ramp, steps, side or using ladder
  • Blow Bubbles, 3 seconds
  • Submerge mouth, nose, and eyes
  • Open eyes underwater and retrieve submerged objects in shallow water
  • Back float, 3 seconds
  • Roll from front to back/back to front
  • Combined arm and leg action
  • Ages 4 & 5 

School-Age Level 1 Requirements

  • No skill requirements
  • Ages 6-12

School-Age Level 2 Requirements

  • Enter/Exit water using ramp, steps, ladder or side
  • Blow bubbles, 3 seconds
  • Bobbing, 5 times
  • Open eyes underwater and retrieve submerged objects in shallow water, 2 times
  • Back float, 5 seconds
  • Roll from front to back/back to front
  • Ages 6-12

School-Age Level 3 Requirements

  • Enter/Exit by stepping or jumping from the side into shoulder-deep water
  • Fully submerge and hold breath, 10 seconds
  • Bobbing, 10 times
  • Open eyes underwater and retrieve submerged objects in chest-deep water, 3 times
  • Roll from front to back/back to front
  • Change direction of travel while swimming on front or back
  • Combined arm and leg actions on front, 5 body lengths
  • Ages 6-12

Adult Requirements



Group swimming lessons are offered at the Natatorium for youth ages 4 and up as well as adults.  Lessons are designed for beginning and intermediate skill levels. Group swimming lessons include six lessons offered over a two week period. Session dates and times are available vary and are available on our registration site.


Individual Lesson $50.00 per session Four 30 minutes classes
Group Lessons $30.00 per session School Age and above six 45 minutes classes
Pre-School Age 4-5 years six 30 minutes classes

Aqua Fit Programs

5:45 pm-6:30 pm        AQUA MOTION           Monday thru Thursday           ($40.00 per month)    

6:45 pm-7:30 pm        AQUA ZUMBA              Monday thru Thursday          ($40.00 per month)

11:30 am-12:30 pm    BOOTCAMP (free)      Tuesday and Thursday            (Must be able to swim)

Medium to Intense in and out of water fitness exercises.

For More information on any of these programs please contact the San Antonio Natatorium at 210-207-3299 or e-mail Josh Zammit at  


The Parks and Recreation Department invites the local medical community to join it in providing youngsters the opportunity to "Take the Plunge," and improve their health through a swimming prescription program. "Doctors will be able to prescribe swimming lessons for any health condition in which a child would benefit from exercise," explains Recreation Manager Lyn Kinton. "What we want to do is encourage a child to get involved in swimming as a livelong healthy habit. By learning to swim, they can continue to exercise on their own."

Doctors interested in participating in the program, which will be available through December of this year, can call the Aquatics Section at  210.207.3299 for more information.

Parents may also initiate participation by talking with their family physicians about whether this program will benefit their child and requesting that the physician contact the Parks and Recreation Department for the prescription packet.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, swimming is a way to prevent childhood obesity, which has been linked to juvenile diabetes. It provides a cardiovascular workout that promotes heart and lung health, improves strength and flexibility, increases stamina, and improves balance and posture. Swimming puts less strain on joints and connective tissues than other forms of exercise.

Other cities participating in the grant-funded program include Bismarck, ND, Yuba, CA, Annapolis, MD, and McMinnville, TN.

Learning to swim has the added benefit of helping children to feel more confident," Kinton notes. "In South Texas, it’s a way for children to stay cool in the summer, stay physically active in an outdoor setting, and learn an important skill that will help keep them safe in the water throughout their lives."

For more information on the Take the Plunge for Better Health Program, call  210.207.3299.





Splash Pads

  • Hemisfair Park, 600 Hemisfair Park, See schedule below
  • Pearsall Park, 5102 Old Pearsall Rd, See schedule below
  • Lincoln Park Splash Pad, 2915 E Commerce, See schedule below
  • Elmendorf Lake Park, 3700 W Commerce, Open Early Summer
  • Joe Ward Park, 435 E Sunshine, 1pm - 7pm, Will open with Summer Pool Season
  • Gilbert Garza Park, 1450 Mira Vista, 1pm - 7pm, Will open with Summer Pool Season

Park location    

October – November 

December – February

March – September

Pearsall Park


9am – 6pm




9am – 9pm


Lincoln Park

Hemisfair Gardens


9am – 6pm


9am – 6pm

(subject to weather conditions)


9am – 9pm





The San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department will hire more than 200 lifeguards to serve the public at municipal swimming pools. The starting pay is $10.35 an hour. Applicants should be Red Cross Certified. If not, Certification Classes will begin at the San Antonio Natatorium in November 2018.  For more information, please call 207-3299. 


2019 Class Information

• April 29th-May 3rd  Mon-Fri  5pm-10pm
Activity Number: 12461, See Class

• May 6th-May 10th  Mon-Fri  5pm-10pm
Activity Number: 12463, See Class

• May 13th -May 17th  Mon-Fri  5pm-10pm 
Activity Number: 12464, See Class

• May 20th – May 24th  Mon-Fri  5pm-10pm
Activity Number: 12466, See Class

• May 27th –May 31st  Mon-Fri  5pm-10pm 
Activity Number: 12467, See Class

• June 3rd –June 7th  Mon-Fri  5pm-10pm
Activity Number: 12468, See Class

*All classes are $38 and to sign up go to:


Swim Teams

A competitive youth swim program is offered at all 23 outdoor pool locations during the outdoor pool season. There is a one-time registration fee of $10 per child, which includes a t-shirt. Participants practice Tuesday - Friday in order to compete against other pools in three weekend meets.  To register, participants must be able to swim 25 yards unassisted. The San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department is a member of the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation (TAAF) which is a non-profit organization established in 1925 to promote and organize amateur athletics in the state of Texas. Winners from the regional swim meet will qualify to go to the state level TAAF swim meet.

Registration for swim teams will be held online Saturday, June 16th starting at 9 a.m.

Swim Team Members

The Team brings home the GOLD!
We have gold! Congratulations to several of our Parks and Recreation swim team members who placed at the Games of Texas in College Station recently. Michael Benavides brought home a gold medal in the 50-yard butterfly in the 35-40-year-old category. Isaac Moncrief snagged the gold for the 50-meter butterfly in the 11-12 year-old category.

A bronze medal went to Josh Salazar in the 50-yard breaststroke, 13-14-year-olds. Noah Moncrief also received a bronze medal in the 50-meter backstroke in the 11-12-year-old category. The 200-yard medley relay team of Michael Mendiola, Isaac Moncrief, Noah Moncrief and Josh Calderon placed sixth and brought home ribbons. Josh also competed in the 50-yard backstroke and brought home a 5th place ribbon.

Way to go, guys! Staying active, fit, and competitive!

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