Programs, Classes & Fun

SWIMMING & AQUATICS

The San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department strives to provide the best facilities and aquatic programs to the public. Over the summer enjoy any of our 24 outdoor pools for FREE! What better way to beat the heat than cooling down with friends and family at the local pool. With locations all around San Antonio, find your nearest community pool HERE

If you are looking to swim indoors our San Antonio Natatorium may be best for you.

SAN ANTONIO NATATORIUM (Indoor)
1430 Cesar E. Chavez | 210-207-3299
06.15 - 08.11.19

Adults 18 years and up
Monday-Friday: 11:00AM-7:45PM    
Saturday: 11:00AM-6:30PM 
17 and younger
Monday-Friday: 12:00PM-6:45PM
Saturday: 12:00PM-6:30PM 

Splash into Swimming Fun at City Pools!

Summer may be coming to an end, but the Texas heat is staying longer than expected. In response, we are opening 4 additional pools to our already existing 4 regional pools! That’s right San Antonio, 8 pools will be available to you for FREE! Make a splash at any of the pools listed below, open through August and into September. 

 

Regional Pool Schedule (Aug 20 – Sep 29)
Open Swim: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays 4:00pm to 7:00pm; Saturdays & Sundays 1:00pm to 7:00pm
Open Labor Day, Monday, September 2 | 1:00pm to 7:00pm
Lap Swim: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays 7:30am to 9:30am (and Fridays at Woodlawn Only)  

Pool Address Phone Number
Heritage 1423 S. Ellison Dr. 210-645-9465
Lady Bird Johnson 10700 Nacogdoches Rd. 210-599-0122
Southside Lions 3100 Hiawatha 210-532-2027
Woodlawn 221 Alexander Ave 210-732-5789

 

Additional Pool Schedule (WEEKENDS ONLY: Through Labor Day)
Open Swim: Saturdays & Sundays | 1:00pm to 7:00pm
Open Labor Day, Monday, September 2 | 1:00pm to 7:00pm

Pool Address Phone Number
Elmendorf 235 Shore Dr 210-207-3299
Kingsborough 350 Felps St. 210-924-6761
Lincoln 2803 E. Commerce St. 210-224-7590
Spring Time 6571 Spring Time 210-558-0491

 


 

 

 

 

Visitor information



Swimming Pool Need to Know!

• Visitors should only visit the pool when it is officially open and a lifeguard is on duty.

• Children ages 10 and under must be accompanied and directly supervised by an adult 18 years of age or older.

• All children ages 10 and under who are non-swimmers must be within arm’s reach of an adult when in the  water.

• Pool participants must wear proper attire designed for swimming.  Polyester, lycra or spandex shirts designed for protection from sun exposure are permitted.  We ask that patrons refrain from wearing cotton clothing such as t-shirts. Denim clothing and cut offs are not permitted as swimwear. 

• For children wearing diapers, diapers designed for swimming are required. 

• Lifesaving vest-type devices designated “U.S. Coastguard Approved” may be worn.  Inflatable flotation toys (including arm floats) or other devices are not permitted.

• Swim goggles may be used.  Masks, snorkels, fins, or mermaid outfits are not permitted.

• Kickboards, pull buoys, paddles, fins, may only be used by patrons during lap swimming sessions.

• Water and fruit are the only food items that may be brought into the pool area. Coolers are limited to 16 quarts or smaller.  

• Glass containers are not allowed in the pool facility.

• Pets are not allowed.  Service animals allowed on pool deck only.

• The use of cell phones, cameras, or any device able to save images is prohibited in locker rooms, bathrooms, changing  facilities, and in pool.  Patrons asked to be respectful of others around them when taking photos on the pool deck area.  

• Smoking, e-cigarettes, vaping or use of tobacco is prohibited in the pool facility. 

• At select outdoor pools, clothing and personal items/valuables can be secured by the pool attendant. 

 

Pools will be closed from time to time based on weather conditions such as lightning and thunder or if maintenance is needed. Pools will open 30 minutes after the last occurrence of thunder or lightning.

For questions on other information on outdoor swimming pools CALL 210.207.3299

Group Swim Lessons

Let's Swim SA REGISTRATION INFORMATION 

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 May18, 2019 at 9am 
  • After lessons have started if additional spaces are available, then participants may register for an additional session as follows:
    • June 25 – July 4
    • July 9 – July 18
    • July 23 - August 1


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

 


NATATORIUM SWIM LESSONS & AQUAFIT CLASSES

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.


Fee

Lesson
Fee
Description
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 Joshua.Zammit@sanantonio.gov  

SWIMMING PRESCRIPTION

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


The City of San Antonio is honored to offer our communities chances to experience fun with water at our splash pads located throughout the city.  With your safety in mind there may be times when our splash pads are unexpectedly closed.  These closures are due to maintenance and / or inclement weather.  We hope to see you at one of our splash pads soon!  

Hemisfair Park, 600 Hemisfair Park
• Dates and Hours of Operation: October – February from 9:00am – 6:00pm
• Dates and Hours of Operation: March – September from 9:00am – 9:00pm

Elmendorf Lake Park, 3700 W. Commerce
• Dates and Hours of Operation:  October – November from 9:00am – 6:00pm 
• Dates and Hours of Operation:  March – September from 9:00am – 9:00pm
  o Closed:  December - February

Lincoln Park, 2803 E. Commerce
• Dates and Hours of Operation:  October – November from 9:00am – 6:00pm
• Dates and Hours of Operation:  March – September from 9:00am – 9:00pm
  o Closed:  December - February

Pearsall Park, 5102 Old Pearsall Road
• Dates and Hours of Operation:  October – November from 9:00am – 6:00pm
• Dates and Hours of Operation:  March – September from 9:00am – 9:00pm
  o 
Closed daily for scheduled maintenance: 11:30am-12:30pm, 2:30pm-3:30pm, 5:30pm-6:30pm
  o 
Closed:  December – February

Joe Ward, 435 E. Sunshine
• Located within the pool fence
• Dates of Operation: Operate during pool season
       o   Click here to find dates and times

 

LIFEGUARD POSITIONS


 

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 are underway at the San Antonio Natatorium.  For more information, please call 207-3299. 

2019 Lifeguard Recruitment Video

 

2019 Class Information


June 3rd-5th Mon–Wed from 8:00AM-5:00PM w/ 1 hour for lunch
Activity Number: 14394 ; See Class

June 6th-7th SHALLOW LG Thurs- Sat from 8:00AM-5:00PM w/ 1 hour lunch 
Activity Number: 14393 ; See Class

June 3th-7th Mon–Fri from 5:00PM-10:00PM and Saturday TBD 
Activity Number: 12468 ; See Class

June 10th-12th Mon-Wed from 8:00AM-5:00PM w/ 1 hour for lunch 
Activity Number: 14396 ; See Class

June 13th-15th SHALLOW LG Thurs- Sat from 8:00AM-5:00PM w/ 1 hour lunch
Activity Number: 14397 ; See Class

June 10th-14th Mon–Fri from 5:00PM-10:00PM and Saturday TBD
Activity Number: 14399 ; See Class

June 17th-19th Mon-Wed from 8:00AM-5:00PM w/ 1 hour for lunch
Activity Number: 14401 ; See Class

June 20th-22nd SHALLOW LG Thurs-Sat from 8:00AM-5:00PM w/ 1 hour lunch 
Activity Number: 14398 ; See Class

June 17th-21st Mon–Fri from 5:00PM-10:00PM and Saturday TBD
Activity Number: 14400 ; See Class


*All classes are $38

 

Swim Team

 

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.

 


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