Programs, Classes & Fun


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

Outdoor pools are open seasonally and will reopen in the spring. Enjoy indoor swimming, swim lessons, and fitness classes at the San Antonio Natatorium year-long.

1430 Cesar E. Chavez | 210-207-3299
SPRING: January 2020 - May 2020 Currently Closed

Adults (18-59 yrs) $4.00
Monday-Friday: 11:00AM-2:00PM & 5:00PM-7:45PM    
Saturday: 11:00AM-6:30PM 
Children (17 and younger) $2.00
Monday-Friday: 5:00PM-6:45PM
Saturday: 12:00PM-6:30PM 
Seniors (60 and over) $3.00
Monday-Friday: 10:00AM-11:00AM & 5:00PM-7:45PM
Saturday: 11:00AM-6:30PM 

Splash into Swimming Fun at City Pools!

What a summer! That's a wrap on our Outdoor Pools, thank you San Antonio for joining us this 2019 pool season. We had a blast at all our sites. We look forward to serving you again next summer with more parties and events. If you are still interested in swimming, please look to our San Antonio Natatorium for this fall season. 

Families at a public swimming pool

People swimming at night 

Youth swimming lesson





Visitor information

What to know before you go: Swimming Pool 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

Swim Lessons

Youth swimming lesson

Let's Swim SA

Thank you to everyone that participated in "Lets Swim SA" this summer! We signed up 2,468 participants!
  • PreSchool (Ages 4-5): 1059
  • School (Ages 6-12): 1241
  • Adults (Ages 13+): 168


Be on the lookout for registration in 2020 to begin on Saturday, April 18th. For more information on requirements please read below.


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.

Session 1
Group Swim Lessons: (MON/WED/FRI) February 3-14, 2020 
Private Swim Lessons: (TUE/THU) February 4-13, 2020 

Session 2
Group Swim Lessons: (MON/WED/FRI) February 17-28, 2020
Private Swim Lessons: (TUE/THU) February 18-27, 2020 

Session 3
Group Swim Lessons: (MON/WED/FRI) March 16-27, 2020
Private Swim Lessons: (TUE/THU) February 17-26, 2020 

Session 4
Group Swim Lessons: (MON/WED/FRI) March 30 – April 10, 2020
Private Swim Lessons: (TUE/THU) March 31-April 9, 2020 

Session 5
Group Swim Lessons: (MON/WED/FRI) April 13-24, 2020
Private Swim Lessons: (TUE/THU) April 14-23, 2020 

Session 6
Group Swim Lessons: (MON/WED/FRI) April 27 – May 8, 2020
Private Swim Lessons: (TUE/THU) April 28-May 7, 2020


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

Medium to Intense in and out of water fitness exercises.

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

11:30 am-12:30 pm    BOOTCAMP                      Tuesday and Thursday           (Free, must be able to swim) *Fitness In The Park

11:00 am-12 pm         ADULT LAP SWIM            Monday                                   (Free, must be able to swim) *Fitness In The Park

11:30 am-12:30 pm    AQUA BOOTCAMP          Tuesday and Thursday            (Free) *Fitness In The Park

12:00 pm-1:00 pm      WATER AEROBICS         Wednesday and Friday            (Free) *Fitness In The Park

1:00 pm-2:00 pm       AQUA ZUMBA                   Saturday                                  (Free) *Fitness In The Park


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

Girl at a splash pad


Splash pads are currently closed. Please visit our closure page for the latest updates.



Benavides Park, 1500 Saltillo

Elmendorf Lake Park, 3700 W. Commerce

Hemisfair630 E. Nueva 

Lincoln Park, 2803 E. Commerce

Pearsall Park, 5102 Old Pearsall Road



Gilbert Garza, 1450 Mira Vista
• Located within the pool fence
• Dates of Operation: Operate during pool season

Joe Ward, 435 E. Sunshine
• Located within the pool fence
• Dates of Operation: Operate during pool season



Group of Lifeguards


It’s a dream job with great pay for excellent swimmers who love working with people. The San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department looks to hiring more than 200 lifeguards to serve the public at municipal swimming pools. The starting pay is $10.35 an hour! The department is making the hiring process easier by hosting several lifeguard clinics to help local teens, college students, and adults 16 and over apply for these positions.



The introduction clinics will be held on the following Saturdays: Feb. 1, March 7, April 4, and May 2 from 12 noon to 2 p.m., at the San Antonio Natatorium, 1430 W. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.  

At the event, applicants can learn more about becoming a lifeguard and meet current lifeguards. Applicants will have access to a computer to complete the on-line application and they are encouraged to take the required prerequisite skills test. 
To complete the skills test, applicants should bring their swimsuits and be prepared to swim 300 yards freestyle and breaststroke, tread water without using their arms for two minutes, as well as retrieve a 10-pound weight from the 13 foot depth and swim across the pool within the allotted time. Practice time and instruction will be available. The skills test can also be scheduled for a later date.  

The department provides Red Cross Certification Training to prepare applicants for their lifeguarding responsibilities. Applicants who have passed the prerequisite test will be scheduled for a Certification Training class.  




Certification classes are available monthly January 2020 – April 2020 and weekly in May 2020. 

These classes are underway at the San Antonio Natatorium. For more information, please call 207-3299.
Day, evening, weekend classes offered. *All classes are $38


• Monday-Friday January 27- February 1, 2020 from 5PM-10PM

  Activity # 15639 | See Class

• Monday-Friday February 24-29, 2020 from 5PM-10PM
  Activity # 15642 | See Class  

• Monday-Wednesday March 9-11, 2020 from 8AM-5PM
  Activity # 15646 | See Class  

Thursday-Saturday March 12-14, 2020 from 8AM-5PM
  Activity # 15645 | See Class

• Monday-Friday March 9-13, 2020 from 5PM-10PM 
  Activity # 15649 | See Class  

• Monday-Friday April 27-May 2, 2020 from 5PM-10PM 
  Activity # 15643 | See Class  

• Monday-Friday May 4-8, 2020 from 5PM-10PM
  Activity # 15648 | See Class  

• Monday-Friday May 11-15, 2020 from 5PM-10PM
  Activity # 15654 | See Class  

• Monday-Friday May 18-22, 2020 from 5PM-10PM
  Activity # 15641 | See Class 

• Monday-Friday May 25-29, 2020 from 5PM-10PM
  Activity # 15652 | See Class 

• Monday-Wednesday June 1-3, 2020 from 8AM-5PM
  Activity # 15647 | See Class 

• Thursday-Saturday June 4-6, 2020 from 8AM-5PM
  Activity # 15640 | See Class

• Monday-Friday June 1-5, 2020 from 5PM-10PM 
  Activity # 15951 | See Class

• Monday-Wednesday June 8-10, 2020 from 8AM-5PM 
  Activity # 15653 | See Class 

• Thursday-Saturday June 11-13, 2020 from 8AM-5PM 
  Activity # 15650 | See Class 

Monday-Friday June 8-12, 2020 from 5PM-10PM 
  Activity # 15644 | See Class



Swim Team

Swimmer competing in a race


A competitive youth swim program is offered at all 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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Wednesday, April 8, 2020