Programs, Classes & Fun

SWIMMING & AQUATICS

(Pool Closure Notice) - For your safety, pools will be closed due to weather events such as lightning and thunderstorms. If you're at a pool during a weather event, please follow the guidance of lifeguards on duty. Check the current status of pools by calling in advance. 

Early-Extended Pool Season opens May 8. See "Outdoor Pools" tab below for more details. 


SAN ANTONIO NATATORIUM (Indoor)
1430 Cesar E. Chavez | 210-207-3299
The San Antonio Natatorium is now open with limited capacity.

Pre-register for swim times and programs.

View & Register for Classes 

Adults (18-59 yrs) $4.00
Monday- Friday: 11 AM - 2 PM & 6 PM - 8 PM  
Saturday: 11 AM - 7 PM 
Children (17 and younger) $2.00 
Monday-Friday: 6 PM - 8 PM
Saturday: 12 PM - 7 PM 
Seniors (60 years and over) $3.00
Monday-Friday: 10 AM - 11 AM & 6 PM - 8 PM
Saturday: 11 AM - 7 PM 

Splash into Swimming Fun at City Pools!

(Pool Closure Notice) - For your safety, pools will be closed due to weather events such as lightning and thunderstorms. If you're at a pool during a weather event, please follow the guidance of lifeguards on duty. Check the current status of pools by calling in advance. 

Early-Extended Pool Season opens May 8 

Free Open Swim

Heritage, Lady Bird Johnson, Southside Lions & Woodlawn 
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday - 5pm - 8pm
Saturday & Sunday - 1pm - 8pm

ElmendorfKennedy, LincolnSan Pedro
Saturday & Sunday (Only) - 12pm - 8pm

Lap Swim
Woodlawn (Only) - 7:30am - 9:30am

*Due to COVID Health and Safety precautions, pool amenities including diving boards, slides will not be available for use.

Appropriate swimwear required, children 10 & Under must be accompanied  by an adult.  

More info call 210.207.3299

Families at a public swimming pool

 


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. 

 

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

Youth swimming lesson

Let's Swim SA

SUMMER 2021 GROUP SWIM LESSONS – REGISTER ONLINE BEGINNING JUNE 19, 2021 AT 9:00AM

Swim Lesson Sessions
• Session I – Mon/Wed July 5-14, 2021 or Tue/Thu July 6-15, 2021
• Session II – Mon/Wed July 19-28, 2021 or Tue/Thu July 20-29, 2021
• Session III – Mon/Wed August 2-11, 2021 or Tue/Thu August 3-12, 2021, 2021 

Swim Lesson Times
10:00AM-10:45AM
11:00AM-11:45AM 

Swim Lesson Ages 
6 years old to 12 years old

Swim Level Requirements

Learn to Swim Level 1: Beginner 
Introduction to Water Skills
Requirements: None


Skills Covered: 

  • Enter water using a ramp, steps or side 
  • Exit water using ladder, steps or side 
  • Blow bubbles for 3 seconds 
  • Bobbing, 5 times 
  • Open eyes under water and retrieve submerged objects 
  • Front glide and recover to a vertical position 
  • Back glide and recover to a vertical position 
  • Back float for 5 seconds 
  • Roll from front to back and back to front 
  • Treading water arm and hand actions 
  • Alternating and simultaneous leg and arm actions on front 
  • Alternating and simultaneous leg and arm actions on back 
  • Combined arm and leg actions on front 
  • Combined arm and leg actions on back 

Safety Focus: 

  • Staying safe around water 
  • Recognizing the lifeguards 
  • Don’t Just Pack It, Wear Your Jacket 
  • Recognizing an emergency 
  • How to call for help 
  • Too Much Sun Is No Fun

Learn-to-Swim Level 2: Beginner
Fundamental Aquatic Skills 


Skills: 

  • Step or jump from the side into shoulder-deep water 
  • Exit water using ladder, steps or side 
  • Fully submerge and hold breath Bobbing, 10 times 
  • Open eyes under water and retrieve submerged objects 
  • Rotary breathing 
  • Front, jellyfish and tuck floats for 10 seconds 
  • Front glide and recover to a vertical position 
  • Back glide and recover to a vertical position 
  • Back float for 15 seconds Roll from front to back and back to front 
  • Tread water for 15 seconds 
  • Change direction of travel while swimming on front or back 
  • Combined arm and leg actions on front
  • Combined arm and leg actions on back 
  • Finning arm action on back

Safety Focus: 

  • Staying safe around water 
  • Don’t Just Pack It, Wear Your Jacket 
  • Recognizing an emergency 
  • How to call for help 
  • Too Much Sun Is No Fun 
  • Look Before You Leap 
  • Think So You Don’t Sink 
  • Reach or Throw, Don’t Go 
  • The danger of drains


Pools Offering Swim Lessons – Stay tuned! 


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.

AQUA FIT CLASSES HAVE RESUMED WITH A LIMITIED CAPACITY.  PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.

STAY TUNED FOR MORE INFORMATION ON SWIMMING LESSONS. 

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

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)    

12:00 pm-1:00 pm      WATER AEROBICS         Mon, Wed and Fri                   (Free) *Fitness In The Park

11:00 am-12:00 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 Veronica Rodriquez @ veronica.rodriguez2@sanantonio.gov.  

 

splash pads

Splash pads are now open at the following locations from 9am - 9pm.

Girl at a splash pad

LIFEGUARD POSITIONS


 

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 $10.70 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.

 

LIFEGUARD TRAINING CLASSES HAVE RESUMED

2021 Lifeguard Clinics

The introduction clinics will be held on the following Saturdays: Feb. 6, March 6, April 3, and May 1 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.  

 

2021 Lifeguard class schedule

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

IN AN EFFORT TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE AND WELL, MASKS ARE REQUIRED TO BE WORN WHEN NOT IN THE WATER, SOCIAL DISTANCING AND OTHER PROTOCOLS WILL BE ENFORCED.

Apr 24-30 LIFEGUARD CLASS Sat (10AM-7PM) & Mon-Fri (6PM-10PM) 
May 1-7 LIFEGUARD CLASS Sat (10AM-7PM) & Mon-Fri (6PM-10PM) 
May 8-14 LIFEGUARD CLASS Sat (10AM-7PM) & Mon-Fri (6PM-10PM) 
May 15-21 LIFEGUARD CLASS Sat (10AM-7PM) & Mon-Fri (6PM-10PM) 
May 22-28 LIFEGUARD CLASS Sat (10AM-7PM) & Mon-Fri (6PM-10PM) 
May 29-Jun 4 LIFEGUARD CLASS Sat (10AM-7PM) & Mon-Fri (6PM-10PM) 
Jun 5-11 LIFEGUARD CLASS Sat (10AM-7PM) & Mon-Fri (6PM-10PM) 
Jun 12-18 LIFEGUARD CLASS Sat (10AM-7PM) & Mon-Fri (6PM-10PM) 
Jun 21-23 LIFEGUARD CLASS MON-WED 8AM-5PM (1hr lunch) 
Jun 24-26 LIFEGUARD CLASS THU-SAT 8AM-5PM (1hr lunch) 
Jun 21-25 LIFEGUARD CLASS MON-FRI 5PM-10PM – SAT TBD by instructor 

 

LIFEGUARD TRAINING CLASSES HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED AND WILL REMAIN SUSPENDED FOLLOWING THE TIMELINE OF THE STAY HOME, WORK SAFE ORDER.

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.

THIS PROGRAM HAS BEEN SUSPENDED AND WILL REMAIN SUSPENDED FOLLOWING THE TIMELINE OF THE STAY HOME, WORK SAFE ORDER.


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