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Spring 2021 Aquatics Update

For the safety of our staff and participants, spring aquatics activities will be limited to those programs where distancing and safety measures can be maintained.

We are excited to be returning to four locations this spring with a focus on Competitive Swim for both youth and masters, Aqua Fitness, Adult Swim Lessons, and Lap Swim.

Click here to register for Aquatics Spring 2021 programs!

We look forward to a broader re-opening for the Summer 2021 season and are hopeful to return to program favorites such as $5 Swim offered a wider selection of program locations.

Future updates will be posted on our website and social media channels. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

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  COVID-19 Protocol for all Swim Programs

Face Coverings are required inside the facility, in locker rooms, and on the pool deck. You will be issued a sanitized kick board to rest your face covering at the side of the pool as you enjoy your swim activity.

Enter directly onto pool deck. Do not enter via Locker Room. Your instructor/coach will direct you to locker room once it is sanitized. To save time, arrive with your swimwear on.

Please do not use the lockers. There will be designated spaces on benches in the pool area to place your personal belongings, including gym bags, towels, etc.

Bring your own drinking bottle. Reminder: No glass on pool deck.

In the Locker Room, one bench per person or one bench per household. If you are from the same household, you may share a bench.

Limit your post-swim locker room time to 15 minutes. Exit the facility through the locker room doors.

Flip flops or appropriate swim footwear highly recommended.

Due to current city safety orders, no spectators will be allowed on the pool deck. Parents may ensure their swimmer has arrived safely to swim practice, but may not stay for practice.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Lap Swim

Spring 2021 will be limited to lap swim.
Please look forward to resuming open swim for Summer 2021, pending safety protocol approval.

Lap Swim Spring 2021 Schedule:


  • Saturdays, March 20 - May 15: 2:10 – 3:10 p.m.

South Division

  • Saturdays, March 20 - May 15: 8:50 -9:50 a.m.
  • Thursdays, March 20 – May 20: 7-8 p.m.


  • Saturdays, March 20 – May 15: 12:40-1:40 p.m.

Riverside High School

  • Saturdays, March 20 – May 15: 8-9 a.m.
  • Mondays and Wednesdays, March 22 – May 19: 7:50-8:50 p.m.

Lap Swim Procedures (new effective Spring 2021)


Ages 14 and up.

  • Pre-registration is required.
  • Lane assignments will be provided by the lifeguard on duty upon arrival.
    • A maximum of 2 swimmers may occupy 1 lane.
    • One swimmer will be asked to anchor in the shallow end and the second swimmer will be asked to anchor in the deep end. This means that not all swimmers will start in shallow water.
    • You will be encouraged to only rest at your designated side of the pool.
  • Face Coverings (masks) are required inside the facility, in all corridors, locker rooms and on the pool deck.
  • You will be provided a sanitized kickboard at the end of your lane. You may rest your face covering on this sanitized board while you swim.
  • Sanitized kickboards will be available for use during your swim for kick sets upon request. We cannot allow use of the pull buoys at this time as the porous nature does not allow for sanitization that meets our current protocols. You are welcome to bring your own training equipment to the pool deck.


The safety protocols will not allow for us to use a punch pass system. If you are in possession of a punch pass that has unused punches, you may surrender your card to the lifeguard on duty. Please be sure that the name on your pass matches the name you use to now register for lap swim.

Within 3-5 business days, a credit will be applied to your account, rounded up to the nearest whole dollar for any remaining punches. There will be no cash value for surrendering the pass. Credits on your Milwaukee Recreation account do not expire and can be applied to any activity we offer for any member of your household on your account. Thank you for your understanding.

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  Height Requirements (6-14 years old)

Students must meet the listed minimum height for each pool.  Children not able to stand in the shallow end of the pool should be enrolled in a Tiny-Tot or Advanced Tiny-Tot class where a parent/guardian must accompany the child in the water.

Gaenslen 36”
Bay View 42”
MHSA 48”
Hamilton 48”
Obama 48”
Riverside 48”
South Division 48”
Vincent 48”

  Water Temperature

Normal water temperature is 78–82 degrees.  The only exception is Gaenslen therapy pool which ranges 86-89 degrees.

  Locker Rooms

Participants may bring a padlock for lockers. All swim gear must be removed after each class. Children of the opposite sex, five years of age or under may accompany a parent in the locker room. Children ages six and above are expected to use their designated locker room — males in the boys’ and females in the girls’ locker rooms.


Phone: 414-647-6050
Email: Swim [at]

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The listed swimming opportunities on this page are free for the community, but you can also register for a variety of swim programs for all ages using the link below!

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