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Winter Aquatics COVID-19 Update

For the safety of our staff and participants, winter aquatics activities will not be offered at this time.

We hope to see you in our pools once it is deemed safe to be indoors without face coverings. Future updates regarding the status of our aquatics program will be posted on Facebook and We appreciate your understanding.

Open SwimThe community is invited to attend our Open Swim sessions, NO registration is required!

Milwaukee Recreation provides Lap Swim, Community Swim for people of all ages, and Twilight Swim for teens and families at locations across the city. Listed below are the Fall 2019 and Winter 2020 schedules for all available sites.

Lap Swim

Ages 14 and up. Lanes available on a first come, first serve basis. Circle swimming recommended. Swim caps required.

Lap Swim Punch Passes may be purchased at your local community center and are valid for one year from date of purchase. A 10-punch lap swim pass costs $15 OR $2 per swim paid to community center upon arrival. Please do NOT send money in the mail for these passes.

Gaenslen School (Warm-Water Walk)

Winter Schedule

  • Fridays
  • Jan. 24 – March 13: 7-8 p.m.
Hamilton High School

Winter Schedule

  • Saturdays
  • Jan. 18 – March 7: 7:40-8:30 a.m.
James Madison Academic Campus

Winter Schedule

  • Tuesdays
  • Jan. 21 – March 10: 7-8 p.m.
Riverside High School

Winter Schedule

  • Saturdays, Jan. 18 – March 7: 8-9 a.m.
  • Mondays and Wednesdays, Jan. 22 – March 11: 8:25-9:25 p.m. (Guards leave at 9 p.m. when no swimmers)

Free Community Swim

Enjoy FREE swimming at your local community center. Children 7 years of age and under MUST BE accompanied and supervised in the water by a responsible adult. Participants must furnish a towel, suit, and swim cap. Swim caps available for purchase at pool for $2.

Gaenslen School

Winter Schedule

  • Wednesdays
  • Jan. 22 – March 11: 6:45-8:15 p.m.
MacDowell Montessori (2 lap lanes available upon request)

Winter Schedule

  • Saturdays
  • Jan. 18 – March 7: 3:15-4:15 p.m.
South Division High School

Winter Schedule

  • Thursdays
  • Jan. 23 – Feb. 28: 6:45-8:15 p.m.
Vincent High School

Winter Schedule

  • Wednesdays
  • Jan. 22 – March 11:6:45-8:15 p.m.
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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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