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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.

Our US Masters workout group offers many options for adult swimmers at different fitness levels.

Each season there are 13 practices offered per week throughout the city.

It requires both dedication and grit to practice in the early morning, but this is our most popular practice:

  • Monday – Friday at 5:10 a.m. OR 6:15 a.m. at MacDowell

There are also evening and weekend practices as well:

  • Saturdays at 7:15 a.m. at MacDowell
  • Saturdays at 11:10 a.m. at South
  • Thursdays at 7:50 p.m. at Riverside

Visit the seasonal Recreation Guide for full times, dates, and locations. You can register online here; visit for more registration methods.

Our 4 seasons of swim will keep you in the water most of the year!

  • 8 weeks in Spring
  • 8 weeks in Summer (less practices per week)
  • 12 weeks in Fall
  • 12 weeks in Winter

You can choose to commit to either:

  • Register for each session you would like to attend. Each 8-week session is $24 for residents.
    • Ex: If you select “Mondays at 5:10 a.m." - that is for 8 weeks on that day at that time.
  • You can NO LONGER pick and choose days to swim that best fit your schedule. Due to the new safety protocols, swimmers need to be pre-registered and will be assigned lane placement upon arrival. A maximum of 2 swimmers per lane. When 2 swimmers share a lane, one swimmer will anchor shallow and one swimmer will anchor deep.

Pool details:

Pool Name  Address     Number of Lanes Length of Pool
MacDowell 6415 W. Mt. Vernon Ave. (Door 7)  6 25 yards
South Division 1515 W. Lapham Blvd. 8 25 yards
Riverside 1615 E. Locust St.  6 25 yards

Additional Information

Participant make up/Lane placement:

Regardless of where you decide to swim, all our sections offer a “get in where you fit in” model to accommodate levels of fitness and ability. In almost every practice, the most competitive swimmers are in the last lanes.

Lifetime swimmers, who are no longer concerned with competition or times but focused on maintaining fitness levels are typically in the middle lanes.

Lane 1 is for members new to the sport of swimming and may need help with technique. You should be comfortable swimming 50 continuous yards prior to joining. We also offer Adult Learn to Swim courses.

Not everyone competes, but those who do, join USMS on their own – this is NOT included with your practice fee you pay to Milwaukee Recreation.

Meets throughout the state are posted on the Wisconsin Masters page. There are about a dozen of our Masters swimmers who compete in state-wide competition.


Phone: 414-647-3838
Email: Swim [at]

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