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COVID-19 Update

We have made the difficult decision to cancel our summer swim lessons and aquatics classes. In spite of our best efforts to develop the safe guards needed to operate, we don’t feel that it is in the best interest of our customers and staff to move forward at this time.

We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause and encourage you to explore the many other recreation activities we know can be delivered in a safe format this summer.

Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to seeing you back in the pool in the near future.

Our US Masters workout groups offer many options for adult swimmers at many different fitness levels.

In season there are 15 practices offered per week. It requires both dedication and grit to practice in the early morning, but this is our most popular practice:

  • Monday – Friday at 5:15 a.m. and 6:15 a.m.

There are also evening and weekend practices as well:

  • Mondays at 7 p.m.
  • Tuesdays at 7:30 p.m.
  • Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturdays at 7:25 a.m. and 8:25 a.m.

Visit the seasonal Recreation Guide for full times, dates, and locations. You can register online here; visit mkerec.net/howtoregister 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:

  • 1 Practice per week at $38 per season
  • 2 Practices per week at $56 per season
  • 4 Practices per week at $72 per season
  • 5 Practices per week at $84 per season 

You can pick and choose days to swim that best fit your schedule, even if that needs to change weekly.

Pool details:

Pool Name  Address     Number of Lanes Length of Pool
MacDowell 6415 W. Mt. Vernon Ave. (Door 7)  6 25 yards
Pulaski  2500 W. Oklahoma Ave. (Door 13) 5 25 yards
Riverside 1615 E. Locust St.  6 25 yards

Additional Information

Participant make up/Lane placement:

Regardless of where you decide would be best for you, all our sections offer a “get in where you fit in” model. In almost every practice, the most competitive swim “rabbits” are in the last lane(s).

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

Lane 1 is typically someone 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.


Try it before you buy it!

We know that finding a new pool has many factors involved. We want to make sure you are comfortable with the program you are joining before you commit and register. Go swim for a week first and then sign up with the program that suits you best.

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