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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.

WSIAre you an advanced swimmer and interested in sharing your gifts with the community? Milwaukee Recreation is hiring swimming instructors!

Opportunities exist for raises, further training, and advancement, and working hours can be scheduled around school hours and extracurricular activities.

Milwaukee Recreation has highly competitive rates for water safety instructors (WSI) compared to other organizations in the area (starting pay rate is $15-$16 per hour).

Do you already have your WSI certification? Apply to be swim instructor here!

If you are interested in becoming a water safety instructor, you can register for the training here. The course costs just $40 for Milwaukee residents ($240 for non-residents), but it is completely free if you commit to working as a WSI with Milwaukee Recreation.

To be eligible for the course, candidates must:

  • Attend a pre-course session to demonstrate swimming competency in six strokes: Front Crawl, Back Crawl, Breaststroke, Sidestroke, Elementary Backstroke and Butterfly. 25 yards of each stroke to be demonstrated.
  • The pre-course session is approximately one hour. If this pre-course session does not fit your schedule, an alternate day and time can be arranged by appointment. If you do not successfully complete the pretest, you will be issued a FULL REFUND.
  • Complete up to 9 hours of online learning before the first in-water course date. Provide proof of completion with either a screen shot or a printed certificate.
  • All 3 course dates are mandatory without exception.


Denzel Shareef

Aquatics Supervisor
Phone: (414) 647-6075
Email: Denzel [at]

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