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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.

Temperature checks prior to entry to the pool area may be required. If a patrons temperature is at or above 100 degrees Fahrenheit, they would not be allowed to participate in aquatic activities that day and would have a credit applied to their account for that missed class.

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.

A responsible person, age 16 or older must enter the pool with every child enrolled in Tot, Adv. Tot, Little Lv. 1, Little Lv. 2, Level 1 and Level 2.

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

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.


Are 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.


Not a Swim Instructor yet? We have a class coming up each season!

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 $16 per hour).

Do you already have your WSI certification? Apply to be swim instructor here! (click "View Recreation Positions" and search "Swim" for all aquatics openings)

Become certified:

If you are interested in becoming a water safety instructor, you can register for the training here. The course costs just $160 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.

Blended Learning Option:

  • 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.

Instructor-Led Learning Option:

  • Complete 2 hours of online learning before the last class session.
  • Attend all in-person class sessions.

The type of course offered may change season to season. Please see the registration description for details.


Denzel Shareef

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

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