Aquatics

Dive in to Rec Sports Aquatics! Every semester we offer numerous programs to help you improve your techniques in the water. Whether you’re looking to get certified in SCUBA, learn how to swim, work as a lifeguard, or simply relax in one of our pools, Rec Sports Aquatics is here to help!

News & Information

  • The GUS Spa is currently closed until further notice for maintenance.
  • For Aquatics facility hours, visit the Natatorium tab on the Facilities & Hours page. For pool availability, visit the Pool & Event Schedule tab on this page.

Facilities

For information about all Aquatics facilities, see the Natatorium tab on the Facilities & Hours page.

Policies

Visit the Aquatics Policies tab on this page for information about our breath holding policy, inclement weather policy, and general pool rules.

Photo Album

Check out our photo album on Flickr!

Aquatics Staff

  • Mark Haven
    Associate Director, Aquatics & Outdoor Adventures
    mhaven@rec.tamu.edu
    (979) 862-8403

Aquatics Programs & Classes

  • American Red Cross Learn to Swim lessons will not be offered this summer. They will be offered again in the fall.

Summer 2017 Schedule

Class Description: Learn to swim with an experienced instructor in a safe and comfortable environment. Basic and advanced classes are offered.

Dates Offered:

  • June 5 – 15
  • June 19 – 29
  • July 3 – 13 (No lesson on July 4, but instead on July 7)
  • July 17 – 27
  • Aug. 7 – 17**

Class Days/Time:

  • June and July sessions meet M – TH, 7:30pm – 8:30pm
  • **August session meets M – TH, 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Location: Basic class is held in the instructional pool; advanced class is held in the 50M/dive pool.

Cost: $60 Rec members; $72 non-members

Costs cover instruction, course materials, and all necessary equipment rental unless otherwise stated. Appropriate swimwear is required for all pool sessions.

Schedule is subject to change.

Class Description: This program is designed for people who are looking for a structured swim workout. It is for all skill levels, provided you are able to swim in deep water. Each class session will feature a different workout administered by a coach. Coaches may also help participants with stroke refinement and turns.

Date Offered: May 30 – Aug 25

Class Days/Time: M – F, 5:30pm – 7pm

Location: 50M Pool

Semester Cost: $130 Rec members; $156 non-members

The Master’s Pass is only good for practice and not to be used at any other times unless practice times have been changed by the Aquatics Coordinator.

Schedule is subject to change.

Class Description: Become a Lifeguard with the American Red Cross. This course will teach you how to make water rescues, perform CPR and treat basic first aid around a pool environment. Successful participants will receive CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer, Lifeguard and First Aid Training certifications. Must be at least 15 years old by the completion of the course and pass the Pre-requisite in order to complete this class. The Pre-requisite is a 300 yard swim with rhythmic breathing, 2 min treading, and a timed brick retrieval.

Date Offered: June 1 – 5

Class Days/Time:

  • Thursday and Friday, 4:30pm – 9pm
  • Saturday, 10:30am – 6:30pm
  • Sunday, 12pm – 8pm
  • Monday, 5:30pm – 9:30pm

Location: Classroom

Cost: $225 Rec members; $270 non-members

Schedule is subject to change.

Class Description: Successful completion of this course will renew lifeguard training, CPR/AED and First Aid certifications. Must already hold an American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification and provide proof on the first day of class.

Dates Offered: June 12 – 13

Class Days/Time: Monday & Tuesday, 4pm – 9:30pm

Location: Classroom

Cost: $90 Rec members; $108 non-members

Schedule is subject to change.

Class Description: Become a SCUBA diver with this certification course that will allow you to SCUBA dive anywhere in the world. Students may need to provide a wetsuit.

Date Offered: June 19 – 29

Class Days/Time: M – TH, 5:30pm – 9:30pm

Location: Classroom

Check-out Dives: July 1 – 2 (all day, both days) at Blue Lagoon in Huntsville, TX

Cost: $350 Rec members; $420 non-members

Costs for all classes cover instruction, course materials and all necessary equipment rental unless otherwise stated. Participants are responsible for the cost of entering the parks for the open-water training dives. Appropriate swimwear is required for all pool sessions.

Schedule is subject to change.

Registration

Sign up online or register at the Rec Center Member Services desk. Schedules are subject to change.

Refund Policy

A full refund (100%) may be requested up to 3 days prior to the start of class. A partial (80%) refund can be requested 3-0 days before the start of class. A doctor’s note will be required for 100% refund requests less than 3 days prior to the start date due to illness.

Contact

Ellen Shannon
Aquatics Coordinator, Events & Programs
eshannon@rec.tamu.edu
(979) 862-4968

Weekly Pool Schedules

Pool schedules subject to change.

Calendar of Events

Summer 2017 (Times are subject to change)

  • Master’s Long Course: July 21 – 23
  • Senior Zone Championships: August 1 – 5

Please see Weekly Pool Schedule for the most up to date times of our events.

Facility Hours

For Aquatics facility hours, visit the Natatorium tab on the Facilities & Hours page.

Contact

Ellen Shannon, Aquatic Event Coordinator
eshannon@rec.tamu.edu
(979) 862-4968

Policies

Breath Holding Policy (PDF)

  • The Department of Recreational Sports PROHIBITS the practice of hyperventilating and extended breath holding activities in ALL Recreational Sports aquatic facilities.

Inclement Weather Policy at Cain Outdoor Pool

In the event of inclement weather (severe storm, pouring rain, and/or lightning) in the area, the Cain Outdoor Pool will close in order to ensure the safety of all patrons and staff. The pool will re-open for activity once the inclement weather has passed.

In case of lightning in the area:
The Student Recreation Center has a lightning detection system that will sound an alert when lightning is in the area. When lightning is detected, one long horn blast will sound indicating that all patrons and staff should exit the water and seek shelter. When lightning is no longer in the area, three short horn blasts will sound indicating an “all-clear” status and activities may resume.

In case of a severe storm or pouring rain:
Severe storms and pouring rain decrease the visibility of the bottom of the pool. For the safety of all patrons, the Cain Outdoor Pool will close when the lifeguards can no longer see the bottom of the pool. The pool will re-open for activity when the storm has passed and the bottom of the pool is visible.

Pool Rules

  • All non-swimmers should use shallow water pools. (Instructional & Outdoor)
  • There is no shallow water in the competitive pools. (50m and Dive Well)
  • Diving is not permitted in the instructional or outdoor pools.
  • All users must shower before entering any of the pools.
  • People with open wounds or infectious diseases are not permitted in the pools.
  • Gum and adhesive bandages are not allowed in the pool area.
  • Training equipment must be used in the manner for which it was intended.
  • Flotation devices are not allowed in these pools.
  • Lap lanes are for lap swimming only.
  • Swimmers should swim with others of their ability. All swimmers should circle swim when sharing a lane with others.
  • All persons under age 18 must be accompanied and closely supervised by an adult (age 18 or over).
  • Food is not permitted in any pool area.
  • Appropriate swimwear required.
  • Street shoes are not permitted on pool decks.

Spa Rules

  • All users must shower before entering.
  • Please enter and exit slowly and cautiously.
  • People with heart disease, abnormal blood pressure or epilepsy should not use the hot tubs, as it may place themselves in physical danger.
  • Pregnant women should not use the hot tubs.
  • Children under five are not allowed to use the hot tubs and all other persons under age 18 must be accompanied and closely supervised by an adult (age 18 or over).
  • Do not use the hot tubs while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  • Long exposure to hot tubs may result in nausea, dizziness or fainting.
  • People with open wounds or infectious diseases are not permitted in the hot tubs.
  • Use of body lotions, oils or suntan preparation is prohibited in the spa and hot tubs.
  • Food or drink is not permitted in the spas or hot tubs.
  • Failure to follow these rules may result in serious injury or death.