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

  • 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

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Aquatics Staff

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

Aquatics Programs & Classes

Spring 2017 Schedule

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

Dates/Times Offered:

  • Jan. 23 – Feb. 2
  • Feb. 6 – 16
  • Feb. 20 – Mar. 2
  • Mar. 20 – 30
  • Apr. 3 – 13
  • Apr. 17 – 27

Class Days/Time: All sessions meet M – TH, 7:30pm – 8:30pm

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: Jan. 17 – May 12

Class Days/Time: M – F, 5:30pm – 7pm

Location: 50M Pool

Unlimited 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: The Lifeguard Instructor course is to train instructor candidates to teach the Red Cross Lifeguarding, Shallow Water Lifeguarding, Waterfront Skills, Waterpark Skills, CPR/AED for Professional Rescuers and Health Care Providers, Administering Emergency Oxygen and Bloodborne Pathogens Training: Preventing Disease Transmission courses and/or modules. Instructor candidates will also become familiar with Junior Lifeguarding, Lifeguard Management, and Safety Training for Swim Coaches and Basic Water Rescue. 

Date Offered: Mar. 3 – 5

Class Days/Time: Fri – Sun, times TBD

Location: Classroom

Cost: $250 Rec members; $300 non-members

Please contact Cassie Honey at choney@rec.tamu.edu for any questions. 

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.

Dates Offered:

  • Feb. 10 – 13
      • Fri., 5:30pm – 10pm
      • Sat., 9am – 6pm
      • Sun., 12pm – 9pm
      • Mon., 6pm – 10:30pm
  • May 13 – 17
      • Sat., 10am – 6pm
      • Sun. – Wed., 3pm – 7:30pm

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: 

  • Jan. 22
  • Apr. 3 – 4
  • May 1 – 2

Class Days/Time:

  • Jan. 22 session: Sun, 12pm – 8pm
  • All other sessions: Mon. & Tue., 6pm – 10pm

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: Mar. 20 – 30

Class Days/Time: M – TH, 6pm – 10pm

Location: Classroom

Check-out Dives: Apr. 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.

Class Description: This program allows participants who have completed the classroom and confined water components of Basic SCUBA to complete their training and receive their certification. Costs cover necessary equipment. Students may be required to supply some equipment. Participants are responsible for the cost of entering the dive parks.

Dates/Locations:

  • Apr. 1 – 2: Blue Lagoon, Huntsville, TX
  • Apr. 8 – 9: Lake Travis, Austin, TX
  • Apr. 22 – 23: Lake Travis, Austin, TX

Class Days/Time: Sat. & Sun., all day both days

Cost: $250 Rec members; $300 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.

Class Description: This certification course is designed for divers who have completed a basic course and desire advanced instruction and an introduction to specialty diving. Costs for classes cover instruction, course materials and necessary equipment. Students must supply some equipment. Participants are responsible for the cost of entering the parks for the open-water training dives.

Dates Offered: Apr. 4 – 5

Class Days/Time: Tue. – Wed., 6pm – 10pm

Location: Classroom

Check-out Dives: Apr. 8 – 9 (all day, both days) at Lake Travis, Austin, TX

Cost: $325 Rec members; $390 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.

Class Description: Referral dive students are students that have previously completed part of their certification requirements and wish to finish the process with Rec Sports instructors. Costs cover necessary equipment. Students may be required to supply some equipment. Participants are responsible for the cost of entering the dive parks.

Date and Location: Apr. 8 – 9: Lake Travis, Austin, TX

Class Days/Time: Sat. & Sun., all day both days

Cost: $275 Rec members; $330 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.

Class Description: This certification course includes all aspects of SCUBA safety and diver rescue. Students must complete first aid and CPR prior to certification. Costs for classes cover instruction, course materials and necessary equipment. Students must supply some equipment. Participants are responsible for the cost of entering the parks for the open water training dives.

Date Offered: Apr. 18 – 19

Class Days/Time: Tue. – Wed., 6pm – 10pm

Location: Classroom

Check-out Dives: Apr. 22 – 23 (all day, both days) at Blue Lagoon in Huntsville, TX

Cost: $325 Rec members; $390 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.

Class Description: Referral dive students are students that have previously completed part of their certification requirements and wish to finish the process with Rec Sports instructors. Costs cover necessary equipment. Students may be required to supply some equipment. Participants are responsible for the cost of entering the dive parks.

Date and Location: Apr. 22 – 23: Blue Lagoon, Huntsville, TX

Class Days/Time: Sat. & Sun., all day both days

Cost: $275 Rec members; $330 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.

Class Description: The American Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety program teaches people how to be safe in, on, or around water and teaches individuals of different ages and abilities how to swim. In a logical progression, the program covers the knowledge and skills needed for aquatic skill development. As participants develop these skills, they will become safer and better swimmers. The classes will include Parent/Child, Preschool Aquatics 1 and 2, and Levels 1-6.

If you have taken swim lessons before at City of Bryan, City of College Station, or anywhere else, please continue on the level that you passed into. If you have never taken swim lessons before, please read the descriptions below or call Ellen Shannon at 979-862-4968 for guidance.

Dates/Registration/Location/Cost:

  • Jan. 29 – Apr. 9
    (8 lessons; no classes Feb. 26, Mar. 12, and Mar. 19)
    Classes meet Sundays, 1pm – 4:15pm in Rec Center Instructional Pool
    Registration begins Jan. 9
    Cost: $50/Rec members; $60/non-members

Parent/Child:

  • Sunday 1pm – 1:30pm, 2:20pm – 2:50pm
  • This class is designed for young children ages 6 months to 3 years and their parents. The goals are to help them become accustomed to the water and to prepare them for the Learn to Swim program. The class helps parents with water safety tips and teaches them fun songs and games to play while in the water. Some skills taught are blowing bubbles, kicking, and supporting techniques (parents).

Preschool 1:

  • Sunday 1pm – 1:30pm, 1:40pm – 2:10pm, 3pm – 3:30pm, 3:40pm – 4:10pm
  • This class is designed for preschool aged children (3 – 5 years) to begin their journey in the Learn to Swim program. In this class, children will learn water safety and aquatic skills such as blowing bubbles, kicking, arm action, and floating.

Preschool 2:

  • Sunday 1:40pm – 2:10pm, 2:20pm – 2:50pm, 3pm – 3:30pm, 3:40pm – 4:10pm
  • This class is designed to continue the skills that were learned in Preschool 1. This will also give children further success with fundamental aquatic skills. This level marks the beginning of independent aquatic locomotion skills.

Level 1:

  • Sunday: 1pm – 1:45pm, 2:40pm – 3:25pm
  • This class is designed for children ages 6 – 13. This is the beginning of the Learn to Swim program that will help them learn elementary aquatic skills. We will help students develop good swimming habits and safe practices in and around the water.

Level 2:

  • Sunday 1:50pm – 2:35pm, 3:40pm – 4:15pm
  • This class is designed to continue the skills learned in Level 1 as well as to further develop participants’ confidence in their skills in the water. Participants further develop simultaneous and alternating arm and leg actions on the front and back that lay the foundation for future strokes.

Level 3:

  • Sunday 1pm – 1:45pm, 2:40pm – 3:25pm
  • As we continue to build on skills from Level 2, we will also introduce some survival floats and strokes such as the elementary backstroke. We will also introduce head-first entries and begin to learn to enter the water head-first from a seated position.

Level 4:

  • Sunday 1:50pm – 2:35pm, 3:40pm – 4:15pm
  • This level will continue to develop participants’ confidence in the strokes already learned and fine-tune them. This level will improve participants’ skills and increase their endurance by swimming familiar strokes for greater distances. Participants will begin to learn some new strokes as well.

Level 5:

  • Sunday 1pm – 1:45pm, 2:40pm – 3:25pm
  • This level is all about coordination and refinement of the strokes learned in previous levels. The participants will increase their distances as well as learn flip turns for the front and back.

Level 6:

  • Sunday 1:50pm – 2:35pm, 3:40pm – 4:15pm
  • This level will continue to refine participants’ strokes so that they swim them with more ease, efficiency, power, and smoothness over greater distances.

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

Spring 2017

  • Mountain West Conference: Feb. 14 – 18
  • Speedo Sectionals: Thu., Feb. 23 – Sun., Feb. 26 (Timed Finals Thu; Prelims/Finals Fri. – Sun.)
  • Wendy’s Dive Meet: Mar. 16 – 19
  • Women’s Water Polo: Mar. 25 – 26
  • April LC Open: Fri., Apr. 21 – Sun., Apr. 23
  • Water Polo: Apr. 29 – 30

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.