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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

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

Summer 2018 Schedule

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

Dates Offered:

  • Mon./Wed. Classes
    • May 30 – June 25
    • June 27 – July 25 (no class July 4)
  • Tue./Thu. Classes
    • May 29 – June 21
    • June 26 – July 19

Class Time:

  • 7:30pm – 8:30pm

Location: Instructional pool

Cost: $60*/$72**

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.

 *Member price; **non-member price.

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.

Dates Offered:

  • May 29 – Aug. 10
  • June 4 – July 27

Class Days/Times:

  • Mon. – Fri., 5:30pm – 7pm
  • Mon./Wed./Fri., 6:30am – 8am

Location: 50M Pool

Semester Cost: $130*/$156** (semester)

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.

 *Member price; **non-member price.

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.

Dates Offered: June 11 – 21

Class Days/Time: Mon. – Thu., 5:30pm – 9:30pm

Location: Classroom

Check-Out Dives: Sat., June 23 & Sun., June 24 (all day, both days) at Blue Lagoon in Huntsville, TX

Cost: $350*/$420**

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.

 *Member price; **non-member price.

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.

Dates Offered: July 9 – 19

Class Days/Time: Mon. – Thu., 5:30pm – 9:30pm

Location: Classroom

Check-Out Dives: Sat., July 21 & Sun., July 22 (all day, both days) at Blue Lagoon in Huntsville, TX

Cost: $350*/$420**

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.

 *Member price; **non-member price.

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. Dives are all day both days.

Dates/Location/Times:

  • Sat., July 21 & Sun., July 22 (all day, both days), at Blue Lagoon in Huntsville, TX

Cost: $250*/$300**

Schedule is subject to change.

 *Member price; **non-member price.

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 Offered: June 4 – 14

Meets: Mon. – Thu.

Class Times:

  • 10m – 11am -OR-
  • 6pm – 7pm

Location: Rec Center Outdoor Pool

Cost: $50/Rec members; $60/non-members

Registration: Registration is only available at the Rec Center Member Services desk.

  • Parent/Child:
    • 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:
    • 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:
    • 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.
  • Levels 1 – 6:
    • We are doing something new with the American Red Cross Learn to Swim during summer! We will be starting with a group warmup before transiting into the swim lesson part. We will be dividing the kids by skill level.

Schedule is subject to change.

Available to both members and non-members, private lessons will provide swimmers with additional help in areas in which they wish to improve. Learn to swim on your own terms with one-on-one instruction from an American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor. We also offer lessons for children and adults with disabilities.

Dates: Year-round

Duration: 30 Minutes

Cost:

  • Rec Members:
    • Single – $19
    • Four – $72
  • Non-members:
    • Single – $23
    • Four – $88

Location: Rec Center Natatorium

Please register at the Member Services desk inside the main entrance of the Student Recreation Center.

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

For more information, please email aqprograms@rec.tamu.edu.

Pool & Event Schedules

Weekly Pool Schedules

Pool schedules subject to change.

Summer 2018 Calendar of Events

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

For more information, please email aqprograms@rec.tamu.edu.

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.