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

Aquatics Programs & Classes

Fall 2019 Schedule

Class Description: Learn to Swim with our certified instructors. Open to any level of swimming ability. Lessons are held twice a week in a M/W or T/Th format. All lessons are from 7:30pm – 8:30pm in the Instructional Pool. Sessions include Sep. 2 – Sep. 26. Registration for lessons end the first day of each session.

Sessions Offered:

  • Sept. 2 – 26
  • Sept. 30 – Oct. 24
  • Oct. 28 – Nov. 21

Meets: M/W or T/R

Time:  7:30pm – 8:30pm

Location: Instructional Pool

Cost Per Session: $75*/$90**

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: Sign up for American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification training at Rec Sports! Member pricing for this blended learning format is $250 and non-member pricing is $300. Non-members can register in person at Member Services at the Rec. Participants will need to schedule and complete a pre-requisite swim test and complete online classroom activities before the first night of class.

Sessions Offered: Sept. 6 – 8

Class Days/Times: 

  • Fri.: 5pm – 10pm
  • Sat.: 9am – 6pm
  • Sun.: 1pm – 9pm

(All dates required)

Location: Classroom

Cost: $250*/$300**

Schedule is subject to change.

 *Member price; **non-member price

Class Description: Sign up for American Red Cross Lifeguard Re-certification training at Rec Sports! Participants will need to schedule and complete a pre-requisite swim test and complete online classroom activities before the day of class.Non-members can register in person at Member Services at the Rec.

Sessions Offered: Sun., Oct. 20

Time: 1pm – 9pm

Location: Classroom

Cost: $100*/$120**

Schedule is subject to change.

 *Member price; **non-member price

Class Description: Sign up for American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification training at Rec Sports! Member pricing for this blended learning format is $250 and non-member pricing is $300. Non-members can register in person at Member Services at the Rec. Participants will need to schedule and complete a pre-requisite swim test and complete online classroom activities before the first night of class.

Sessions Offered: Nov. 11 – 15

Class Days/Times: Mon. – Fri.: 6pm – 11pm

Location: Instructional Pool

Cost: $250*/$300**

Schedule is subject to change.

 *Member price; **non-member price

Class Description: Learn to Swim with our certified instructors. Open to any level of swimming ability. Lessons are held four times a week in a M-Th format. All lessons are from 7:30pm – 8:30pm in the Instructional Pool. Sessions include July 22nd-Aug. 1st. Registration for lessons ends the Friday before the session begins.

Sessions Offered: Sept. 22 – Nov. 10

Class Days/Times: Sun., 1pm – 4pm

Location: Instructional Pool

Cost: $65*/$78**

Schedule is subject to change.

 *Member price; **non-member price

Class Description: Sign up for American Red Cross private swim lessons with our certified instructors. This individual one-on-one instruction time will be based on participant and instructor availability. Set specific goals with our instructors who will help you reach and attain those goals.

Dates Offered: Based on participant and instructor availability (year-round)

Location: Instructional Pool

Cost:

  • Members: $24/single lesson; $90/four lessons
  • Non-members: $29/single lesson; $108/four lessons

Class Description: Become a certified SCUBA diver. Participants 12-17 yrs of age must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Sessions Offered: Oct. 7 – 17

Class Days/Time: Mon. – Thu., 6pm – 10pm

Location: Classroom

Check-out Dives: Sat., Oct. 19 and Sun., Oct. 20 at Blue Lagoon, Huntsville, TX (all day, both days)

Cost: $385*/$465**

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: This program allows participants who have completed the classroom and confined water components of Basic SCUBA to complete their training and receive their certifications. Participants 12-17 yrs of age must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Sessions Offered:

  • Oct. 19 – 20
  • Oct. 26 – 27
  • Nov. 2 – 3

Days/Times: Sat. and Sun. (all day, both days)

Location: Blue Lagoon, Huntsville, TX

Cost: $275*/$330**

Schedule is subject to change.

 *Member price; **non-member price

Class Description: This course is designed for divers who have completed the Basic SCUBA course and desire advanced instruction and an introduction to specialty diving. Participants 12-17 yrs of age must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Sessions Offered: Oct. 1 – 2

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

Location: Classroom

Check-out Dives: Sat., Oct. 5 at Blue Lagoon, Huntsville, TX and Sun., Oct. 6 at Lake Travis, Austin, TX (all day, both days)

Cost: $360*/$430**

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: This course is for participants who have finished the classroom and confined water components of Advanced SCUBA and wish to finish the process with Rec Center instructors. Participants 12-17 yrs of age must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Sessions Offered: Oct. 5 – 6

Check-out Dives: Sat., Oct. 5 at Blue Lagoon, Huntsville, TX and Sun., Oct. 6 at Lake Travis, Austin, TX (all day, both days)

Cost: $305*/$365**

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: This class is for those participants who have completed the classroom and confined water portion of Rescue SCUBA and wish to complete the requirements with REC Center Instructors. Participants 12-17 yrs of age must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Sessions Offered: Nov. 2 – 3

Class Days/Time: Sat., Nov. 2 and Sun., Nov. 3 at Blue Lagoon, Huntsville, TX (all day, both days)

Cost: $305*/$365**

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

Registration

Sign up online or in person 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

  • Due to the home football game vs. Mississippi State, the only pool available for Rec Swim on Sat., Oct. 26 will be the Lap Pool from 5pm – 10:30pm.

Please click HERE for our Fall 2019 Weekly Pool Schedules.

Pool schedules subject to change.

Fall 2019 Calendar of Events

    • Date TBD: TAMU Pentathlon
    • Sep. 28 – 29: Men’s Water Polo Tournament
    • Oct. 4 – 5: Special Olympics
    • Oct. 18 – 19: TAMU Quad Meet
    • Nov. 1: TAMU W vs. UT Dual
    • Nov. 9: Bob Stallings
    • Nov. 21 – 23: Art Adamson
    • Dec. 6 – 8: Gulf Champs
    • Dec. 14: TAMU M vs. Inc. Word

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

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.