Pools and Splash Pads

Summer Schedule

Admission to pools is free.

Summer Schedule: June 1-July 31 (All pools closed July 4) 

New Pool Hours Beginning June 8 - Click for flyer(PDF, 225KB) 

Amphitheater Pool

  • Adult Lap Swim:
    • 50 meter rentals
  • Recreational Swim:
    • Tues.-Thurs.: 4-7 p.m.
  • Closed: Fri.-Mon.

Archer Pool

  • Adult Lap Swim:
    • Mon.-Wed.: 6-8 a.m., 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
    • Thurs.:11 a.m.-1 p.m.
    • Sun.: 1-7 p.m.
  • Recreational Swim:
    • Mon.-Thurs.: 1-5 p.m., 5:30-7 p.m.
    • Sun.: 1-7 p.m.
  • Closed: Fri.-Sat.

Catalina Pool

  • Adult Lap Swim:
    • Mon.-Thurs.: 6-8 a.m., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
    • Sun.: 1-7 p.m.
  • Recreational Swim:
    • Mon.-Thurs.: 1-5 p.m.
    • Sun.: 1-7 p.m.
  • Closed: Fri.-Sat.

Clements Pool

  • Adult Lap Swim:
    • Mon., Wed.: 6-8 a.m., 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
    • Tues., Thurs.: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
    • Sun.: 1-7 p.m.
  • Recreational Swim:
    • Mon.-Thurs.: 1-7 p.m.
    • Sun.: 1-7 p.m.
  • Closed: Fri.-Sat.

Edith Ball ARC Recreation Pool

  • Adult Lap Swim:
    • Mon.-Fri.: 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Recreational Swim:
    • Mon./Wed./Fri.: 1-5 p.m. and 5:30-7 p.m.
    • Tues./Thurs.: 1-5 p.m.
  • Closed: Sat.-Sun.

Edith Ball ARC Therapy Pool

  • By reservation only
    • Mon.-Fri.: 6:45-7:45 a.m., 7:55-8:55 a.m., 2-3:15 p.m., 3:30-4:45 p.m.
    • Sat.: Noon-1:15 p.m., 1:30-2:45 p.m., 3-4:15 p.m., 4:30-5:45 p.m.
  • Closed: Sun.

El Pueblo Pool

  • Adult Lap Swim:
    • Tues.-Fri.: 1-6 p.m.
    • Sat.: 1-7 p.m.
  • Recreational Swim:
    • Tues.-Fri.: 1-6 p.m.
    • Sat.: 1-7 p.m.
  • Closed: Sun.-Mon.

Fort Lowell Pool (Under Construction Tentative open early July)

  • Adult Lap Swim:
    • Mon.-Thurs.: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
    • Sun.: 1-7 p.m.
  • Recreational Swim:
    • Mon.-Thurs.: 1-5 p.m.
    • Sun.: 1-7 p.m.
  • Closed: Fri.-Sat.

Freedom Pool

  • Recreational Swim:
    • Mon.-Thurs.: 1-5 p.m.
    • Sun.: 1-7 p.m.
  • Closed: Fri.-Sat.

Himmel Pool

  • Adult Lap Swim:
    • Tues.-Fri.: Noon-1 p.m.
  • Recreational Swim:
    • Tues.-Fri.: 1-6 p.m.
    • Sat.: 1-7 p.m.
  • Closed: Sun.-Mon. 

Jacobs Pool

  • Recreational Swim:
    • Wed.-Fri.: 1-7 p.m.
    • Sat.: 1-7 p.m.
  • Closed: Sun.-Tues. 

Jesse Owens Pool

  • Recreational Swim:
    • Mon.-Tues.: 1-6 p.m.
    • Sun.: 1-7 p.m.
  • Closed: Wed.-Sat.

Kennedy Pool (currently closed for maintenance)

  • Recreational Swim:
    • Mon.-Tues.: 1-6 p.m.
    • Sun.: 1-7 p.m.
  • Closed: Wed.-Sat.

Mansfield Pool

  • Recreational Swim:
    • Tues.-Fri.: 1-5 p.m., 5:30-7 p.m.
    • Sat.: 1-7 p.m.
  • Closed: Sun.-Mon.

Menlo Pool

  • Recreational Swim:
    • Tues..-Fri.: 1-6 p.m.
    • Sat.: 1-7 p.m.
  • Closed: Sun.-Mon.

Oury Pool

  • Recreational Swim:
    • Mon.-Thurs.: 2-6 p.m.
    • Sun.: 1-7 p.m.
  • Closed: Fri.-Sat.

Palo Verde Pool

  • Recreational Swim:
    • Tues.-Fri.: 1-6 p.m.
    • Sat.: 1-7 p.m.
  • Closed: Sun.-Mon.

Purple Heart Pool

  • Adult Lap Swim:
    • Tues.-Fri.: Noon-1 p.m., 5:30-7 p.m.
    • Sat.: 1-7 p.m.
  • Recreational Swim:
    • Tues.-Fri.: 1-5 p.m., 5:30-7 p.m.
    • Sat.: 1-7 p.m.
  • Closed: Sun.-Mon.

Quincie Douglas Pool

  • Adult Lap Swim:
    • Tues.-Fri.: 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
    • Sat. and Sun.: 1-7 p.m.
  • Recreational Swim:
    • Tues.-Fri.: 1-5 p.m., 5:30-7 p.m.
    • Sat./Sun.: 1-7 p.m.
  • Closed: Mon. 

Sunnyside Pool

  • Adult Lap Swim:
    • Mon.-Tues.: 1-6 p.m.
    • Sunday: 1-7 p.m.
  • Recreational Swim:
    • Mon.-Tues.: 1-6 p.m.
    • Sunday: 1-7 p.m.
  • Closed: Wed.-Sat.

Udall Pool

  • Adult Lap Swim:
    • Tues., Thurs.: 6-8 a.m., 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
    • Wed., Fri.: 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Sat.: 1-7 p.m.
  • Recreational Swim:
    • Tues.-Fri.: 1-5 p.m., 5:30-7 p.m.
    • Sat.: 1-7 p.m.
  • Closed: Sun.-Mon.

Admission

Admission to all City pools and splash pads is free.  

Swim Lessons

Registration opens May 14, at 8 a.m., on EZEEreg.com. Due to the limited space available in each session and class, a registration waitlist will be maintained. Cost is $15/session.

Students will be asked to register in one of three categories – StarBabies, Swim School, or Stroke School

StarBabies (ages 6 months-3 years old)

Introduces infants and toddlers to the water in a fun and loving environment. Parents or caregivers are taught effective techniques to teach their infants and toddlers how to float, submerge, move in the water, and roll over to breathe. Classes incorporate songs, activities, and water safety education. Swim diapers are required.

Starfish Swim School (ages 3-17 years old)

This class is for those who are beginning to learn to swim and are not able to swim freestyle across the deep end of the pool. They also cannot tread water for at least 60 seconds. Prior to registering, please determine your child's skill level based on the criteria for Swim School.

Starfish Swim School Benchmarks for completion of level

  • White Star Benchmark 1: Easily can submerge entire face and body
  • Red Star Benchmark 2: Independent floating on front and back. Can roll onto back and float to breathe
  • Yellow Star Benchmark 3: Can self-rescue by performing the swim, roll, swim method
  • Blue Star Benchmark 4: Can swim with forward movement with good side glide body position and proper flutter kick
  • Green Star Benchmark 5: Can perform front stroke with 1, 2, 3 breathing pattern with face in the water, overarm action and strong flutter kick

Starfish Stroke School (Ages 3-17) 

This class is for children who can easily swim front stroke with a 1, 2, 3 breathing pattern, face in the water, overarm action, and strong flutter kick across the deep end of the pool. They can also tread water for at least 60 seconds in deep water.

Starfish Stroke School Benchmarks for Completion of Level

  • White Star Benchmark 6: Can easily demonstrate fundamentally sound freestyle and backstroke
  • Red Star Benchmark 7: Can easily demonstrate fundamentally sound elementary backstroke and sidestroke
  • Yellow Star Benchmark 8: Can easily demonstrate fundamentally sound butterfly
  • Blue Star Benchmark 9: Can easily demonstrate fundamentally sound breaststroke

Competitive Swim Team

Swimmers who have been registered with USA Swimming after August, 2022 are not eligible to participate. Participants must be able to swim a recognizable competitive stroke one length of the pool without stopping. Swim Test will be given the first day of practice.
Swim Championships will be in late July.
 
Who: Ages 17 and younger
Cost: $30/City-resident; $38/Non-City resident
Locations:
  • Archer
  • Catalina
  • Clements
  • Freedom
  • Himmel
  • Mansfield
  • Menlo
  • Purple Heart
  • Palo Verde
  • Quincie Douglas
  • Udall
Registration is capped at 50 per site
Swimmers who have been registered with USA Swimming after August, 2022 are not eligible to participate,.
Swim Championships will be in late July

 

Synchronized Swim Team

Do you like to dance and swim, then synchro is for you! No experience necessary! Swimmers should be comfortable in deep water. All participants will learn basic synchro skills and a choreographed routine. There will be a skills meet in the end of June and the summer will wrap up with all swimmers performing in a city wide water show in the middle of July.

Season: Begins early June - mid-July
Who: Ages 6-17 years old (Accepting beginners through intermediate levels)
Cost: $41/City-resident; $51/Non-City resident
Locations:
  • Archer
  • Catalina
  • Clements
  • Freedom
  • Himmel
  • Jesse Owens
  • Mansfield
  • Menlo
  • Palo Verde
  • Purple Heart
  • Quincie Douglas
  • Udall

 

Special Olympics Swim Team

Call Therapeutic Recreation 520-791-4504 for more information.

Water Aerobics

Water Aerobics offers cardiovascular, muscular, and weight loss benefits, in addition to keeping your bones and joints healthy! No swimming skills necessary as class will be conducted in chest high water. Register on EZEEreg.com today!

Lifeguards and Water Safety Instructors

Photos of people swimming.

Are you interested in becoming a City of Tucson lifeguard?

Here's what you need to know!
Get paid to train. Pay starts at $16.75/hr.
*All applicants must be at least 15 years old or older.

Infographic of application instructions listed below.

Training

1. Apply for the Lifeguard position at Tucsonaz.gov/jobs

2. Register for a free Lifeguard Swim Test & Interview on EZEEreg.com (must be at least 15 years of age to register)

3. Pass the Lifeguard Swim Test & Interview
The interview has an informal dress code. Come prepared to swim with a suit, goggles (optional), and a towel.You will be interviewed and perform the following in water swim skills.

  • 100-yard continuous approach stroke without tube (front crawl and/or breaststroke)
  • 50-yard approach stroke with a rescue tube
  • 2-minutes treading water using legs only
  • 50-yard elementary backstroke 
  • 50-yard side stroke supporting a dummy 
  • Retrieve a 10 lb. diving brick from ~12 feet, return it to the surface, and exit the pool without a ladder.

3. Upon completing and passing the swim test and interview, you will be onboarded with Human Resources. You will receive an email from Workday to complete your pre-hire information. Then, send an email to parkshr@tucsonaz.gov to set up a fingerprint appointment. We will pay for your StarGuard certification which includes a 6-hour online course* and 16-hour in-person course, with the commitment to work for the City of Tucson Parks and Recreation department.

4. Pass the online and in-person required Starguard training courses. (Online must be passed prior to in-person)

5. Meet with our team to receive your pool placement.

Apply Online

Are you already a certified lifeguard? Apply online at Tucsonaz.gov/jobs to get to work today!

Water Safety Instructor (WSI)

You must have WSI certification to teach swim lessons. Lifeguarding, CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and First Aid Basics certifications are required. Certification is earned through Starfish Aquatics Institute. It is blended learning that includes an online course as well as in-water practicum.

Class are offered starting in the spring. Enrollment into the StarFish program through City of Tucson pool supervisors. Interested staff must contact the cotlifeguard@tucsonaz.gov to request training.

Trainees must be 16 years old before the first class. Stroke and swim skills are tested in the first and second classes. Trainees should be proficient in the following strokes:

  • Front Crawl
  • Back Crawl
  • Breaststroke
  • Sidestroke
  • Elementary Backstroke
  • Basic knowledge of Butterfly is also helpful.

Lifeguard Training and Water Safety Instructor classes conducted at selected City of Tucson pools certify many of these lifeguards and instructors as well as lifeguards and instructors seeking employment. For questions about training or employment email cotlifeguard@tucsonaz.gov.

Water Safety

 

Safety is the prime concern at City of Tucson Parks and Recreation swimming pools. Safety, of course, is just as important when in or around private pools or any open water.

The American Red Cross and Tucson Parks and Recreation offer these suggestions to promote water safety:

  • Always swim near a lifeguard
  • Learn to swim – and be sure everyone in your household knows how to swim. Lessons are offered by Tucson Parks and Recreation, Pima County Parks and Recreation, YMCA branches, and private instructors
  • Never leave unattended a child who may gain access to any water
  • Even a small amount of water in a bucket can be dangerous to a child
  • Adult supervision is essential at all times
  • Do not rely on inflatables to support children in the water
  • Never swim alone
  • Observe posted rules – especially those regarding diving
  • When pool fences and self-latching gates are required by code, do not dismantle or alter them. Keep outside doors and windows leading to swimming pools locked
  • Read and follow the guidelines of the Pima County Health Department regarding pool sanitation and the storage of pool chemicals
  • At parties, hire a certified lifeguard, or be sure an adult has been assigned the specific responsibility of watching the children
  • Do not serve alcoholic drinks to guests who will be participating in water activities
  • Plan in case of emergency. Have simple rescue equipment such as a reaching pole available, provide quick access to a telephone and take a class in CPR
  • Remember our environment. Wear sunscreen, drink plenty of water and go inside when lightning threatens
  • If a child is missing, check the swimming pool first

Special concerns for open water:

  • Everyone on a boat should wear a Coast Guard approved life jacket
  • Don't dive into water if you can't see into it to tell how deep it is
  • Children under 14 should not operate boats or personal watercraft
  • Instruct children about tides, rip currents and debris
  • Keep children in sight and within earshot 

Become a Lifeguard

We hire year-round for lifeguards. Find out how you can be a part of the team! Click HERE for more information. 

Contact Us

Contact Information

Phone: 520-791-4873
Class Registration: 520-791-4877
Fax: 520-791-4008

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