Aquatics

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Tucson Parks and Recreation offers a wide variety of aquatic programming for children and adults year round such as recreational swimming, water fitness classes, arthritis classes, swim and diving lessons, competitive and synchronized swim leagues. Parks and Recreation offers Junior Lifeguard/Water Safety Aid, Lifeguard Training, and Water Safety Aid classes. For general information, call 791-4245.

Swimming Pools

The extended-season pools are: Amphi, Archer, Catalina, Clements, Edith Ball Adaptive, El Pueblo, Ft. Lowell, Quincie Douglas, Sunnyside, and Udall.

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Summer Splash 2014 logoThe Tucson Parks Foundation and the Tucson Parks and Recreation Department need your help to reopen city pools, some of which have been closed since the 2009 City budget reductions. Community and business partnerships along with donated funds, will allow the operation of additional pools. The Department, in concert with the Tucson Mayor and Council and community partners, has started the "Bring Back the Splash" campaign to open one pool at a time. Visit http://www.tucsonparks.org/summer-splash/ to donate or to view our sponsorship opportunities.

Sponsorship Opportunities (pdf)


Amphi pool

Amphitheater Pool
Amphitheater High School
125 W. Yavapai Rd.
Located near North Stone and Yavapai
520-791-4359

The Amphitheater Pool is located on the campus of Amphitheater High School. Its season extends from mid-May to early November. Amphitheater Pool is a competitive 50-meter pool featuring 25-yard courses at each end, a diving bay with 1- and 3-meter boards in the middle and shade structures.


ARC pool

Edith Ball Adaptive Recreation Center (Year-round)
3455 E. Zoo Court
Located in Reid Park across from the Zoo
520-791-5643

The Edith Ball Adaptive Recreation Center features a fully accessible outdoor covered recreational pool with a beach entry, play features, lap lanes, a walking channel with a current, and a heated deck. The indoor therapy pool is heated to approximately 92 degrees and has a bench with jets, handrails, two types of lifts to allow for total accessibility and depths from 2.5-6 feet.


Archer pool

Archer Pool
(Extended Season: April 1 – November 15)

1665 S. La Cholla Blvd
Located south of “A” Mountain and Cholla High School
520-791-5388

The pool is 25 yards by 25 meters with a 1-meter diving board, water slide, shade structure and separate wading pool. Archer Pool is a competitive pool, and the shallowest water is 4 feet deep in the main pool.


Catalina pool

Catalina Pool
(Year-round)

2004 N. Dodge Boulevard
Located just north of Catalina High School
520-791-4245

It is a 25-yard by 25-meter competitive pool with 1- and 3-meter diving boards and depths ranging from 4-13.5 feet. The pool has a shade structure, grassy area and is immediately south of a children's area with playground equipment and picnic tables.


Clements pool

Clements Pool
(Year-round)

8155 E. Poinciana Dr
Located between the East Campus of Pima Community College and Lincoln Park
520-791-5785

It features a beach entry, 25-yard competitive course with 7 lanes, diving area with a 1-meter board, water slide, shade structure and grassy area.


El Pueblo pool

El Pueblo Pool
(Extended Season: April 1 – November 15)

5100 S. Missiondale
Located on the corner of South Sixth Avenue and Irvington Road
520-791-4176

El Pueblo Pool features a water slide, 25-yard course for lap swimming, shallow water area with a 2.5-foot depth and shade structure. The deepest water is 6 feet.


Ft. Lowell Pool
(Extended Season: April 1 – November 15)

2900 N. Craycroft Rd.
Located between Ft. Lowell and Glenn Roads
520-791-2585

The Ft. Lowell Pool features a diving bay with 1- and 3-meter diving boards, lap lanes in the 25-yard area and separate wading pool. Pool depth in the 50-meter pool ranges from 3.5-12 feet.


Himmel pool

Himmel Pool
(May 29 – July 30)

1000 N. Tucson Blvd.
Located in Himmel Park at Tucson Blvd. and Second St.
520-791-4157

This 25-yard pool features a 1-meter diving board, depths from 3.5-11 feet, accessible stairs and grassy area with ramadas. A separate wading pool has a beach entry.


Jacobs pool

Jacobs Pool
(May 29 – July 30)

3300 N. Fairview Ave.
Located on Fairview Ave., between Prince and Grant
520-791-4358

Jacobs Pool is a single-pool facility with depths ranging from 0–4 feet. The pool features a beach-style entry, two water cannons that spray into the pool and a water spray area off the pool.


Mansfield pool

Mansfield Pool
(May 29 – July 30)

2000 N. 6th Ave.
Located south of the intersection of Sith Ave. and Grant
520-791-4405

Mansfield Pool is a three-pool complex. It features a diving bay with 1 and 3-meter boards, wading pool, 25-meter central pool with a water slide, depths ranging from 3-5 feet, and a shaded area.


Menlo pool

Menlo Pool
(May 29 – July 30)

1100 W. Fresno
Located east of Menlo Elementary School
520-791-4356

The main pool ranges from 3.5-12 feet in depth and features a water slide. The separate wading pool is 2 feet deep.


Palo Verde pool

Palo Verde Pool
(May 29 – July 30)

300 S. Mann Ave.
Located on the southwest corner of Broadway Blvd. and Kolb. Rd.
520-791-4375

This three-pool complex features a 25-meter main pool with depths ranging from 3-5 feet, a diving pool with 1 and 3-meter boards and a 1.5-foot deep wading pool. It has a shade structure near the main pool.


Purple Heart pool

Purple Heart Pool
(May 29 – July 30)

10050 E. Rita Rd.
Located in Purple Heart Park at Rita Ranch
520-791-5058

Purple Heart Pool has a stair entry leading to a shallow water area. The depth gradually increases to 6 feet in the 25-yard lap swim area. The pool features a grassy area and shade structure.


Quincie Douglas pool

Quincie Douglas
(Extended Season: April 1 – November 15)

1563 E. 36th St.
Located at next to the Quincie Douglas Center
520-791-5941

Quincie Douglas pool features a water slide, spray and splash features, a 25-yard competitive course, beach entry, separate splash pad and shaded grassy area.


Sunnyside pool

Sunnyside Pool
(Year-round)

1725 E. Bilby Rd.
Located across from Sunnyside High School
520-791-5167

The pool is 25 yards by 25 meters and has 1- and 3-meter diving boards. Depth ranges from 4-13.5 feet. A ramada is located next to the pool.


Udall pool

Udall Pool
(Extended Season: April 1 – November 15)

7200 E. Tanque Verde Rd.
Located in Udall Park
520-791-4004

The pool, with depths ranging from 4-13.5 feet, has a portable ramp entry. A diving area has 1- and 3-meter diving boards. The lap swimming course is 25 yards.


Babies and children who are not toilet trained are required to wear tight-fitting, waterproof pants.

Summer Programs

Seasonal pools and year-round pools offer a variety of programs during the summer season, which extends from June to mid-August, coinciding with the summer break of the Tucson Unified School District. Further information about summer programs is published in the summer issue of the City of Tucson Parks and Recreation Program Guide & Class Catalog.

Children’s Swimming Lessons

American Red Cross swimming lessons are offered at all City of Tucson pools. Lessons are offered in four two-week sessions during June and July. Schedules vary from pool to pool. Classes are scheduled in response to demand, with an emphasis on classes for the youngest children. Registration is conducted at each pool by a selection process. Register online.

Competitive Swim Team

An introductory competitive swimming program is offered at designated pools for swimmers ages 4-17. Swimmers learn competitive strokes and techniques in daily practices and participate in a series of evening swim meets, culminating in a championship meet in July. Because the program is introductory, it is available to swimmers who have not participated in more advanced programs such as SAAA and USA Swimming. Swimmers must, however, be able to swim 25 yards of a recognizable stroke without stopping on the first day of practice.

Registration for the summer swim team is conducted by selection process at the swimming pool hosting the swim team.

Special Olympic Swim Team

Call the Edith Ball Adaptive Recreation Center at 791-5643 for more information.

Summer Aquathlon Series 2014

This is a series designed for beginners wanting to try a multi-sport event as well as seasoned athletes looking for a challenging speed workout. Friendly competition consisting of an 800-yard swim and a 3-mile run, held in the evenings. All ability levels are welcome. Available for ages 12 and up. A championship competition is held at the end of the season in July. For further information and summer schedule, please check out: www.swimandrun.com

Registration for the Summer Aquathlon Series is held at the Quincie Douglas Pool one hour prior to the competition. Cost is $8 per race for adults $3 for youth 14 and under, cash or check only.

Synchronized Swimming

A competitive synchronized swim team program is offered at designated pools for beginning and intermediate level synchronized swimmers for ages 6-17. Swimmers learn synchronized swimming skills in daily practices and prepare a routine for competition in a citywide meet in July. Participants must have basic water skills such as basic swimming strokes and breath control.

Registration for the summer synchronized swim team is conducted at the swimming pool hosting the team.

Year-round Programs

The heated pools at Amphitheater, ARC Edith Ball, Catalina, Clements and Sunnyside remain open on a year-round basis, offering a variety of classes. Details of these offerings are presented in the fall and spring issues of the City of Tucson Parks and Recreation Program Guide & Class Catalog.

Fitness Classes

Year-round pools offer a variety of fitness classes for adults and children. Offerings include shallow and deep-water fitness classes designed to improve strength, stamina and stability led by certified instructors for ages 17 and up; fitness classes for children; and classes to teach the basics of lap swimming. In addition, the Edith Ball Adaptive Recreation Center (791-5643) conducts a year-round program of adaptive aquatics of all ages and disabilities. Register online.

Junior Lifeguard / Water Safety Aid

Taught over a period of four weeks in the spring, this course for ages 13 to 15 teaches swimming, water safety and emergency skills, along with basic rescue and leadership skills. Graduates become eligible to participate in the summer Jr. Lifeguard / Water Safety Aide Volunteer Program. Register online.

Junior Lifeguard / Water Safety Aide Volunteers

This program provides volunteer opportunities for teens ages 13-15 at city-wide pools. Participants gain valuable work experience and leadership skills. The volunteer’s schedule is determined by the site’s needs. All volunteers must have completed the Junior Lifeguard (13 to 15) course. Returning Junior Lifeguards need not repeat the course. Register online.

Lap Swimming

Lap swimming is offered on a daily basis at all year-round pools during scheduled times.

Recreational Swimming

Recreational swimming is offered on a daily basis at all year-round pools during scheduled times.

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Lifeguard Training

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, call 791-4245 or 791-5352.

Required Certifications:

CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and First Aid Basics. Contact the Parks and Recreation Registration Services at 791-4877 for information about these classes or visit EZEEreg.com to register.

Lifeguard Training

Prerequisites:

  • American Red Cross CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer certification
  • First Aid Basics certification
  • 15 years of age to work for City of Tucson Aquatics Unit
  • Swim 300 yards with at least 100 yards of breaststroke and front crawl
  • Swim 20 yards and retrieve a 10-pound brick from 7 to 10 feet of water

Water Safety Instructor (to teach swimming lessons)

Prerequisites:

  • 16 years of age before first class
  • Stroke proficiency demonstration at first and second class
  • Front crawl (freestyle)
  • Back crawl (competitive backstroke)
  • Sidestroke
  • Elementary backstroke
  • Breaststroke
  • Butterfly

All classes are now scheduled through Parks and Recreation, cost for class is $50, call 791-4877.

Employment with City of Tucson Aquatics - City of Tucson Summer 2013 Lifeguard Recruitment Process

Prerequisites:

  • 15 years of age
  • Current American Red Cross Certification in CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and First Aid Basics, and Lifeguard Training (Water Safety Instructor to teach swimming lessons)
  • Attend one of three City of Tucson lifeguard screenings at the Catalina High School Pool - (Sat., March 2, 2013, at 9:00 am; Sat., April 6, 2013, at 9:00 am) (Sat., May 4, 2013, at 9:00am). Bring swimsuit, towel and required certificates. Certificates must be current at the time of the screening
  • Screening consists of rescue skills, swimming, first aid and CPR in practical and oral interviews
  • Complete on-line application

American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim Programs

Parent and Child Classes: For ages 6 Months to 3 Years

Parents are taught to safely work with their children in the water as they learn the skills to help prepare them to learn how to swim. In-water participation by parent or other care-giving adult is required for each child. Children almost 4 years old who complete Parent-Child Lessons may advance to Preschool Lessons with instructor recommendation.

Preschool Classes: For ages about 4 or 5 Years

Classes of approximately 6 children work with an instructor as they learn to safely enter and exit the water, make progress through the water using arms and legs, and float and recover. All skills are performed with instructor support. Parents observe from an area away from poolside. Children who are nearly 6 and complete Preschool Lessons may advance to Learn-to-Swim Level 2 or 3 Classes with instructor recommendation.

Summer Swim Lessons: For Children about 6 Years and Older

Level 1: Introduction to Water Skills

Children who have not completed Preschool Classes learn to safely enter and exit the water, make progress through the water using arms and legs, and float and recover. All skills are performed with instructor support.

Level 2: Fundamental Aquatic Skills

Children perform Level 1 skills, swimming several body lengths without instructor support.

Level 3: Stroke Development

Children learn the front crawl and elementary backstroke, swimming each 15 yards, and are introduced to the scissors and dolphin kicks and treading water.

Level 4: Stroke Improvement

Swimmers practice front crawl and elementary backstroke and are introduced to sidestroke, back crawl, breaststroke, butterfly, and turning at the wall.

Level 5: Stroke Refinement

Swimmers practice front crawl, back crawl, butterfly, breaststroke, elementary backstroke, and sidestroke over increasing distances and are introduced to flip turns.

Level 6: Advanced Classes

Specialty classes in Swimming and Skill Proficiency, Personal Water Safety, Fundamentals of Diving, or Fitness. Area of focus determined by Pool Supervisor.

Swimming 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