The Aquatic Division operates 45 public aquatic facilities, which includes 7 Regional pools, 3 Community pools, 22 Neighborhood pools, 1 Wading pool, Barton Springs Pool and 11 splash pads.  In addition to coordinating open water events and swim team competitions, we also offer instructional programs such as masters swimlifeguard and water safety training and youth and adult swim lessons.

ALERT! - COVID19 CLOSURES - information about Austin Park closures.

Summer Program Registration Postponement

January 28, 2021

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Thank you for choosing the Austin Parks and Recreation Department (PARD) Aquatic Division as your provider for aquatic programming. Typically, PARD begins aquatic programming registration in April.  At this time, there is uncertainty as it relates to a timeframe for the safe return to typical recreation programming.  While the distribution of a COVID-19 vaccine continues to evolve and provide hope for the future, the unknown length of the local Stage 5 risk declaration provides uncertainty as it relates to aquatics program planning. Our goal is that with improvements in conditions, PARD will once again be able to offer in-person programs safely in the near future. 

At this time, PARD has not determined new registration dates for programs. We will notify you when registration dates are set, and we have determined which programs and services we can safely offer during summer 2021. PARD will continue to work closely with state and local health authorities to carefully make operational decisions to ensure both the health and safety of campers, families, and our employees.

Please know PARD’s continued consultation with state and local health authorities will determine a suitable time to resume operations and we look forward to seeing you when the conditions are improved. Should you have any questions or concerns regarding this postponement, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Thank you for doing your part to help keep our community safe, and for supporting one another as we navigate this historic moment together. For specific actions you can personally take to protect yourself, your family and community please visit



Aquatics Assessment - What's Happening with Austin Pools?

The Aquatic Division began an assessment of the City's pools in 2013. Find out more about the Aquatics Assessment.  

Pool Schedule

Pool Features

Pool Map

Pool Fees


Pool Safety Guidelines/Rules  |  Spanish

One Day Visit/Bringing a Group to the Pool

Additional Rules for Bartholomew Pool

Swim Team Parent Handbook

Locations and Hours of Operation

View the Pools and Splash Pads Schedule to find pools currently open.

Swim Lessons

The Aquatics Division offers instructional programs for all ages. A wide variety of swim lessons are available for students 6 months to adult.  Registration for 2021 has been postponed and will not begin April 1. 

Please check back here soon for updates.


Scholarships Available!

The Austin Parks and Recreation Department offers scholarships to those who qualify.  This scholarship can be used for swim lessons or many other Austin Parks and Recreation classes.  For more info and to download the application, please visit

The Aquatic Division also offers a scholarship that may cover up to the entire cost of one class or program.  To find out more, download the applications here: English(PDF) | Spanish(PDF)

Bring either form to the office or follow the direction on the form to send it in.  Please remember that these forms may take up to 3 weeks for processing.

Get Hired! Get Trained! Get Working!

Lifeguard training classes are available for persons 15 years of age and older, while water safety instructor training classes are available for persons 16 years of age or older who wish to apply to work for the Aquatic Division. For employment information, please visit Lifeguarding in Austin.