2017 Summer Swim Schedule

With the end of the 2017 swim season, H.P.A.R.D. pools have closed. They will reopen in time for Memorial Day weekend 2018.

The Memorial Park pool remains open for lap swimming Tuesday – Friday, 6:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., until November 3, or until the water temperature dips below 72 degrees.


  • SWIMWISE
  • H2OSafe
  • POOL SITES
  • POOL RULES

Swimwise is a Houston Parks and Recreation Department free series of learn-to-swim classes offered for all ages and skill levels from beginner to advanced designed to teach swimming and water safety skills. Four 2-week sessions are offered during the summer. Classes meet on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday for 30 minutes every day.

Class sites include: Alief, Independence Heights, Judson Robinson Sr, and Tuffly.

Class Descriptions:

Swimwise
Parent & Me Class
Age:
12 – month – 36 months
Prerequisite: None
Skills Learned:
Designed to increase a child’s confidence level in the water. A parent or adult is
 Required to attend class with child. 
Swimwise
Basic Level 1
Age:
3 years to 13 years
Prerequisite: None
Skills Learned:
Basic Freestyle Stroke with no side breathing. Skill progressions for First-time Submersion; Breath Holding and Control; Front, Back and In-line Kicking; and Paddle Stroke.
Swimwise
Basic Level 2
Age:
3 years to 13 years
Prerequisite: Able to swim 15 – 20 feet facedown without a flotation device.
Skills Learned:
Formal Freestyle Stroke with Side Breathing and Backstroke. Skill progressions for: Kicking with  Kickboard, Back Kicking and Streamline Kicking, Backstroke, and Freestyle.
Swimwise
Advanced Swim Strokes Level 3
Age:
3 years to 13 years
Prerequisite: Able to swim 25 feet of Backstroke and Freestyle with Side Breathing.
Skills Learned:
Advanced Breaststroke and Butterfly skills while refining and developing both Freestyle and Backstroke. Practice the following skills: Freestyle and Backstroke; Breaststroke Kick; Arm Stroke, Kick and Stroke Timing; Body Dolphin Butterfly Kick, Arm Stroke, and Kick and Stroke Timing.
Swimwise
Advanced Swim Strokes Level 4
Age:
13 years to 15 years
Prerequisite: Must be able to swim 30 feet of Backstroke and Freestyle with Side Breathing.
Skills Learned:
Advanced Sidestroke skills, Elementary Backstroke, and Treading Water. Skill progressions for: Kicking with the Kickboard, Back Kicking, Streamline Kicking, Backstroke, and Freestyle. Also, participants will learn basic lifesaving skills and preparation to take lifeguarding course.
Swimwise
Adult Class
Age:
14 years – and older
Prerequisite: None
Skills Learned:
Formal Freestyle stroke with Side Breathing and Backstroke. Skill progressions for: Kicking with the Kickboard, Back Kicking, Streamline Kicking, Backstroke, and Freestyle.

Class / Level
Ages
Date / Time (T, W, Th & F)
Parent and Me
12 – 24 mo
5:00 – 5:30 pm (Sat only)
Parent and Me
25 – 36 mo
5:30 – 6:00 pm (Sat only)
Swimwise 1
3 – 5 yrs
10:00 – 10:30 am
Swimwise 2
3 – 5 yrs
10:45 – 11:15 am
Swimwise 3
3 – 5 yrs
11:30 – 12:00 pm
Swimwise 1
6 – 13 yrs
3:15 – 3:45 pm
Swimwise 2
6 – 13 yrs
4:00 – 4:30 pm
Swimwise 3
6 – 13 yrs
4:00 – 4:30 pm
Junior Lifeguarding
3 – 15 yrs
4:45 – 5:15 pm
Adult Class
14 yrs - Older
5:30 – 6:00 pm

Pool Sites:
Alief, Independence Heights, Judson Robinson Sr, and Tuffly

Session Dates and Online Registration Dates:

Session Number
Session Dates
Online Registration
1
June 12 – 22, 2018
May 29 – June 6, 2018
2
June 26 – July 6, 2018
June 11 – 20, 2018
3
July 10 – 20, 2018
June 25 – July 5, 2018
4
July 24 – August 3, 2018
July 9 – 18, 2018

To register online, go to: www.houstonparks.org

H2OSafe classes teach youth ages 6 – 13 basic swim skills, swim strokes and water safety skills. Classes are FREE and are offered at three skill levels: beginner (Level 1), intermediate (Level 2), and advanced (Level 3). Each session meets Tuesday through Friday for two weeks (30-minute class).

Space is limited on a “first come, first served” basis during specified registration periods. Online registration is required and begins at 8:00 am on the registration date. To register online go to: www.houstonparks.org

Class Descriptions:

H2OSafe
Basic Level 1
Age:
6 years - 13 years
Prerequisite: None
Skills Learned:
Basic Freestyle Stroke with no side breathing. Skill progressions for First-time Submersion; Breath Holding and Control; Front, Back and In-line Kicking; and Paddle Stroke.
H2OSafe
Swim Strokes Level 2
Age:
3 years to 13 years
Prerequisite: Able to swim 15 – 20 feet facedown without a flotation device.
Skills Learned:
Formal Freestyle Stroke with Side Breathing and Backstroke. Skill progressions for: Kicking with Kickboard, Back Kicking and Streamline Kicking, Backstroke, and Freestyle.
H2OSafe
Advanced Swim Strokes Level 3
Age:
3 years to 13 years
Prerequisite: Able to swim 25 feet of Backstroke and Freestyle with Side Breathing.
Skills Learned:
Advanced Breaststroke and Butterfly skills while refining and developing both Freestyle and Backstroke. Practice the following skills: Freestyle and Backstroke; Breaststroke Kick; Arm Stroke, Kick and Stroke Timing; Body Dolphin Butterfly Kick, Arm Stroke, and Kick and Stroke Timing.

Schedule:

Class / Level
Ages
Date / Time (T, W, Th & F)
Level 1
6 – 13 yrs
5:00 – 5:30 pm
Level 2
6 – 13 yrs
5:45 – 6:15 pm
Level 3
6 – 13 yrs
6:30 – 7:00 pm

NOTES: *
Classes will be held 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Mason Aquatic Center

Classes will be held 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at Emancipation Aquatic Center

Classes will be held 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm at Westbury Aquatic Center

Session Dates and Online Registration Dates:

Session Number
Session Dates
Online Registration
1
June 12 – 22, 2018
May 29 – June 6, 2018
2
June 26 – July 6, 2018
June 11 – 20, 2018
3
July 10 – 20, 2018
June 25 – July 5, 2018
4
July 24 – August 3, 2018
July 9 – 18, 2018

Aquatic Center Sites:

Beverly Hills  Clinton
 Eastwood
 Glenbrook
 Mason*
 Reveille
 Sagemont
 Wilson Memorial
Denver Harbor
 DeZavala
 Finnigan
 Greenwood
 Hobart Taylor
 Moody
 Northline
 Tidwell
Agnes Moffitt
 Lincoln
 Love
 Oak Forest
 Schwartz
 Stude
 T.C. Jester
Cloverland
 Emancipation*
 MacGregor
 Sharpstown
 Sunnyside
 Townwood
 Westbury*
 Windsor Village
 Yellowstone

To register online, go to: www.houstonparks.org

Alief (SwimWise)
 11903 Bellaire, 77072
Hobart Taylor
 8100 Kenton, 77028
Schwartz
 8203 Vogue, 77055
Agnes Moffitt
 10645 Hammerly, 77043
Inde Heights (SwimWise)
 603 East 35th, 77022
Sharpstown
 6600 Harbor Town, 77036
Beverly Hills
 9800 Kingspoint, 77075
Judson Robinson, Sr. (SwimWise)
 1422 Ledwicke, 77029
Stude
 1031 Stude, 77009
Clinton
 203 Mississippi, 77029
Lincoln
 1048 Grenshaw, 77007
Sunnyside
 3502 Bellfort, 77051
Cloverland
 11800 Scott, 77047
Love
 1000 West 12th St., 77008
T.C. Jester
 4205 T.C. Jester, 77018
Denver Harbor (Selena Perez)
 1020 Gazin, 77020
MacGregor
 5225 Calhoun, 77021
Tidwell
 9720 Spaulding, 77016
DeZavala
 7521 Avenue H, 77012
Mason
 541 South 75 th, 77023
Townwood
 3403 Simsbrook, 77045
Eastwood
 5000 Harrisburg, 77011
Memorial
 6402 Arnot, 77007
Tuffly (SwimWise)
 3200 Russell, 77026
Emancipation
 3018 Emancipation, 77004
Moody
 3201 Fulton, 77009
Westbury
 10605 Mullins, 77096
Finnigan
 4900 Providence, 77020
Northline
 6911 Nordling, 77076
Wilson Memorial
 100 Gilpin, 77034
George T. Nelson (Yellowstone)
 6900 LaSalette, 77021
Oak Forest
 1400 Dubarry, 77018
Windsor Village
 14441 Croquet, 77085
Glenbrook
 8201 North Bayou, 77017
Reveille
 7700 Oak Vista, 77087
 
Greenwood
 602 Beresford, 77015
Sagemont
 11507 Hughes, 77089
 

Please note the following Pool Rules and Regulations designed to insure that your trip to a Houston Parks and Recreation Department (HPARD) pool is a pleasant one. Please note: Failure to obey a lifeguard on duty may result in immediate removal from the premises by law enforcement.

HPARD Pool Rules and Regulations

  1. Non-Service Animals Prohibited
  2. Changing diapers within 6 feet of water feature is prohibited
  3. Use of water feature if ill with a contagious disease is prohibited
  4. Do not drink water from water feature
  5. Use of water feature when ill with diarrhea is prohibited
  6. Appropriate swim-wear required – No cut-os, shorts, T-shirts, or thongs Swim diapers are required for infants and babies
  7. Shower with soap and water before entering pool
  8. Children under 8 must be accompanied in the pool by a parent or an adult
  9. No diving permitted
  10. Walk, don’t run, in and around the pool
  11. No rowdy, reckless, or objectionable behavior permitted
  12. No smoking, eating, or drinking, except in designated areas
  13. No beverages or alcohol in glass containers permitted
  14. No profanity, vulgar remarks, or abusive language permitted
  15. Only USA Coast Guard-approved life preserve wear is permitted
  16. No flotation devices, such as floaties and inflatables, are permitted
  17. No guests allowed in oice or mechanical areas, except in emergencies
  18. No group activities allowed for day camps, private lessons, or swim teams without prior approval from the Director of the Parks an Recreation Department or designee
  19. Organized groups must provide at least one adult chaperone for every 8 swimmers
  20. Aquatic sta is not responsible for lost, misplaced, or personal items
  21. Pool closes immediately at first sign of thunder or lightning and re-opens 30 minutes after thunder and lightning have ended
  22. No excessively loud music permitted
  23. No open swimming in deep end or diving wells
  24. Swim lanes are recommended for circle lap swimming
  25. Only one user on water slide at a time, with immediate entry into pool Respect others and enjoy your visit!

Deep Water Slide Rules and Regulations (For Patrons)

  1. A person must be at minimum 42” in height and able to swim unassisted to use water slides and tread water where applicable for 30 seconds to qualify.
  2. No free swim allowed in the diving well.
  3. One person on the water slide at a time, with an immediate entry into the water.
  4. Wait for previous water slide guest to reach the ladder before descending into the water.
  5. Swim directly to ladder and exit.
  6. Guests using water slide are not allowed to:
    1. Stand directly under or in front of the ladder
    2. Run o the slide
    3. Do hand stands or cartwheels o the slide
    4. Wear personal flotation devices
    5. No hanging from water slide
    6. No hanging on the side of diving well or sitting around the deck of diving well
    7. Parents and/or private instructors may not slide with the child from the water slide or wait in the water in front of the water slide for the child to descend
    8. Slide head first
  7. Lifeguards enforce all rules for the safety of all guests using the water slides.
  8. Use caution when using the water slides.

Deep Water Swim Test Policy

The deep water swim test consists of jumping feet first from the side of the pool at the deep end, coming up treading water for 30 seconds, leveling o and swimming any stroke across the pool
and back on the surface of the water.

What to Know Before You Go

What to Wear
Appropriate commercial swim-wear is required – No cut-offs, shorts, T-shirts, or thongs. The City of Houston’s policy prohibits the wearing of T-shirts in swimming pools unless an exemption letter has been accepted and filed in our Aquatics Office. Exemptions are granted based on medical and/or religious reasons, for the wearing of plain white T-shirts only.

For the Kids
Children under 8 must be accompanied in the pool by a parent or an adult. Swim diapers are required for infants and babies. No flotation devices are permitted, such as floaters and inflatables.

What Not to Do
No smoking is allowed. No eating and drinking is allowed, except in designated areas. No beverages in glass containers or alcohol are permitted. No excessively loud music is permitted.