The Outdoor Aquatic Center (OAC) opens on Maryland Day (April) and closes in mid-October.
The OAC is open during the months of April through October. During that time, if the weather forecast calls for temperatures below 65 degrees with clouds or rain, the OAC will be closed. The decision will be made at least one hour prior to the scheduled opening time.
The Health Code states that swim suits must be worn when participating in swim activities in public pools. There are also certain dyes in non-regulation materials that may bleed, and certain fibers in non-regulation materials may not interact well with the filtration system. Some T-shirts may hinder a swimmer's ability in the water. T-shirts worn with no undergarments may be offensive to other patrons.
Certain additional restrictions apply to dependent members and guests under 18 years of age using indoor and outdoor aquatic facilities.
Children under 16 years of age must be accompanied, and directly supervised by an adult parent/guardian at all times on the pool deck or in the water. If the child can swim, the adult parent/ guardian must be at the poolside. If the child cannot swim, the adult parent/guardian must be in the water at arms length.
Children and youth are permitted to participate in activities in deep water, provided they can swim adequately. Individuals of any age who appear to lack adequate swimming skills may be required, by a lifeguard, to pass the following skills test to enter a deep water pool: Swim successfully for 25 yards without stopping, and tread water for one minute.
Flotation devices are permitted in the Instructional Pool only and must be coast guard approved. Certain large flotation devices may not be permitted.
Children requiring the use of diapers during their normal daily activities must wear disposable swim diapers while using RecWell aquatic facilities.
Short course (SC) refers to either the 25 meter or 25 yard swim distance while long course (LC) refers to the 50 meter distance that is swam at the Olympics.
66 short course lengths will equal a mile.
You can find this on a sign located directly above the lifeguard table at the indoor pool and at the check-in counter at the Outdoor Aquatic Center.
For competitive swimmers, the ideal temperature is 78-80 degrees. It generally takes four days for the pools to drop to the desired temperature, and two days to heat back up.
Only RecWell members are permitted to use the pool outside of swim lesson times. Practice before or after your swim lesson is not permitted without a RecWell membership.
The steam room and sauna are located on the natatorium deck next to the lifeguard station. The steam and sauna are closed when the Natatorium is closed for swim meets or special events.
Proper swim attire is required. Workout clothing, such as gym shorts, sports bras & t-shirts are acceptable. Underwear, compression shorts, sweatpants, leggings, weight loss suits, or see through attire is not allowed.
Yes. Currently registered USMS members may show thier membership card at the Member Ship desk and purchase a guest pass. Others may contact Stpehanie Draminski at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-314-1184 prior to dropping in.
No. You must be a US Masters Swimming member, but not a RecWell member.