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Pools and Aquatic Programs


Photo of the water slides at the Bryan Aquatic Center

Children 12 and under must undergo the Note & Float swim test before engaging in recreational swimming activities.

Bryan Aquatic Center

3100 Oak Ridge Drive | 979-209-5222

An Olympic-sized heated pool with a double-flume waterslide, the only public diving board in the area, and a zero-depth beach entry make the Bryan Aquatic Center a perfect spot for summer enjoyment. Diving board, waterslides, and recreational swim activities are limited to the summer season, while lap swim is year-round.

Summer / May 27 – Aug. 11

  • Lap Swim
    Monday – Friday: 5:30 – 7:30 a.m. / 12 – 8 p.m.
    Saturday – Sunday: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Recreational Swim
    Tuesday – Sunday: 1 – 7 p.m.
    Closed on Mondays for cleaning and in-service.
  • Water Aerobics Hours
    Tuesday – Friday: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    If weather permits, daily admission fees apply.

Delayed Openings / Swim Meets

  • June 1 and 15
  • July 13

Henderson Harbor

1200 Ridgedale St. | 979-209-5221

Offering a family-friendly aquatic experience, Henderson Harbor features a zero-depth entry pool complemented by engaging splash elements and a single flume water slide. Tailored for families with small children, this pool maintains a maximum depth of 4 feet.

  • Recreational Swim / May 27 – Aug. 11
    Monday, Tuesday, and Friday: 1 – 7 p.m.

Sadie Thomas Pool

129 Moss St. | 979-209-5606

With a zero-depth entry and invigorating splash elements, Sadie Thomas Pool is ideal for all ages. The pool provides a versatile aquatic environment with a maximum depth of 5 feet. On Wednesdays, the environment is sensory-friendly, with no water features, and whistles are only used during emergencies.

  • Recreational Swim / May 27 – Aug. 11
    Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday: 1 – 5 p.m.

Daily Admission

  • Child (ages 4-11): $2 / Adult (ages 12+): $3

Pool Passes

  • 25-Punch Pass: Resident: $40 / Non-Resident: $48
  • Annual Individual: Resident: $200 / Non-Resident: $240
  • Annual Family (4 persons): Resident: $350 / Non-Resident: $420
  • Each additional member: Resident: $30 / Non-Resident: $36
  • Replacement Pass: Resident: $5 / Non-Resident: $5

Tanglewood Park

3901 Carter Creek Parkway
Admission: Free

March 1 – Oct. 31

  • Monday – Sunday: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Tiffany Park

3890 Copperfield Drive
Admission: Free

March 1 – May 23

  • Monday – Friday: 4 – 8 p.m.
  • Saturday – Sunday: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.

May 24 – Aug. 12

  • Monday – Sunday: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Aug. 13 – Oct. 31

  • Monday – Friday: 4 – 8 p.m.
  • Saturday – Sunday: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Gloria Stephan Sale Park

315 S. Main St.
Admission: Free

March 1 – Oct. 31

  • Monday – Sunday: 9 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Our water safety campaign aims to inform the public about water safety and enhance safety at our facilities. Drowning is the number one cause of death for children under the age of 4 and is the third leading cause of death among children under age 14 within this age group. It occurs quickly and silently; 88% of drowning victims were under some sort of supervision at the time of the incident, and 75% of victims were missing for under 5 minutes.

Formal swimming lessons can reduce the risk of drowning by 88% for children aged 1 to 4 years. We are proud to partner with the Aquatic Safety Group’s National Note & Float™ Water Safety Campaign to offer life jackets to patrons using our facilities. This program targets parents with children who cannot swim.

The heart of the program is first identifying all non-swimmers who enter the facility, and then floating those swimmers in an appropriately sized life jacket. As a part of this program, water wings or “arm floaties” are not allowed at our aquatic facilities. Only U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation devices will be allowed to be worn in the pools.

The program follows six simple steps:

  • ALL non-swimmers must check in at the facility with a parent/guardian before or when entering the facility.
  • Parents/guardians and non-swimming children should receive written and verbal site-specific water safety instructions along with “learn to swim” information.
  • Parents/guardians will be advised to supervise their children and keep them within arm’s reach.
  • Non-swimmers age 7 and younger (or less than 48 inches tall) must wear a clearly identifiable wristband and a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket, Type III, and remain in designated shallow water areas. They must also be within arm’s reach of a parent/guardian (at least 18 years of age) who is in the water with the child.
  • Non-swimmers ages 8 through 12 must wear a clearly identifiable wristband and a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket, Type III, and must be actively supervised by a swimming parent/guardian (at least 18 years of age).
  • Anyone who wishes to access deep water (greater than five feet deep) must pass the facility swim test or wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved Life jacket, Type III.

Traffic Light System

The Note & Float Program implements a “traffic light” system as follows:

Red – Stop!

Swimmers in this category must have a parent in the water within arm’s reach at all times and must wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket both in the pool and on the pool deck. If you observe a child with a red wristband unattended, please promptly notify a lifeguard.

Yellow – Caution!

Swimmers in this category can be in the water without a parent and can dog paddle and/or float on their own, but they are not yet ready for deep water or to use the slide. If you notice a child with a yellow wristband heading toward deep water, please notify a lifeguard immediately.

Green – Go!

A swimmer with a green wristband has successfully passed the facility swim test and is permitted to access all areas of the pool. In the event that a lifeguard needs to enter the water for a rescue, the individual will be identified with a red wristband and floated in an appropriately sized life jacket if available.


Pool Rules

  • Entry requires payment per patron or a valid pass.
  • Children aged 11 and under must be accompanied by an adult, 18 years or older. Children aged 6 and under must be within an arm’s length of their adult supervisor at all times when in the water.
  • Those 12 and younger must pass a swim test or wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket. A maximum of two children in life jackets per adult, no exceptions.
  • All patrons must wear a swimsuit, and male suits must have a lining. Cut-offs, shorts, or gym trunks are prohibited in the pool.
  • Patrons may be required to take a shower before entering the pool.
  • Patrons with an open sore, wounds, bandages, diarrhea, or communicable conditions will be denied admittance.
  • Distracting a lifeguard from their duty or falsely summoning aid is prohibited.
  • Running, rough play, playing, and hanging on the ladders, partition walls, bulkhead, and lap lane lines are prohibited.
  • Patrons are not allowed to dive or flip into the pool, excluding the diving board. Jumping from lifeguard stands and entering the pool backward is prohibited.
  • Inflatable beach balls, aquatic toys, and floating apparatuses shall only be allowed at the discretion of the Head Lifeguard.
  • Sticks, stones, dirt, spit, spouting water, blowing your nose, and urination or defecation are prohibited in the pool area.
  • No patron or organization may provide any goods or services without written permission from the city.
  • Smoking is prohibited anywhere on the premises.
  • Alcohol or narcotics are prohibited on the premises. Anyone under the influence or in possession will be denied admittance.
  • Abusive, loud, or profane language is not permitted on the premises.
  • Food, gum, and drinks are not permitted in the pool. Patrons are allowed to bring their own food and drinks, but alcohol and glass bottles are prohibited. Staff reserve the right to check bags and coolers at the entrance to the facility.
  • Lifeguards and cashiers, under the supervision of the Head Lifeguard and Aquatic Supervisor, have complete authority at all times to deny entry or ask patrons to leave the aquatic facility if rules are not followed.

Diving Board Rules

  • Only one person is permitted on the diving board at any time.
  • Divers are restricted to a single bounce on the diving board per dive.
  • All diving or jumping must occur straight off the end of the board.
  • Divers must wait until the diving area is clear.
  • Divers should promptly exit the diving area.
  • Goggles or earplugs may not be worn or held by individuals using the diving board.
  • Divers may need to complete a swim test to demonstrate their swimming ability.
  • Only dives with hands in the diving position are allowed.
  • Inwards or gainers are not permitted.

Slide Rules

  • Sliders may be required to complete a swim test to prove swimming ability.
  • Sliders must be at least 4 feet tall to ride the slide.
  • Only one slider is allowed on the slide at a time.
  • No trains or head-first sliding are permitted.
  • Sliders must ride feet first, lying down on their back.
  • Goggles, earplugs, jewelry, and/or glasses may not be worn or held by sliders using the water slide.
  • Sliders must follow all instructions from facility staff.

Splash Pad Rules

  • No lifeguard on duty. Children must be supervised by an adult at all times.
  • No bare feet, water shoes are encouraged.
  • Running and horseplay are prohibited.
  • Pets, food, glass objects, alcohol, smoking, vaping, and tobacco are strictly prohibited.
  • Please vacate splash pad at the first sign of thunder or lightning.
  • Keep out of landscaped flower beds.
  • Splash pad may close at any time due to weather, maintenance, or operational concerns.
  • Please report any concerns to the Parks and Recreation Department at 979-209-5528.

Rentals are on a first-come, first-served basis outside of public hours. Reservations can be made by calling 979-209-5222 or 979-209-5528, or in person at the Parks and Recreation Department Office or Bryan Aquatic Center.

Bryan Aquatic Center

  • 2 hours for 100 or less: Resident: $250 / Non-Resident: $300
  • Each additional hour: Resident: $125 / Non-Resident: $150
  • 2 hours for 101 – 200: Resident: $300 / Non-Resident: $360
  • Each additional hour: Resident: $150 / Non-Resident: $180
  • 2 hours for 201 – 300: Resident: $400 / Non-Resident: $480
  • Each additional hour: Resident: $200 / Non-Resident: $240
  • 2 hours for 301 – 400: Resident: $500 / Non-Resident: $600
  • Each additional hour: Resident: $250 / Non-Resident: $300

Henderson Harbor and Sadie Thomas Pools

  • 2 hours for 100 or less: Resident: $225 / Non-Resident: $270
  • Each additional hour: Resident: $110 / Non-Resident: $132
  • 2 hours for 101 – 200: Resident: $275 / Non-Resident: $330
  • Each additional hour: Resident: $110 / Non-Resident: $132

Programs and Classes


Through videos, group discussions, and hands-on practice, you will learn patron rescue, surveillance skills, first aid, and CPR/AED. This is a blended learning course including an online portion and instructor-led sessions. The online portion must be completed prior to attending the in-class portion. Successful participants receive CPR/AED professional rescuer and lifeguarding certifications valid for two years. Participants must attend each class during their session at the times listed and be prepared to enter the water daily. In addition, candidates must pass written and practical exams. Visit redcrossstore.org/store to download a lifeguard manual.

Ages: 15+
Registration: March 1 – June 21
Fees: Resident: $150 / Non-Resident: $165
Location: Bryan Aquatic Center

Prerequisites

    • Be 15 years of age by the end of the class.
    • Pass a pre-course screening in swimming skills, including:
        • Swim 150 yards, tread for two minutes only using legs, swim an additional 50 yards.

    • Swim 20 yards, retrieve a 10-pound brick from a 10-foot depth, swim back 20 yards, and climb out of the pool without using a ladder or steps in 1 minute and 40 seconds.

Summer Sessions

  • Session 10 / May 31 – June 2
    Friday: 6 – 8 p.m.
    Saturday – Sunday: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Session 11 / June 21 – 23
    Friday: 6 – 8 p.m.
    Saturday – Sunday: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Register Here

Join our Team This Summer!

We’re hiring lifeguards and cashiers for our pools and instructors for swim lessons. Enjoy flexible schedules and competitive pay. You must be at least 16 years old. Cost of lifeguard certification will be refunded at the end of the summer for those who work with us.

Learn more and apply: bryantxjobs.com


The purpose of our swim team is to foster competitive youth swimming and to provide instruction in competitive swimming skills. This is accomplished in a supportive atmosphere with good sportsmanship that is conducive to the proper social and physical development of our youth. We aim for each child to develop their physical and mental stamina while setting their own personal goals and finding out how to reach those goals.

Participants must be able to swim the length of a 25-yard pool (any stroke) unassisted.

  • Ages: 5+
  • Registration: March 1 – May 31
  • Location: Bryan Aquatic Center

Sessions

NWAL Season: $115 per swimmer

  • April 22 – May 31
    Monday – Friday: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. / 6:45 – 8 p.m.
  • June 3 – 21
    Monday – Friday: 8 – 9:30 a.m. / 10 – 11:30 a.m.

TAAF Season: $45 per swimmer

  • June 23 – July 29
    Monday – Friday: 8 – 9:30 a.m. / 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Swim Meets

  • May 4 (Home): Time Trials
  • May 11 (Home): College Station vs. Bryan Barracudas
  • May 18 (Away): Bryan Barracudas vs. Navasota
  • May 25 (Home): Lee County vs. Bryan Barracudas
  • June 1 (Home): Huntsville vs. Bryan Barracudas
  • June 8 (Away): Bryan Barracudas vs. Brenham
  • June 15 (Home): Divisional Meet
  • June 21 – 23 (Away): Invitational Meet (Houston)
  • July 13 (Home): TAAF Region 5 Swim Meet
  • July 25 – 26 (Away): TAAF Games of Texas (Brownsville)

Register Here


This course will prepare you to recognize and care for a variety of first aid breathing and cardiac emergencies involving adults. This is a blended learning course including an online portion and an instructor-led classroom skill session. The online portion must be completed prior to attending the in-class portion. Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a digital certificate for Adult First Aid/CPR/AED valid for two years.

Ages: 15+
Registration: March 1 – May 25
Fees: Resident: $80 / Non-Resident: $90
Location: Bryan Aquatic Center

Sessions

  • Session 1 / March 11 – 12
    Monday – Tuesday: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Session 2 / March 13 – 14
    Wednesday – Thursday: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Session 3 / April 20 – 21
    Saturday – Sunday: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Session 4 / April 27 – 28
    Saturday – Sunday: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Session 5 / May 13 – 14
    Monday – Tuesday: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Session 6 / May 25 – 26
    Saturday – Sunday: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Register Here


The course aims to establish a foundation of knowledge, attitudes, and skills essential for future lifeguards. It includes both dry land and in-water activities in every lesson, excluding the one dedicated to first aid. Participants acquire vital skills such as communication, teamwork, and decision-making. This course equips individuals with the foundational knowledge and skills required for future participation in the American Red Cross Lifeguarding Certification course.

  • Ages: 11 – 14
  • Registration: May 1 – July 22
  • Fees: Resident: $50 / Non-Resident: $60
  • Location: Bryan Aquatic Center

Prerequisites

  • Swim the front crawl for 25 yards continuously while breathing to the front or side.
  • Swim the breaststroke for 25 yards using a pull, breathe, kick and glide sequence.
  • Complete the water competency sequence without stopping.

Sessions

  • Session 1 / June 3 – 14
    Monday – Friday: 9 – 11 a.m.
  • Session 2 / June 17 – 28
    Monday – Friday: 9 – 11 a.m.
  • Session 3 / July 8 – 19
    Monday – Friday: 9 – 11 a.m.
  • Session 4 / July 22 – Aug. 2
    Monday – Friday: 9 – 11 a.m.

Register Here


Proud partners with the American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim program, teaching swimming and water safety for over a century. Recognized as a Gold Level Provider, offering 1,200+ swim lessons annually. Swim lessons available for ages 3 to adult, and for parents with infants aged 6 – 36 months.

During the first class, instructors will ensure participants are placed in the correct level for their success. Each level requires a minimum of three participants; classes may be combined. If minimum enrollment isn’t met and combining isn’t possible, canceled classes receive a full refund, or participants can move to another session at no extra cost.

We guarantee 8 out of 10 lessons in inclement weather or due to factors beyond our control. Parents receive a handbook upon registration. Contact the Bryan Aquatic Center for special group arrangements at 979-209-5222. Registration closes at 5 p.m. on Thursdays before each session starts.

Swim Levels

Which class should you choose? Click here to view class descriptions to ensure you register for the appropriate level of swim lessons.

For additional information on swimming class levels, refer to these three documents from the American Red Cross:

Summer Lessons

  • Ages: 6 months+
  • Registration: April 29 – July 22
  • Fees: Resident: $40 / Non-Resident: $50
  • Location: Bryan Aquatic Center (BAC) and Sadie Thomas Pool (STP)

Sessions

  • Session 1 / June 3 – 14
    Monday – Friday
  • Session 2 / June 17 – 28
    Monday – Friday
  • Session 3 / July 8 – 19
    Monday – Friday
  • Session 4 / July 22 – Aug. 2
    Monday – Friday

Classes

Times Classes Pool
8 a.m. Waterbabies, Preschool 1 – 3, Youth 1 – 6 BAC
9 a.m. Waterbabies, Preschool 1 – 3, Youth 1 – 6 BAC
10 a.m. Waterbabies, Preschool 1 – 3, Youth 1 – 6 BAC
11 a.m. Waterbabies, Preschool 1 – 3, Youth 1 – 6 BAC
Noon Adult BAC
5:30 p.m. Waterbabies, Preschool 1 – 3, Youth 1 – 3 STP
6:30 p.m. Youth 4 – 6, Adult BAC
6:30 p.m. Waterbabies, Preschool 1 – 3, Youth 1 – 3 STP
7:30 p.m. Waterbabies, Preschool 1 – 3, Youth 1 – 3 STP

*Waterbabies and Preschool classes meet for 30 minutes, while Youth and Adult Levels meet for 45 minutes each day.

Register Here


This class emphasizes aerobic conditioning and body toning through water resistance and challenging aquatic exercises. It represents a progression from traditional water aerobics and is suitable for individuals who are physically fit, prenatal, postnatal, post-operative, or arthritic. Movements can be modified to suit all fitness levels. We provide the equipment but request that you arrive prepared to enter the pool. Single classes can be purchased at the pool, and 8-packs can be bought online.

  • Ages: 16+
  • Single Class: Resident: $7 / Non-Resident: $9
  • 8-pack: Resident: $51 / Non-Resident: $67
  • Dates: March 19 – mid-fall
  • Days and Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays / 5 – 6 p.m.
  • Location: Bryan Aquatic Center

Get Your Pass Here