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Pools and Aquatic Programs

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Spring Swim Lessons

Registration for spring swim lessons will open March 1, 2023.

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Bryan Aquatic Center

Bryan Aquatic Center
3100 Oak Ridge Drive, Bryan, Texas 77802
Phone: (979) 209-5222
Fax: (979) 209-5524

The Bryan Aquatic Center boasts an Olympic-sized heated pool, featuring two waterslides, the only public diving board in the area, a zero depth beach entry area perfect for families, and plenty of space for the whole family to bask in the sun! The pool is open to the public throughout the year and is available for rent after hours and on a first-come, first-served basis.

*The diving board, waterslides, and recreation swim activities are only available during the summer season. Lap swimming is available year-round at the Bryan Aquatic Center.

Pool Rules

  1. Children ages 11 and under must be accompanied by an adult (18 years or older) who is capable of caring for the child in the water. A maximum of two (2) children ages 11 and under per adult shall be allowed in the facility. Children, ages 6 and under, must be within an arm’s length at all times of their adult supervisor when in the water.
  2. All patrons (swimmers and sunbathers) must wear swimming suits with appropriate lining.
  3. Abusive, loud, or profane language is not permitted in any part of the pool facilities.
  4. Smoking is not permitted anywhere on the premises.
  5. Patrons may bring in their own food and drinks; however alcohol and glass bottles are prohibited.
  6. Any persons known or suspected of having a communicable condition, open sores, bandages, or open wounds shall be denied admittance. The head lifeguard will have discretionary powers in these matters.
  7. Swimmers may be asked at the lifeguard’s discretion to take a cleansing shower before entering the pool to remove excess lotions, sunscreens, or other materials.
  8. Playing or hanging on the ladders is strictly forbidden
  9. Rough play, dunking, water fighting, diving off another person’s shoulders, riding on another person’s back or pushing others into the pool is not permitted. NO HORSEPLAY!
  10. Swimmers are not allowed to run and dive over the edge of the pool, dive or jump from the lifeguard stands, or dive or jump from the decks backwards. No twisting jumps or flips from the side will be allowed.
  11. Distracting a lifeguard from his/her duty or falsely summoning aid is prohibited.
  12. Inflatable beach balls and other flotation devices shall be allowed only at the discretion of the head lifeguard and restricted to the shallow water only.
  13. Staff reserves the right to check bags and coolers at the entrance of all pool facilities.
  14. Lifeguards have complete authority at all times under the supervision of the head lifeguard.
  15. The City of Bryan reserves the right to deny entry into its aquatic facilities or remove a patron from the facility should the rules of the facility not be followed.

Diving Board Rules

  1. Only one (1) person is allowed on the diving board at any time.
  2. Divers are allowed only one (1) bounce on the diving board per dive.
  3. All diving or jumping must be done straight off the end of the board.
  4. Divers must wait until the diving area is clear
  5. Divers must exit the diving area as quickly as possible.
  6. Goggles or earplugs may not be worn or held by persons using the diving board.
  7. Divers may be required to complete a swim test to prove their swimming ability
  8. Only dives with hands in diving position are allowed.
  9. No inwards or gainers allowed.

Slide Rules

  1. Sliders may be required to complete a swim test to prove swimming ability.
  2. Sliders must be 4 feet tall to ride on the slide
  3. Sliders must ride one at a time
  4. No trains or head first sliding are allowed
  5. Sliders must ride feet first, lying down on their back.
  6. Goggles, earplugs, jewelry, and/or glasses may not be worn or held by persons using the water slide.
  7. Sliders must obey all instructions from facility staff.

Spring 2022 Hours

Now – Memorial Day Weekend

  • Lap Swim
    • Monday – Friday:
      5:30 a.m. – 7:30 a.m.
      11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
      5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
    • Saturday: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
    • Sunday: Closed

Admission and Fees

Daily Admission

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

Pool Pass Fees

  • 25 Punch Pass:
    Resident: $40   /   Non-Resident: $48
  • Replacement pass:
    Resident: $5   /   Non-Resident: $5
  • Annual Individual:
    Resident: $200   /   Non-Resident: $240
  • Annual Family (4 persons):
    Resident: $350   /   Non-Resident: $420
    Each additional member:
    Resident: $30   /   Non-Resident: $36
  • Summer Individual:
    Resident: $85   /   Non-Resident: $102
  • Summer Family (4 persons):
    Resident: $150   /   Non-Resident: $180
    Each additional member:
    Resident: $10   /   Non-Resident: $12

Bryan Aquatic Center Rental Fees

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

Seasonal Pools

Henderson Harbor

  • Pool Hours:
    Closed until Summer 2023
  • Daily Admission: 
    Child (Ages 4-11): $2
    Adult (Ages 12+): $3

Sadie Thomas Pool

  • Pool Hours:
    Closed until Summer 2023
  • Daily Admission: 
    Child (Ages 4-11): $2
    Adult (Ages 12+): $3

Water Safety

Bryan Parks & Recreation’s water safety campaign helps inform the public about water safety and increase 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. 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. Bryan Parks & Recreation is 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 aquatics 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:

  1. ALL non-swimmers must check in at the facility with a parent/guardian before or when entering the facility.
  2. Parents/guardians and non-swimming children should receive written and verbal site-specific water safety instructions along with “learn to swim” information.
  3. Parents/guardians will be advised to supervise their children and keep them within arm’s reach.
  4. 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.
  5. 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).
  6. 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.

Note & Float

The City of Bryan’s Note & Float Program will follow a “traffic light” system defined as follows:

Red – Stop!

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

Yellow – Caution!

Swimmers 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 go down the slide. If you see a child with a yellow wristband headed toward deep water, please notify a lifeguard immediately.

Green – Go!

Swimmer has passed the facility swim test and is able to access all areas of the pool.
If a lifeguard must enter the water to perform a rescue on an individual, the person will be noted with a red wristband and floated in an appropriately sized life jacket if available.

Programs and Classes

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Swim Lessons

Bryan Parks and Recreation is proud to partner with the American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim program – a program that has been teaching swimming and water safety for over 100 years across the country. The LTS program focuses on developing swimming skills in a logical and refined progression that includes not only swimming skills but also teaches participants how to be safe in, on, and around the water. The City of Bryan has been recognized as a Gold Level Learn-to-Swim Provider by the American Red Cross by teaching over 1,200 swim lessons every year.

We offer swim lessons for ages 3 – adult and for parents with infants ages 6 – 36 months. Each session during the Spring and Summer meets Monday – Friday for 2 weeks. Fall sessions will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays for 5 weeks. We guarantee 8 out of 10 lessons in the event of inclement weather or other factors beyond our control. Parents will receive a parent handbook upon registering for a session. Additional arrangements can be made for special groups by contacting the Bryan Aquatic Center at (979) 209-5222. Registration for each session closes at 5 p.m. on the Thursday before each session starts.

Minimum Class Sizes

Each level of Swim Lessons must meet the minimum of three (3) participants enrolled for each class to make. We will combine classes if possible to meet the minimum enrollment number. In the event minimum enrollment is not met and combining classes is not an option, the class will be cancelled and a full refund for the cancelled class will be given or the participant can be moved to another class time or session at no extra cost to the participant.

Which class should you choose?

For additional information on swimming class levels, view these three documents from the American Red Cross.

Spring Swim Lessons

Registration opens March 1, 2023.

Water Aerobics

This class is designed to help participants stay active and moving while having the water support you. With the help of the water, movements are less strenuous and allows participants to get their heart rate up but not overdo it on the joints. This is an excellent class for all levels of adults looking for light to moderate exercise. Looking to work on something specific? Talk to our wonderful instructor of this class for over 10 years, Peggy.

Price: $3/daily entrance fee per class

Class meets Monday – Friday from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Bryan Aquatic Center.

Register Here

For more information call (979) 209-5222.

Water-Fit: This is NOT Water Aerobics!

The City of Bryan’s Water-Fit class is designed to push anyone, of any fitness level. This four-week class meets twice a week at the Bryan Aquatic Center and focuses on aerobic conditioning and toning of the body by using the resistance of the water and a variety of challenging aquatic exercises. Water Fit is definitely a step up from water aerobics and your body will know it when the work out is over. It’s also a great option for those who are limited by orthopedic issues when it comes to traditional land-based fitness programs.

Price: $7 resident; $9 non-resident per class

Class meets every Tuesday and Thursday from 5 p.m. – 6 p.m. at the Bryan Aquatic Center. Fall season has ended.  Spring season tentatively set to begin March 2023.

There are two options to register:

  1. Register at any time for a full four-week session, and receive a $5 discount on class fee.
  2. Sign up for classes on an individual day of your choosing.

Register Here

For more information call (979) 209-5222.

Family Fitness Swimming

The purpose of our Fall Family Fitness Swimming is to create a happy and healthy atmosphere for all swimmers and to provide instruction in competitive and non-competitive swimming skills. We want each participant to develop their physical and mental stamina while setting their own personal goals and how to reach those goals. A great off-season option or addition!

Price: $45 monthly. 1/2 priced in March

Class meets Monday – Thursday from 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at the Bryan Aquatic Center. Runs September through mid-March.

Register Here

For more information call (979) 209-5222.

American Red Cross Lifeguard Course

Bryan Parks & Recreation has been recognized by the American Red Cross as a top-level training provider in Texas for lifesaving skills certifications! Come train with the best!

The purpose of the American Red Cross Lifeguard Training course is to teach lifeguard candidates the skills and knowledge needed to prevent and respond to aquatic emergencies. The course content and activities prepare candidates to recognize and respond quickly and effectively to emergencies. The course includes Lifeguarding, CPR/AED and First Aid. Upon successful completion of the Lifeguard Training course, each participant will receive three American Red Cross Universal Certificates: Lifeguard Training, First Aid, and Lifeguard CPR/AED that are all valid for 2 years.

To apply to work as a Lifeguard go to

Course Prerequisites

  • 15 years of age by the end of the class
  • Pass a pre-course screening in swimming skills:
    • 300 yard continuous swim
    • Tread water for 2 minutes only using legs. Candidates must either hold hands out of water or place them under arm pits
    • Timed Skill: Swim 20 yards, retrieve 10 lb brick from 10 ft depth, swim back 20 yards, and climb out of pool without using a ladder or steps in 1 minute 40 seconds
    • Watch and complete all required online learning modules for American Red Cross Lifeguard Blended Learning

Certification Requirements

  • Demonstrate competency in all required skills
  • Demonstrate competency in the three final skill scenarios
  • Correctly answer at least 80% of the questions in each of the four sections of the final written examination

Location / Fees / Registration

  • Course Location:
    Bryan Aquatic Center
  • Session Costs*:
    Residents: $150.00 / Non-Residents: $165.00

*Costs include course fee and pocket mask. Payment must be made in full upon registration.
Special!!! Work with the City of Bryan Aquatics this summer and get your class fully refunded. Terms and conditions apply.

Bring ALL Items to Classes

  • Swim Suit: Female (one piece suit) / Male (suit with liner)
  • Towel
  • Lifeguard Book*
  • Pocket Mask (received first day of class)

* Lifeguard book available online at the American Red Cross website

Register Here

Lifeguard Classes

BAC — Bryan Aquatic Center

Session Dates Times Pool
Session 1 Friday – Sunday,
Oct. 14 – 16
Fri: 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Sat & Sun: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Session 2 Friday – Sunday,
Nov. 11 – 13
Fri: 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Sat & Sun: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Lifeguard Instructor Class

*Pre-approval needed. Email for more information

Session Dates Times Pool
Session 1 Friday – Sunday,
Nov. 18 – 20
Fri: 5 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Sat & Sun: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.