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Aquatics at the Rec Center

Welcome to the CRIS Aquatics department, where safety and security are top priorities. Water sports and recreation offer the fun factor in fitness, but it is very important that all our visitors follow proper aquatics safety rules for everyone's benefit. If the pool is open, our lifeguards are on duty (at least three at all times). Progressive security measures are in place, creating a comfortable and safe environment for all U of M faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community members. So, make your next workout in the pool and come meet our friendly staff to learn about the low-impact, total body, invigorating workout that swimming provides!

Aquatics News

Early Bird

Navy ROTC will be sharing the indoor pool during the early bird swimming hours on the following dates:

  • Feb 5
  • March 18
  • April 1

Pool Hours

  • Monday-Friday: 5:30-8 a.m., 1-7 p.m.
  • Saturday: 12-5 p.m.
  • Sunday: 1-5 p.m.


Swim the Mississippi

Log the number of laps you swim, and when you finish swimming the 24-mile section of the Mississippi River in which Memphis is located, you can win prizes! Register today for this fun swimming challenge by clicking here>

Pool hours are subject to change depending on facility hours, university holidays, or inclement weather.


Swim Lessons

Visit https://www.memphis.edu/cris/aquatics/swim-lessons.php for more information!

For more information, call 901.678.3461 or e-mail Ashley Chism.


American Red Cross Lifeguard Courses

Learn the knowledge and skills necessary to prevent, recognize, and respond to emergencies in or around the water! Course covers caring for victims of breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries, and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services personnel arrive and take over. Learn to save lives!

Spring 2020 Lifeguard class dates
April 17-19
May 15-17

Register for American Red Cross Lifeguard Training! For more information, call 901.678.3461 or e-mail amchism1@memphis.edu.  

American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Course

The purpose of the American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor course is to train instructor candidates to teach courses and presentations in the American Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety program by developing their understanding of how to use the course materials, how to conduct training sessions and how to evaluate participants' progress. This course is taught in the style of blended learning. This class will be broken up into online components along with the traditional classroom setting. There is approximately 7 hours of online work that must be completed before the first day of each class. Online modules will be available once the Pre-requisite skill evaluation has been completed *Pre-Requisite skills MUST be completed one week prior to the first day of class. The cost of the class is required up front before the pre requisite skills test will be given. Refunds are NOT given for those who do not meet requirements.

Pre-requisite skills include demonstrate the ability to perform the following swimming skills:

  • Swim the following strokes consistent with the Stroke Performance Charts, Level 4 Front Crawl, 25 yards Back Crawl, 25 yards Breaststroke, 25 yards Elementary Backstroke, 25 yards Sidestroke, 25 yards Butterfly, 15 yards
  • Maintain position on back for 1 minute in deep water (floating or sculling)
  • Tread water for 1 minute

Become a certified swim instructor!
March 21, 22, and 28

Register for American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Course! For more information, call 901.678.3461 or e-mail amchism1@memphis.edu.

Pool Facilities

  • One 50 Meter Heated Indoor Pool (82.5 degrees)
  • 12 person Whirlpool, Sauna, and Steam Rooms
  • One Heated Indoor Leisure Pool