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Aquatics

Year-Round Pools
MLK, Jr. Pool 
155 Jackson St. - Ph: (843) 724-7346
Pool Manager: Chad Wyatt

SCHEDULES
August 20-26

INFORMATION
Swim Lesson Information

MLK will not be closing for renovations
this fall. The bubble will be installed for
the winter months. 

W.L. Stephens Aquatic Center
780 W. Oak Forest Drive - Ph: (843) 769-8261
Pool Manager: Tiffany Taylor

SCHEDULES
August 20-26

INFORMATION:
Swim Lesson Information





Aquatics ManagerJ.J. Ayers-Millar  (843) 364-3863

Seasonal Pools 
Herbert Hasell Pool
265 Fishburne St. - Ph: (843) 724-7344
Pool Manager: Basir Robertson

SCHEDULES


INFORMATION

Swim Lesson Information
James Island Pool
1088 Quail Dr. - Ph: (843) 795-5678
Pool Manager: Freddy Lentz

SCHEDULES

INFORMATION
Summer Swim Lesson Information


 City-Wide Pool Rules
Click here to view all pool rules

Fall Swim Lessons
All swim lessons are taught by certified instructors. Call your local pool for more information on skill levels and assessments. 

Fall Registration
August 18 at 9am


Session I: September 4-27
Session II: October 2-25

Swim Lesson Registration Form   *   Information about Swim Lessons   *   Swimming & Water Safety Levels



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The City of Charleston Recreation Department is a proud partner of Make a Splash! 
Make a Splash is the national child-focused water safety initiative of the USA Swimming Foundation, which aims to provide the opportunity for every child in America to learn to swim. Make a Splash partners with learn-to-swim providers and water safety advocates across the country to provide swimming lessons and educate children and their families on the importance of learning how to swim. The USA Swimming Foundation has invested millions of dollars to provide grants to qualified Local Partner learn-to-swim programs, to spread national awareness, and to bring together strategic partners to end drowning.  To date, nearly 2 million children have received the lifesaving gift of swim lessons through our Make a Splash Local Partner network, comprised of more than 600 qualified lesson providers across the nation. To learn more, visit the Make a Splash Website.

Aquatic Programs   
Water Fitness Classes

Dates/Times:
  • Monday-Friday (8:00am-8:45am or 9:00am-9:45am)
  • Monday-Thursday (6:30pm-7:15pm)
  • Tuesday & Thursday (7:00am-7:45am)
  • Saturdays (9:00am-9:45am)

Location: W.L. Stephens Aquatics Center
(843) 769-8261

Cost: $20 per (10-punch card); $3 per class,
$2 for seniors (55 & up)


Arthritis Aquatics Fitness Program 

Dates/Times: Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays
10:00am-10:45am

Location: W.L Stephens Aquatics Center
(843) 769-8261

Cost: $20 per (10-punch card); $3 per class, 
$2 for seniors (55 & up)





          

 Educational Programs

Lifeguard Training

This is a blended learning class where a portion will be completed online and the rest will be done at the pool. Participants must pass prerequisites: swim 300 meters, retrieve a brick from deep water, and tread water for 2 minutes without using hands. The course includes CPR-PR, First Aid, and AED certifications. Books are not included, but may be downloaded for free or purchased at redcross.org. Please register online and call for exact course location. 

Spring Course Dates
October 1-13

Days/Times: Mondays & Wednesdays from
6:00pm-9:00pm
  Saturdays from 9:00am-4:00pm
Ages: 15+
Cost: $125/City resident; $145/Non-City resident
Activity #: 250764 & 250765
Water Safety Instructor Training

This is a blended learning class where a portion will be completed online and the rest will be done at the pool. Participants must demonstrate swimming ability equivalent to Level IV in the Learn-to-Swim program and must attend all sessions with his/her suit. Prior to each session, participants must complete online assignments listed in the itinerary. Books are not included, but may be downloaded for free or purchased at redcross.org. Please register online and call for exact course location. 

Spring Course Date
April 10-21


Days/Times: Tuesdays & Thursdays from 6:00pm-9:00pm
Saturdays from 9:00am-4:00pm
Ages: 16+
Cost: $145/City resident; $165/Non-City resident
Activity #: 550765


 U.S. Masters Adult Learn-to-Swim Program

The USMS Adult Learn-to-Swim Program curriculum is based on teaching methods practiced by leading Adult Learn-to-Swim authorities. It incorporates the most innovative and effective training methods. The program is designed for the beginning simmer up to the U.S. Masters swimmer. Our instructors specialize in working with adults. Set up your individual time or join scheduled classes. Contact our facilities for more information. 

Cost: $35 per City Resident; $45 per Non-City Resident per 4 hours of instruction


 Youth Swim Teams

 Southern Marlins Racing
Team (SMRT)

The year-round swimming program comprised of athletes
from the tri-county area. Programs are
geared for all levels, from novice to recreation to elite competitors on travel 
teams. Practice schedules vary
by locations, age groups, and swim seasons. 

Head Coach: Michael
Stewart
Email: or www.swimsmrt.com

WLS Pool: 769-8261
MLK Pool: 724-7346
City of Charleston Intramural
Swim League
 
This is a fun, developmental,
non-competitive league.
Swimmers practice and
compete between the three City pools (MLK, HH, WLS). Swimmers need to be able to swim the length of the
pool (25 meters) non-stop
to make the team. For
more information, call
(843) 364-3863. 

Cost: $40 per City Resident; $55 per Non-City Resident ($30 per additional child)

Registration begins April 21

Registration Form


James Island Swim Team
This a parent supported
team and family volunteers
are always welcome!
Team suits may be
purchased but are not required. Tentative
practice start date is
May 1. Practice times
will vary according to age group. Meets are
Tuesday and Thursday evenings and swimmers usually need to report to the pool by 5:45pm. 

Cost: $60 per City Resident; $75 per Non-City Resident ($50 per additional child)
Cost includes t-shirt and cap. 

Registration starts
April 9