Manchester, Connecticut

Aquatic Facilities



Manchester High School, 134 Middle Turnpike E

Pools are accessible from the Brookfield Street entrance.

MHS Main Swimming Pool
Open Swim: M/W 7:30 - 8:30pm, Fri 8:00 - 9:00pm

MHS IOH Swimming Pool
Open Swim: Tu/Th 6:00 - 7:00pm

Both the Main Pool and the IOH Pool will close Friday, June 7, 2019.


Globe Hollow:
Opening June 17, 2019

Salters Pool, Swanson Pool, Waddell Pool and the Marcy MacDonald Pool:
Opening June 24, 2019

View the full Summer 2019 pool schedule: Summer 2019 Recreation Brochure



Summer Swim Lesson Registration is now on-going. Swim lessons are open to Manchester residents only. Please note the following age requirements for swimming levels:

Parent/Child Lessons
Adults must accompany child in water. Builds basic water safety skills for both adults and children, helping infants and young children become comfortable in the water so they are wiling and ready to learn how to swim. Water diapers and proper swim attire required.
Infant: Ages 6 months- 18 months
Toddler: Ages 19 months- 3 years 5 months

Learn to Swim Preschool Lessons
Gives young children ages 3.5 – 5 a positive, developmentally appropriate aquatic learning experience that emphasizes water safety, survival and foundational swimming concepts. This class is independent swimming. Parents are not required to be in the water with their children in the SUMMER, but parents must accompany child during the indoor season.
Preschool: 3 years 6 months - 5 years old

Please note that Levels 1 - 6 are typically for youth ages 5 - 12 years old. We do offer teen (13 - 18) lessons and adult (18+) lessons as well.

Level 1: Introduction to Water Skills
Enter/exit the water safely, submerge mouth, nose and eyes, exhale underwater (blow bubbles) through mouth and nose, open eyes underwater, show comfort maintaining a front float/back position, while supported, recover to a standing position while supported. Must be age 5 at the start of class to enroll.

Level 2: Fundamental Aquatic Skills
Demonstrate a front/back glide (2 body lengths), float in a face-down position and recover from a back float to a standing position while unsupported, swim on front/back using any combination of arm and leg actions while unsupported.

Level 3: Stroke Development
Independently jump into deep water from the side, demonstrate a headfirst entry from the side in a sitting or kneeling position, submerge and retrieve an object (independently) from chest-deep water, demonstrate rotary breathing with body in a horizontal position, and demonstrate a survival float in deep water.

Level 4: Stroke Improvement
Demonstrate a dive from the side of the pool, swim underwater, and demonstrate each stroke for the following distances: Front crawl–25 yards, Back crawl–25 yards, Butterfly– 15 yards, Breaststroke–15 yards, Elementary backstroke–15 yards, Swim on side using scissor-like kick–15 yards.

Level 5: Stroke Refinement
Demonstrate front/back flip turns demonstrate the following strokes: Front crawl–50 yards Back Crawl–50 yards, Butterfly–25 yards Breaststroke–25 yards Elementary backstroke –25 yards Sidestroke–25 yards, Demonstrate survival swimming (2 minutes).

Level 6: Swimming & Skill Proficiency
Learning Objectives: Four components all of which stress endurance swimming & stroke technique. Personal Water Safety, Lifeguard Readiness, Fitness Swimming, Fundamentals of Diving.

For more detailed swim lesson information please visit Swim Lesson Registration and Descriptions


Facility Passes for Seniors, Adults and Youth
Valid through August 31, 2019

A facility pass is required and allows use of the recreation centers, outdoor pools, indoor pools, and the Community Y Fitness Center during the 2018/2019 recreation season. Senior citizen passes are also valid for the Manchester Senior Center and Senior Center programs.

A facility pass is for Manchester residents only and a valid ID is required to prove residency upon purchase. You must be present when purchasing a membership as photos will be taken at the time of purchase.  Adult, Youth and Senior facility passes can be purchased at Center Springs, Community Y Rec Center and Customer Service at Town Hall. Senior passes can also be purchased at the Senior Center.

Facility Pass Fees
Youth (0-20 years old): Free
Adults (21 – 59 years old): $50.00*
*Adult pass fees are reduced to $25.00 after April 1st
Senior Citizen (60 and older): $10.00
Lost Card Replacement Fee: $2.00