MAY 8, 2013

Phoenix swim class registration opens Tursday, May 2, pools open May 25

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The Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department’s full 2013 summer schedule of affordable swim classes and team programs for summer is now viewable online. Registration for summer 2013 classes opens Thursday, May 2 at 6:30 p.m. Swim lessons cost just $15.

Each city pool has its own webpage featuring one-click online registration for every class and swim program the city offers. The schedules and complete city pool information is viewable online at Information also is available by phone at 602-534-6587 or by sending email to When registration opens May 2, those interested can sign up online with any major credit card or in person at any department community center.

Pools open for the 2013 season on Memorial Day weekend, May 25 to May 27 from 1 to 7 p.m. Pools then will reopen for full summer operating hours on June 1 from 1 to 7 p.m. The 2013 season will run through July 28. Regular hours will be 1 to 7 p.m. six days a week (all pools will be closed Fridays). Eleven pools also will remain open weekends in August through Labor Day.*

Teaching kids is the key part of the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department’s water safety mission, and this year the department will continue to use the swim lesson program known as “Starfish Swim School.” This program was developed by Starfish Aquatics Institute, one of the largest lifeguard, swim instructor and pool operator certifying agencies in the United States.

The new program descriptions make it easier for parents to find a class that fits their child’s ability and needs.   

Daily admission at Phoenix city pools is $3 for adults and $1 for seniors age 50 and over and youth age 17 and under. A season pass for a family of four is $75 ($7 for each additional family member). A pass for an individual senior or youth is $20; adult passes cost $30. The Kool Kids program is back again this summer, bringing free pool admission to all youths ages 17 and under at select city pools. Kool Kids is made possible through the generous financial support of the Oakland A’s, Milwaukee Brewers, Salt River Project, Watermill Express, Subway and Pepsi.

* The pools open weekends in August are David C. Uribe, El Prado, Encanto, Falcon, Hermoso, Maryvale, Paradise Valley, Pecos, Perry, Sunnyslope, Washington.