Recreation

Recreation operates two two pools on campus for use by IMA patrons – the IMA Pool and Pavilion Pool.

The IMA Pool was built in 1968. The lap area measures 25 yards long and is divided into four 7’ wide lanes and one 14’ wide lane. The lanes are 4’ deep at the shallow end and 8’ deep at the deep end. There are no starting blocks. There is an attached diving well that is approximately 30’ x 30’ and 12’ feet deep, with one 3 meter variable fulcrum diving board. The water temperature is maintained at 82 degrees.

The Pavilion Pool was built in 1938. It is 25 yards (75’) long by six 7’ lanes wide. It has 12’ depth at the starting block end and 4’ depth at the shallow end. The water temperature is maintained at 82 degrees.

IMA Pool Hours

Fall

(September 22nd-Dec 13th)

Mon.-Fri. 6:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Sat. 9:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Sun. 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Revised Hours

The IMA Pool closes 30 min earlier than the IMA Building Hours even when on revised hours for University Holidays & Breaks. Check the IMA Building hours carefully.

THE IMA Pool Will BE Closed FROM 9AM-1PM SATURDAY 12/7/19.  

IMA Pool schedule:

https://reg.recreation.uw.edu/Facility/GetSchedule?facilityId=360b9d3e-8063-4283-b185-0c1dfe0ea523

 

PavPool

 Pavilion Pool Hours

Fall
(September 22nd-Dec 13th)

***The Pavilion pool is closed until further notice due to a major mechanical failure.  Updates will be posted via IMA aquatic news and on the website.  Thank you for your patience.***

Mon. –Fri.
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Sat.
11:00 am-1:30 pm
(No open swim on Oct 19th, Nov 2, Nov 9, Nov 30)

Q Swim Saturday 1:30 p.m.- 2:30 p.m. (Oct 5-Dec 13th)
(No Q-Swim on Oct 19th, Nov 2, Nov 9, Nov 30)
Women’s Swim Thursday 4:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. (September 26th-Dec 13th)
(No Women’s swim on Nov 28th)
Men’s Swim Friday 6:30 p.m.- 7:30 p.m. (September 27th-Dec 13th)
(No Men’s swim on Nov 29th)

Revised Hours

The Pavilion Pool is closed on all University Holidays & Breaks.

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Pool & Designated Swim Hours Information

General Information

  • You must be a current UW Seattle student or IMA member and must present your UW Husky ID card or IMA Membership card for use.
  • Lockers, locks and towels are available for checkout on a daily basis.
  • Locker room access 15 minutes before the swim starts and up to 30 minutes after swim finishes.
  • Swim aids including noodles, flotation belts, kick boards and pull buoys are available.
  • There is no lap swim during University breaks, or days with revised IMA Building hours.

Appropriate Swim Attire

All allowed swim attire must be made of Nylon, Spandex, or Lycra.

Cotton, Denim, Undergarments or other regular clothing is not permitted.

Female Lap Swim Hour

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  • Single gender female swim
  • Female lap swimmers of all ability levels welcome

Q Lap Swim Hour

  • Queer/Trans friendly swim
  • Lap swimmers of all genders and ability levels welcome

Male Lap Swim Hour

  • Single gender male swim
  • Male lap swimmers of all ability levels welcome

Rent Recreation Pools

General Information

  • The IMA Pool is rarely available for rental. Typically the Diving Well is the only part of the IMA Pool available for rental. For more information contact Joshua Yeager Deekens.
  • The Pavilion Pool is available for rental based on quarterly programming schedules. Priority is given to:
    • 1.) Recreation Programming
    • 2.) UW Student Groups & ICA
    • 3.) UW Department Groups
    • 4.) Non-UW Groups.
    • NOTE: The Pavilion Pool is closed on all University Holiday & Breaks and during Finals Week. For more information contact Joshua Yeager Deekens.

Rental Request - UW Student Groups & UW Departments

  • Contact Joshua Yeager Deekens with the rental request information at least one week prior to the rental date: name of group, type of activity, # of participants, date(s), and time(s). An acknowledgement of the request will be emailed within 3 business days, to include any follow-up questions or details and the estimated cost of the rental.
  • Once the rental request has been approved your group will receive an email with the Recreation Use Agreement attached. The Recreation Use Agreement must be signed by your group and returned.
  • Your rental request will not be confirmed until after your group has signed and returned the Recreation Use Agreement.
  • After your rental is completed your group will be invoiced (UW Departments that wish to use a budget # should provide that information before invoicing). Invoice payments are due no less than 30 days from the invoice date.

Rental Request - Non-UW Groups

  • Contact Joshua Yeager Deekens with the rental request information at least two weeks prior to the rental date: name of group, type of activity, # of participants, date(s), and time(s). An acknowledgement of the request will be emailed within 3 business days, to include any follow-up questions or details and the estimated cost of the rental.
  • Pursue Use of University Facilities (UUF) approval by submitting the UUF Request Form. Your request must be approved to rent facility space on campus.
    • Use the following information to complete the UUF Request Form:  Katie Beth (kbeth6@uw.edu) as the UW Sponsor/Authorized Representative and Recreation as the Department/Approving Event.
  • Provide proof of commercial general liability insurance.
    • Events produced by non-University organizations may present a risk of injury to participants or third parties. In such cases, proof of appropriate liability insurance coverage is required prior to approval of the requested use (WAC 478-136-060).
      • Provide limits of not less than $1,000,000 per occurrence;
      • List the Board of Regents of the University of Washington as an “Additional Insured for losses arising from the operations of the Named Insured”;
      • Provide for 45 days’ notice of cancellation; and
      • Be on a form and from a carrier acceptable to the Office of Risk Management.

      In addition, if in the requested use includes participation in athletic events, the policy must include athletic participation. The certificate or attached endorsement must indicate this coverage with limits of not less than $1,000,000 per occurrence.

      The address for the certificate is: 3924 Montlake Blvd NE, Box 354090, Seattle, WA 98195

  • Once the rental request has been approved your group will receive an email with the Recreation Use Agreement and Recreation Waiver Form attached. The Recreation Use Agreement must be signed by your group and returned.
  • Your rental request will not be confirmed until after your group has signed and returned the Recreation Use Agreement.
  • The Recreation Waiver Form or Parental Consent Form must be completed by each participant and turned in prior to your rental, based on the participant list your group provides.
  • Your group will be invoiced prior to your rental. Non-UW Groups must pay estimated invoice amount before the start of the rental. If there is a difference between the estimate and final invoice amount, those fees will be due (or will be refunded) within 30 days of the final invoice date.

Circle Swim Information

Circle swimming is what it sounds like: swimming in a circle. In the United States, circle swimming goes counterclockwise: swim on the right side of the black line that runs down the middle of the lane. You will be on one side of the lane going down the pool, and the other side of the lane coming back. Think of the black line as a double yellow line in the middle of a road.

Step 1

Pick an Appropriate Lane: Spend a minute surveying the pool before you jump in. Look for signs denoting “fast,” “medium” and “slow” lanes. Pick a lane where you will be about the same speed as those who are already in it. Circle swimming is a lot easier when you don’t have to worry about passing people (or being passed) every other lap.

Step 2

Talk to Your Lanemates: If you are joining a lane that already has two people in it, communicate clearly to both of them that they’ll need to circle swim before you start swimming! Even if there’s only one person in the lane and she is already splitting the lane, politely making your presence known is the safe and friendly thing to do. This can be as simple as dangling your feet in the water for a minute before jumping in. Also, knowing your pool’s lane-sharing etiquette will make for a friendlier, stress-free swim.

Step 3

Stop at the Wall: When circle swimming, stopping in the middle of the pool is one of the best ways to end up in a collision. Even if you’re about to lose a contact, it is actually safer, not to mention easier, to keep your eyes closed and swim your way to the wall along the lane line. Stop mid-pool and you’ll be dodging task-oriented lanemates, and lifeguards hollering “Off the lane ropes!” When you do stop at the wall, be aware of the swimmers coming behind you. Clear the middle of the lane for those who are going to continue swimming—tuck into one of the corners of the lane if you are going to rest at all.

Step 4

Make Quick, Controlled Turns: In a crowded pool, turns can be the most intimidating (and dangerous) part of circle swimming. If you have negotiated a warm-up pool where swimmers are lined up toe-to-nose for 50 meters, you have probably found that turning while circle swimming can be as collision-prone as car racing.  No matter what type of turn you do when you’re circle-swimming, aim for the middle of the lane. Make it quick, so that no one thinks you’re stopping to rest, and keep it under control, so that you don’t whack someone in the face. Open turns are the safest until you are proficient at flip-turns.

Step 5

Pass Safely & Always Communicate: When you are circle swimming, passing and being passed are inevitable. It’s best to go along with local lap swimming etiquette, if possible. Better yet, communicate with your lanemates about what you are doing, and be a little flexible. A simple, “So, I’m going to do some sprints on a long rest interval,” may keep them from pushing off right in front of you. And if they do anyway, ten seconds of extra rest won’t ruin your set or your entire season.

Step 6

Appropriate Intervals:  Use the pace clock to put some space between you and the other swimmers in your lane. If the person in front of you pushed off the wall on the “60,” wait until at least the “10” before you follow them down the pool. This is a “ten-second interval.” Assuming everyone in your lane is approximately the same speed, those ten seconds will create some space between you, making it easier for all of you to conduct your turns without interference. If there are a lot of people in the lane (six in a short course pool can qualify as a lot), 5 second intervals might be more appropriate. But sometimes, especially at lap swim, you will end up in a lane where everyone is a different speed. If you find that you are significantly faster than your lanemates or if you are going to do some sprints, you might want to wait 20 or 30 seconds before you follow them off the wall. If you are significantly slower than your lanemates, push off immediately after they leave the wall, and it will take a little while longer for them to lap you.

Additional Information

FAQs

What is the proper swim attire?

Proper swim attire is made of one/combination of the following: Nylon, Spandex, or Lycra. Fabrics that are not permitted are Cotton, Denim, Undergarments or other regular clothing.

How many people can swim in a lane at the same time?

There is no real limit to the number of swimmers in a lane. If there are only two swimmers they are welcome to split the lane with each other.  If there are more than two swimmers in the lane then everyone must circle swim.  Always make sure to ask the other people in the lane what works for everyone.

When is the best time to come swimming?

There is no set time where the pool is less crowded. It varies throughout the day and from day to day.

Can I swim any stroke?

All strokes are acceptable but depending on who is the lane some strokes are not great for sharing the lane.

What do I do if no one is sharing the lane with me?


If no one is sharing their lane with you tell the lifeguard so that they can help with the situation

Where is the second pool?

There is one pool at the IMA and the other is located in the Hec Ed building. The address of the Pavilion pool is 3863 Walla Walla Road NE Seattle WA 98195

Who can use the pool?

Anyone with a current IMA membership can use the aquatic facilities.

Can the IMA pool be rented?

The IMA pool is not able to be rented. The only pool that can be rented is the Pavilion Pool.

Where can I swim if I am not a strong swimmer?

Either pool is a good choice if you are not a strong swimmer. If you are not a strong swimmer staying close to the shallow end.  Staying in the beginner lane is also a safe area for swimmer you are not very strong.  If you have any questions of where in the pool would be appropriate to swim you can always ask the lifeguarding staff to help you.

I am not a strong swimmer do you have floatation devices that I can use?


We do have life jackets and aqua jogging belts that non swimmers can use. These items however are not guaranteeing your safety while in the water.

Does the Pavilion Pool have locker rooms where I can shower and change?


Yes the Pavilion pool has a locker room and showers.  There are however no ADA accessible facilities at the Pavilion pool.

How deep is the pool?

Both of our pool have a deep end of 12 feet.  Both pools have a gradual slope that goes from 4 feet to 12 feet.

Questions About Accessibility?

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The University of Washington makes every effort to honor disability accommodation requests.  Requests can be responded to most effectively if received as far in advance of the event as possible, preferably at least 10 business days.

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Contact Us

Aquatics

206.543.7393

jy78@uw.edu