IMA Pool

new IMA pool from the in water staircase looking at the lanes.

Pool Update 5/14 @ 6am: Pool is reopened!

The new IMA Pool features 14 25-yard lanes ranging from 4 feet in the shallow end to 5-9 feet in the deep end. Pool entry access points include 1 zero entry lane, 1 in-water staircase, 6 entry ladders, and 1 accessible chairlift. The 3 new Universal Locker Rooms have access to the IMA Pool. The locker rooms include private cabanas, changing rooms, and toilet rooms, in addition to vanity areas, suit spinners, towels, and overnight locker storage (free for UW Seattle matriculated students and $20 per quarter for all other rec members).

IMA Pool Hours:

Correspond with the IMA Building hours, with the exception that the IMA Pool closes 30 minutes prior to the IMA Building daily.








Pool Schedule

Facility Calendar:

The pool is open for lap swim during IMA operational hours; the number of lanes available will change depending on other programming.

Weekly pool schedule by lane

For a simplified visual calendar of the pool’s weekly scheduling, see below. Please note the schedule below does not reflect one-off events (i.e. Intramurals, private swim lessons), unique changes to the schedule, or reduced IMA hours. For a more accurate calendar, please refer to the Facility Calendar.  To see the IMA operational hours, refer here:

Spring Quarter, 2024:

A calendar of weekly pool programming at the IMA

Facility Policies

Posted Pool Rules

  • No swimming when lifeguards are not present. 
  • You must take a cleansing shower before using the pool. 
  • Swimmers must wear appropriate swimwear made of pool-safe materials (not 100% cotton). 
  • If you have been ill with diarrhea or vomiting in the last two weeks or have a disease that can be transmitted by water, do not use the pool. 
  • People with seizure, heart, or circulatory problems should inform the lifeguard prior to entering the pool and have prior approval for aquatic activity from their physician. 
  • No running or rough playing. 
  • No food or drink is allowed in the pool area (non-glass water bottles are permitted). 
  • Do not use the pool when under the influence of drugs or alcohol. 
  • Aquatic staff may prohibit behaviors they deem potentially unsafe, dangerous, or inappropriate outside of these rules in order to maintain the safety of all users.  
  • Failure to adhere to facility/pool policies may result in the loss of facility use.  
  • In an emergency, call 911. 
  • The emergency phone is located in the First Aid/Pool Office. 
  • The First Aid Kit and AED are located in the First Aid/Pool Office. 

Additional Pool Rules

  • No walking or sitting on the ramp barrier. 
  • No holding, sitting on, or laying on the lane lines.
  • No extended underwater breath-holding for longer than one length of the lane. No breath-holding contests or training unless approved by the Aquatics Manager and supervised by a trained professional.
  • No inflatable toys in the pool unless permitted during a special event and/or approved by the manager. 
  • Return any equipment used to its appropriate location.
  • Hang towels on available hooks. Shoes should be lined up against the wall at the end of your lane.
  • Do not place any bags or other personal items on the deck.
  • Share lanes as needed. 2 swimmers may split a lane, 3 or more swimmers must circle swim.
  • UW Recreation staff are the only ones allowed to train or coach.
  • No photo/video.
  • No texting/phone conversations.


Who may use the IMA Pool?

The IMA Pool is open to all UW Recreation members and their approved guests. Per IMA Building policy, all UW Rec members and guests must be at least 16 years old. For IMA access and membership questions, please refer here:

When is lap swim available?

Open lap swim is available during IMA operational hours. The only time the IMA Pool will not be open for lap swim will be during special events approved and scheduled by the Aquatics & Safety Manager, or to complete maintenance. The number of lanes available for lap swim will vary depending on scheduled programming and staffing. Check our program calendar for more details:

How does lap swim work at the IMA?

Open lap lanes are first-come, first serve and open to all Rec Members. Lanes should be shared by swimmers of similar speeds. Watch the video below for how to share lanes with others!

What aquatics programs are available?

Check the Aquatics page for more details on available programming and how to register for classes!

What pool equipment is available on deck to use?

The following pool equipment is on deck and available to use by patrons: kickboards and pull buoys.

Where do I put my belongings?

Hooks are located in alcoves around the pool space to hang towels. Shoes may be placed under towel hooks and out of the walking path. Larger items such as bags and backpacks should be stored in our quarter or day-use lockers. The pool deck should be clear of personal items for increased accessibility and in case of emergency.

When is Log Rolling available?

Log Rolling is available now! Check the Friday Night Activities page for more details on log rolling.

Is the IMA Pool available to reserve or rent?

The IMA pool is available for a limited number of rentals from Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) and UW Departments. We are currently not renting to outside groups.

If you are interested in renting the IMA pool, please first review our facility details and restrictions.

  • Access points: 6 ladders, one ramp, one staircase, one chair lift.
  • 14 lanes long, 25 yards wide.
  • Depth: shallow end of 4 feet. Deep end slopes from 5 feet to 9 feet deep.
  • There is no viewing or spectating room on the pool deck itself.
  • One rental is limited to 5 lanes maximum (based on availability), 5 swimmers per lane.
  • IMA policy limits all users to 16 years of age or older.

If you would like to inquire about renting the IMA pool, please contact the Aquatics Manager, Josephine Vander Klay (, with the details listed below:

  • The projected or ideal date and time of the event.
  • Are you looking for a one-time or recurring rental?
  • The number of lanes requested and any deck space necessary.
  • What type of activity are you planning (i.e. lap swimming, racing, diving)? Does it require the removal of lane lines?
  • What equipment is needed, and/or do you anticipate bringing any equipment (prior approval required)?
  • How many participants do you anticipate for this event?
    • Note that all participants must be current UW students or employees, otherwise they must follow standard IMA entry restrictions.

What is the IMA First Aid/Pool Office?

The IMA First Aid/Pool Office is located at the north end of the IMA Pool. This office can be accessed from the 1st floor hallway or from the pool. The Lifeguards are available to prevent and respond to water and land emergencies. When the pool is open there will always be Lifeguards on deck. The Lifeguards also respond to injuries and emergencies for the IMA Building at large. If you have an injury or emergency please go to the IMA First Aid/Pool Office for assistance or call 206.543.7393.

Can you administer float tests?

It depends on the type of test. Any UW department or RSO looking to organize a group swim test can reach out to to inquire about options. Staffing is not available for one-off or individual 10-minute swim tests. Questions can be directed to

Questions About Accessibility?

UW Recreation’s programs, operations, and facilities are intended to be inclusive and accessible. If at any time, you have a need or concern please contact us, we encourage everyone to participate in our department offerings. For accommodation requests connected to a disability or health condition contact us at (206) 543-4590 or at Requests can be responded to most effectively if received as far in advance as possible, preferably at least 10 business days.

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UW Recreation does not provide accident or medical coverage for participants. It is recommended that participants obtain their own personal coverage. Students may obtain additional information on student accident/sickness insurance by contacting:  Insurance & Cost | Husky Health & Well-Being (

Questions About Refunds?

For questions about program or membership refunds check the Registration page or contact

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