Located adjacent to Ahearn Field House, the Natatorium is handicapped accessible and includes two 25-yard pools with a pacer clock, diving well with 3-meter and 1-meter boards, and sunning deck.
Locker rentals are available through the LIFE office located in the Ahearn Complex. Call 785-532-0704 for information.
To familiarize yourself with the building, view a Natatorium floor plan. Handicap parking is available on the north side of Ahearn on College Heights Road.
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The eight-lane swimming pool has lane lines for lap swimming. Swimmers move in a counter-clockwise circle, always staying to the right to accommodate sharing lanes.
The six-lane recreation pool provides for all aquatic activities: water basketball, family swim, water jogging, swimming, and water aerobics.
The diving pool has 1-meter and 3-meter boards.
Aqua group fitness
Aqua exercise provides a great workout with water resistance while decreasing impact on all joints and the spine. Exercise sessions are open to current students and pool facility members. No children under 18 are allowed during any of the group fitness sessions. Aqua group fitness sessions will have priority use of the pool during scheduled aqua group fitness sessions. View or download a group fitness schedule for specific sessions, days and times.
- Aqua fitness is a combination of shallow and/or deep aqua fitness. Suitable for all levels.
- Deep aqua fitness combines water buoyancy and resistance for zero impact. Suitable for all levels, high intensity.
- Shallow aqua fitness utilizes water resistance and aqua equipment while minimizing impact on all joints, including the spine. All levels.
Flotation belts are provided. Belts may be used for individual deep water jogging during Recreational Services pool times if the diving well is not being used for diving.
Diving pool schedule
To best accommodate all users of the diving pool, the following schedule will be observed:
Deep water jogging / Monday-Friday at 6-7:30 a.m.; 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; 7:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Diving board / Monday-Friday 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.; 8:30 p.m.-10 p.m.
All other times, including Saturday and Sunday, are on a first-come, first-served basis.
Water and air temperatures are established in the best interest of the majority of users. Approximate temperatures are:
8-lane pool: 81 degrees
6-lane pool: 86 degrees
Diving well: 84 degrees
Air temperature: 88 degrees
Rec Services does not offer lifeguard certification classes. Contact University For Mankind (tryufm.org) for a list of classes available during the school year.
Safety guidelines for lightning/thunderstorms
Although the pools are indoors, they must be treated as outdoor pools and evacuated when lightning and thunderstorms occur. The pools will reopen 30 minutes after the last lightning strike or sound of thunder. If within 30 minutes of Rec Services closing time, the pools will not reopen until the next shift.