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Recreational Services
Kansas State University
101 Peters Rec Complex
1831 Olympic Drive
Manhattan, KS 66506


Pools at the Natatorium


The Natatorium is located adjacent to Ahearn Field House and includes two 25-yard pools and diving well with 1-meter diving boards. The Natatorium is fully accessible to all patrons.

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.

Recreational swimming

The eight-lane swimming pool is designated for lap swimming. Swimmers should 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,  swimming, and aqua group fitness.


The diving well is used for deep water jogging, aqua group fitness, and diving board use.


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.


Pool temperature

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

Pool Parking

Parking permits are required Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-5 p.m.

Permits are available for purchase at K-State Parking Services, located on the ground floor in the parking garage at the K-State Student Union.

Metered parking is also available.

Parking Services manages all parking on campus, including regulations and enforcement. For more information about parking or to report problems with a meter, contact Parking Services at 532-7275.

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 fit classes are offered in the fall and spring semesters.

  • 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.


Equipment available for use includes:

  • Aqua dumbbells
  • Basketballs
  • Flotation belts
  • Kickboards
  • Leg bouys
  • Noodles

Diving well schedule

To best accommodate all users of the diving well, 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.


Swim Club

The K-State Swim Club will be using for the pool at the following times for practice.  

Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday * 8:30-10 pm * Use of 3 lanes

Lifeguard certification

Rec Services does not offer lifeguard certification classes. Contact University For Mankind (tryufm.org) for a list of classes available during the school year.