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Swimming

Information about pools and other aquatic facilities in the City of Albuquerque.

All City pools are open for Recreation and Lap Swim for all individuals. All visits to the pools require a reservation

Click here for step-by-step instructions on how to sign up for Rec Swim or Lap Swim
Click here for a video that demonstrates reserving a lane first thing in the morning while many people are attempting to reserve a lane.

Recreation Swimming: Reservation required - All patrons must wear a face covering while not in the pool unless fully vaccinated.

Lap Swimming: designed for organized swimming up and down the length of the pool repeatedly. Individual must be making constant forward progression. Those with a reservation can now bring up to one (3) guests to share their reserved lap lane. If sharing a lane, users must enter and exit from opposite ends of the reserved lane. Guests will complete and sign a waiver and pay at the door. Credit card payments only at this time.

Showers post swim session are highly discouraged due to the need to begin proper disinfection of the facility. All swimmers must exit the facility 15 minutes after the end of lane reservation period.

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Recreation and Lap Swim Guidelines

    • All visits to pools will be reserved online by going to play.cabq.gov or by calling the facility.
    • Reservations can be made up to 2 calendar days in advance. Reservation time opens online at 7 am.
    • Spectators are not allowed during this phase of reopening.
    • Lap Swim Lanes will be available on reservation basis through play.cabq.gov. Due to high demand of lap swim lanes, an individual can only reserve one hour per day and a max of 4 hours/week (a week is considered Monday-Sunday). Lap swimmers will be notified approximately 5 minutes prior to the end of their reservation period and must exit the lane two minutes prior to the end of their reservation period.
      • A waiver will be attached to the registration and the individual will be required to provide answers to screening questions.
      • Drop-ins are highly discouraged – those without internet access can call the pool up to two days in advance to make a reservation.
      • Upon registration, individual will receive an email confirmation with social distancing guidelines and signed waiver.
      • The State of New Mexico recently adopted the CDC guidance that allows fully vaccinated people to resume activities without wearing a mask. Those who are not fully vaccinated must continue to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a mask at all City of Albuquerque Aquatics Facilities. Fully vaccinated means 2 weeks after the second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or 2 weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen vaccine. A mask is not required for those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. When visiting the pool, everyone must wear a cloth face covering unless fully vaccinated.
      • Temperature screening will be performed by front desk clerk with a non-contact thermometer. Individuals with a temperature reading above 100.4°F will be denied entry.
      • We require all swimmers to shower prior to entering the facility. Showers post swim session are highly discouraged due to the need to begin proper disinfection of the facility. All swimmers must exit the facility 15 minutes after the end of lane reservation period.
      • Lane rentals and recreation swim sessions are limited and on a first come basis. If you cannot make your reserved time please cancel your rental as soon as possible. Click here for directions on how to cancel a reservation online.

Due the the shortage of pool space, the City of Albuquerque will be strictly enforcing a cancellation policy for lap swim and rec swim use.

All individuals who have made reservation and can no longer attend their reserved time must cancel
their reservation with reasonable notice. Cancellations can be done online or over the phone. A credit will be given for cancellations. To avoid penalties, all cancellations must be completed no less than 12 hours prior to the scheduled reservation time.

If a 12 hour notice is not possible due to emergency, one should contact the pool where the reservation was made or send an email to [email protected].

Penalties are as follows:

  • 1st Offense: Warning
  • 2nd Offense: results in a one week (7 Day) suspension from reserving a lane at any City swimming pool.
  • 3rd Offense: results in a two week (14 Day) suspension from reserving a lane at any City swimming pool.
  • 4th Offense: results in a one month (30 Day) suspension from reserving a lane at any City swimming pool.

Penalty records remain for 30 days. Meaning, if an individual were to violate the cancellation policy a second time but the first violation was more than 30 days ago, the new violation would result in a first offense penalty. Passes will not be prorated or refunded for a penalty resulting from failure to comply with the City of Albuquerque cancellation policy on lane lines.

Locker Room Use Notice:

Due to the increase of people using our facilities and rules that are already put into the City of Albuquerque swim guidelines of leaving within 15 minutes after the end of the lap lane rental, Aquatics will be implementing a new policy for those who continue to exceed 15 minutes. For your first time, you will get a warning put on your account. Second offense will result in a 7-day ban from renting a lane. The third offense will result in a 14-day ban from renting the lane. A fourth offense will result in a 30-day ban from renting a lane.

It is important that we have all swimmers exit within the 15 mins to give our staff to adequate time to clean the bathrooms before the next reservation time block. With pools increasing programing as restrictions start to lift, there will be increased traffic through our doors. In order to maintain a safe environment for everyone, we must insist on requiring all patrons exiting the facility as soon as possible.