After careful consideration of the current circumstances around Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Bozeman Parks and Recreation Department is canceling all recreation and aquatic programming until further notice, effective immediately. The safety of the public and our staff remain our top priority.
The Bozeman Swim Center is a 50-meter, 8-lane indoor aquatic facility. The pool has a removable bulkhead in the water August-mid March that separates the pool into a 25 meter and 25 yard pool. The crystal clear water is kept at 82 degrees. Our spacious pool is outfitted with life jackets, recreation toys, and water fitness equipment to offer a variety of aquatic activities to the Bozeman community. Swim Center programs include Water Fitness, Lap Swimming, Recreation Swimming, and Open Boating. Closures for events and maintenance are posted at the facility and on the main page of our website.
Open: Year Round
Address: 1211 West Main St.
Phone: (406) 582-2294
Swim Center Hours
Beginning June 1st we will be open from 5:30-7:30 am and from 11 am-1 pm, Monday-Friday only, for lap swimming.
Lane 1 will be available for water joggers and water fitness patrons. Lanes 2-8 will be reserved for lap swimming.
Locker rooms will close promptly at 7:45 am and 1:15 pm.
Please come prepared to swim, and if possible shower at home after swimming in order to help maintain social distancing in the locker rooms.
Did you know?
Montana Health Code mandates that all children under the age of fourteen in the facility be supervised by an adult at all times. Adults who are supervising children must be at least eighteen years old.
For Questions Call (406) 582-2294.
Lap Swimming Etiquette
Entering the Water
Always use a feet-first entry into shallow water. If the lane is crowded, always ease in, using a feet-first entry. You may dive into the pool from the deep end, but only if the pool is completely clear in front of you.
Follow the arrows on the bottom of the pool for proper lap swimming directions. Do not swim over the blue lines. If you aren't sure, ask a lifeguard for some assistance.
The best place to pass someone is at the wall. A light touch of the foot of the person in front of you will indicate to them to stop at the wall and let you pass. If you pass in the middle of the pool, it should be between the backstroke flags, and you should pass in the inside or middle of the lane. Make sure the way is clear, you can also lightly touch the person's foot to indicate you will be passing them and they should 'hug the lane.'
If you are the person being passed, please stop at the wall to let them pass. It is best to stop and go to the right corner of the lane, then they can pass you on the left. If they are passing you in the middle of the pool, just swim as close as you can to the lane line and slow down a bit to allow them room and time to pass.
Number of People in a Lane
Several people (as many as 6 or more) can fit in a lane if proper etiquette is observed and swimmers of like speed are together.
The lanes are designated Fast, Medium, and Slow. These terms are relative, so the best way to find the lane that is best for you, is to watch those that are swimming. If you are the first one in the lane, just abide by circle swimming so others may join you. If you aren't sure what lane, ask a lifeguard for some assistance. Swimming in the same lane with people at your same pace could help you swim better and have a better workout. You might even meet a new person to swim with.
If you are resting on the wall, stay to the right side of the lane to stay away from swimmers coming in. Stopping in the middle of the pool should be avoided. If the lane is crowded and one person stops, all will have to stop. Be aware of the swimmers around you at all times. Do not start if a swimmer is inside the backstroke flags.
Water Jogging and walking can take place in lane one. Following the direction and rules of circle swimming.
The Diplomacy of Shared Space
If someone makes a suggestion concerning any of the mentioned etiquette topics, try to make adjustments in the spirit of cooperation. If you make a suggestion to another swimmer, try to do it as diplomatically as possible. Lifeguards will intercede only if there is a problem that cannot be resolved or if there appears to be a safety concern. If you aren't sure, ask a lifeguard for some assistance.