The Outdoor Pool Complex features a lazy river, splash pad, kiddie pool, water slide (currently unavailable), and the Bama Cabana for refreshments. Look at our membership options and hours of operation to plan your visit.
Like the other areas of University Recreation, we will welcome back patrons to the Outdoor Pool Complex
in a responsible way, with a plan focused on health and well-being. If you are feeling ill, have recently had a
fever, may have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19, or are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-
19. The Outdoor Pool Complex is operating in alignment with the health and safety protocols implemented
throughout the University Recreation Facilities, including reduced capacity, physical distancing, and face
coverings; visit the COVID-19 UREC Updates website for more information.
Face coverings will be required for each patron age 2 and up who are unvaccinated, including but not limited to: while interacting
with staff, indoor areas (including restrooms), food ordering areas, and when physical distancing cannot be
achieved. Face coverings will not be permitted while in the water or on the water slide. All patrons should
maintain physical distancing while in and out of the water. Patrons may also remove their face covering
while actively eating or drinking, but must be stationary and maintain appropriate physical distancing.
Patrons are encouraged to bring an extra mask in case the first becomes wet.
At this time a reservation is not required to visit the Outdoor Pool Complex, however, reservation
requirements are subject to change. The Outdoor Pool Complex is subject to rehabilitation, weather, and
capacity closures. If the Outdoor Pool Complex reaches capacity, newly arriving patrons will be asked to
wait in the parking lot.
Physical Distancing Measures
We’ve made some temporary adjustments that include limited-contact Guest Services to promote a
responsible and enjoyable environment for everyone. These include:
- Physical Barriers: Physical barriers have been added in select places where it is difficult to maintain
strict physical distancing guidelines.
- Chairs: Pool chairs have been placed in grouping to promote physical distancing. Patrons are asked to
not move the chairs during their visit.
- Cashless Transactions: At this time, University Recreation is not accepting cash payments. Patrons
may use cashless payment options, including debit cards, credit cards and Bama Cash.
- Innertubes: A limited numbers of innertubes will be available to patrons to promote physical distancing
on the lazy river. Patrons are asked to take tube with handles that are submerged in the chlorinated
water and flip tubes handle side down after use.
Coolers, Food, and Beverage
- Coolers and outside food or drink are not allowed in the Outdoor Pool Complex. Water in plastic or
metal containers permitted.
- Patrons may enjoy outside food and drinks at the picnic tables outside the complex entrance, by
the parking lot.
- Gum and food are not allowed in the pool area.
- Food from the concession stand must be kept in the designated eating area.
- Alcohol and tobacco products are prohibited.
- Clothing specifically designed for swimming is required. Overly revealing swimwear and street
clothes are prohibited. Swim attire must be appropriate for a family environment.
- Inappropriate swim attire, swim attire with buckles, rivets, zippers or exposed metal, and other
sharp objects are not allowed.
- For safety, diaper-age children must wear plastic pants or swim diapers in pool areas.
- Patrons are encouraged to arrive swim-ready.
- The facility will close for 30 minutes anytime lightning occurs and reopen 30 minutes after the last
time lightning is detected.
- Rain checks and refunds are not offered for guest passes.
- Inexperienced or non-swimmers are encouraged to wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jackets.
- Water wings are not considered lifesaving devices and their use is discouraged.
- Complimentary life jackets are available for youth.
- Non-swimming or floatation-dependent children must remain within arm’s reach of a
- A valid UA Parking Permit is required.
- Patron Parking Permits are available for purchase.
- Pay Station Parking is located in Student Recreation Center Lot 401 Peter Bryce Blvd, Tuscaloosa,
AL closest to Peter Bryce Blvd.
- Alcohol, tobacco products, and illegal drugs are not permitted.
- Photography of others is prohibited in UREC facilities without consent.
- Coolers and outside food or drink are not allowed in the Outdoor Pool Complex.
- UREC aquatic facilities may not be used for private instruction or to provide services not
approved in writing by UREC such as private lessons or personal training.
- Pets are not permitted in the pool area. Service Animals welcome.
- Bicycles, skateboards, rollerblades, and roller skates are prohibited.
- Towels are not provided or available for purchase at the Outdoor Pool Complex.
- Patrons are encouraged to bring towels to dry off and place them over lounge chairs they utilize.
Pool Safety and Facility Guidelines
University Recreation realizes you are investing your time and energy into health and
fitness, and this facility is for your use. However, using this facility is a privilege, and we ask
that you abide by our UREC Outdoor Pool Complex guidelines in addition to our general UREC Facility Usage Guidelines.
WARNING: Pools are shallow water. NO HEADFIRST ENTRY of any type is permitted in either pool.
- A long whistle blast from the lifeguards is used to clear the pool in the event of an
emergency or severe weather; always follow instructions from the staff.
- Parents/guardians are responsible for the safety and direct supervision of their children at
- Non-swimming or floatation dependent children must remain within arm’s reach of a
- Children requiring the use of diapers must wear swim diapers while using UREC pools.
Please do not change diapers poolside.
- If you have had the flu or diarrhea in the last two weeks, do not swim!
- All swimmers should shower thoroughly before entering the pool and before re-entering
following use of the toilet.
- Purposeful hyperventilation and prolonged repetitive breath-holding are prohibited.
- Glass and stoneware containers are not permitted.
- No running, pushing, horse-playing, or other high-risk behavior in the pool area.
- Courtesy is expected of all pool patrons at all times. The use of foul language, explicit
behavior, excessive noise offensive to others will not be tolerated.
- Clothing specifically designed for swimming is required. Overly revealing swimwear and
street clothes are prohibited.
- Personal floats are not allowed. UREC inner tubes are not allowed in the toddler pool.
- The toddler pool is for children under the age of 6 and is not lifeguarded; parents/guardians
are responsible for the safety of their children.
- The facility will close for 30 minutes anytime lightning occurs and reopen 30 minutes after
the last time lightning is detected.
- Patrons with skin diseases, infections, open cuts, or sores may be denied access to the pool
if it presents a hazard to themselves or other patrons.
- Bandages and/or band-aids are not permitted in the pools.
- Children 4 years of age or older should use same-sex restrooms or inclusive restrooms.
- Climbing onto or over the middle retaining wall is not permitted.
- Gum and food are not allowed in the pool area. Food must be kept in the designated eating
- Aquatic Staff has final authority on all matters in the pool and will restrict any activity
Failure to follow safety rules and staff instructions can result in serious injury to yourself or others and
result in loss of membership/access privileges. University Recreation reserves the right to refuse
admittance to or dismiss from its premises, any persons failing to comply with rules and staff
Waterslide Safety Guidelines
Failure to follow guidelines can result in serious injury.
- Only one slider at a time
- Maximum weight – 300 lbs. (136 hg)
- Minimum height – 48” (1.02m)
- Riders must wait for the attendant’s start signal before starting to slide.
- Only ride slide feet first lying on your back with legs crossed at the ankles and arms
folded across your chest.
- Keep your hands inside the slide at all times.
- Do not run, dive, stand, kneel, rotate or stop in the slide.
- Tubes or personal floatation devices are not permitted in the slide.
- At the end of the slide, obey all instructions by the Lifeguard and exit the pool
- No swimming in the splashdown pool.
To avoid injury:
- Pregnant women and persons with heart conditions or back trouble should not ride
- Eyeglasses must be securely affixed to riders with head straps or held in their hands.
- Swimwear with exposed zippers, buckles, rivets, or metal ornamentation is not
- Do not use this slide while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- Each hour there will be a 10-minute “safety” break for children age 15 years and
younger. All patrons under age 15 must exit the pool for the break and should not
go to the toddler pool during this time. Restroom breaks are encouraged during this
- Parents are encouraged to take children on restroom breaks or check diapers often.
Waiting to hear “I have to go” may be too late. This helps to prevent germs from
- Please change children’s diapers at a diaper-changing area in restrooms and not
- All UA students and UREC Members must present their valid Action Card for entry into the
facility. Adult guests must have a valid photo I.D.
- Children age 15 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian (age 19 and above).