Lap Swim Reservations are Open!

Thank you for your patience and cooperation in helping us keep everyone healthy as we begin to reopen swimming pools.  To ensure a safe environment we will continually review the effectiveness of protocols in compliance with local, state, and University directives and industry best practices.  Please be patient and know that these protocols have been put in place for your safety and to accommodate as many members as possible each day.

Due to restrictions regarding COVID-19 safeguards, advanced reservation of a lap lane is required, serving no more than two swimmers per lane.  Reservations can be made as early as one week in advance and as late as one hour in advance, based on availability.  Reservations are for a scheduled block, allowing time to swim, the transition from the pool, and exit the facility; i.e., swim 45 minutes followed by 15 minutes to change and exit the facility.  Time gaps between sessions are intended to permit staff time to clear the pool area and clean before the next session begins.

If you know that you cannot make your lane reservation, please cancel your reservation online as soon as possible to open the spot for another member of the community.

Summer Semester Reservation Block Start Times

The schedule is subject to modification without advance notice.

Summer Schedule Modifications:
May 31 – Lap Swim 7-10 a.m. only for Memorial Day
July 5 – Closed for Fourth of July Holiday

Monday | Wednesday
7 a.m. | 8 a.m. | 9 a.m. | 10 a.m. | 11 a.m. | 12 p.m. | 4:15 p.m. | 5:15 p.m.

Tuesday | Thursday
7 a.m. | 8 a.m. | 9 a.m. | 10 a.m. | 11 a.m. | 12 p.m. | 5:15 p.m.

7 a.m. | 8 a.m. | 9 a.m. | 10 a.m. | 11 a.m.

Saturday | Sunday

How to Make a Lap Swim Reservation

Reserved Lap Swim is for Students and UREC Members only.

To ensure your spot in a lane please register online through the UREC member portal. Log in to your MyBama account, then select Lap Swim Reservation again. You may “Book Now” from available time slots.

If you don’t have a MyBama account to log in, please contact the Membership Office or the Aquatic Center Welcome Desk to enable your access to the UREC member portal.

Prepare for Your Swim/Arrival

  • Do not enter the facility if you are feeling sick or have been exposed to a COVID-19 case.
  • Enter through the south entrance (facing the parking lot off Hackberry Lane) and check-in at the Aquatic Center Welcome Desk.
  • A valid Action Card is required to access the facility.
  • Wear your mask. Facial coverings that cover the nose and mouth are required at all times when inside a UREC facility, except when actively swimming.
  • Practice physical distancing while in the facility.
  • Swimmers are encouraged to arrive ready to swim.
  • Swimmers will provide their own pool equipment including goggles, kickboards, pull buoys, towels, etc.
  • Prior to entering the pool swimmers should use an on-deck shower for rinsing.
  • Prior to entering the pool, swimmers should rinse their personal swim equipment to reduce possible cross-contamination on the pool deck.

During Swim

  • No more than two swimmers will be assigned per lane. Please do not change lanes.
  • Swimmers must enter and exit the pool at their assigned lane number cone; odd-numbered cones are opposite even-numbered cones.
  • Solo swimmers are expected to swim in the middle of their lane to allow for appropriate physical distancing, while pairs are expected to start and stop at opposite ends and properly circle swim.
  • Exit times will be enforced.

After Swimming

  • Lifeguards will blow the whistle to signify the end of the swim time.
  • At the conclusion of the reserved session please exit the facility as soon as reasonably possible.
  • Please continue to follow physical distancing guidelines along with properly wearing a face-covering upon exiting the pool.
  • Locker rooms and restrooms are open; however, showers will not be available.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly and/or use hand sanitizer after leaving the pool. Hand sanitizer will be available at the facility.
  • Please remember to take all your belongings with you. All Lost and Found items will be discarded.
  • Do not congregate in the facility after swimming.


  • Locker rooms for changing only. Access to rented lockers.
  • AC Welcome Desk
  • On-deck rinse showers
  • Restrooms
  • Water bottle filling stations

Not Available

  • Cash transactions
  • Family hours
  • Guest Passes
  • Swim Equipment
  • Swim Lessons
  • Water fountains

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the duration of each lane reservation?

Reservations will be for scheduled swim times. At the end of your swim time, the lifeguards will clear the pool and pool area to clean before the next group arrives. Reserved lanes that are not claimed will be released five minutes after scheduled start for walk-in participants.

NOTE: Reservations begin from the start of your reserved time slot, NOT from the time of arrival.

What if I need to cancel my reservation?

If you need to cancel, please do so as soon as possible to allow other members the opportunity to register for the time slot.

We are hopeful that members will be respectful of the need to make reservations. However, should we notice a member abusing the system, we may see the need to have a conversation with them. These incidences will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

If lanes are available but I don’t have a reservation, can I still swim?

Yes! You are welcome to have a lane if there is availability. Reserved lanes that are not claimed will be released five minutes after scheduled reservation for walk-in participants.

If all the lanes are reserved and you don’t have a reservation, you will not be able to access the facility.