Aquatics

Lifeguards needed

See below for Lifeguard Training and Recertification Course offerings.


Pool Location

Winchester Parks and Recreation's indoor and outdoor pools are located at:
Jim Barnett Park
1001 East Cork Street
Winchester, VA 22601
(540) 662-4946


Outdoor Pool

The outdoor pool is open daily during the summer (Memorial Day through Labor Day).

This facility has eight 50-meter lanes in the main pool and six 25-yard lanes in the diving well (depth varies from 3.5 feet to 11.5 feet). The main pool also has a 30-foot tall tube slide and a one-meter spring board. The zero depth entry baby pool includes a water feature (maximum depth 1.5 feet).

outdoor pool schedule

Fees: Membership, daily fee or season pass (daily fee discount after 5:45 pm for outdoor pool entry)


Indoor Pool

Winchester Parks & Recreation features a 6-lane by 25-meter competition pool that offers a wide range of lessons, classes and lap, open and therapeutic hours.

Indoor Pool Schedule     

Swim Lessons (Ages 9 months-14)

Swim Lessons University is a child-centered, progressive swim lesson program. Each level teaches a specific set of skills that each child will need to master before moving to the next level. Classes ending in 01 are reserved for children ages 3-6 and classes ending in 02 are reserved for children ages 7-14.

Parent & Tot (P&T) - Provides a joyful, loving, child-centered environment featuring songs and activities to encourage skill acquisition while also developing a lifelong love of the water. NOTES: Parents are required to be in the water with the student. Swim diapers are required.
Swim 101/102 (Beginner) - Focuses on kicking, floating and breath control. Must be able to swim 15 feet with their face in the water in order to pass the class. Recommended for students who have never taken a swim lesson before, are uncomfortable in the water, or have aged out of the P&T course.
Swim 201/202 (Swim Strokes) - Intermediate course focusing on the formal strokes of freestyle (front crawl) with side breathing and backstroke. Must have passed one of the 100 level courses, or be comfortable with submerging under the water three times in a row and swimming 15-25 feet on their front without adult support or assistance.
Swim 301/302 (Advanced Swim Strokes) - Focuses on the more complex breaststroke and butterfly. Students will also refine and master freestyle and backstroke. Must have passed one of the 200 level courses, or be able to independently swim freestyle with side breathing and backstroke for 25 ft.
Swim 401/402 (Lifesaving Swim Strokes) - Designed to teach the lifesaving skills such as sidestroke, elementary backstroke and treading. All four previous strokes will be included, with refinement and mastering of the breaststroke and butterfly.Must have passed one of the 300 level courses, or be able to perform freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly independently for 30 ft. Ages: 401 (3-5), 402 (6-8), 403 (9-14)
Competitive Swim Training (Ages 7-18) - Designed for swimmers that have completed the highest level of swim lessons and want to expand their skills into a swim team setting. Students will learn competitive swimming skills through the use of interval training. Must be able to swim laps (25-50 meters) and be proficient in all competitive strokes. 

Fee (P&T-403): $43 R  $49 NR 
Fee (CST): $48 R  $54 NR

Monday/Wednesday Sessions

Available Times Levels Offered
4:30-5 pm P&T, 101, 301, 302, 303
5-5:30 pm 102, 103, 401, 402, 403
5:30-6 pm 101, 201, 202, 203
4:30-5:15 pm CST
5:15-6 pm CST
Session Dates Registration Period
1/27-2/19 1/13-1/22
3/2-3/25 2/17-2/26
4/6-4/29 3/23-4/1

Tuesday/Thursday Sessions

Available Times Levels Offered
9-9:30 am P&T, 201, 202, 203,
301, 302, 303
9:30-10 am 101, 102, 103, 401, 402, 403
6-6:30 pm P&T, 201, 202, 203,
301, 302, 303
6:30-7 pm 101, 102, 103, 401, 402, 403
6-6:45 pm CST
6:45-7:3 pm CST
Session Dates Registration Period
1/28-2/20 1/14-1/23
3/3-3/26 2/18-2/27
4/7-4/30 3/24-4/2

Saturday Sessions

Available Times Levels Offered
11-11:30 am P&T, 201, 202, 203,
301, 302, 303
11:30 am-Noon 101, 102, 103, 401, 402, 403
11:30 am-12:15 pm CST
Session Dates Registration Period
3/7-3/28 2/22-3/2
4/11-5/2 3/28-4/6

Private Swim Lessons (All Ages)

Lessons are 30 minutes long. Instructor preference is available, but not guaranteed. Contact an Aquatics Specialist during the registration period to instructor availability: 540-662-4946, ext. 1827 (Jamie) or 1830 (Bella).

Fee (4 lessons): $57 R  $64 NR

  Monday or Wednesday
Session Dates 11/18-12/11
Available Times 6-6:30 pm, 6:30-7 pm
Registration Period 11/14

 

  Monday Wednesday Friday Saturday
Session Dates 1) 1/27-2/19
2) 3/2-3/25
3) 4/6-4/29
1) 1/29-2/19
2) 3/4-3/25
3) 4/8-4/29
1) 1/31-2/21
2) 3/6-3/27
3) 4/10-5/1
1) 2/1-2/22
2) 3/7-3/28
3) 4/11-5/2
Available Times 6-6:30 pm
6:30-7 pm
6-6:30 pm
6:30-7 pm
6-6:30 pm
6:30-7 pm
12-12:30 pm
12:30-1 pm
1-1:30 pm
1:30-2 pm
Registration Period 1) 1/13-1/22
2) 2/17-2/26
3) 3/23-4/1
1) 1/15-2/24
2) 2/19-2/28
3) 3/25-4/3
1) 1/17-1/26
2) 2/21-3/1
3) 3/27-4/5
1) 1/18-1/27
2) 2/22-3/2
3) 3/28-4/6

Training Courses

Lifeguard Training (Ages 15+)

American Red Cross Lifeguard Training teaches participants the skills and knowledge they will need to prevent, recognize and respond to emergencies. With successful completion, participants will be certified for lifeguard/CPR/AED/First Aid for two years. Attendance is mandatory at all sessions. You will be contacted to set up a pre-swim evaluation prior to the start of class.

Session #1 Session #2
SA/SU/M/W/F, 2/22-2/28
SA/SU, 12-6 pm
M/W/F, 5-9 pm
F/SA/SU, 5/1-5/3
F, 5-9 pm
SA, 9 am-6 pm
SU, 12-6 pm
$225 R  $250 NR $225 R  $250 NR
Register by: 2/13 Register by: 4/23
Activity #: 611234-T7 Activity #: 611234-T8

Lifeguard Recertification (Ages 15+)

Designed for lifeguards who are currently have a valid certification and need to renew. Participants must complete the water skills, CPR/AED skills and score higher than 80% on a written test in order to pass.

Session #1 Session #2
SA, 1/4
9 am-6 pm
SA, 5.9
9 am-6 pm
$45 R  $50 NR $45 R  $50 NR
Register by: 1/2 Register by: 5/7
Activity #: 611234-B8 Activity #: 611234-T9

CPR/AED/First Aid Course (Ages 14+)

Learn to recognize and respond to cardiac, breathing and first aid emergencies. With successful completion, participants will be certified in CPR/AED/First Aid for two years.

Session #1 Session #2
SA, 1/11
9:30 am-3 pm
SA, 3/28
9:30 am-3 pm
$45 R  $55 NR $45 R  $55 NR
Register by: 1/2 Register by: 3/19
Activity #: 612145-03 Activity #: 612145-04

Red Cross Babysitting Class (11-18)

This course will prepare participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to watch and care for children and infants. The curriculum will cover leadership, safety and first aid, understanding children, and what to do in an emergency. Upon successful completion (score at least 80% on the written exams), the participant will receive a certification from the American Red Cross in babysitting and pediatric CPR/First Aid. Attendance at all sessions is mandatory.

Session #1 Session #2
TU/TH/SA, 1/14-1/18
TU/TH, 4-8 pm
SA, 10 am-2 pm
TU/TH/SA, 4/21-4/25
TU/TH, 4-8 pm
SA, 10 am-2 pm
$57 R  $60 NR $57 R  $60 NR
Register by: 1/5 Register by: 4/13
Activity #: 612214-A3 Activity #: 612214-A4

Open Water Scuba Diving (Ages 10+)

Get your scuba diving certification with the PADI* Open Water Diver course - the world's most popular and widely recognized scuba course. Millions of people have learned to scuba dive and gone on to discover the wonders of the aquatic world through this course. Must have adequate swimming skills and good physical health. No prior experience with scuba diving is required. The course consists of three main phases:

  1. Knowledge Development (online, independent study) - Understand basic principles of scuba diving
  2. Confined Water Dives - Learn basic scuba skills
  3. Open Water Dives - Use skills and explore

Dates: SU, 4/26-5/31 (no class 5/3)
Time: 8 am-12 pm
Register by: 4/29 (Activity #: 612217-01)
Fee: $225 due at registration, $190 due at a later date for the online portion
Location: Indoor Pool

Try Dive (Ages 12+)

If you want to find out what it's like to breathe underwater but aren't quite ready to take the plunge into a certification course, this program will let you try scuba to see if you like it. While not an actual scuba certification, during the Try Dive experience, you'll learn how to use scuba equipment in shallow water and get a quick and easy introduction to what it takes to explore the underwater world. During the course, you will learn:

  • What wearing scuba equipment feels like and how easy it is to move around underwater while wearing it
  • What it's like to breathe underwater and learn whether you can be comfortable there
  • Basic skills and safety rules that will carry over to your full scuba certification course when you take the next step 

Fee: $50
​Location: Indoor Pool

Date Time Activity # Register by
SA, 1/18 5:30-8 pm 612217-T1 1/18
SA, 2/16 9:30 am-12 pm 612217-T2 2/16
SA, 3/21 5:30-8 pm 612217-T3 3/21
SA, 4/18 5:30-8 pm 612217-T4 4/18

Pool Rentals

Rent the pool for a party. 

Pool Day Date Times Rates
Indoor SA 11/11-2/29 6-8 pm $96 R  $112 NR
Indoor F 3/1-5/24 7-9 pm $96 R  $112 NR
Indoor SA 3/1-5/24 6-8 pm $96 R  $112 NR
  • Outdoor pool rentals available only during summer season
  • Includes use of lobby areas and locker rooms
  • R = City Resident (22601), NR = Non-City Resident

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Jamie Watts & Isabella Pender
Aquatics Program Specialists
Winchester Parks & Recreation
1001 East Cork Street
Winchester, VA  22601
(540) 662-4946
Fax (540) 678-8791
Email Jamie
Email Isabella