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Welcome to Harvard Aquatics! Our team of lifeguards, desk monitors and management staff proudly run all aquatics facilities on Harvard University campus, the home of Harvard Varsity Swimming and Diving, Water polo, and recreational swim.


Harvard Recreation offers two pools for you to use: The Malkin Athletic Center Pool, which is located at 39 Holyoke St. in Cambridge, and the Blodgett Pool, located at 65 N. Harvard St. in Boston. For more information and details on each facility, please click here.


Specialty Classes

Please note: purchasing a specialty class does not give you access to other areas of the facility.

You must possess a Harvard recreation membership in order to receive the member rate. Non-members may enter the facility one hour prior to the class and may stay up to one hour after the conclusion of class, within facility hours.

Class Type

Member Rate

Non-Member Rate

55 minute class



75 minute class







Blodgett Pool Classes

Building Speed and Endurance in Freestyle  (75 min class) REGISTER HERE

This fun and challenging workout class is designed to introduce the intermediate-level swimmer to drills and swim sets that will build efficiency, speed and endurance. Flip turns included. Deep water comfort required.  Fins are recommended (instructor will advise).  

Maximum participants: 12

Instructor:  Betty Lou McClanahan

Mondays, 8:45-10:00pm

July 6, 13, 20, 27

Intermediate Swim: All Strokes  (75 min class) REGISTER HERE

This swim class is for intermediate swimmers with basic freestyle and deep water comfort. You will learn backstroke, breast stroke and butterfly in this class. Drills and swim sets will help refine your new strokes. Deep water comfort required.  Fins are recommended. (Instructor will advise).   

Maximum participants:  12 

Instructor:  Betty Lou McClanahan

Tuesdays, 8:45-10:00pm

July 7, 14, 21, 28

Boating Swimming Tests

1. Students, Faculty, Staff and affiliates that wish to row or sail at any point during their affiliation with Harvard must successfully complete a swimming test.

2.The swim test consists of: Jump or dive into deep water. Surface and swim 100 continuous yards using either front crawl or breaststroke while demonstrating rhythmic breathing. Tread water for 2 minutes.

3. You must be an officer, student or staff with a Harvard ID or be a Harvard Affiliate with a Harvard Athletic Facility pass to take the Harvard Swim test.

4. Tests will be given during regular hours of operation until 15 minutes prior to closing time. (You must show the lifeguard your Harvard ID, prior to taking the test.)

5. Swim Test cards are valid for one year.

Contact Aquatics

 Joan Kisthardt, Aquatics Manager

(617) 495-0597


Aquatics or pool related inquiries, please contact Joan Kisthardt.

Memberships and towel service inquires, please contact Nick Mello.

Overnight locker rental inquiries, please contact Casey Arnold.

Swimming class inquiries, please contact Kim Postler.


Interested in becoming a lifeguard? Get more information here.