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Aquatics

  

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.

Pool Information: Blodgett

Pool Information: Malkin Athletic Center

Swim Lessons

Certification Classes

 

Boating Swim Tests

Pool Policies

Child Supervison Policies

Job Opportunities

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BLODGETT POOL

 E-mail Updates

Please visit the Blodgett Pool facility information web page.

Blodgett Pool facility information

 

Blodgett pool is our Olympic Sized facility with 3 separate swimming areas. During normal rec swimming hours, up to 14 lanes in both deep and shallow water can be made available, as well as the 'Middle Deep', our deep water diving well. 

How do I gain recreational access to Blodgett Pool? In order to gain access to Malkin Pool, you must purchase a Harvard Athletic membership. You can either do this online or in person at the Membership Office in the Malkin Athletic Center.

Membership information

What is the cost of a Harvard Athletic membership? The cost of the Harvard Athletic membership varies depending on your Harvard affiliation. You can find more information about these fees by visiting the Membership Office in person or by visiting the Membership information page.

How can I find any Special Hours and Closings for Blodgett Pool? You can find this information by visiting our our Special hours/Closings web page or by joining our E-mail list, which will inform you of any upcoming schedule changes. 
Special Hours/Closings

Does Blodgett Pool offer Locker or Towel service? Locker and Towel service are available at Malkin Athletic Center. Transient lockers are available to all users of the building free of charge (you must bring your own lock). Over night lockers can only be purchased at the Malkin Athletic Center Front Desk. Towel Service is also available to all recreational users of the Malkin Athletic Center, HUID card holders have the option of purchasing online. All other members must purchase in person at the Membership Office.
Locker & Towel Service

 

MALKIN POOL

 

 E-mail Updates

Please visit the Blodgett Pool facility information web page.

Malkin Pool facility information

 

 

 

The Malkin Pool hosts over 30,000 Recreation users a year. This beautiful facility features two swimming pools to accommodate all types of users. Swimming lessons, group swim classes and scuba classes are available.

 

How do I gain recreational access to Malkin Pool? In order to gain access to Malkin Pool, you must purchase a Harvard Athletic membership. You can either do this online or in person at the Membership Office in the Malkin Athletic Center.

Membership information

What is the cost of a Harvard Athletic membership? The cost of the Harvard Athletic membership varies depending on your Harvard affiliation. You can find more information about these fees by visiting the Membership Office in person or by visiting the Membership information page.

How can I find any Special Hours and Closings for Malkin Pool? You can find this information by visiting our our Special hours/Closings web page or by joining our E-mail list, which will inform you of any upcoming schedule changes. 
Special Hours/Closings

Does Malkin Pool offer Locker or Towel service? Locker and Towel service are available at Malkin Athletic Center. Transient lockers are available to all users of the building free of charge (you must bring your own lock). Over night lockers can only be purchased at the Malkin Athletic Center Front Desk. Towel Service is also available to all recreational users of the Malkin Athletic Center, HUID card holders have the option of purchasing online. All other members must purchase in person at the Membership Office.
Locker & Towel Service

 


SWIMMING LESSONS

 

Swim lessons are available at Harvard!

You must be a Harvard Affiliate with a valid HUID and current Recreation Facility Membership to register for swim lessons. 

   To request Swim Lessons, please complete the Swim Lesson Request form.  Submit your completed form to Nicole Pizzi npizzi@fas.harvard.edu.  Please allow up to 3 business days for your request to be processed and for an instructor to contact you.

 

 

 


Youth** Private Swim Lesson Packages

We offer private (one-on-one) lessons for children beginning at 18 months of age.

35 minute sessions

1 Session $32
   
5 Sessions $130

10 Session $240

 

Adult* Private Swim Lesson Packages

1 Session $45
   
5 Sessions $190

10 Sessions $352       

Adult* Buddy Swim Lesson Packages
(2 people with similar goals & abilities.  Must register with a partner.  Cost is per person.)

1 Session $34
   
 5 Sessions $145

10    Sessions $260

Adult* Semi-Private Swim Lesson Packages
(3-6 people with similar goals & abilities.  Cost is per person)

5 Sessions $110

10 Sessions $194

 

*Adult Lessons – ages 14 & older/55 minutes sessions

 **Youth Lessons – ages 13 & under/35 minute sessions

 



Are Aqua Aerobics classes offered at the MAC?

The Aqua Aerobics classes are included on the Group Exercise class schedule. The MAC small pool is closed to non-class participants during Aqua Aerobics classes. To view the Group Exercise Schedule please go click here.

Lifeguard Certification class information is located HERE.

 

 

 

 

 


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.

 

 


Malkin & Blodgett Pool policies

 

 

 

 

 

The lifeguard and monitor staffs are here to ensure your safety and enjoyment. Please familiarize yourself with the pool regulations posted in the lobby and on signs on the pool deck. Some of the major regulations are listed below:

1. No carriages or strollers are permitted on the pool deck. Each child under the age of 7 must be accompanied and directly supervised by an adult at all times while in the facility, including in the water. One adult must be present per two children under age 7, and one adult per four children between ages 7 and 18. If a child cannot swim independently for 25 yards, a parent or guardian must remain in arm’s reach at all times regardless of the child’s age in a one to one ratio.

2. Personal flotation devices are NOT permitted.

3. Kick boards are available on a first come, first serve basis. Please return them when you are done.

4. Scuba equipment, including masks and snorkels, are NOT permitted in the pool. Exceptions will only be made for those with current medical approval on file with the Aquatic Director.

5. Diving from starting blocks, diving boards, and towers is prohibited.

6. Blodgett prohibits swimmers from using any entrance other than the main doors.

7. Private swimming lessons are prohibited. Only Harvard Aquatics Staff may give swimming lessons.

8. Blodgett users are not permitted in closets or storage areas, or to adjust pace clocks.

9. Swimmers must circle swim when there are more than two people swimming in a lane (staying to the right). Tap toes to pass.

10. Special activities may necessitate the change in or cancelation of recreational swim hours. Please check weekly schedule with monitors desk at 617-495-1789.

11. The MAC small pool is closed to non-class participants during Aqua Aerobics classes.

LIFEGUARDS ON DUTY ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR POOL ACTIVITIES AND HAVE AUTHORITY TO SUSPEND POOL PRIVILEGES. PARTICIPANTS MUST COMPLY WITH INSTRUCTIONS OF THE LIFEGUARDS.

Thank you for your cooperation in helping us to maintain a safe pool environment.

 


Malkin & Blodgett child supervision policy


FOR THE SAFETY OF THE CHILDREN, THE HARVARD ATHLETIC
DEPARTMENT MAINTAINS THE FOLLOWING POLICY
REGARDING THE SUPERVISION OF CHILDREN:

1) All children over sixth months in age are welcome to use the pools.

2) All flotation devices used by children must be Coast Guard Approved. Water wings and inflatable tubes are not considered Coast Guard Approved.

3) Supervising adults must present their HUID or recreation membership card upon entering the facility.

4) Affiliates without a family recreational membership must pay a $15.00 guest fee upon entering the facility if accompanied by a child.

5) Any adult responsible for children must accompany and directly supervise their children, regardless of age, at all times. No more than four children per adult.

6) One adult may supervise no more than two children under the age of 7. The adult must accompany and directly supervise the children in the water.

7) No carriages, strollers, or unsupervised children, regardless of age, are permitted on the pool deck

8) All children under three years old who are not toilet-trained must wear a cloth, reusable swim diaper with tight fitting, elastic waist and leg openings. Disposable swim diapers are not permitted.

Lifeguards on duty are responsible for pool activity and have authority to suspend pool privileges. Participants must comply with instructions of the lifeguards.

Thank you for your cooperation in helping us to maintain a safe pool environment.

 




Contact us!

 

 

 

 

 Joan Kisthardt, Aquatics Manager

(617) 495-0597

jkisthardt@fas.harvard.edu

George MacMasters, Aquatics Coordinator

(617) 495-5512

macmast@fas.harvard.edu

 

For any aquatics or pool related inquiries, please contact Aquatics Manager Joan Kisthardt at jkisthardt@fas.harvard.edu

For any inquiries regarding memberships and towel service, please contact Nick Mello at amembers@fas.harvard.edu

For any inquiries related to overnight locker usage or purchase, please contact Casey Blodget at caseyblodget@fas.harvard.edu

For any inquiries related to swimming lessons, programs or classes, please contact Fitness Program Manager Nicole Pizzi at npizzi@fas.harvard.edu

 

INTERESTED IN WORKING FOR HARVARD AQUATICS? VISIT OUR JOB OPPORTUNITIES PAGE HERE

INTERESTED IN BECOMING A CERTIFIED LIFEGUARD? VISIT OUR CERTFICATION

PAGE HERE