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.

Pool Policies

Before you visit our pools, please review the pool policies here.

Specialty Classes & Swim Lessons

Specialty classes are offered at both Blodgett Pool and the Malkin Athletic Center pool. Classes run each semester, in the fall, spring and summer. For specific class information, please visit the classes at Blodgett Pool and those at the Malkin Athletic Center Pool.

Swim lessons are offered at the Malkin Athletic Center. We offer adult & youth private & semi-private lessons. Please complete the Swim Lesson Request Form to schedule a lesson.

Harvard Aquatics also offers Lifeguard Training classes for the Harvard community and the general public. For more information, please visit our Certification page.

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 five years.

Job Opportunities

Harvard Aquatics is currently hiring certified lifeguards and deck monitors. For more information, please visit our job openings page.

Contact Aquatics

 Joan Kisthardt, Aquatics Manager

(617) 495-0597


Aquatics or pool related inquiries, please contact the Aquatics Office.

Memberships and towel service inquires, please contact Kyle McGinitty at

For overnight locker rental inquiries at Blodgett Pool, please contact Ashley Montecchio.

For overnight locker rental inquiries at the MAC Pool, please contact:

Swimming class inquiries, please contact Kim Postler at