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



Job Opportunities

Harvard Aquatics is hiring certified lifeguards!  We also have front
desk monitor positions open.  Please visit our job openings page.




Harvard Recreation offers two pools for you to use: The Malkin Athletic Center Pool, which is located at 39 Holyoke Street in Cambridge, and the Blodgett Pool, located at 65 N. Harvard Street 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.

Certification Classes

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

Specialty Classes

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 the Blodgett and Malkin Athletic Center Pools.


 Swim Lesson Packages

To request swim lessons for adults or children, please fill out the onine SWIM LESSON REQUEST FORM.  Please note that we do not accept lesson requests via email.  

When an instructor has an opening in their schedule, they will move to the next person on the list whose availability fits their schedule and will contact the client at that time. Therefore, the more flexibility you can list, the greater your chance of getting matched with an instructor.

Please note that we do not offer group or buddy lessons for children. The only option for youth lessons is one-on-one.
Adults are 14 & up, and lessons are 55 minutes.

Youths are 18 months and up to age 13, and lessons are 35 minutes. 

For swim lesson questions not answered by the above information, please contact Dawn Stenis. Please note: swim lessons may not be requested via email.


Adult Private Swim Lesson Packages

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Adult Buddy Swim Lesson Packages

(2 people with similar goals and abilities. Cost is per person)

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Adult Group Swim Lesson Packages

(3-6 people with similar goals and abilities. You put together the group. Cost is per person)

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Youth Private Swim Lesson Packages

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For swim lesson inquiries, not answered by the information above, please contact Dawn Stenis.


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.


Contact Aquatics

Miles Keesy, Aquatics Manager

(617) 495-0597

Alexa Serafine, Assistant Aquatics Manager


Colleen Cleary, Training & Operations Assistant

(617) 496-2104


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


Swim lessons and packages, please contact Dawn Stenis.