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Year-Round Pools
MLK, Jr. Pool 
155 Jackson St. - Ph: (843) 724-7346
Pool Manager: Basir Robertson

Pool Information
Weekly Pool Schedule
W.L. Stephens Aquatic Center
780 W. Oak Forest Drive - Ph: (843) 769-8261
Pool Manager: Tiffany Taylor

Pool Information
Weekly Pool Schedule      
Aquatics ManagerJennifer Ayers-Millar (843) 364-3863

Seasonal Pools - Now Closed 
Herbert Hasell Pool
265 Fishburne St. - Ph: (843) 724-7344
Pool Manager: Emmett Smith

Pool Information
Weekly Pool Schedule 
James Island Pool
1088 Quail Dr. - Ph: (843) 795-5678
Pool Manager: Freddy Lentz

Pool Information: Page 1 & Page 2 
Weekly Pool Schedule

 City-Wide Pool Rules
Click here to view all pool rules

Fall Swim Lessons
Registration begins: 
August 19 at 9:00am
Locations: MLK Pool & W.L. Stephens Pool

Session I: September 5-28
Session II: October 3-26

Swim Lesson Registration Form   *   Information about Swim Lessons   *   Swimming & Water Safety Levels


 Splash Into Summer!

May 27th from 12:00pm-2:00pm
MLK Pool

 May is National Water Safety Month! Kick off summer with a community swim day and event. 
Stations will include games, fun activities, and safety tips for all ages. 

Participants get a FREE pass for Rec Swim the day of the event AND are entered in a drawing for a Family Summer Pass!

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The City of Charleston Recreation Department is now a proud partner of Make a Splash! 
Make a Splash is the national child-focused water safety initiative of the USA Swimming Foundation, which aims to provide the opportunity for every child in America to learn to swim. Make a Splash partners with learn-to-swim providers and water safety advocates across the country to provide swimming lessons and educate children and their families on the importance of learning how to swim. The USA Swimming Foundation has invested millions of dollars to provide grants to qualified Local Partner learn-to-swim programs, to spread national awareness, and to bring together strategic partners to end drowning.  To date, nearly 2 million children have received the lifesaving gift of swim lessons through our Make a Splash Local Partner network, comprised of more than 600 qualified lesson providers across the nation. To learn more, visit the Make a Splash Website.

Aquatic Programs   
Water Fitness Classes
Location: W.L. Stephens Aquatics Center
(843) 769-8261
Cost: $20 per (10-punch card); $3 per class,
$2 for seniors (55 & up)

Arthritis Aquatics Fitness Program 
Dates/Times: Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays from 10:00am-10:45am
Location: W.L Stephens Aquatics Center
(843) 769-8261


Water Safety Instructor
Course Dates: April 4-15
Classes: Tuesdays & Thursdays from 6:30pm-9:00pm &
Saturdays from 9:00am-4:00pm 
Ages: 16 & up
Cost: $145 City Resident; $165 Non-City Resident

This is a blended learning class where a portion will be completed online and the rest will be done at the pool. Participants must demonstrate swimming ability equivalent to Level IV in the Learn-to-Swim program and must attend all sessions with suit. Prior to each session, participants must complete online assignments listed in the itinerary.
Books not included-may download for free or purchase at 
Please register online. 

SwimCalm is a highly effective program dedicated to adults who have fear of water and wish to heal that fear and learn to swim. A SwimCalm Beginner course is approximately 22 hours of instruction provided over 8 sessions. The course involves some reading, discussion, and lots of water time. 

Please visit for a listing of 2017 course offerings. 

 U.S. Masters Adult Learn-to-Swim Program

The USMS Adult Learn-to-Swim Program curriculum is based on teaching methods practiced by leading Adult Learn-to-Swim authorities. It incorporates the most innovative and effective training methods. The program is designed for the beginning simmer up to the U.S. Masters swimmer. Our instructors specialize in working with adults. Set up your individual time or join scheduled classes. Contact our facilities for more information. 

Cost: $35 per City Resident; $45 per Non-City Resident per 4 hours of instruction

Lifeguard Classes
This is a blended learning class where a portion will be completed online and the rest will be done at the pool. Register online here. Course includes CPR –PR, First Aid certifications – (books not included – may download free or purchase copy from the Red Cross)
Course Dates: October 2-14
Classes held: Mondays & Wednesdays from 6pm-9pm & Saturdays 9am-4pm
LocationMLK Pool (155 Jackson Street) Call (843) 724-7346
Cost: $125 City Resident; $145 Non-City Resident; 
 Challenge the LG course $75; CPR-PR only $65
Ages: 15 & up

 Swim Teams

 Southern Marlins Racing
Team (SMRT)

The year-round swimming program comprised of athletes
from the tri-county area. Programs are
geared for all levels, from novice to recreation to elite competitors on travel 
teams. Practice schedules vary
by locations, age groups, and swim seasons. 

Head Coach: Michael
Email: or

WLS Pool: 769-8261
MLK Pool: 724-7346

City of Charleston Intramural
Swim League
This is a fun, developmental,
non-competitive league.
Swimmers practice and
compete between the three City pools (MLK, HH, WLS). Swimmers need to be able to swim the length of the
pool (25 meters) non-stop
to make the team. For
more information, call
(843) 364-3863. 

Cost: $40 per City Resident; $55 per Non-City Resident ($30 per additional child)

Registration begins April 25

Registration Form
Meet Schedule

James Island Swim Team
This a parent supported
team and family volunteers
are always welcome!
Team suits may be
purchased but are not required. Registration starts April 3. Tentative
practice start date is
May 1. Practice times
will vary according to age group. Meets are
Tuesday and Thursday evenings and swimmers usually need to report to the pool by 5:45pm. 

Cost: $60 per City Resident; $75 per Non-City Resident ($50 per additional child)
Cost includes t-shirt and cap. 

 Master Swim Team
Adults over 18

The team provides a comprehensive program to help fitness, tri-athlete, competitive, and
non-competitive adults
achieve their swimming
goals. Skill levels range
from beginner swimmers
to USA Masters world
record holders. 

Workouts occur Monday-Friday from 5:45am-7:00am and Saturday from 7:00am-
8:00am downtown
at the 50 meter Olympic size MLK Pool. 

Please call (843) 724-7346 for more information.