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

Monthly Pool Schedule

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

Monthly Pool Schedule     

Aquatics ManagerJennifer Ayers-Millar (843) 364-3863

Seasonal Pools - Open May-September
Herbert Hasell Pool
265 Fishburne St. - Ph: (843) 724-7344
Pool Manager: Emmett Smith
James Island Pool
1088 Quail Dr. - Ph: (843) 795-5678
Pool Manager: Freddy Lentz

Pool Information
Summer Swim Lesson Information

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

 2018 Swim Lessons
All swim lessons are taught by certified instructors. Call your local pool for more information on skill levels and assessments. 

Summer Swim Lesson Registration:
May 19 for sessions I & II
 June 16 for sessions III & IV

Session I: June 4-14
Session II: June 18-28
Session II: July 9-19
Session IV: July 23-August 2

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

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The City of Charleston Recreation Department is 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

  • Monday-Friday (8:00am-8:45am or 9:00am-9:45am)
  • Monday-Thursday (6:30pm-7:15pm)
  • Tuesday & Thursday (7:00am-7:45am)
  • Saturdays (9:00am-9:45am)

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

Location: W.L Stephens Aquatics Center
(843) 769-8261

Cost: $20 per (10-punch card); $3 per class, 
$2 for seniors (55 & up)


 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

 Youth 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 21

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. 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. 

Registration starts
April 9