Natatorium | Recreational Services
University of Iowa
Open Today
  • 10:00 am – 8:00 pmLap Swim (Competition Pool)

The Natatorium is our Olympic sized swimming pool that is used by Recreational Services and the University of Iowa Swimming and Diving Team. 

In order to use the Natatorium everyone visiting will need to have a membership.  There are daily memberships available for purchase upon arrival at the CRWC.  Please note a photo ID is required for anyone 14 and older wishing to enter the facility. 

Natatorium Information

  • Depth: 7ft-9ft
  • Pool Temp: 79-81 Degrees F
  • Open Rec. Format: Lap Swim Only
  • Configuration Schedule:
  • August-March: 25 yard (Short Course) Configuration
  • April-August: 50 meter (Long Course) Configuration

The above are general timelines for the competitive pool configuration. There may be instances within either period of time where the pool is setup in the opposite or another configuration based on the pool programming or special event schedule.

General Pool Rules

  1. A Recreational Services lifeguard must be present before entering the water.
  2. Emergency Signal—3 whistle blasts. Exit the pool immediately.
  3. No diving in the shallow end of the swimming pool and in other areas where it is marked “NO DIVING”.
  4. No horseplay in or around the swimming pool.
  5. No running on the deck.
  6. Proficient swimming ability is required in deep water areas.
  7. Do not enter the pool if you have a communicable disease or an open wound.
  8. Shower before entering the pool and after use of restroom facilities.
  9. Proper swimwear is required.
  10. Glass containers are prohibited in the pool area.
  11. Do not bring food, drink, gum, alcohol, or tobacco products into the pool.
  12. Swimming or diving instruction may be provided solely by Recreational Services aquatics staff or approved groups.
  13. Activity deemed unsafe by the lifeguard will be prohibited.

For additional natatorium-specific policies, please visit the "Rules and Policies" tab.

Swim Suit Policy

Appropriate swimwear is required at all times in all Recreational Services aquatic facilities.

Acceptable

  • Standard swimwear: 
    • Swim trunks, bathing suits, competitive suits, body suits, rash guards and scuba suits.
  • Appropriate coverage:
    •  Females: covering breasts, buttocks, genitals and pubic regions.
    •  Males: covering buttocks, genitals, and pubic regions.
  • All swimwear must be dual lined material with inner liner.

Unacceptable

  • Items that are not considered swimwear:
    • Compression shorts, sports bras, Under Armour, athletic shorts, thongs, cotton clothing, cut-off jeans or shorts.
  • Inappropriate coverage of body parts as deemed so by our aquatic staff.
  • Worn out materials/transparent materials.

For infants and children:

  • Infants and children that are not toilet trained must wear swim diapers.
  • Infants and children in swim diapers must have a swimsuit over the diaper at all times.

General Pool Rules:

  1. A Recreational Services lifeguard must be present before entering the water.
  2. Emergency Signal—3 whistle blasts. Exit the pool immediately.
  3. No diving in the shallow end of the swimming pool and in other areas where it is marked “NO DIVING”.
  4. No horseplay in or around the swimming pool.
  5. No running on the deck.
  6. Proficient swimming ability is required in deep water areas.
  7. Do not enter the pool if you have a communicable disease or an open wound.
  8. Shower before entering the pool and after use of restroom facilities.
  9. Proper swimwear is required.
  10. Glass containers are prohibited in the pool area.
  11. Do not bring food, drink, gum, alcohol, or tobacco products into the pool.
  12. Swimming or diving instruction may be provided solely by Recreational Services aquatics staff or approved groups.

Activity deemed unsafe by the lifeguard will be prohibited.


Competition Pool Rules

Maximum Capacity: 647 Patrons

  1. A Recreational Services lifeguard must be present before entering the water.
  2. Emergency Signal—3 whistle blasts. Exit the pool immediately.
  3. Proficient swimming ability is required. Flotation devices may be used only during supervised instructional classes or with consent of the aquatic director.
  4. No swimming or reaching beneath the moveable bulkheads.
  5. Use of starting platforms is limited to approved user groups.
  6. Activity deemed unsafe by the lifeguard will be prohibited.
  7. All general pool rules apply.

Diving Well Rules

Maximum Capacity: 128 Patrons

  1. A Recreational Services lifeguard must be present before entering the water.
  2. Emergency Signal—3 whistle blasts. Exit the pool immediately.
  3. Proficient swimming ability is required. Flotation devices may be used only during supervised instructional classes or with consent of the aquatic director.
  4. Use of diving towers and diving harnesses is restricted to authorized collegiate divers, or approved groups, under the direct supervision of certified diving coaches or instructors.
  5. When diving boards and diving towers are in use, swim only in designated areas.
  6. Goggles and other eyewear may not be worn while using the diving boards or diving towers.
  7. When recreational diving is available:
    1. Only the inside 1-meter and inside 3-meter springboards may be used.
    2. Springboard fulcrum must be set in the forward-most position.
    3. All jumps and dives must be in a straight-forward direction.
    4. Back dives, inward dives, reverse dives, spins, handstands, and seat drops are not permitted.
    5. Only one person on a diving board at a time.
    6. Only one bounce per jump or dive is allowed.
    7. Swim directly to the nearest stair and exit the pool after each entry.
  8. Activity deemed unsafe by the lifeguard will be prohibited.
  9. All general pool rules apply.

Diving Well Spa Rules

Maximum Capacity: 11 Patrons

  1. Persons with a medical condition, including pregnancy, should not use the spa without first consulting with a physician.
  2. Anyone having a contagious disease shall not use the spa.
  3. Persons shall not use the spa immediately following exercise or while under the influence of alcohol, narcotics, or other drugs.
  4. Persons shall not use the spa alone or without supervision.
  5. Children shall be accompanied by an adult (persons under 14 years of age must be accompanied by a supervising adult).
  6. Persons shall not use the spa longer than 10 minutes.
  7. No one shall dive or jump into the spa.
  8. Do not bring reading materials into the spa.
  9. Use of the diving well spa is restricted to authorized collegiate athletes, coaches, staff, and approved groups.
  10. All general pool rules pool rules apply.

Lap Swim Etiquette

  1. Lap swim is permitted only in the area designated by the lifeguard on duty.
  2. In lanes designated for lap swimming, priority for lane space will be given to lap swimmers. At the discretion of the lifeguard, all non-lap swim activity must discontinue if the area is needed for lap swimmers.
  3. Before entering a lap swim lane, notify any patrons already using the lane.
  4. Expect to share a lane. Patrons may not reserve lap swim lanes to themselves if use is requested by other patrons.
  5. Circle swim in a counter-clockwise direction when swimming in a lane with more than two people.
  6. Make shallow water areas or outside lanes available to less experienced swimmers if requested. The lifeguard on duty has final authority on placement of swimmers due to ability level.
  7. Kickboards, pull-buoys, and aqua-jogging belts are provided as training aids for lap swimmers and aqua-joggers engaging in exercise and training activities. Equipment is not to be used as a flotation device for non-swimmers.
  8. Use of toys is prohibited in lanes designated for lap swimming.
  9. Do not swim underneath other lap swimmers or cross lap swim lanes.
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Hours

  • 10:00 am – 8:00 pmLap Swim (Competition Pool)