Activities and Programs at this Facility

  • Lap swim and open recreation swim
  • SUP yoga and water aerobics
  • SCUBA and kayak roll clinics
  • American Red Cross Lifeguard and Water Safety Instructor Courses
  • Adult and children learn to swim classes.
  • We provide American Red Cross Certified Lifeguards at anytime the pool is open for use.

If you have an event or an aquatic interest, please do not hesitate to contact University Recreation.

Klotsche Center Natatorium (Pool)

diver in poolThe pool is an indoor 25 yard, 8 lane pool which includes a diving tank with one 1-meter board. The pool is drained at the end of each summer, re-grouted and cleaned for every new academic year. We also host all aquatic programs sponsored by University Recreation.

Pool Temperature: 79 to 80 degrees

Swimming Pool Rules
  • No swimmer may use pool alone (Lifeguard must be on deck).
  • Proper swim attire required (no cut offs, gym shorts, or T-shirts unless approved by staff).
  • Persons with cuts, abrasions or communicable skin diseases should not use the pool.
  • Bathing caps are recommended, but not required.
  • Soap showers must be taken before swimming in the pool.
  • NO GLASS, eating, drinking, in or around pool area.
  • No inflatable toys or flotation devices allowed.
  • All personal belongings are to be left in lockers.
  • No street shoes on deck.
  • No running, or unnecessary roughness allowed in pool area.
    • No launching kids with hands and feet
    • Climbing on other swimmers is not allowed
    • Non-swimmers must stay in shallow end of pool
  • No hanging on lane lines or safety lines.
  • UREC Lifeguards regulate the diving area and board.
    • One person on diving boards at a time
    • Only one bounce on diving board
    • Dive or jump off the front of the diving board only
    • No one allowed in the deep end while board is in use
  • No diving, cannon balls, etc. in shallow end.
    • Jump feet first only in the shallow side of pool
  • Patrons may not use the diving blocks at any time.
  • No use of foul or offensive language.
  • No pets allowed in pool area (service animals are allowed).
  • No pets allowed in pool area (service animals are allowed).
  • Mono-Fins that cover the legs/hips/knees/ankles are prohibited. (IE Mermaid Tails are not allowed)
  • Lifeguard has complete authority in and around the pool area.
  • University Recreation Administration may revise rules when deemed necessary.

Lap Swim

Lap Swim is a great opportunity for faculty, staff, students and members to work out or just relax in the pool; kick-boards and pull buoys are available along with a few other items.

Lap Swim Policies
  1. Lap lanes are intended for the use by people who can swim complete lengths.
  2. Many swimmers occasionally rest at the end of the lane between laps. It is not advisable to stop in the middle of a lane.
  3. No diving into the shallow end of a lane.
  4. If you are unable to swim complete lengths, it is suggested that you practice in the open swim area until your swimming skills and stamina have improved.
  5. Non-swimmers and those who want to engage in non-lap swimming activities should us the designated open area.
  6. Do not enter a lane occupied by another swimmer without making sure that the other swimmer knows you are there. The best way to get the swimmer’s attention is to sit down at the end of the pool and put your legs in the water.  Tap a swimmer on the shoulder if necessary.
  7. A kickboard will rarely keep a tired swimmer afloat. Inexperienced swimmers should not enter the deep water thinking that a kickboard is a secure flotation device.
  8. Do not sit, stand on or hold onto the lane lines.
  9. Please put kickboards and pull-buoys beck where you found them. Do not take a     kickboard which you find on the deck at the end of a lane because another swimmer is probably intending to use it.
  10. Please keep your arms and legs inside your lane, especially while swimming strokes like the backstroke, breaststroke or sidestroke. If you accidentally kick someone, please apologize at the earliest opportunity.

How to Split a Lane

  1. When there are two people in a lane, a lane may be split. This means that one swimmer stay on the right side and one swimmer stays on the left.
  2. When a third person enters, circle swimming is necessary for all three swimmers.

How to Circle Swim

  1. When any lane has more than two people in it,  patrons should swim in a counter-clockwise circle.
  2. Especially when it’s busy, a mixture of fast and slow swimmers circling in the same lane will frustrate everyone. Swimmers should try to join circles of people swimming at about their own speed.
  3. To join a circle, try to fit in when there is adequate space between swimmers.
  4. If you want to rest after a lap, stop and rest in the corner so others have room to turn using as much of the t on the wall as possible.
  5. Always defer to the faster swimmer. If someone at your feet is trying to pass, stop at the end of the lap and let her/him go ahead of you.
  6. When approaching the end of the pool, to turn, go to the left corner to make your turn and head straight out. Be sure no one is at your feet trying to pass when you push off.
  7. Be aware of what is going on in your lane.
Swimming Laps, Distances and Lengths
Laps Distance Lengths
8 1/4 Mile 16
14 3/8 Mile 28
18 1/2 Mile 36
24 2/3 Mile 48
26 3/4 Mile 52
36 1 Mile 72

Intercollegiate Athletics

The Klotsche Natatorium is also home to the UWM Men’s and Women’s Swimming and Diving Teams.