Aquatics

Campus Recreation

NOTICE: The sauna and spa will be closed on Friday, December 19 beginning at 9:00 am for maintenance.  The swimming pool will remain open during normal Aquatic Center hours.

Water Fitness Classes: part of BearFit

Swimming Lessons: beginner and intermediate options

  • Hours

  • Features

  • Safety & Regulations

  • Benefits

  • Fall and SpringSummer

    Monday – Thursday
    7-9 a.m.
    11 a.m.–10 p.m.

    Monday, Wednesday, Friday

    7-9 a.m.
    11 a.m.–7 p.m.

    Friday
    7-9 a.m.
    11 a.m.–8 p.m.

    Tuesday and Thursday
    11 a.m.–7 p.m.

    Saturday
    9 a.m.–8 p.m.

    Saturday
    9 a.m.–4 p.m.

    Sunday
    12 p.m.-10 p.m.

    Sunday
    12 p.m.–7p.m.

    The Aquatic Center’s hours of operation are separate from those of the Center. They vary depending on the semester and during breaks; contact the center for up-to-the-minute info about pool hours.

    The pool will be open to Foster Recreation Center members even if a water class is in session. Parts of the aquatic center may be in use, but members will be able to access other sections.

    Fall hours run from the Friday before the first day of fall classes through spring commencement.

    The pool at Hammons Student Center is also open to students, faculty and staff for lap swimming at designated times.

  • Pool features

    The 11,286 square foot natatorium in the Foster Recreation Center offers a number of great features for swimmers:

    • A 7,000 square foot pool, which can hold more than 450 swimmers
    • Water warmed to 85-86 degrees
    • Lanes for lap swimming
    • Underwater bench seating with hydrotherapy back jets
    • Water-current channel for walking and therapy
    • LED lights that will change color at night
    • A 16-seat spa in pool area
    • A sauna near the pool area
    • A 20 yard zip line
     

    Accessibility features

    The Aquatic Center features the following accessibility features:

    • Zero-depth, three-foot wide ramp going into water with hand rails
    • Water wheelchair with shoulder harness and seat belt
    • Power lift, capable of lifting 300-400 pounds., including foot rest and seat belt
    • Universally accessible locker rooms
    • Elevator access to Aquatic Center lower level
    • Trained and friendly aquatic staff on duty during all Aquatic Center hours ready to assist when needed.

    Changing areas and lockers

    As a member, you have access to lockers with electronic locks, so you don’t need to bring a lock—simply program a combination when you come to the pool.

    The pool locker rooms also include hair dryers and SuitMate bathing suit spinners. SuitMate removes up to 95 percent of the water in a suit in 10 seconds while protecting the fabric.

    Towels are available to rent for a $1 fee. View the Locker and Towel Rental page for more details.

     
     
  • For your safety, two lifeguards will be working at all times when the Aquatic Center is open. All members must shower before entering the pool.

    Minors—those younger than 18—may be required to take a swim test before entering the pool. Lifejackets are available to use.

    Aquatic Center rules

    Pool

    • A lifeguard must be present for use of any part of the Aquatic Center.
    • Swimmers must shower before entering the water.
    • Jumping or diving from the deck is prohibited. 
    • No food or gum is allowed. Only beverages with resealable containers are permitted. No glass.
    • Running, rough play, intoxication and profanity is prohibited. 
    • In the event of an injury, accident or illness, please notify a lifeguard immediately. 
    • Only Coast Guard approved personal flotation devices are allowed. No other types of flotation devices are permitted unless approved by an on-duty lifeguard. 
    • Goggles, kickboards, pull buoys, noodles, fins and stroke paddles are allowed. Please return all campus recreation equipment to the storage bin.
    • Kickboards, pull buoys and other training aids may not be used as floatation devices.
    • Soft balls and small toys are allowed during open swim but must be used in a safe manner. Tennis balls, footballs, hard balls, squirt guns, etc. are not allowed.
    • Hyperventilation and prolonged underwater swimming is prohibited. 
    • Lane lines and ropes should be used only as safety lines in case of an emergency. 
    • The Bill R. Foster and Family Recreation Center may not be used for private instruction.
    • Swimsuits are required. No cut-offs, gym shorts or other attire is allowed. Changing clothes on the deck is prohibited. 
    • Only towels, deck footwear and items necessary for swimming are allowed on deck. All other personal belongings must be stored in a locker. MSU is not responsible for lost or stolen personal items.
    • Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a parent, legal guardian or sponsoring member. 
    • Persons with open wounds/cuts or external infections are not allowed in the pool.
    • Strollers are not permitted in activity spaces, including the pool deck.
    • When more than two swimmers are in a lane, swimmers must circle swim counter-clockwise.
    • Hanging on the basketball rim or volleyball net is prohibited.
    • Activity may be suspended during severe weather. Contact the nearest campus recreation staff member for information.
    • Lifeguards will make final decisions concerning the safety of all patrons in the Aquatics Center.
    • The Bill R. Foster and Family Recreation Center reserves the right to modify any of these rules for the safety of our patrons.

    Zip Line

    • Patrons may not use goggles, a mask or personal flotation devices while riding the zip line.
    • Patrons must have both hands on the handle bar while riding the zip line.
    • Only one person may ride the zip line at a time and only when permitted by an on-duty lifeguard.
    • Riders must promptly exit the landing area after landing in the water.
    • The Bill R. Foster and Family Recreation Center reserves the right to modify any of these rules for the safety of our patrons.

    Spa

    • A shower is required before entering the spa.
    • Elderly patrons, pregnant women and/or patrons with respiratory or cardiopulmonary problems should not use the spa without prior medical approval from their doctor.
    • Patrons should not use the spa under the influence of alcohol, tranquilizers or other drugs that can cause drowsiness or raise or lower blood pressure.
    • A maximum time limit of 15 minutes is suggested.
    • Enter and exit the spa carefully. No jumping or splashing is allowed. 
    • Submerging and underwater swimming is prohibited.
    • If you begin to feel nauseous or dizzy, carefully exit the spa and find the nearest campus recreation staff member.
    • Persons with open wounds/cuts or external infections may not use the spa.
    • Inappropriate behavior or public displays of affection are prohibited.
    • Care should be taken when moving from the spa or sauna directly to the pool due to the temperature change. 
    • Spa users must be 12 years of age or older.

    Sauna

    • Please shower before entering the sauna.
    • For hygiene purposes, it is recommended that patrons sit or lay on a towel while in the sauna.
    • A maximum time limit of 15 minutes is suggested.
    •  To prevent a skin burn, it is recommended to remove jewelry before using the sauna.
    • Elderly patrons, pregnant women and/or patrons with respiratory or cardiopulmonary problems should not use the sauna without prior medical approval from their doctor.
    • Patrons should not use the sauna under the influence of alcohol, tranquilizers or other drugs that can cause drowsiness or raise or lower blood pressure.
    • Exercising or wearing constrictive or excessive clothing is prohibited.
    • Inappropriate behavior or public displays of affection are prohibited.
    • Care should be taken when moving from the spa or sauna directly to the pool due to the temperature change.
    • Sauna users must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Benefits of aquatic activities

    Low-impact water workouts are great for all ages and skill levels. In fact, water-based activities and exercises provide you with great health benefits:

    • Improves your aerobic health as well as strength and flexibility
    • Eases impact of exercise on joints and bones because of the buoyancy of water
    • Tones muscles from resistance of water
    • Prevents overheating
    • Improves mood and relieves stress