COVID-19 Response: Updates & FAQs


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New Lap Swim Procedures

Check the pool hours for updated swim times.

Lap Swim Sign-Ups need weekly maintenance, typically on Tuesdays. If it's unavailable, come back in a couple of hours and it should be back up.  

To adhere to Minnesota Department of Health and Center for Disease Control guidelines, Lap Swim will be available through sign up only. 

According to University of Minnesota COVID-19 policies, all lap swim patrons will be required to wear a mask in the building until immediately before entering the water. 

An attendant will be on deck at all times to assist with questions. As the lifeguards will not wear masks due to the danger of wearing them when making a water rescue, we ask that you not approach the lifeguard unless there is an emergency in the water.

Please check in with the attendant upon arrival to your lap swim session. They will assign you a lane. There will be no more than 1 swimmer allowed per lane.

The Natatorium in Minneapolis is a deep water pool. Proficient swimming is required. The St. Paul Pool is shallow water. 

Please direct any questions to or call 612-626-6674


RecWell hosts a number of national and local events at the Aquatics facilities. For rental information please contact Linda McKee at (612) 624-6349.


RecWell has four aquatic facilities that serve the University of Minnesota community through events, programming, and open recreational opportunities.

  • Jean K. Freeman Aquatics Center
    • Natatorium (Deep Water)
    • Diving Well (Deep Water)
  • Cooke 10 Pool (Shallow Water)
  • Cooke 15 Pool (Deep Water)
  • St. Paul Pool (Shallow Water)