COVID-19 Response: Updates & FAQs


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Natatorium Closure

Check the pool hours for updated swim times.


The Natatorium will be undergoing a deck replacement from March 29-April 16. During that time it will be inaccessible for all users. We have moved some of our student programming to Cooke 15 for the duration of the closure. We will provide Cooke 10 as an alternative as much as possible. In addition, the St. Paul Gymnasium pool is also available with your membership. We appreciate your patience and flexibility as we work through providing opportunities for everyone to have space in our pools during this time of closure and restrictions. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Thank you!


There are a few changes to our procedures for lap swim, so please read them carefully and contact us at with any questions.

  • Follow the signs in the RecWell Center lobby to pick up your “Swim Pass,” which will show your reservation time. 
  • Show your Swim Pass at the front desk to gain entry, no need to swipe or use your app to enter.
  • Give your Swim Pass to the lifeguard on duty, who will then direct you to an open lane.
  • Your mask must be worn at all times until you are at the side of the pool ready to enter the water. 
  • A basket will be provided at your lane to store your mask and any other belongings you bring with you. Note: Locker room showers will be available beginning at noon on January 4th.

Swimmers will only be allowed in the pool area at their designated reservation time. There will be a 15 minute transition time between swims to allow for current patrons to exit and the next patrons to enter. 


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)