Water Safety Festival 2024

Water Safety Festival

Join us April 28th 2024 at the Jean K Freeman Aquatic Center to learn more about water safety through a day of FREE swim clinics, lessons, performances, activities, and games! Sign-up required for some activities. All ages welcome, children ages 12 and under must be accompanied by a guardian.

Sign up for general admissions to the Water Safety Festival for a day of events, performances, and activities.

Click here for aquatic rules + policies
Questions? Contact Bryna McElligott: [email protected]



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Events and Performances

1:45-2:15pm: Artistic Swimming Performance | Diving Well

Lessons and Clinics


  • 10:30-11:30am, 12-1pm, 2:30-2:30pm: Lifeguarding Demos with Lt. Ken Rolland | Comp Pool
  • 11:15am-12pm, 2-2:45pm: CPR Demos | Wet Classroom
  • 11:30am-12:30pm: Safety Around Water and Life Jacket Fittings with the Y | Diving Well
  • 12-12:30pm: Open Paddleboarding | Scoreboard Pool
  • 12:15-12:45pm, 1-1:30pm: Aqua Aerobics | Cooke 10
  • 1:15-2:15pm: Hennepin County Sheriff's Office Dive Rescue Team and Water Safety Talk | Comp Pool
  • 1:45-2:15pm, 2:30-3pm, 3:15-3:45pm: Kayaking Demo | Natatorium
  • 2:30-3:30pm: Boat Building with the Y | Cooke 10

Some activities require additional sign-up to hold your spot. If there's a registration link attached to an activity, make sure to sign up! 

Need to Know

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Parking + Facility Access

The closest ramps to the Jean K. Freeman are the University Ave Ramp and the Washington Ave Ramp. Standard rates will apply for all campus ramps; however, there is free street parking available on University Ave. For more information about parking and potential parking rates for your event, please visit UMN Parking and Transportation

There are two entrances into the Aquatic Center for events. 

  • South Side Aquatic Center Entrance not the RecWell Entrance. (closest to Washington Ave. Parking Ramp) 
aquatics entrance
  • North Side (closest to University Ave. Parking Ramp)
aquatic center entrance






The Aquatic Center main entrance and lobby are open during events/rentals only.  

What to Bring

Please be sure to bring a swimsuit and towel for you and your child. Per RecWell’s policies, children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a guardian in the water within arms’ reach at all times. Children 12-16 years of age must be within their guardian’s sight at all times.

This applies during any open swim or dive throughout the day. If your child is registered to take lessons, you will not need to be in the water with them during that time. 

Feel free to bring a US Coast Guard approved flotation device for you or your child as well. There will be open swim times in all of the pools for adults and children to enjoy!


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Vendor Information

More information on vendor registration coming soon.

WSF 2023

  • 342 registrants/participants 
  • 22 vendors/community partners.

Bus Information

There will be a shuttle bus from V3 Sports (701 Plymouth Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55411) to the Aquatic Center. This is a great alternative to parking on campus!
Depart V3 at 9:45am, 10:45am, and 11:45am
Depart Aquatic Center at 1:30pm, 2:30pm, and 3:30pm
water safety participants prating CPR on pool deck
learn to swim participant jumping into pool with help

Interested in supporting our fundraiser? Donate here!

People swimming in a pool
Swimming lesson
Natatorium with paddle boards
Paddle Boarding
Paddle Boarding
Pool floaties