Montgomery County Recreation has started a new pool reservation system designed to create an easier and better user experience at the County’s four indoor aquatic centers. The new system is for reservations beginning Monday, Oct. 5.
The reservation system is now in effect for the Germantown Indoor Swim Center, the Kennedy Shriver Aquatic Center in North Bethesda and the Olney Swim Center. It will apply to the Martin Luther King Jr. Indoor Swim Center in White Oak after it reopens following renovations in November.
Montgomery County Recreation pools are currently open to County residents and to pool pass holders. Reservations are not required, but they are highly encouraged as pool capacity is limited due to COVID-19 restrictions.
“We heard from many customers, listened to their feedback and found a system that we believe will create a better user experience,” said Montgomery County Recreation Director Robin Riley. “We appreciate our customers' patience and understanding as we navigate these new waters.”
Reservations will be available beginning seven days in advance of the activity’s scheduled start time. Users can select from a variety of activity types including:
- Lap Swimming: Current health guidelines allow for one person per lane. This activity requires continuous swimming.
- Deep Water Running: Open space for exercise in deep water. Swimmer’s body must remain vertical in the water. Lap swimming is not permitted.
- Open Recreation Area: Shallow water available for general use. Lap swimming is not permitted.
- Recreation Swim: Available for general use. Diving boards, slides and leisure pool open. Lap lanes will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis for lap swimming only.