Pool

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POOL PHASED OPENING PLAN

PUBLIC SWIM OPENING JUNE 25!!

Pool is now open for registered swim lesson, lap swim and aqua walk sessions (dependent on weather and staff availability). Participation in any session requires online pre-registration. Initially, sessions and participant numbers will be limited but we will expand as soon as we are able to based on staff availability. Please check back for updates on hours, sessions and COVID protocols.

  • Online Pre-Registration REQUIRED for every session - drop-in participation is not available at this time (see information below)

Daily Session Fees

  • Aquacize / Fitness Exercise (Class): $4.00
  • Lap Swim / Aqua Walk (Independent):  $4.00
  • Public Swim: $3.00
  • For Pool Pass information please visit the AFRC Passes Page.
    • Please note: if you leave the facility and come back later the same day, you will be assessed another daily use fee.

Group / Aquacize Fitness Sessions - STARTS TUESDAY, JULY 6th!!

  •  Aquacize with Lola - 18 yrs & Up (schedule may vary based on staff availability) 
    • Tue/Thu 10:00 - 11:00 am - Deep End Class 
      (water depth for class is 7-9 feet deep - participants should be comfortable in water and able to float on their own if needed)

Lap Swim & Aqua Walk Sessions 

  • Lap Swim -  18 yrs & Up (schedule may vary based on staff availability) 
    • Mon/Wed/Fri 6:45 - 8am
    • Tue/Wed/Thu 11:15am - 12:30pm
    • Mon/Wed/Fri 5:45 - 7:00pm no session on 6/28
  • Aqua Walk -  18 yrs & Up  (schedule may vary based on staff availability)  
    • Mon/Wed/Fri 7:15 - 8:30am
    • Tue/Wed/Thu 11:45am - 1pm
    • Mon/Wed/Fri 5:15 - 6:30pm no session on 6/28

Public Swim Sessions - STARTS FRIDAY, JUNE 25th!!

  • Public Swim - All Ages (schedule may vary based on staff availability) 

Public Swim Age Restrictions

  • Any child under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult (age 18 or over) at all times.
  • Any child 6 years of age or under must be kept within arm’s reach of an adult while in the pool area (on deck or in water) at all times
    • Maximum adult / child ratio for children 6 years of age and under 
      is 1 adult / 2 children.

 Session Information

  • Fridays 11:00 am - 12:30pm
  • Wed/Fri 2:00-3:30pm 
  • Deep end, splash pad and slide are not available at this time due to limited staffing, programming and/or maintenance issues. 
  • Water toys - only small water toys are allowed in the pool (i.e., diving rings, inflatable beach ball...). Please do not bring in large flotation devices or toys and/or non-water throwing toys (i.e, football, basketball...)  
  • Food and drink are allowed ONLY in a the designated patio area - no glass containers allowed.

Swim Sessions Registration Information and Policies

  • Online Pre-Registration REQUIRED for each person, each session - drop-in participation is not available at this time
    • Childern must be registered by their parent/guarding due to the liabiiliy waiver required for participation.
  • Registration will open at 8 am 3 days prior to a session and will close at 10 pm the day prior to a session. Be sure of dates/times you are registering for as refunds will not be given per AFRC withdrawal policies.
  • Register at https://secure.rec1.com/NM/alamogordo-recreation/catalog.
  • Registration is on a first-come basis for all sessions - each session does have a max capacity based on State mandates for public pools.

General Information on Facility and Pool Practices and Policies

  • Please read the information below and the specific information to the right as it explains current practices/procedures that you will be expected to follow and answers a lot of questions you might have prior to registration and attendance
  • PUBLIC SWIM sessions
    • ALL AGES
    • DESIGNATED SWIM AREA: east half of pool (splash pad, slide and deep end are not available as stated above) 
    • DEPTH: 2 1/2' to 4 1/2' in depth
  • LAP SWIM / AQUA WALK sessions
    • ADULTS & SENIORS ONLY
    • ONE PERSON PER LANE, INDIVIDUAL SWIMS/WALKS IN CENTER OF LANE
      - Independent, NOT instructor led
    • SESSION TIME: 1 HOUR & 15 MINUTES
      - max time allowed, includes exit/entry time
    • NUMBER OF LANES: VARIES
      - max of 9 lanes for lap swim and 8 lanes for aqua walk
    • DISTANCE:25 yards (75 feet) per length, 50 yards (150 feet) per lap
    • DEPTH: VARIES
    • Lap swim - 4 1/2' to 9' deep
    • Aqua walking - 3' to 4 1/2' deep
  • MASKS: Masks are mandatory for unvaccinated individuals except while swimming and showering. Do not wear masks while swimming as they pose a major safety concern.
  • SOCIAL DISTANCING: Patrons should maintain a 6’ separation. Markers at 6’ intervals have been placed at the facility entry to facilitate distancing.
  • ENTRY/EXIT: 
    • Entry is through the main entrance where you will be checked-in (masks must be worn), Check-in includes a temperature check. If your temperature is too high (100.4 or above) you will not be able to attend the swim session. 
    • Exit - patrons must exit the facility promptly at the end of their swim session time through the northwest gate of the pool.
  • LOCKER ROOM USE & BELONGINGS: 
    • Locker rooms are for changing and rinse showers ONLY. 
    • LOCKERS ARE NOT AVAILABLE FOR USE AT THIS TIME - belongings must be brought out on deck, designated areas have been set up on deck for patrons. 
  • SHOWERS:
    • Patrons MUST take an initial rinse shower prior to entering the pool. 
    • Locker rooms and showers are NOT to be used for prolonged showers during or after a swim session. Patrons may shorten their time in the pool in order to take another quick rinse shower after swimming but must exit the facility by the end of the allotted session time.
  • SANITIZATION
    • Locker rooms, shower areas, doors/gates and chairs will be sanitized/disinfected after each session.
  • CANCELLATIONS, NO SHOWS & TURN-AWAYS
    • If a session is canceled by the facility (e.g., bad weather, maintenance issue) prior to 45 minutes of the session being completed
      • patrons using a credit/debit card for registration will receive a user credit on their account that may be used for a future session
      • patrons using a pass for registration, will not have their pass charged for the session (see pass information in column to the right).
    • If a patron does not show for a session or is turned away due to non-compliance with any facility procedures/practices, no refund will be given.

Please be aware that pool session openings and hours are subject to change due to weather, staff availability and pool maintenance. To verify pool openings and hours, please call 575-439-4142 during regular facility hours. 

Age Categories & Restrictions

  • Youth – to qualify as a youth individuals must be 17 years of age or younger.
    • Full Facility - any child under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult (age 18 or over) at all times. Both youth and adult are charged use fees.
    • Pool Area - any child 6 years of age or under must be kept within arm’s reach of an adult (age 18 or over) while in the pool area (on deck or in water) at all times. Maximum adult / child ratio: 1 adult / 2 children. Both youth and adult are charged use fees.
  • Adult – to qualify as an adult individuals must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Senior Adult – to qualify as a senior adult individuals must be 55 years of age or older.

Aquatic Area

50 meter by 25 yard outdoor pool and surrounding deck is available seasonally for:

  • Aquatic Fitness
  • Birthday Parties
  • Lap Swim
  • Private Pool Rental
  • Recreational Swimming
  • Swim Lessons
  • Swim Team Practices

Seasonal Pool


The AFRC Pool is a seasonal outdoor pool. The pool’s operating season is anticipated to be a six month season-open from mid-spring until mid-fall. However, the schedule is subject to change due to maintenance issues, weather and/or staffing.
To verify pool hours please give us a call at 575-439-4142.