Aquatics and Water Sports
Admission

The Aquatic Centers and Swimming Pools are closed for the season. The facilities will be back up and running in the summer of 2019. Be sure to stay up-to-date on the happenings within the Parks and Recreation Department by visiting this page and by following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

NEW! We have launched a new season pool pass – it’s a key tag! Easy to use, easy to carry and a FOREVER tag! The key tags will be available starting April 1 at the Des Moines Parks and Recreation Administration Office.


Daily Admission

Ages 2 and Under - Free
Ages 3-20 - $2.00
Ages 21 and Over - $4.00

1/2 price daily admission after 5pm Monday - Thursday


Season Swim Passes

Season swim passes can be purchased ONLINE beginning April 1 and throughout the summer season. During the month of April, you can purchase your season passes at the Early Bird rates.

Season Swim Pass & Punch Card Fees

Purchase Season Swim & Punch Card Passes

NEW! We have launched a new season pool pass – it’s a key tag! Easy to use, easy to carry and a FOREVER tag! The key tags will be available starting April 1 at the Des Moines Parks and Recreation Administration Office.

Scholarship Information: Formerly known as “Experience Greater Des Moines” the GRASP card is your ticket to reduced costs for Season Swim Passes, Swim Lessons, as well as other Park and Recreation programs and community activities and programs. Income guidelines do apply.

 Greater Des Moines Recreational Activity Scholarship Program(GRASP)

 

Swim Lessons

Be part of the six session swim lesson season! During the sessions, we offer a variety of classes for all ages and abilities. From Baby/Infant and Me, Preschool Swim, American Red Cross Learn to Swim (Levels 1-5) to Adult Lessons and Private Lessons. Get involved with our facilities even more and sign up for a Lifeguarding or Water Safety Instructor courses.

Swim Lesson registration, Lifeguard Training and Water Safety Instructor registration are only available online.

Class descriptions can be found by clicking the session links below once available. Registration opens April 1.

Session 1:  June 10-14
Session 2:  June 17-21
Session 3:  June 24-28
Session 4:  July 8-12                               Session 5:  July 15-19                     Session 6:  July 22-26

What Level Should I Sign Up For? 

Private Swim Lessons: Offered during the same times as group lessons. Time and classes offered is dependent on instructor availability.

Lifeguard Training: Apply to be a lifeguard! Training dates TBD.

Water Safety Instructor: 

Swim instructors are essential for our swim lesson program. Interested in instructing others on how to be safe around water? Apply to be a Swim Instructor (Water Safety Instructor). Des Moines will be offering a Water Safety Instructor class prior to the season.

June 3-7 from 8:00 AM-Noon         Blended Learning Course                      

Birdland Swimming Pool          Registration opens April 1

Create Your Online Account Here

Register Here

Private Party Rentals

Let us host your next birthday or pool party at one of our aquatic facilities. Whether it be a group outing, family reunion or birthday party, Des Moines aquatic facilities are the place to be!

Fees for private rentals are as follows:  

Number of People Hourly Rate
1-50 $110.00
51-100 $160.00
101-150 $210.00
151-200 $260.00
201-250 $310.00
251-300 $360.00

You can reserve a pool facility online beginning April 1. Payment is due at the time of your online booking request.

Rental requests must be made online at least 10 days prior to the date of facility use.  All facilities are available for private rental June 8 - July 31.

Ashworth, Birdland and Nahas may be rented before and after open swim times until 10:00 pm.

Northwest and Teachout may be rented before and after open swim times until 9:00 pm from June 8 - July 31.  And until 8:30 pm August 1 - 3.

Des Moines Parks and Recreation operates five major aquatic facilities between Memorial Day and Labor Day Weekends. This includes two historic facilities including Ashworth Pool (opening in 1926) and Birdland Pool (opening in 1936). 

All General Rules and Regulations apply during private rentals.

Rent an Aquatic Facility