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Natatorium

Facility opening update

The Natatorium is completed with construction and moving through final checklist and making sure we are ready to open soon! Anticipated opening will be in the spring due to current COVID conditions and restrictions. Because of these conditions and restrictions the Natatorium is not open. Updates to hours, programs and additional information will be added as soon as possible. We look forward to celebrating our facility's opening with our community soon.

emptyOur Natatorium serves as an instructional, training and competitive venue for our district.  The Natatorium was a part of our 2014 bond and planned by a team including a three-time Olympian, a man that once held the title of world’s fastest swimmer and a company that has designed five school district natatoriums. Our facility is capable of hosting district, regional, national and collegiate meets.


outside of natatoriumFeatures

Our Natatorium has several state-of-the-art features:

  • a Source Capture Evac System that captures and removes chloramine gas
  • two top-of-the-line Myrtha pool shells with stainless steel gutters*
  • 1,200 elevated seats for spectators, a ticket window and concession stand
  • a heated instructional pool with a handicap accessible lift
  • a diving area with two one-meter and  two three-meter boards 
  • a reconfigurable 68-meter competition pool with two moveable bulkheads
  • large weight and locker rooms for students
  • two Colorado Timing Systems LED video scoreboards

*All U.S., international and Olympic Championship meet pools use Myrtha pool shells


Programs

Foyer of the Natatorium

Our natatorium provides many learning opportunities for our students.

Potential future offerings include lifeguard certifications, club swimming, club water polo and masters swimming.

Water Safety program

The district Water Safety Program teaches students aquatic safety using customized weeklong sessions. Our curriculum is a blend of information from the American Red Cross and Whale's Tales. We use videos, dry land instruction, and in-water assessment in our instruction.

Student hair care

Students should follow the hair care guidelines while in the Water Safety program. 

Read the swimming hair care guide.

Water Safety information

  • Elementary schedule coming soon
  • Parent consent form coming soon

Community Swim

The community swim program hours and fees will be announced when we are able to allow outside use of district facilities. Our program will consist of lanes available for self-paced training. Available hours and lanes will be announced after all GISD student programs and facility rentals have been established.

High school swim teams

Students at all seven high schools have the opportunity to participate in varsity and junior varsity swimming and diving. Tryouts are held at the beginning of each school year. All of our district swim teams will make use of the facility when available.

Interested in joining the swim or dive team? See the HS team info below and fill out the interest form:

Team interest form

To join a team, students must complete the paperwork in Rank One and turn in their athletic physicals. Students can begin filling out applications after April 1 for the 2021-22 school year.

HS Team expectations
  • Attend practice daily
  • Double block schedule (A and B-day)
  • Participate in all meets/competitions
  • Stay in good academic and behavioral standing
  • Be positive and encourage your teammates
Participating and team placement

All swim classes will have double-blocked classes. Students will try out for placement in either the varsity swim team, junior varsity swim team, or the diving classes. Class placement will be determined by the coaches.

Practice times

  • Varsity swim: 6-8 a.m.
  • Junior varsity swim: 1:45-3:30 p.m.
  • Divers: 6-8 a.m.
Summer conditioning

Any incoming 9-12 grade students that would like to swim in the fall are welcome to sign up for summer conditioning. Summer conditioning allows students to practice swimming and keep fit during the summer break.

Attending conditioning

Summer conditioning will start on June 14th and will continue until the start of school. Sessions will be held Monday-Thursday from 8-10 a.m. Students must sign up and be cleared in Rank One before attending. Students should bring:

  • Tennis shoes
  • Workout clothes
  • Water
  • Swimsuit
  • Goggles
  • Cap
  • Towel
Tryout dates

All swim students will participate in tryouts for assessment and placement.

The tryout dates for the 2021-22 school year are tentative and may change:

  • July 23 from 4-6 p.m.
  • July 24 from 8-10 a.m.
Coach contact information

Have a question or need more information? Your HS coaches are happy to help.

Need a hard copy? See the Info Night Handout (PDF) for a written version of the swim team information.

Safety and policies

Our main priority is the safety of our students, staff and spectators. The natatorium will follow all district, local and state guidelines and policies.  More information on safety, policies and our calendar is coming soon.

Directions

Address: 2585 Firewheel Pkwy, Garland, TX, 75040

Contact us

For more information, please contact:

Philip Wiggins
Aquatic Manager
District Head Swim/Dive Coach

Natatorium staff contact information