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Natatorium

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


Foyer of the NatatoriumPrograms

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 2nd-grade 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 these guidelines while in the Water Safety program:

  1.  Students should lightly rinse their hair with water before entering the pool. This may be done by having the student walk through the shower before entering the pool or by water from the sink.
  2. Apply light amount of conditioner to hair. Conditioner may be added after light rinse or without a rinse at all. Conditioner will be provided.
  3. Wear a cap to cover hair. A latex swimming cap will be provided upon request. The student will use the cap all week and may keep the cap.
  4. Lightly rinse after class.
  5. Wash, dry and comb hair at home each day after participating.

Water Safety information

  • Elementary schedule coming soon
  • Parent consent form coming soon

High school Tryouts

Students at all seven high schools will be able to take part in varsity and junior varsity swimming and diving. To join students must:

  • complete all athletic forms on Rank One
  • have a completed physical and medical history, if required (bring a hard copy for the trainer on-site)

2020-21 tryouts

Due to current guidelines and procedures for the district, the Swimming & Diving try-outs have been canceled. However, all students that enroll in the class and complete all athletic paperwork will be on the team. We will offer online instruction and workouts for the students to complete virtually and on their own. Attendance and participation are required during the virtual instruction time. Students will complete a survey that will help determine placement in the class.

First week of school

See the Swimming and Diving Schedule to see information for the first week of school.

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.

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

More information

Need help? Contact:

Philip Wiggins
Aquatic Manager
District Head Swim/Dive Coach