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Year-Round Pools
MLK, Jr. Pool 
155 Jackson St. - Ph: (843) 724-7346
Pool Manager: Basir Robertson

Spring Swim Lessons (scroll down for more info)

Swim Lesson Information (scroll down for more info)

W.L. Stephens Aquatic Center 
780 W. Oak Forest Drive - Ph: (843) 769-8261
Pool Manager: Tiffany Taylor

Spring Swim Lessons (scroll down for more info)

Swim Lesson Information (scroll down for more info)

Aquatics ManagerJ.J. Ayers-Millar (843) 364-3863

Seasonal Pools
Herbert Hasell Pool
265 Fishburne St. - Ph: (843) 724-7344 
Pool Manager: 



James Island Pool
1088 Quail Dr. - Ph: (843) 795-5678
Pool Manager: Freddy Lentz 



 City-Wide Pool Rules
Click here to view all pool rules

Summer Swim Lessons 
All swim lessons are taught by certified instructors. Call your local pool for more information. 

Summer Registration 1
May 18 at 9am

Session I: June 10-20
Session II: June 24-July 5

There will be AM and PM lessons offered. Please call your pool for exact times offered. 

AM Lessons: roughly 8am-10am depending on pool
PM Lessons: roughly 6pm-8:15pm depending on pool

Swim Lesson Registration Form   *   Information about Swim Lessons   *   Swimming & Water Safety Levels

Parent Guide to Starfish Swimming

Parent & Child
= Star Babies
Preschool = Star Tots
Beginner = Swim School Beginner
Intermediate = Swim School
Advanced = Stroke School

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The City of Charleston Recreation Department is now a proud partner of Make a Splash! 
Make a Splash is the national child-focused water safety initiative of the USA Swimming Foundation, which aims to provide the opportunity for every child in America to learn to swim. Make a Splash partners with learn-to-swim providers and water safety advocates across the country to provide swimming lessons and educate children and their families on the importance of learning how to swim. The USA Swimming Foundation has invested millions of dollars to provide grants to qualified Local Partner learn-to-swim programs, to spread national awareness, and to bring together strategic partners to end drowning.  To date, nearly 2 million children have received the lifesaving gift of swim lessons through our Make a Splash Local Partner network, comprised of more than 600 qualified lesson providers across the nation. To learn more, visit the Make a Splash Website.

Aquatic Programs  
Water Fitness Classes

  • Monday-Friday (8:00am-8:45am or (9:00am-9:45am)
  • Monday-Thursday (6:30pm-7:15pm)
  • Tuesday & Thursday (7:00am-7:45am)
  • Saturdays (9:00am-9:45am)
Location: W.L. Stephens Aquatics Center
(843) 769-8261
Cost: $20 per (10-punch card); $3 per class, 
$2 for seniors (55 & up)
Arthritis Aquatics Fitness Program 

Dates/Times: Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays
Location: W.L Stephens Aquatics Center
(843) 769-8261
Cost: $20 per (10-punch card); $3 per class, 
$2 for seniors (55 & up)


 Educational Programs

Lifeguard Training

This is a blended learning class where a portion will be completed online and the rest will be done at the pool. Participants must pass prerequisites: swim 300 meters, retrieve a brick from deep water, and tread water for 2 minutes without using hands. The course includes CPR-PR, First Aid, and AED certifications. Books are not included, but may be downloaded for free or purchased at Please register online and call for exact course location. 

Spring Course Dates
February 4-16; March 4-16; April 1-13; May 6-18

Days/Times: Mondays & Wednesdays from 
  Saturdays from 9:00am-4:00pm
Ages: 15+
Cost: $125/City resident; $145/Non-City resident
Activity #: 25076 & 250765

Starfish Swim Lesson Instructor Training

Starfish Swimming is a nationally recognized swim instructor curriculum. This innovative and learner-focused program uses an "ages and stages" format to develop instructors through in-water training and small group discussions. Participants must pass prerequisites to show water competency and basic knowledge of swimming skill. Participants must pass written exam with 80% or higher in addition to technical performance and simulation to show understanding of concepts. Please register online and call for exact course location. 

Spring Course Date
April 2-13

Days/Times: Tuesdays & Thursdays from 6:00pm-9:00pm
Saturdays from 9:00am-4:00pm
Ages: 16+
Cost: $145/City resident; $165/Non-City resident
Activity #: 550765

 U.S. Masters Adult Learn-to-Swim Program

The USMS Adult Learn-to-Swim Program curriculum is based on teaching methods practiced by leading Adult Learn-to-Swim authorities. It incorporates the most innovative and effective training methods. The program is designed for the beginning swimmer up to the U.S. Masters swimmer. Our instructors specialize in working with adults. Set up your individual time or join scheduled classes. Contact our facilities for more information. 

Cost: $35 per City Resident; $45 per Non-City Resident per 4 hours of instruction

Youth Swim Teams

 Southern Marlins Racing 
Team (SMRT)

The year-round swimming program comprised of athletes 
from the tri-county area. Programs are 
geared for all levels, from novice to recreation to elite competitors on travel 
teams. Practice schedules vary 
by locations, age groups, and swim seasons. 

Head Coach: Michael 
Email: or

WLS Pool: 769-8261
MLK Pool: 724-7346
City of Charleston Intramural 
Swim League
This is a fun, developmental, 
non-competitive league. 
Swimmers practice and 
compete between the three City pools (MLK, HH, WLS). Swimmers need to be able to swim the length of the 
pool (25 meters) non-stop 
to make the team. For 
more information, call 
(843) 364-3863. 

Cost: $40 per City Resident; $55 per Non-City Resident ($30 per additional child)

Registration begins April 27

Registration Form

James Island Swim Team
This a parent supported 
team and family volunteers 
are always welcome! 
Team suits may be 
purchased but are not required. Tentative practice start date is 
May 1. Practice times 
will vary according to age group. Meets are Tuesday and Thursday
evenings and swimmers usually need to report to the pool by 5:45pm. 

Cost: $60 per City Resident; $75 per Non-City Resident ($50 per additional child)
Cost includes t-shirt and cap. 

Registration starts 
April 1

Adult Swim Team

 Master Swim Team
Adults over 18

The team provides a comprehensive program to help fitness, tri-athlete, competitive, and 
non-competitive adults achieve their swimming goals. Skill levels range from beginner swimmers 
to USA Masters world record holders. 

Workouts occur Monday-Friday from 5:45am-7:00am and Saturday from
7:00am-8:00am downtown at the 50 meter Olympic size MLK Pool. 

Please call (843) 724-7346 for more information.