The Soderholm Family Aquatic Center at the Nicholas Recreation Center is home to a 50-meter pool, which can be converted to two 25-yard pools, and a 25-yard diving well.

Pool Diving Well
Temperature 81°F
Depth 8.8 – 9.8 feet
(2.6 – 2.9 meters)
17 feet
(5.2 meters)


Soderholm Family Aquatic Center
797 W Dayton Street
Madison, WI 53706

Daily Schedules


Please note: the pool depth is between 8-9 feet and there is currently no shallow water area. We are waiting to install a movable pool floor, which will allow us to offer shallow depths, but the installation is delayed due to the pandemic.

Pool Hours


May 15 – August 29
Monday 11am – 2pm
5 – 7:30pm
Tuesday 6:15 – 7:15am
11am – 2pm
5 – 7:30pm
Wednesday 11am – 2pm
5 – 7:30pm
Thursday 6:15 – 7:15am
11am – 2pm
5 – 7:30pm
Friday 11am – 2pm
5 – 7:30pm
Saturday – Sunday 11am – 5pm


July 15 5 – 7:30pm

Current Operations

  • Note: As of May 15, pool reservations are no longer required and you do not need to enter at the Soderholm Family Aquatic Center entrance. Please enter the main entrance of the Nick and go to the Lower Level to access the pool.
  • Maintain at least six feet of distance from others on the pool deck and avoid congregating
  • You may access individual restrooms two ways:
    • There is a single bathroom and shower next to the lifeguard office. There are no lockers in this area.
    • Across the small lobby near the main staircase on the Lower Level, we have individual restrooms & showers as well as day use and rental lockers. There is signage to point you in the right direction, but also feel free to ask any Rec Well staff if you have trouble finding it.