Pools

While the Nicholas Recreation Center is under construction, the Natatorium Pool is the main aquatic facility on campus. The historic Natatorium is home to open recreation, lessons, sport club practices and competitions, Kinesiology courses, and UW-Madison Varsity Swimming & Diving events.

Natatorium Pool

The Natatorium Pool is an eight lane 25-yard pool designed for lap swimming, aqua jogging, swimming lessons, log rolling, and splashing around.

The separate diving well is available for recreational users to water jog, swim laps, or do cannonballs in. The diving well also offers one-meter spring boards for recreational, instructional, and competitive diving.

Pool Diving Well
Temperature 81°F
27°C
88°F
31°C
Depth 4.5 – 7.5 feet
(1.3 – 2.3 meters)
12.5 feet
(3.8 meters)

Make a Splash

UW-Natatorium
2000 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706

Daily Schedules

Pool Hours

Due to reduced campus operations and workforce as well as growing public health concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic, all Rec Well facilities are closed and all programs, services, and events are cancelled indefinitely.

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SPRING Hours

January 20 – May 10
Monday 11am – 2pm, 5 – 9pm
Tuesday 11am – 2pm, 5 – 9pm
Wednesday 7 – 9am, 11am -2pm, 5 – 9pm
Thursday 11am – 2pm, 5 – 9pm
Friday 7 – 9am, 11am – 2pm, 5 – 8pm
Saturday & Sunday 11am – 8pm

Adjusted Hours

Open Rec Cancellations & Closures
January 25 CLOSED
February 1 CLOSED
February 21 – 22 CLOSED
March 13 7 – 9am, 11am – 2pm, 5 – 7pm
Spring Break (March 14 -22)
Monday – Friday 11am – 2pm, 5 – 7pm
Saturday & Sunday 11am – 2pm, 4 – 7pm
Final Exam Week
May 2 11am – 8pm
May 3 11am – 8pm
May 4 11am – 2pm, 5 – 8pm
May 5 11am – 2pm, 5 – 8pm
May 6 7 – 9am, 11am – 2pm, 5 – 8pm
May 7 11am – 2pm, 5 – 8pm
May 8 7 – 9am, 11am – 2pm
Commencement Weekend
May 9 – 10 CLOSED

Live Pool Usage

NAT - Competition Pool

NAT - Diving Well

Nicholas Recreation Center Pool

Expected to open in 2020, the aquatic facility at the Nicholas Recreation Center will include a 50-yard pool with adjustable pool floor and 25-yard diving well with 1m, 3m, 5m, 7.5m, and 10m platforms.

The pool and diving well will be home to the UW-Madison Varsity Swimming & Diving teams.