City of Albuquerque Aquatics

City of Albuquerque Parks & Recreation Aquatics Division

Operating as usual


The Aquatics Division is hiring pool supervisors for the Rio Grande, Montgomery, and East San Jose Pools. These are full time City of Albuquerque positions with benefits! Must have a High School Diploma and 4 years of Aquatics experience. Apply today!

The Aquatics Division is hiring pool supervisors for the Rio Grande, Montgomery, and East San Jose Pools. These are full time City of Albuquerque positions with benefits! Must have a High School Diploma and 4 years of Aquatics experience. Apply today!

Photos from West Mesa Aquatic Center's post 09/04/2021

Summer for the outdoor pools is almost over... But not yet!

[09/04/21]   Bad news: due to maintenance issues, the Montgomery pool will be closed Saturday, Sept 4 but will reopen on Sunday!

[09/04/21]   Good news: we are able to extend summer hours at the Rio Grande Outdoor pool through Saturday, September 11!


Please bring your canine companion and join us at the Rio Grande pool on September 12 from 11-3 for our annual dog swim day! - Proof of full vaccinations required.  please visit our website for full details.

A little over two weeks away! You are officially invited to bring your furry friend to swim at the pool on Sunday, September 12 from 11-3!


Hello all you wonderful pool goers! Outdoor pools will stay open on weekends after school starts! Come celebrate the end of your first week back to school with a trip to the pool!

Summer break is approaching it’s end but pools are staying open!


Don’t miss out! Discounted passes before school starts.

[07/30/21]   The Sierra Vista Pool will be closed today for maintenance.

City Announces Additional Spots for Some of its Youth Summer Programs 07/13/2021

City Announces Additional Spots for Some of its Youth Summer Programs

We still have open spots for swim lessons! Sign up today!

City Announces Additional Spots for Some of its Youth Summer Programs 1000 new swimming lesson spots, plus availability at community centers and adventure camp.


Metro League Pre-Summer Parent Meeting (COAA)

Please leave a question or comment for or Q and A at the end of the meeting! Thank you.

City of Albuquerque looking to hire lifeguards for summer season 04/01/2021

City of Albuquerque looking to hire lifeguards for summer season

We need lifeguards for the summer! Please help us spread the word!

City of Albuquerque looking to hire lifeguards for summer season ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – It’s almost that time of year where we shed the boots and coats and swapped out for swimsuits and trunks. Fun in the sun is right around the corner, which mea…


It’s not too late to sign up. Call a City pool today!

It’s not too late to sign up. Call a City pool today!

2021 Coloring Contest - Ditch the Ditches 02/26/2021

2021 Coloring Contest - Ditch the Ditches

Our partnership with the Ditch and Water Safety taskforce has created a great opportunity to spread the word about water safety! Check out this coloring contest for a chance to win some very useful prizes!

2021 Coloring Contest - Ditch the Ditches Contest Rules The coloring contest will begin March 1st at 8 AM and remain open until June 30th at 11:59 PM. There is no purchase necessary to enter or win the contest. The contest is open to children 12 years of age and under. One winner will be chosen in each of the age categories…

Photos from City of Albuquerque Aquatics's post 02/18/2021

Now is the time!

[02/15/21]   Snow is continuing through the evening for the Metro area. All pools are on a 2 hour delay tomorrow.

[02/14/21]   All pools closed today due to weather conditions. Stay safe. Stay warm.


Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Don’t miss out tomorrow!

Black Friday sales for pool passes! 15% off! Tomorrow only! Also our Winter Water Aerobics passes will go on sale tomorrow!
If you miss out or want to get 25% off your next pass, sing up for our United Way Swim Challenge!


Water Aerobics to start on Monday at Los Altos, Valley, and West Mesa!

Happy Friday!

Water Exercise classes are back at WMAC starting October 5th!

Registration opens up at 7am two days prior to each class date.

Here the times that will be offered:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday

Follow the link to reserve (starting 2 days prior to desired class):

Call the front desk for questions and assistance: 836-8718

Have a great weekend!


Happy Birthday Shanta

Our beloved Shanta would have been 21 years old today. There isn’t a day that goes by that her life doesn’t inspire us to continue her mission of bringing positivity to the world. Happy birthday Shanta.


From the Aquatics family! Happy #CityHallSelfieDay #CityHallSelfie #CityHomeSelfie


Private swimming lessons extended! Sign up tomorrow, Monday, August 10 at 7:00 am.


Visit to apply today! Not certified? If you can swim 200 yards in 4 minutes, tread water for two minutes, retrieve a 10 lb weight from the bottom of the pool, and want to work as a lifeguard for the city of Albuquerque, we will certify you for free!

If you can't do the above but are comfortable in the water, we are also hiring Aquatics Aide employees who can respond to emergencies, work the front desk, and teach swimming lessons.


Jump in! The water’s fine! Sunport Pool is open for lap swimming Monday. Sign up for a lane today!

[06/27/20]   Private Swim Lessons in July!!!
Register Online Monday at 8am.


CABQ YouthConnect

Pools are not allowed to open for recreation swim just yet but there is plenty for our kiddos to do! Our Open Space visitor center is hosting explorer camps weekly, Wednesday - Friday, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm throughout the summer. Register today. City of Albuquerque Parks and Recreation City of Albuquerque Open Space

[06/07/20]   Thanks to everyone who used our online registration system to rent a lap swim lane for Monday! Tuesday registration opens up tomorrow at 8am!



Good afternoon devoted pool patrons! As many of you have heard, our governor is allowing pools to open in June!! Hooray! All of us in aquatics have been working hard to get our pools ready for when we get the green light. We will be spending next week training our staff and will be gradually opening some of our pools for lap swim by reservation only. The Highland Pool, Los Altos Pool, West Mesa Aquatic Center, Betsy Patterson Pool at Sandia HS, Eisenhower Outdoor Pool, and Rio Grande Outdoor pool will open Monday, June 8. Valley pool will open Monday, June 22. A lap lane can be reserved for one swimmer up to two days in advance by visiting or by calling the pool. In order to follow CDC and state social distancing guidelines we will not allow walk-ins. We will have our website updated with available hours by the end of the day. Please visit for more information. We will also have private parent/child lessons at the West Mesa Aquatic Center and Los Altos pool starting the week of June 15. Registration for those lessons will be 8:00 am on Monday, June 1st by visiting No in person registration available.

[03/24/20]   The City is now hiring Lifeguards, Aquatics Aides, Head Lifeguards, and many other opportunities.


Mayor Tim Keller

Mayor Keller Declares Local State of Emergency to Tap Into Funds for Recovery and Response (See personal message from Mayor Keller below)

UPDATE: Directing resources to response and recovery, allows City to tap into State and Federal Funding

Today, Mayor Tim Keller declared a local public health emergency (video available on YouTube and downloadable on Dropbox) due to the novel coronavirus COVID-19, joining dozens of states and local governments, including the City of Rio Rancho, that are dedicating additional resources to an outbreak the World Health Organization has formally designated as a global pandemic.
The emergency declaration (attached) allows the City to direct funds for the coronavirus response and request additional resources from the state and federal government.
“We are continuing to take action to slow the spread of the coronavirus and help the most vulnerable folks in our community,” said Mayor Tim Keller. “Like many mayors across the nation, declaring this public health emergency declaration gives us the tools to allocate resources to immediate needs and tap into additional funds for recovery and response.”

This declaration does not:
• Limit the sale or transfer of fi****ms
• Prohibit the sale of liquor
• Close streets
• Declare a curfew

Yesterday, Mayor Keller convened a series of virtual meetings with public safety officials, business leaders and the Volunteers Advisory Board to discuss the state of the public health emergency in Albuquerque. He did emphasize that while there are many blessings that come with being the largest metropolitan area in roughly 1,000 square miles, it also means that we have by far the most connectivity and density in the region through our shopping malls, airport, hospitals and other large facilities. Thus, going forward the City may have to have stronger restrictions than the rest of the state, and other New Mexico cities, in the near future.

The best way to slow the spread of COVID-19 is to practice proactive social distancing. It is crucial that the public avoid large gatherings, order food from restaurants to-go, work from home and stay home in general if at all possible. The symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to the flu, with fever, coughing, and trouble breathing. The City is urging those who believe they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 to call the New Mexico Department of Health at 855-600-3453.

The latest information on City facilities, programs and events will be continuously updated here:
Yesterday, Mayor Keller signed the public health emergency powers provisions, O-20-4, which was passed at Monday’s City Council meeting. Previous to passage, the Mayor already had general emergency powers that can be used in this, or other general emergency situations, for a 48 hour period. This new provision only provides specifically for “public health” situations.

[03/13/20]   All City Pools to Close March 14 through April 15, 2020

Per the Public Health Emergency – Executive Order 2020-004, the City is closing all City of Albuquerque run swimming pools.

The City of Albuquerque swimming pools are a community keystone that provide health, well-being, rehabilitation, socialization, and instruction in lifesaving skills. The Aquatics Division fully understands the positive impact the pools have on every individual. The decision to cancel Aquatics programs is not taken lightly. Cessation of Aquatics programs has occurred after much deliberation and done so to preserve the health and wellness of the public.

[02/20/20]   Being a Lifeguard is one of the best Jobs. Plus lifeguards are getting raises to $10.00/hour in March and Headguards will be paid $11.50!

[02/19/20]   We wanted to share this great video created during the polar bear plunge at West Mesa Aquatic Center. 


Join our team!


Way to represent at the indoor track meet this morning!

Videos (show all)

Metro League Pre-Summer Parent Meeting (COAA)
It’s not too late to sign up for the Al’burrr’querque Polar Bear Plunge and help a child learn to swim!
Congratulations Eisenhower swim team on their City Championship win!
Our Swim and water polo leagues are wrapping up the first week of practice. It’s not too late to sign up! Register at pl...
It might be a little brisk today but the water’s warm! Sierra Vista, Rio Grande, and Eisenhower outdoor pools open today...
The Metro League City Championships are underway at West Mesa Aquatic Center!
The Metro League District Meet is now underway at West Mesa Aquatic Center.
The mega soaker in action at Cesar Chavez Splash Pad!
Lifeguard Games





1801 4th St NW
Albuquerque, NM
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