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Last Updated: 2014-06-25

Administration Office
1209 Admiral Street
Richmond, VA 23220
Phone (804)646-5733
Inclement Weather Line Number: (804)646-0751

Are you ready to take a plunge? We're ready for you to join us!

The department operates seven outdoor pools and two indoor pools (Swansboro and Bellemeade - where Richmonders can swim year around).

We offer American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim lessons at all levels from beginning to advanced - child to adult. Lifeguard certification, first aid and CPR training are also available.

Pools have regular hours for open-lap, family, and adult swim sessions.

During the summer months each pool attracts an average of 200 - 250 patrons per day.

Indoor pools
1800 Lynhaven Avenue
Richmond, VA
Phone: (804)646-8849

Swansboro pool
3160 Midlothian Tpke.
Richmond, VA
Phone: (804)646-8088

Group Swim (Prior Reservations are required) email:

Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday - 1 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.

Open Swim/Lap Swimming - General Hours for the Public

Monday - Friday 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday & Thursday 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (if there are no swimming classes)

Summer Pool Schedule - June 14 - September 2, 2014

Outdoor pools are open from mid-June through Labor Day.

Open/free swim, family swim and adult only swim hours:

Monday - Friday, 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. (open swim), 5 p.m. - 7 p.m (family) and 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. (adult only swim).
Saturday, Noon - 5 p.m.
Sunday, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Holidays, 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.


Water Safety Instruction Classes

To prepare for the summer, in partnership with the YMCA, the department offers WaterSMARTS - safety instruction classes for youth enrolled in the department's Great Summer Escape Summer Camp.

Additionally, Lifeguard training classes are offered several times prior to the start of the summer swim season, for more information call (804)646-1174.

PRCF Swimming Pools

  • Battery Park Pool (Northside) 2917 Dupont Cir.,
    Richmond, VA 23221

  • Bellemeade Pool (Southside/Indoor Pool) 1800 Lynhaven Ave.,
    Richmond, VA 23221

  • Blackwell Pool (Southside) 238 East 14th St.,
    Richmond, VA 23221

  • Fairmount Pool (Eastend) 2000 U St.,
    Richmond, VA 23221

  • Hotchkiss Pool (Northside) 701 East Brookland Park Blvd.,
    Richmond, VA 23221

  • Powhatan Pool (Eastend) 5051 Northhampton St.,
    Richmond, VA 23221

  • Randolph Pool (Westend) 1401 Grayland Ave.,
    Richmond, VA 23221

  • Swansboro Indoor Pool (Southside/Indoor Pool) 3160 Midlothian Tpke.,
    Richmond, VA 23221

  • Woodville Pool (Eastend) 2305 Fairfield Ave.,
    Richmond, VA 23221


Swim Team-Richmond Racers

One of the showcase programs within the Department is the Richmond Racers Swim Team.

The Team was established in 1992 and currently has more than 120 members who compete in two leagues.

The first league, the Virginia Community Swim League is a league composed of six other municipally sponsored teams from the Richmond and Tidewater areas. The second league is the United States Swimming League which has a quarter of a million members. It is the national swimming organization that sponsors local, state and national meets leading to the Olympics and other international competitions.

Team membership is challenging, exciting and fun! It offers year-round training in the four basic swim strokes'butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke, and freestyle. The team offers young people a chance to make new friends, visit other cities, learn valuable skills and build confidence and self-esteem.

Criteria for Joining

New swimmers interested in joining the Racers organization must complete the Richmond Racers application and meet the following criteria, swimmers must be able to swim a minimum of 25 yards and they should be able to swim two of the four competitive strokes. Coaches will evaluate new talent on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5:00 p.m. at the Swansboro Pool. Richmond Racers Swimming Levels, Descriptions and Practice Requirements

  • Level I -- All age groups, but primarily 12 and under -- Practice Requirement is 1 - 2 days per week.
  • Level II -- All age groups, but primarily 12 and under -- Practice Requirement is 2 days per week
  • Level III -- All age groups, but primarily 12 and under with performance expectations -- Practice Requirement is 3 days per week.
  • Level IV -- All age groups, but primarily 11 and over with performance expectations -- Practice Requirement is 3 - 4 days per week.
  • Level V -- 13 and over with performance expectations -- Practice Requirement is 4 - 5 days per week.

For more Richmond Racers information, please call (804)646-1174.

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