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Fall Semester Open Swim Hours (updated 8/15/22)

Open Swim Hours:
Monday-Friday: 6:00am-9:00am, 11:00am-1:00pm
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday: 8:00pm-10:00pm
Saturday, Sunday: 12:00pm-2:00pm

All Open Swim hours are subject to change based on academic, athletic, and special events. 

All Faculty and Staff eligible family members are allowed to utilize open swim hours. Community memberships are also available! Sign up at recreation.ithaca.edu. 

Check-in with a Lifeguard on the pool deck for Open Swim sessions. 

The Kelsey Partridge Bird Natatorium houses an Olympic size pool (50 meters x 25 yards) that was completed in September of 2011, and is located in the Athletics & Events Center.

  • Ithaca College’s Kelsey Partridge Bird Natatorium is 13,100 sq. ft and consists of a 9 lanes 50 meters by a 21 lanes 25 yard pool. The facility has a variety of competition courses that can be configured with 2 separate Bulkheads, (6' wide and 4' wide.) The pool is 8+ feet deep at both the starting and turning ends of the competition courses, with 5 lanes 14 feet deep at the diving end of the pool. The pool also has a 30' by 75' movable floor system to enable shallow or deep water area. Shallow water is used to accommodate swim lessons, academic classes, Aqua Zumba, PT or rehab training and a variety of other activities, while the deep water is used to accommodate competitive swimming, water polo, and any other events that require deep water.
  • The facility provides spectator gallery seating for approximately 1,000
  • Diving consists of two 1-meter boards and two 3-meter boards on separate platforms, with warm water showers. Diving set up also includes a sparger air bubbling system and water agitators under each board.
  • The facility also includes a 200 sq. ft. Spa that can accommodate up to 19 people.
  • Attached to the pool is a 42 person Classroom, used for teaching all aquatics classes, holding team meeting, and used to assist with event management.
  • The facility uses Colorado Time Systems, a full color video board for swimming/diving/water polo and a separate LED display board configured for diving.
  • The pool is home to the Ithaca College Men & Women's Swimming and Diving Teams.
  • The facility can also accommodate a number of removable Rowing stations down the length of pool, so that our Crew programs have the ability to practice indoors.

A&E Center Kelsey Partridge Bird Natatorium Design Awards and Publications

  • 2012 – ‘Innovative Architecture & Design’ Award Recreation Management magazine
  • 2012 – ‘Architectural Showcase’ Athletic Business magazine