General Information

Rec Swim is offered at two locations on the Stanford campus; the Avery Aquatic Center and Avery Rec Pool. The Avery Aquatic Center is an outdoor swimming facility that hosts Rec Swim in one of the two 50-meter pools. Avery Rec Pool is an outdoor, 50 meter pool, set up in short course (25 yards), and located on the west side of campus. Please access our Rec Swim Hours page for specific times for both locations.

Adult Lap Swim and Family Swim

Adult Lap Swim is available during all Rec Swim hours. Family Swim is designated in one area of the pool and only available during Family Swim hours. Swimmers must be 18 years of age to swim during Adult Lap Swim hours (Stanford Students under the age of 18 are the only exception). Swimmers under the age of 18 can only swim during designated Family Swim hours and must be accompanied by their parent or guardian. During Family Swim, if a child under the age of 18 is a strong enough swimmer and wants to swim in a lap swim lane, they must pass a swim test administered by the lifeguards. Criteria: must be able to swim 2 continuous lengths of the pool using the freestyle stroke with a strong kick and rhythmic breathing.

Facility Location and Access

The Avery Aquatic Center (AAC) is located between Sunken Diamond and the Arrillaga Family Sports Center. The event entrance is on the northeast side adjacent to Chuck Taylor Grove. The recreational entrance is located on the southwest side, facing Arrillaga Plaza. Avery Rec Pool (ARP) is located on the west side of campus at the Arrillaga Outdoor Education and Recreation Center (AOERC) on Santa Teresa Street.

Changing Rooms

Changing Rooms for recreational use are located on the main pool deck at the Avery Aquatic Center and locker rooms are available are the Avery Rec Pool.


While there are no lockers available at the Avery Aquatic Center, there are lockers available at the Arrillaga Family Sports Center, Ford Center and Arrillaga Outdoor Education and Recreation Center.

Loan-out Swim Items

Googles, kickboards, pull buoys and aqua jogging belts are available for check out for Rec Swim patrons. They are on a first come first serve basis and can be checked out at the guard office with a Stanford ID or government issued photo ID.

Lost and Found

Lost and Found items may be reclaimed at the guard office during Rec Swim hours. Items are kept for up to one week. Toiletries and liquid products are not placed in the lost and found.


For Avery Aquatic Center, parking is located in the Varsity Parking Lot and can be accessed from Nelson Road, off of Galvez Street.  For Avery Rec Pool, there are three parking lot options: Panama St parking lot, Via Ortega parking garage or the Roble field and parking garage. Metered parking spaces are available for users not possessing a permit.


During events additional restrooms are located on the east and west sides of the stands on the Upper Deck Level at the Avery Aquatic Center. Restrooms are located in the locker room at Avery Rec Pool.

Visitor/ Sightseer info

General sightseers and visitors to the Stanford campus are not permitted into the facility. The Facility has chain-link fencing around the perimeter and is easily viewed from the outside. For this reason we do not allow visitors inside the facility. Some lenience can be given to Family of Pool Staff, Varsity Athletes, and Athletic Recruits when accompanied by the staff member, athlete, or coach.