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The City of New Orleans

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu

Aquatics

   

Joe W. Brown Indoor Pool

5601 Read Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70127 

Pool Hours
 Monday through Friday 8am to 9pm
Saturday  9am-6pm
Sunday 2-6pm
 

Announcements

Shuttle from Treme to Joe W. Brown Pool.  The complimentary shuttle service from the Treme Rec Center departs Monday through Thursday at 5:15pm for the 6-7pm Fit and Flex class at Joe W. Brown and returns to Treme after the class.)

Lifeguard Prerequisite Skills Challenge Class
Joe W. Brown Pool, 5601 Read Blvd.

January 12 & 19, 6-8pm
Feb 2 & 9, 6-8pm
March 2, 16 & 30, 6-8pm 
Ages 15 and older.  Free!

This class is designed for those with swimming experience interested in becoming lifeguards but are unsure if they have the proper skills.  Students will perform basic lifeguard skills, and then receive feedback from NORDC Senior Lifeguards. Registration is on-going but limited to 6 people per class. Please sign up at the Joe W. Brown Natatorium Desk.  Come dressed to swim!

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Pool Rules

1. Swimming is permitted only while lifeguards are present and on duty.

2. Children under 10 years of age must be accompanied by an adult 18 years of age or over.

3. All children who are not toilet-trained must have a swim diaper and a bathing suit and/or plastic pants.

4. Running, rough play, horseplay, dunking and/or throwing children is not allowed.  Inappropriate language will not be tolerated.

5. Excessive breath holding and breath holding games are prohbited.

6. Before entering the pool, patrons must shower with soap and rinse.

7. Glass containers, food, drinks, gum, animals, tobacco products, alcohol, drugs and firearms are prohibited from NORDC pool decks and locker rooms.

8. Children less than 8” taller than water depth must be accompanied by parent, guardian or instructor IN THE WATER, unless swimmer has demonstrated he/she could pass a deep end test each time the child attends the pool.

9. Persons with rashes, open wounds or sores are not allowed in the water.

10. Lined swimsuits or bathing suits are required to swim. No cutoffs, jean shorts, or clothing other than swimming attire permitted. Gym shorts, sports bras, under clothing are not considered proper swim attire.  A t-shirt and/or shorts made from nylon, rayon, or polyester may be worn over a bathing suit while in the water

11. No climbing, hanging, or tampering with lane lines, lifeguard or facility equipment.

12. Only one person on a ladder at a time.

13. Lifeguards must approve all toys and flotation devices – SCUBA and other large equipment is prohibited

14. Diving, flips, twists and backwards jumps are not allowed.

15. NORDC is not responsible for any lost or stolen items.

16. Lightning Policy – The pool will require immediate closure of all pools in the event that lightning or thunder is present in or around the area. The pools will remain closed until 30 minutes past the last visible lightning strike or episode of thunder.

17. The lifeguard is the authority in the pool and locker rooms.  Failure to comply with the rules may result in dismissal from the pool and locker room areas.

 

 

 

Download full aquatics brochure here
 

Lap swim is for patrons 16 years of age or older unless given written permission from the aquatics director.  Children under 10 years of age must be accompanied by an adult 18 years of age or over. The pool will close 15 minutes prior the facility closing to allow for time in the locker room. View class descriptions below.

 

SWIM LESSONS

Register now for our winter session! The season begins January 4  and will run through Febuary 14. All participants of aquatics programs at NORDC pools must have a current and completed release/registration form on file.  Registration cannot guarantee enrollment. Print and complete registration form here and return to the Joe. W. Brown Pool.

 

Parent Child Lessons (6 months - 36 Months): helps young children get ready to swim by emphasizing fun in the water. Parents and children participate in several guided practice sessions that help kids learn elementary swimming skills, including water entry, bubble blowing, front kicking, back floating, underwater exploration and more.

  • Parent Child Level 1 (PC1): children learn basic skills through fun activities, such as blowing bubbles and playing with water toys.
  • Parent Child Level 2 (PC2): parents work with their children to practice floating, kicking and swimming back to the side of the pool.

Day

Time

Class

Friday

4:30-4:55pm

PC1, PC2

Saturday

10-10:25am

PC1

Saturday

1030-10:50am

PC2

 

Nemo (2-5 years old) If your child loves the water or isn’t quite ready to be on their own with an instructor, Nemo is the class for you! The skills taught are the first level of the preschool program but with games and songs that are age appropriate.

Day

Time

Friday

4:15 to 4:50pm

Saturday

11 to 11:25am

 

Preschool Lessons (3-5 years old): learn water safety, survival skills and foundational swimming concepts in a safe and fun environment. Skills are age-appropriate, allowing students to achieve success on a regular basis.

  • Preschool Aquatics Level 1 (PS1)-Helps participants feel comfortable in the water and begin to develop fundamental skills such as breath control.
  • Preschool Aquatics Level 2 (PS2) -Builds on Level 1 skills and gives the participant success with fundamental skills such as floating and basic locomotion.
  • Preschool Aquatics Level 3 (PS3)-Builds on Level 2 skills and improves the participant’s coordination of simultaneous arm and leg actions and alternating arm and leg actions.

Day

Time

Class

Monday

4:30-5:05pm

PS1, PS2, PS3

Monday

5:15-5:50pm

PS1, PS2, PS3

Wednesday

4:30-5:05pm

PS1, PS2, PS3

Wednesday

5:15-5:50pm

PS1, PS2, PS3

Saturday

10:15-10:50am

PS1, PS2, PS3

Saturday

11:00-11:35am

PS1, PS2, PS3

 

School Age Lessons (6-12 years old) is designed for students  to progress through the levels at their own pace, mastering the skills in one level before advancing to the next. Each level of our Learn-to-Swim class includes training in basic water safety and helping others in an emergency, in addition to stroke development.

  • Level 1: (SA1) INTRODUCTION TO WATER SKILLS. There are no prerequisites for this course. The objective of Level 1 is to help students feel comfortable in the water and to enjoy the water safely.
  • Level 2: (SA2) FUNDAMENTAL AQUATIC SKILLS. Student must have passed or show competency in Level 1 skills. This level marks the beginning of true locomotion skills.
  • Level 3: (SA3) STROKE DEVELOPMENT. Student must have passed or shown competency in Level 2 skills. Level 3 participants learn to: Jump into deep water, dive in, bob with the head fully submerged, rotary breathing, and a number of bodily motions while inside the water.
  • Level 4: (SA4) STROKE IMPROVEMENT
    Student must have passed or shown competency in Level 3 skills. The objective of level 4 is to develop confidence in the strokes learned and improve other aquatic skills.
  • Level 5: (SA5) STROKE REFINEMENT
    Student must have passed or shown competency in Level 4 skills. The objective of level 5 is to provide further coordination and refinement of strokes.
  • Level 6: (SA6) SWIMMING AND SKILL PROFICIENCY
    Student must have passed or shown competency in Level 5 skills. Here, the objective is to help students swim with ease. Level 6 is designed with “menu” options that focus on preparing students with a variety of activities. Menu Options include Personal Water, Safety, Fundamentals of Diving, Fitness Swimmer.

Day

Time

Class

Monday

4:00-4:50pm

SA1, SA2, SA3, SA4

Monday

5:00-5:50pm

SA1, SA2, SA3, SA4

Wednesday

4:00-4:50pm

SA1, SA2, SA3, SA4

Wednesday

5:00-5:50pm

SA1, SA2, SA3, SA4

Saturday

10:00-10:50am

SA1, SA2, SA3, SA4

Saturday

11:00-11:50am

SA4, SA5, SA6

 

 

Teen Lessons (12 - 15 years old) Join us for these age appropriate, confidence boosting lessons that will teach your child a lifelong skill.

Day

Time

Saturdays

12:00-12:50pm

Adult Lessons (16 and up) It’s never too late to learn how to swim.  Whether you are a beginner who is interested in learning a new skill or someone who is more advanced but needs a refresher, NORDC has the class for you.

  • Adult Beginner (AB): Adult Beginner Learning the Basics is the class to be in if you want to learn how to swim but are not afraid of the water.   Here you learn how to float, move in the water and begin building the foundation for aquatic success.                                                         
  • Adult Intermediate I (AI1), the focus is on endurance and form for the following strokes: Front Crawl, Back Crawl, Breaststroke and Backstroke while also working on safety survival skills such as treading water.
  • Adult Intermediate II (AI2), the focus is on perfecting the strokes learned in Adult Intermediate I and also learning the Sidestroke and Butterfly. 
  • Adult Advances Swimming (AAS): Swimming for Fitness is a class for adult who know how to swim but might need a refresher on their training or are just looking for a more structured practice time.  This class focuses on endurance and perfecting strokes so that they are as efficient as possible.

Day

Time

Class Level

Monday-Friday

10:00-10:50am

AB, AI1, AI2

Monday, Wednesday, Friday

5:00-5:50pm

AB, AI1, AI2

Tuesday and Thursday

7:00-7:50pm

AI1, AI2, AAS

Saturday

8:00-8:50am

AB, AI1, AAS

Saturday

10:00-10:50am

AB, AI1, AI2

 

  • T.O.W.: Terrified of Water is for adults who have no previous swim lesson or aquatic experience.  We understand that each adult has their starting point in the water.  We work with you to get past your fears and conquer the work of aquatics!

Day

Time

Monday-Friday

9:00-9:50am, 11:00-11:50, 6:00-6:50

Monday, Wednesday, Friday

5:00-5:50pm

Saturdays

9:15-10:00am

 

AQUA FITNESS CLASSES

Fit and Flex. Welcome to this spunky mid-morning exercise program! This class will include light cardio and exercises that will help build endurance while focusing on exercises that help coordination, balance and strength.

H²0 Mix. This ultimate endurance class is based on muscular strength and interval training. Challenge yourself through different stations in the pool utilizing a range of aquatic equipment. This aqua workout will leave you fitter, stronger and more energized.

Hydro Fit. This class fuses together several of your favorite aqua class formats to create a memorable experience.  We’ll mix it up with noodle, kick boards and other equipment to target the whole body while having a blast. Both low and high intensity cardio will be included.

Class

Days

Time

Hydro Fit

Monday-Friday

9am

Fit and Flex

Monday-Friday

11am

Fit and Flex

Monday-Friday

6pm

H2O Mix

Saturdays

9am

 

LIFEGUARD CLASSES

Lifeguarding is a great job for young adults to learn job skills, earn some money and meet great people.  NORDC will be hiring over 100 lifeguards for the summer season. There is plenty of time to prepare for the summer session with the opportunities available for classes.

The Junior Lifeguard program (11 - 15 years old). These classes teach many of the skills it takes to be a lifeguard.  This is a great opportunity for your child to learn leadership skills, team work and most importantly have FUN, all within the aquatic environment.

Day

Time

Fridays

5 to 7pm

 

Lifeguard Prereq  Challenge If you aren’t sure if you have what it takes to become a certified lifeguard come try it out for FREE! During these 2 hour long sessions all of the lifeguard prerequisites will be practiced and then completed as a part of an assessment.  Any time left over will be utilized for tips on how to improve swimming skills for the lifeguard class. There is a 5 person limit per class so please sign up as soon as possible.

Day

Time

Jan 12

6-8pm

Jan 19

6-8pm

Feb 2

6-8pm

Feb 9

6-8pm

Mar 2

6-8pm

Mar 16

6-8pm

Mar 30

6-8pm

 

Looking for a job? If you are 15 years old or older, and are interested in becoming a lifeguard for the summer of 2015, all applications for NORDC lifeguards and swim instructors must be in by March 15th.  Interviews will be conducted as early as February 1st.  Please contact Aquatics Director, Christine Aguirre at cmaguirre@nola.gov if you are interested or check out our employment page for more information.

 

 

 

 
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Last updated: 12/19/2014 3:11:29 PM

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