About the Pool

The Community College of Rhode Island Pool has been open for over 30 years. It is a place where patrons have been coming to recreate, swim laps, compete, and participate in our wide array of aquatic programs. There is a complete list of pool rules and regulations. Please keep in mind, that the rules are designed to promote health, sanitation, and safety, as well as a pleasant and enjoyable experience for all of the pool users. Some general information is listed below. The Management is always happy to hear your suggestions. Please feel free to leave written comments in the Main Office or with the attending Lifeguards. Thank you and enjoy!

Mission Statement

The Community College of Rhode Island Aquatic School, an integral part of the Department of Athletics, Physical Education, and Recreation, is dedicated to each individual participant by providing a high quality education which promotes safety and excellence in all of our aquatic programs.

Interesting & Helpful Facts About the CCRI Pool

  • The swimming pool is twenty-five yards long. Seventy-two lengths or thirty-six laps are equal to one mile.

  • The swimming pool ranges in depth from four feet to twelve feet at the starting block end of the pool.

  • When the swimming pool is open, there will always be lanes designated for lap swimming.

  • If there are more than two people swimming in a lap lane, then please swim in a circle (circle swimming). This involves each swimmer swimming on the right hand side of the lane back and forth.

  • The water temperature in the pool is typically kept between 79 - 82 degrees. This is to make as many pool users as comfortable as possible given that the pool is used for a variety of purposes, such as lap swimming, open swimming, classes, competitive practices or meets, etc.. All of the different pool users have a preference of water temperature. The pool temperature recommended by the American Red Cross and the National Pool and Spa Institute for swimming is 78° F. However, this may be too cool for young children and the elderly who may require 80° F or higher. The typical range is 78°- 82° F. If you are exercising in the water, your body generates an increased amount of heat energy. In air, this heat is dissipated by sweating. The evaporation of the sweat is the cooling mechanism to help control the body temperature at 98.6° F. In water, your body generates the same amount of heat, but there is no evaporation to provide cooling. Cooling is provided by conduction/convection of heat from your warm body to the cool water. This is roughly proportional to the temperature difference between your body and the water. The warmer the water the less heat is dissipated. The 78 - 82 degree range is the happy medium. Any temperature that may stem above or below this range is not deliberate and will be rectified within a few days. As with any exercise program, please be sure to check with your physician first.

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Last Updated: 5/14/18