Pool

Pool with Children playing

SEASONAL POOL OPENING: APRIL - OCTOBER 30

  • MONDAY - 9/27 - evening sessions (lap swim and aqua walk) are open to pre-registration only, no drop-in's will be taken during those sessions. 

  • SCHEDULE CHANGE starting OCT 4th - late afternoon/evening Lap Swim/Aqua Walk sessions will start at 5:45 pm and end at 7:00 pm as the AHS Swim Team begins practice that week. Note: pre-registration is required for all 5:45-7 pm sessions and entrance will be thru the south pool gate (no drop-ins). 

  • SEASONAL POOL CLOSURE - last day of swim sessions will be Sat, Oct 30, pool closed as of Oct 31, 2021.

PER THE STATE PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER - MANDATORY MASKS - beginning FRIDAY, AUGUST 20, masks are mandatory inside the facility for all individuals including those who have received a vaccination.


Pool is open for lap swim (2 swimmers per lane), aqua walk and public swim sessions (schedule dependent on weather and staff availability). All sessions still allow for pre-registration which is recommended if you wish to ensure your spot. Drop in participation will be accepted for all session except swim lessons if a session has not filled through pre-registration. Please check back frequently for updates/changes to session schedules. Pre-registration may be made online, in-person or over the phone up to 3 days in advance.

Daily Session Fees

  • Aquacize / Fitness Exercise (Class): $4.00
  • Lap Swim / Aqua Walk (Independent):  $4.00
  • Teen Lap Swim (Class): $4.00
  • Public Swim (Open Swim): $3.00
  • For Pool Pass information please visit the AFRC Passes Page.
    • Please note: if you leave the facility and come back later the same day, you will be assessed another daily use fee.
    • Drop in participation will be accepted if a session has not filled through pre-registration.

Session Specific Information and Schedules (click on the links below) 

Group Fitness Session Page (Instructor Led)

Lap Swim & Aqua Walk Session Page (Independent Fitness)

Public Swim Session Page 

Swim Lesson Page 

Session Registration Information and Policies

  • Drop in participation for all sessions except swim lessons will be accepted if a session has not filled through pre-registration.
  • Children must be registered by their parent/guardian due to the liabiiliy waiver required for participation.
  • Pre-registration will generally open at 8 am 3 days prior to a session and will close at 10 pm the day prior to a session. Be sure of dates/times you are registering for as refunds will not be given per AFRC withdrawal policies.
  • Pre-register at https://secure.rec1.com/NM/alamogordo-recreation/catalog.
  • Pre-registration is on a first-come basis for all sessions - each session does have a max capacity based on State mandates for public pools and staffing levels.

General Information on Facility and Pool Practices and Policies

  • Please read the information below and the specific information to the right as it explains current practices/procedures that you will be expected to follow and answers a lot of questions you might have prior to registration and attendance
  • PUBLIC SWIM sessions
    • ALL AGES
    • DESIGNATED SWIM AREA: east half of pool (splash pad, slide and deep end are not available due to limited staffing) 
    • DEPTH: 2 1/2' to 4 1/2' in depth
  • LAP SWIM / AQUA WALK sessions
    • ADULTS & SENIORS ONLY
    • TWO PEOPLE PER LANE, INDIVIDUAL SWIMS/WALKS IN CENTER OF LANE
      - Independent, NOT instructor led

      - participants must follow the direction of Lifeguards if asked to change lanes
    • SESSION TIME: 1.25 - 1.5 HOURS
      - max time allowed, includes exit/entry time
    • NUMBER OF LANES: VARIES
      - max of 9 lanes for lap swim and 8 lanes for aqua walk
    • DISTANCE:25 yards (75 feet) per length, 50 yards (150 feet) per lap
    • DEPTH: VARIES
    • Lap swim - 4 1/2' to 9' deep
    • Aqua walking - 3' to 4 1/2' deep
  • MASKS: Masks are mandatory for all individuals except while swimming and showering. Do not wear masks while swimming as they pose a major safety concern.
  • SOCIAL DISTANCING: Patrons should maintain a 6’ separation when possible. 
  • ENTRY/EXIT: 
    • Entry is through the main entrance where you will be checked-in 
    • Exit - patrons must exit the facility promptly at the end of their swim session time through the northwest gate of the pool.
  • LOCKER ROOM USE & BELONGINGS: 
    • Locker rooms are for changing and rinse showers ONLY. 
    • LOCKERS ARE NOT AVAILABLE FOR USE AT THIS TIME - belongings must be brought out on deck, designated areas have been set up on deck for patrons. 
  • SHOWERS:
    • Patrons MUST take an initial rinse shower prior to entering the pool. 
    • Locker rooms and showers are NOT to be used for prolonged showers during or after a swim session. Patrons may shorten their time in the pool in order to take another quick rinse shower after swimming but must exit the facility by the end of the allotted session time.
  • CANCELLATIONS, NO SHOWS & TURN-AWAYS
    • If a session is canceled by the facility (e.g., bad weather, maintenance issue) prior to 45 minutes of the session being completed
      • patrons using a credit/debit card for registration will receive a user credit on their account that may be used for a future session
      • patrons using a pass for registration, will not have their pass charged for the session (see pass information in column to the right).
    • If a registered participant does not show for a session or is turned away due to non-compliance with any facility procedures/practices, no refund will be given.

Please be aware that pool session openings and hours are subject to change due to weather, staff availability and pool maintenance. To verify pool openings and hours, please call 575-439-4142 during regular facility hours. 

Age Categories & Restrictions

  • Youth – to qualify as a youth individuals must be 17 years of age or younger.
    • Full Facility - any child under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult (age 18 or over) at all times. Both youth and adult are charged use fees.
    • Pool Area - any child 6 years of age or under must be kept within arm’s reach of an adult (age 18 or over) while in the pool area (on deck or in water) at all times. Maximum adult / child ratio: 1 adult / 2 children. Both youth and adult are charged use fees.
  • Adult – to qualify as an adult individuals must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Senior Adult – to qualify as a senior adult individuals must be 55 years of age or older.

Aquatic Area

50 meter by 25 yard outdoor pool and surrounding deck is available seasonally for:

  • Aquatic Fitness
  • Birthday Parties
  • Lap Swim
  • Private Pool Rental
  • Recreational Swimming
  • Swim Lessons
  • Swim Team Practices

Seasonal Pool


The AFRC Pool is a seasonal outdoor pool. The pool’s operating season is anticipated to be a six month season-open from mid-spring until mid-fall. However, the schedule is subject to change due to maintenance issues, weather and/or staffing.
To verify pool hours please give us a call at 575-439-4142.