We have daily times throughout the day for lap swimming, adult swims, opens swims and Senior swimming.  Please consult the schedule, which changes monthly, for the best time to come and join us!  If you have any questions or special requests, the pool staff is always available to help!  Stop in or call and ask to speak with the Supervisor on duty for assistance.


Water Aerobics Classes:

We offer both deep water and shallow water classes, at varying intensity levels.  Our classes are as follows

(instructors subject to change):


Deep Water (focus on stretching) w/ June 7-8am

Shallow Water (focus on balance) w/ Deb 8-9am

Deep Water (focus on cardio) w/ Hildi 7-8pm


Deep Water (focus on cardio) w/ Lesley 6:45-7:30am

Shallow Water (focus on cardio) w/ Robert or Kara 7-8pm


 Deep Water (focus on stretching) w/ Shirley 7-8am

 Shallow Water (focus on movement) w/ Alicia 8-9am

 Deep Water (focus on cardio) w/ Hildi 7-8pm


 Deep Water (focus on cardio) w/ Lesley 6:45-7:30am

 Shallow Water (focus on cardio) w/ Kara 6-7pm


 Deep Water (focus on stretching) w/ June 7-8am

 Shallow Water (focus on cardio) w/ Lesley 8-9am


Our classes are drop-in, so no need to sign up for a whole session in advance.  The rate is $4res/$5non-res.  Our instructors are more than welcome to show you the basics before class starts.  Please arrive a minute or two before the class time and introduce yourself!  All of our classes are a great workout and we look forward to helping you meet your fitness goals this year!



The South Portland Community Center's Municipal Pool will be open during the following hours starting September 6, 2016.  Many of our open hours are designated for specific programs and swim teams and not open for the general public.  Please see the link for the monthly schedule for public swim times. 

Mon. - Fri.     6:00am - 9:00pm

Saturdays:    12:00-6:00pm

Sundays:       5:00-8:00pm





The pool will be CLOSED to the public on

TUESDAY, 4/18 & THURSDAY, 4/20

from 10-11am

while SoPo Rec Campers use the facility.


Looking for something fun to do with the kiddos during school vacation?

Join us for an Open Swim on:

Saturday, 4/15 12-2pm

Tuesday, 4/18 2-4pm

Wednesday, 4/19 10-11am, 2-4pm and 7-8pm

Thursday, 4/20 2-4pm

Friday, 4/21 10-11am and 6-8pm

Saturday, 4/22 12-2pm

Sunday, 4/23 5-6pm



 Click the links below for the pool's April schedule.  Please also read the notes for monthly related news.


April 2017.docx

April 2017 Notes.docx





Classes Available...


We offer youth swimming lessons for children ages 6mo through 14yo and follow the American Red Cross standards for our class structure and sizes.  We offer morning, evening and weekend classes and do our best to accommodate all children into our programs which are taught by certified WSIs and experienced aides. 

  The Spring session runs for 7 weeks (April and May), with classes meeting weekly. 

Specific class times and dates for the Spring session can be found in the Program Brochure.


Registration Information... 


Begins Monday, 3/6 at 7am and runs until all time slots are picked. 

Call or stop in for a lottery picked time to register your child for lessons on Wednesday,3/15. 


May register, in person, beginning Friday, 3/17 at 7am


Download and print the registration form below:

Swim Registration form vertical.docx


Tips for getting the most out of your child's lessons:


Please feel free to communicate with the instructor any concerns you or child may be having.  Let us know if pushing your child would be best or if taking new skills at a slower pace is the best learning style for your child.  The more we know, the better we can instruct!


Kids should be on time to class with long hair tied back into a bun or braid or in a swim cap.  Goggles are really helpful for kids in levels 3-5.  Send your child to the bathroom before class begins.  The domino effect of one child needing to "go to the bathroom", followed by every other student, can have a real damaging effect on the class lesson plan.


Our instructors are highly trained and simply put, REALLY GOOD!  We have methods to our madness and really are working on swimming skills when we play games.  Many of us have been teaching for over 25 years and we know how to make swimming lessons full of skills AND fun!  With this being said, not every teaching style matches every learning style, so please communicate with the Supervisor on deck if you have any questions or concerns.  Should your concern be with the Supervisor themselves, then please see our Pool Coordinator, Patrick McArdle.  We want your child to enjoy swimming so that they can learn to be safe and strong in the water.  If having an instructor, with a different approach to teaching, would benefit your child, we will do our best to accommodate your child by moving them into a new class.



Our Spring session of adult lessons will be offered as follows: 

Beginners ONLY:

Sundays at 7-7:45pm 

(classes run 4/2-5/21 -NO CLASS on Easter 4/16) 


Stroke Refinement Clinic

(for more ADVANCED swimmers):

Saturdays 1-1:45pm

(classes run 4/1-5/13)

Tuesdays 7:45-8:30am

(classes run 4/4-5/16)

Thursdays 8-8:45pm

(classes run 4/6-5/18)

You can register online or in person for Adult (beginner) lessons, as well as for the Stroke Refinement Clinic (advanced).



The Spring session will run as follows...

Practices are Mondays and Wednesdays 7-8pm 3/13 - 5/19

No practice on Monday, 4/17

Swim Meet on Friday, 5/19 (more details to follow)

Program ages are 8-14yo.

Coaches are: Kara Ciampi (Head Coach), Robert Carter, Jessica Walsh, Patsy Ciampi and Michael Blanchard, with a variety of assistants helping out, as needed.

 How to Register...

If your child has not participated in RipTide prior, please bring him/her to the evaluation and placement night prior to registration.

Evaluation: Monday, 3/6 at 6:00pm

Registration: Monday, 3/6 at 6:30pm (residents first, followed by non-residents)


This NEW club is designed for Middle School age swimmers (ONLY!) who are genuinely interested in improving their swimming skills.  Practices will consist of 50% technique work and 50% endurance and conditioning.  If you are interested, please contact Head Coach Kara Ciampi at kara@ciampimail.com for more program information and for information on how and when to register.

Please NOTE...there is NO Spring session (due to Middle School team practices)

Practices are Mondays and Wednesdays 7:00-8:00pm

from 12/5 - 2/15





Basic Swim Lesson and Pool Info... 








The City of South Portland is pleased to offer professional lifeguards and a variety of programming at the South Portland Municipal Pool and Willard Beach. Both are open to the public.

The South Portland Pool is a 6-lane, 25 meter pool with diving board, handicapped accessible ramp and Hoyer lift. Our pool depth is approximately 3.5 feet in the shallow end and bottoms out at 12 feet in the deep end. We are home to the South Portland High School Red Riots Swim & Dive Team, as well as to a host of user groups such as Coastal Maine Aquatics (CMA) and Southern Maine Aquatic Club (SMAC).  Through lap swims, deep and shallow water aerobics classes and swimming lessons for youth and adults we average about 50,000 patrons per year.

The pool is open Monday through Friday from 6am to 9pm. Weekend hours fluctuate with the season.

We offer American Red Cross Swim Lessons, Water Safety and Lifeguard Training courses.

Please contact Aquatic Coordinator Patrick McArdle with any questions. You can also reach the SP Community Center or Aquatic Supervisors Lesley Hurley and Robert Carter via the front desk at 767-7650.




*you may come to more than 1 swim per day*


SoPo Residents:

Adults: $4    Youth/Seniors: $3 

Non Residents:

Adults: $5   Youth/Seniors: $4



*20 punches per card*


SoPo Residents:

Adults: $60    Youth/Seniors: $40  

Non Residents:

Adults: $80   Youth/Seniors: $60