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Norris Aquatics Center

swimming poolThis olympic-size pool is home to the Wildcat Men's and Women's Varsity Swimming and Diving teams. On any given day the pool is teeming with activities such as water fitness classes, water polo matches, swimming lessons, age-group and masters swim practice, not to mention seasonal swim meets. The Norris Aquatics Center is located just north of, and connected to, the Crown Sports Pavilion.


  • Olympic-sized swimming pool (50 meters x 25 yards) with 2 movable bulkheads. 
  • Hydraulic pool lift 
  • Two 1-meter spring boards 
  • Two 3-meter springboards 
  • 1, 3, and 5-meter platforms 
  • 80 degree water temperature

Job Opportunities


  • The Norris Aquatics Center and the Northwestern Beach is looking for Northwestern students that hold the following current certifications: Lifeguard Training, First Aid, and CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer. Wages start at $8.50. 
  • Qualifications:Reliable and self-motivated. The ability to stay focused in both monotonous and fast-paced environments. American Red Cross lifeguarding, CPR/AED, and first aid certifications required. 
  • To apply:Please contact Ed Martig at

Swimming Instructors

  • The Norris Aquatics Center is looking for Northwestern students to conduct swimming lessons for children of various age groups and skill levels. Wages start at $9.00. 
  • Qualifications: Reliable, outgoing, friendly, and patient. Excellent communication and organization skills. Previous teaching experience preferred. 
  • To apply:Please contact Ed Martig at

Lap Swimming Etiquette

  • Unless the lane has only two people in it that would rather split the lane, you should circle swim. 
  • While circle swimming, stay to right of the lane and swim in a counter-clockwise circle in the in the lane.
  •  It is the responsibility of the swimmer entering the lane to be sure all other swimmers in that lane are aware of his or her presence. 
  • Always swim complete laps of the pool. Avoid stopping in the middle of the pool for any reason this can interfere with others and cause collisions. 
  • Stop only at the wall and once stopped stay in the corner of the lane. Other lap swimmers need space to turn, always leave the middle 1/3 of the wall clear for turning purposes. 
  • Be aware of your space in the lane and the orientation of others. 
  • If you are approaching the wall and another lap swimmer is gaining on you, swimming at a faster rate then you are, pause at the wall to allow the faster swimmer to go by. 
  • If you need to pass in your lane move up to the swimmer and tap his or her foot. It is inappropriate to grab, pull, or tickle the person. 
  • If your foot has been tapped there is no need to stop, as this could cause a collision. Once you are aware of another’s intent to pass, slow down just slightly and slide over as close to the lane rope as possible. 
  • If the indication to pass has occurred right before the wall it is appropriate to pause at the wall in the right hand corner to allow the swimmer to advance through his or her turn.
  • If you are passing a swimmer you should pass on the left after you have indicated your intent by tapping his or her foot. 
  • A pass must be initiated in time to over take the slower swimmer before the wall. 
  • Swimmers being tapped should acknowledge the communication of a desired pass and not try to speed up. 
  • Slower swimmers starting a set or swim should wait until faster swimmers have passed and push off close behind thus extending the time it will take before they are passed again. 
  • Faster swimmers should give slower swimmers as much space in front of them as possible before pushing off.