Rent the Pool

The pool is available to rent out for birthday parties on Saturdays.

Patrick McArdle, Aquatics Manager

Water Aerobics Classes:

We offer both deep water and shallow water classes, at varying intensity levels, as well as two classes focused on joint mobility,  flexibility and stretching.  Our classes are as follows

(instructors subject to change without notice):


Deep Water (focus on movement) at 7am 

Shallow Water (focus on cardio) at 8am

Deep Water (focus on cardio) at 7pm


Hydro Fitness (focus on movement) at 7am

J.A.M. (focus on flexibility) at 8am

Shallow Water (focus on movement) at 7pm


Deep Water (focus on movement) at 7am 

Shallow Water (focus on endurance) at 8am

Deep Water (focus on cardio) at 7pm


Hydro Fitness (focus on movement) at 7am

J.A.M. (focus on flexibility) at 8am

Shallow Water (focus on movement) at 7pm


Deep Water (focus on movement) at 7am 

Shallow Water (focus on cardio) at 8am


Our instructors are more than happy to show you the basics before class starts.  Please arrive a few minutes 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!



Click below for the pool calendar for

Jan 2nd thru Feb 25th:

January February 2024.pdf

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AEROBICS at Cape Elizabeth for SoPo patrons...

Join us as we host a shallow water aerobics class on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8-9am AT the Cape Elizabeth pool.

This is a drop-in format, so join us when you can. We will continue this class until the SP pool reopens after our roof replacement.

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Important update from the Facilities Department: The South Portland Community Center Pool is expected to reopen on January 2, 2024.

The pool roof is currently being replaced. While the City anticipated being able to reopen the pool at the end of November, a number of unforeseen issues are causing a delay:

• Once work began and Facilities staff was able to “look under the hood,” it became clear that the City needs to upgrade structural supports for the roof to ensure safety and meet code requirements.

• Materials shortages and wet weather have also caused delays.

• When the phase of work that impacts the inside of the facility is complete, the staging will be broken down and the City will conduct an extensive cleaning as well as a refurbishing of the pool area.

Facilities staff, Parks, Recreation & Waterfront staff, and the contracted roofers are working closely together to ensure that when the pool reopens, it will be under a stable, long-lasting, leak-free roof and that the area is a bright and welcoming space for swimmers. Thank you for your patience. 


 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 (Memorial Day thru Labor Day). Both are open to residents and non-residents.


The South Portland Pool is a 6-lane, 25 meter pool with a 1-meter springboard diving board and handicap accessible ramp entry. We have a water wheelchair designed for ease of entry INTO or OUT OF the water while using the ramp. Our pool depth is approximately 3.5 feet in the shallow end and bottoms out at 12 feet in the deep end.

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 We have a 6 person hot tub spa with therapy jets which is open for public use during all of our public use swim times. The spa has a dedicated Hoyer lift to give less mobile patrons the ability to use the spa without physically walking in. 

Men's, women's, and private locker rooms are available for use to change and store belongings. 


We have Coast Guard approved lifejackets for kids (and a few adult size jackets), swim floatation belt for kids and adults, as well as noodles and barbells to assist any patrons while in the water.  Swim equipment (kickboards, hand paddles, fins and pull buoys) is available for lap swimmers.  Aerobics barbells and deep water swim belts are available for use during classes and Open Swim times.  

Bathing caps, aquatic belts, goggles, and padlocks for lockers are available for purchase from the front desk as well.


We are home to the South Portland High School Red Riots Swim & Dive Team, the Middle School swim team, and our in-house swim teams RipTide and RT+.  We are also host to a number of user groups such as special needs groups from local school departments and SoPo's Swim Club. We also are a home pool for Attleboro Blue Fish (ABF) Swim Club. Through daily swims, water aerobics classes and swimming lessons for youth and adults we average about 50,000 patron swims per year!


We offer beginner and advanced swim lessons for both youth and adults, a variety of different aerobics classes and American Red Cross Lifeguard Training courses.


Please contact Aquatics Coordinator Patrick McArdle with any questions. You can also reach the South Portland Community Center desk or Aquatic Supervisors Lesley Hurley, Mike Blanchard or Lia Langeveld at 767-7650.



Monthly Swims:

Our schedule for Lap Swims, Open Swims, and Senior Swims changes monthly and the calendar can be found at  Hard copies are available at the front desk. 

Drop-in fees apply and frequent user passes are available at the front desk.

Season Swim Lessons for Kids:

We offer lessons in the Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer.  Our lessons for children begin at 9mo and continue to age 14. Classes are divided by age and ability.  Check out our class descriptions at   

Season Swim Lessons for Adults:

We offer lessons in the Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer. Our lessons for adults start at age 14 and are offered for beginners (Adult Beginner lessons) and advanced swimmers (Stroke Refinement clinic). 

Registration for ALL lessons:

Registration for lessons is always offered during the month before lessons begin.  The Parks and Rec website lists these dates, and email blasts are sent out through that system to alert patrons when registration is upon us. 

Be aware...Our lessons are EXTREMELY POPULAR!  Online registration is on a first come, first serve basis and we are limited to how many patrons can be in each class and how many classes can run each season.  We do offer registration to SP residents first and then allow for non-residents to register. 

Days prior to registering for swim lessons, please make sure you have read the class/level descriptions online to confirm you are registering correctly.  Aquatics staff is always on hand to answer questions about level placement.

Please make sure you have a household account through MyRec so that you will receive our email blasts and can register quickly.

Aerobics Classes:

 All aerobics classes have a drop-in (daily) fee.  Non-residents pay $1 MORE than residents.


 ~SHALLOW WATER AEROBICS – Non-swimmers welcome.  Medium level intensity class taught with the instructor giving cues for other levels.  Minimal impact due to the buoyancy of the water.  Some classes share the pool with public swims.

 ~DEEP WATER FITNESS – The workout will include aerobics and strength training.  This is a no impact class due to the depth of the water.  Participants must be able to swim a minimum of 25 meters (1 length) without a floatation device.  Some classes share the pool with public swims.

~J.A.M. (Joint And Movement) FITNESS – this class uses a variety of low-impact, water-based exercises and movements for those who experience stiffness and discomfort with day-to-day activities. We will focus on improving range of motion, balance, flexibility, along with muscle strength. Both the shallow and deep ends of the pool will be used, along with dumbbells, noodles, belts and other flotation and water-resistant devices.  This class shares the pool with a lap swim or swim program.

 ~ HYDRO FITNESS- this class will consist of a blend of Deep Water, Shallow Water and joint mobility-based exercises. Both the deep end and shallow end of the pool are used as we move through cardio, strength and flexibility exercises.  This class shares the pool with a lap swim.