Skip to main content

GRCC's pool offers lap swimming, water exercise, youth competitive swimming, US Masters Swimming and American Red Cross Lifeguard training to all members of the Grand Rapids community.  Located in the center of the city and geared to helping all of our community meet their aquatic goals. GRCC's pool is a great choice for recreation and learning.

Fall Semester 2021 Aquatic Facility Hours of Operation 

Currently open to students, faculty/staff, current members, and daily users.

  • Monday-Thursday: 6-8 a.m. and 10 a.m -2 p.m
  • Friday-Sunday: Closed

Holiday Closures

  • November 24-28
  • December 23- January 2

Effective July 26, 2021

The pool facility will begin accepting daily users for $3 a day. 

New Check-in Process

  • Present RaiderCard to lifeguard staff at table
  • Once granted access user can proceed to swim 

Updated Policies and Procedures

  • Masks required on the pool deck and in the locker rooms at all times
  • Dependents of faculty and staff are now welcome to come back to the Ford Fieldhouse
    • Please make sure to have them fill out an application
  • No longer required for the fitness center or pool:
    • COVID Screenings
    • Appointments
  • Capacity limits have been lifted
  • Valid RaiderCards are mandatory for entry. 
  • The locker rooms and showers will be available; however, towels will NOT be provided at this time

Open Swim

GRCC students, faculty, staff, Ford Fieldhouse members, and community guests may visit the pool during the times listed above for lap swimming and water exercise. Open swim is free for both students, faculty, staff, and valid Ford Fieldhouse members. 

Any group of swimmers from schools, churches, camps and similar organizations are required to schedule their visit to the Ford Pool, even if the participants are over the age of 18. Groups wishing to attend an open swim as members of an organization, rather than as individuals, are unable to use the pool during open swim periods and will be turned away if arriving unannounced. A rental agreement is required for group of use of the pool.

Open swim can be quite busy at times. Swimmers are required to share lanes when necessary. Splitting lanes and circle swimming is encouraged to ensure all patrons have the opportunity to swim.

GRCC's pool serves as a classroom during the academic year, as GRCC's Exercise Science Department hosts Water Aerobics classes for students on Monday through Thursday. During those times instructors will use either the two most shallow lanes or the entire deep end of the pool for instruction. This will reduce the amount of open lanes for lap swimmers. Please be willing to share the remaining lanes. 

If you have questions about our hours of operation, please call our pool deck phone (616) 234-3505 or the main office (616) 234-3990.

Pool Facts

  • Lanes: 6 (25 Yards)
  • Diving Boards: Not for public use
  • Water Temperature: 81 Degrees
  • Ages Welcome: 18 years old or older during open swims
  • Accessibility: Aquatic Lift
  • Locker Rooms: Men's and Women's; no family locker rooms
  • Equipment Available: Kickboards, Fins, Pull Buoys, Water Weights, Aqua-Joggers
  • Lifeguards: There is always a lifeguard on duty