GRCC's pool offers lap swimming, water exercise, youth competitive swimming, US Masters Swimming and American Red Cross Lifeguard and WSI 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.
Open Swim Times:
5:00 am - 7:55 am
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Follow the link above to see dates that the entire College is closed, 4th of July, Labor Day, Memorial Day, etc.
If you have questions about our hours of business, please call our pool deck phone 616.234.3505 or the main office 616-234-3990.
Starting on April 30th, 2019 the Ford Fieldhouse is slated for a major renovation and will be temporarily closed. Please read this letter for details.
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.
GRCC students, health club 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 and health club members. Guests must be at least 18 years old, pay $3 per open swim visit, and must sign in at the desk located on the pool deck ($3 entry only grants guests access to the pool during open swim times, listed above. All other areas of the Ford Fieldhouse are not to be used).
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. Group 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 that kind of visit.
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 in the early afternoon. During those times instructors will use either the 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.