A shot of the indoor pool at the Student Recreation Center

Community Programs

Community Aquatics Programs Are BACK!

We are pleased to announce that Montclair State University can welcome the public back to our beautiful facility. Returning for Spring 2023 – we will be hosting swimming lessons, birthday parties, sports camps and lifeguarding courses. Registration can be done online, and we highly encourage parents/participants to create a profile before registration begins.

Anyone entering the Student Recreation Center must follow the University Guidelines for COVID-19.

Up to date information can be found here: Covid Precaution


Click Here to Create a Profile : https://www.montclair.edu/campus-recreation/online-registration-and-instructions/

Birthday Parties

We are now hosting children’s pool birthday parties at the Student Recreation Center! You bring the food, decorations, and music and we’ll provide 2 lifeguards, the party room, pool toys and 2 staff members to help facilitate pool games! All children must be 5 years or older in order to swim, regardless if they are accompanied by an adult. Children under 5 may attend but are not permitted in the pool area. Children must be toilet trained

How It Works:

Each party is 2 hours long, with 1 hour of pool time, followed by the remaining time in our party room (after changing, typically about 45 minutes). 

Our staff meet you up to an hour before the party start time to help move decorations, presents or anything else you want in the party room. Food can be brought in, or delivered to the Student Recreation Center. 

Each party starts in the pool area, where our trained staff greet your guests and usher them into the pool area. At your request, our staff will organize activities for the first half-hour, then supervise free time for the last half hour. 

Staff helps move guests upstairs to the party room, where you can serve lunch/early dinner, cake or have them help run activities. After the time ends, staff will help you clean up, and assist with packing up the party. 


  • 1 hour of Pool Time, 1 hour of Party Time: $250.00 for up to 30 swimmers
  • Additional hour of Pool/Party Time: $115.00 (may not be available for all dates/times)

Available party dates can be found here:Register for Party Dates

All parties are booked on a first come, first serve basis. Once you have booked, a representative will reach out to you regarding your party.

Learn to Swim

We are proud to announce the return of our Learn To Swim Program for children and adults! Our program focuses on the strengths and skills needed for swimming, and will help swimmers of all ages develop and refine their skills. Whether you already know how to swim or are just starting out, our classes will help you become a stronger swimmer and develop skills that will last a lifetime. Classes are taught under the watchful eye of our trained instructors, and include lessons on a variety of different strokes and techniques. Our program boasts an excellent instructor to student ratio, with one instructor for every 3 participants for beginner classes, and one instructor to five students at other levels. 

How It Works

Our program is divided into classes based on the age of participants, not the ability level. We offer 3 different sections – Ages 5 to 8 years old, Ages 8 – 13 years old, and Over 13 (Adults). Once you register for the appropriate time, our instructors will sort the classes by ability and comfort level, so all of our participants will be working with others at a similar level. 

Registration Information

Registration may be completed online, or in person. All registrations are first come, first served. You can register online here:Learn To Swim Program

Parking Information

All guests of Montclair State University must pay for parking while on campus. Courses have been reduced in cost to reflect this charge. Patrons can park in the meters in Lot 19 directly next to the facility. Parking can be paid for using cash, or the parking app – Paybyphone. In order to use Paybyphone you will need to download the Paybyphone app, and use the identifier: Loc# 4038.

USA Sport GroupYouth Sports Program

Montclair State has partnered with USA Sport Group to offer a wide range of sports camps, classes and lessons in the Student Recreation Center.

Sports programs are offered for all ability levels and a range of ages spanning 2 to adult. From Parent and Me, to toddler, to preschool, to kids classes and right through to adult programming, we have your sports needs covered.

Programs run by season in the spring, summer, fall and winter. Camps, classes and lessons run year-round to ensure we always have sports options to meet your family’s needs.

Click here : https://usasportgroup.com/orgs/653-Montclair-State-University

to view the current Montclair State University options,and to register directly with US Sports. Be sure to check back often as these listings are constantly updated.

Safety School/Lifeguard Courses

Coming soon! Starting in April 2023, we will be hosting Lifeguard training courses that are open to the public. Be sure to sign up for our community programs mailing list – information will be sent out once dates have been confirmed.

Sign up for the community programs mailing list to keep up to date!

We will send periodic reminders about registration dates and new programs. You will typically receive about 3 to 5 emails per year.