The Wade King Student Recreation Center features a 25 yard, six lane pool with activity area as well as a relaxing 32-person spa.  The pool temperature is set at 81°F and the spa temperature at 101°F.

Operating Hours

While classes are in session, the pool opens 30 minutes after the building opens and closes one hour before the building closes. At least two lanes will be open for lap swim at all times.

Fall Quarter (September 21 - December 9) pool hours are:

  • Monday: 6:30am - 11:00pm
  • Tuesday-Friday: 6:30am - 9:00pm
  • Saturday: 8:30am - 7:00pm
  • Sunday: 10:30am - 8:00pm
  • Friday, Dec. 9 Only: 6:30am - 7:00pm

Note: The pool will be operating with limited holiday hours from December 9 to January 3. Please refer to the link below for pool hours during those dates.

For intersession, holiday and summer pool hours, as well as days that the facility and pool are closed, please see our Facility Schedule Page.

Activity Schedule

A minimum of two lanes will be available for lap swim whenever the pool is open.

For a general schedule of daily activities taking place in the pool, please see our Quarterly Pool Schedule.

To view a detailed pool schedule for a specific day, check out the current Weekly Pool Schedule.

Swim Lessons

Youth Lessons

Thank you for your interest in Western Washington University Swim Lessons. With winter break starting December 9th, our swim instructors will be out of town. We will not be scheduling new private swim lessons until January 2. Any forms submitted after December 13 will be addressed after January 1. Thanks for your understanding.

We are pleased to offer both group and private youth swim lessons throughout the year. For more information, including lesson schedules and registration forms, click the following link:

Adult Lessons

Adult swim lessons are offered upon request during the academic year. If you are interested in signing up for adult lessons, please complete the Private Swim Lesson Interest Form:

Pool Equipment

We have a wide variety of equipment available for use to make your time in the pool more enjoyable:

  Aqua gloves   Diving toys   Noodles
  Aqua jogger belts   Flippers   Pull buoys
  Basketballs / volleyballs   Inner tubes   Stretching mats
  Diving bricks   Kickboards   Water barbells
  Lifejackets (adult and child sizes)

A complimentary towel service is available for patrons while using the the Student Recreation Center. In addition, goggles and swim caps are available for purchase at our equipment desk.

Pool Rentals

The Student Recreation Center swimming pool is available for rentals by university and outside groups during limited times throughout the year.

Please visit our Youth Programs page or call Audrey Andersen at (360) 650-4310 for more information about reserving the pool for your group.

Meet the Aquatics Coordinator

Richelle HarveyRichelle Harvey joined the Campus Recreation Services team this summer as our new Aquatics Coordinator and Youth Programming Advisor with years of experience in the field. She comes to Bellingham after serving as an Aquatics Coordinator at American University in Washington, D.C.

After swimming competitively, teaching swim lessons, coaching swim team, and lifeguarding from the youngest age allowed, it was a natural fit for Richelle to work in aquatics professionally. During her undergraduate studies at Portland State University, Richelle realized her true passion was student development within the Campus Recreation field. Fun Fact: Richelle loves the Vancouver Canucks.

Certifications: Water Safety Instructor/Trainer, Lifeguard and Lifeguard Instructor, Water Front Lifeguard, CPR-PRO/First Aid/AED Certified, Pool Operator, USMS Coaching Level 1 & 2.

Contact: If you have any questions or comments about our pool or aquatics programming, contact Richelle by email at or call (360) 650-4094!

Page Updated 12.02.2016