Aquatics Overview

The Aquatics Center at Chelsea Piers is a place where children and adults of all ages can learn to swim, join a competitive team, compete in meets, train for triathlons, enjoy an aquatic workout or a day of fun in one of Connecticut's biggest indoor water play areas. With three different pools and a family-friendly membership program, the Aquatics Center brings together an unmatched array of water-based programs - all under one roof.

Access to the Aquatics Center:

Member Access

Club Membership is required to fully utilize the Aquatics Center. Members enjoy member-only lap swim hours, aquatics fitness classes, family swim & Splash Zone times, priority registration and member pricing on all Aquatics Center programs. Club Membership is required for participation on all Aquatics-based competitive teams, including our competitive swim and water polo programs (Youth and Masters), and our competitive triathlon team, Full Throttle Endurance Racing.
To learn about our Club Membership, click here.

Non-member Access

Non-members may participate in all instructional and learn to swim programs, drop-in Splash Zone sessions and other select Aquatics programs offered throughout the year. In addition, schools may rent training time (subject to availability).

Click here to learn more about the wide variety of youth programs offered at the Aquatics Center. Most programming is semester-based, with classes starting in September for Fall programming and January for Winter/Spring.

Facilities:

Family Locker Room

Our Aquatics Family Locker Room is room spacious and comfortable for families enjoying the Splash Zone or Learn to Swim classes, even during the busiest of hours. With multiple toilets, changing stalls, showers, benches and lockers, this is the perfect place to prepare for some fun or dry off and change while keeping an eye on the whole family.

Olympic-sized Pool

The centerpiece of the Aquatics Center is the 50-meter, Olympic-sized pool with moveable bulkhead and a special lift that allows a section of the pool to move up and down based on programming needs. Youth and adult programming includes recreational swimming, competitive swim teams for youths and adults, Learn to Swim classes for all ages, and a wide array of summer camp programs. Chelsea Piers is also home to a comprehensive water polo program, with instructional classes for kids and competitive leagues for youths and adults. A whirlpool is located adjacent to the main pool.

Warm Water Instructional / Exercise Pool

In addition to the main pool, the Aquatics Center offers a warm water instructional and exercise pool, ideal for the youngest swimmers and individuals needing medical hydrotherapy.

Indoor Water Play Pool: The Splash Zone

For year-round fun, the 6,000 square-foot water play pool features three giant slides, zero-depth entry area and mini water slides. The water play area is a popular destination for birthday parties, school field trips, camp outings and more.

World-class Programs

Chelsea Piers offers a progressive skills-based aquatics program with classes for all ages. Our Learn to Swim program begins with infant caregiver participation classes and gradually progresses to Pre-Competitive Team and the CP-AC Competitive Team. Children of every age and ability learn from passionate, experienced instructors in a safe and supportive environment. Lessons are offered in group, semi-private and private settings, allowing parents to pick a program that is best for their child's development.

Competitive Teams

Chelsea Piers Connecticut is home to the Chelsea Piers Aquatic Club (CP-AC), year-round competitive swim team for children and teens ages 7 - 18. Water polo house leagues and travel teams are also offered for players of all ability levels.

Adults enjoy multiple competitive opportunities through Masters Swim and Water Polo teams. The Aquatics Center also serves as a training location for the highly successful Full Throttle Triathlon Team.

Facility Features

  • Olympic-size, 50-meter Indoor Pool with moveable bulkhead
  • Indoor Teaching and Exercise Pool
  • 6,000 square-foot Water Play Area
  • Whirlpool
  • Locker Rooms for Men, Women & Families
  • Mezzanine Viewing Areas with Seating
  • Fitness/Training Amenities