Address: 1501 N. Australian Avenue Phone: (561) 804-4961
Aquatics Supervisor: Amy Blackman, CPRP, IT, AFO
Come feel the sun on your face and enjoy the beauty of our outdoor space. Warren Hawkins Aquatic Center is a full-service facility where everyone from kids to adults can come to swim, splash and learn.
Open and Lap Swim
Monday / Wednesday: 3:30 pm – 7:00 pm / Saturday: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Sunday: Closed
Admission Fees: $1.00 – 15 years old and under
$2.00 – Resident 16 years old and over
$2.50 – Non-resident 16 years old and over
General Pool Information
The Aquatic Center is an eight-lane 25 meter facility with two deep water slides, a wading pool and a splash pad that is accessible from the pool deck and the park. The facility provides shaded areas and places for families to gather and take a break from their swimming. Refreshments and snacks are available for purchase. The facility is fully accessible and offers programming for all ages and abilities.
Learn to Swim Program
The best thing anyone can do to stay safe in and around the water is to learn to swim. Drowning remains the second-leading cause of injury-related death for children ages 1 to 12 years. The courses listed below are based on a combination of age, skills and completion requirements. If you are unsure of the proper level, please contact us to schedule a free assessment of your child’s skills.
The City of West Palm Beach has proudly partnered with the Palm Beach County Drowning Prevention Coalition in an effort to educate the community about water safety, prevent drowning and provide swimming lessons free of charge to qualified candidates in the form of a voucher called “Drowning Prevention Bucks.” For qualification requirements for Drowning Prevention Coalition Bucks, please call (561) 616-7068.
PARENT AND CHILD COURSES:
The seahorse parent nurtures and watches over its child until it is ready to swim independently. This course will do the same. Our instructors will teach parents the skills to use play as a form of learning to provide a fun environment in the water. Hands-on parental involvement is instrumental in the learning process to reinforce your child’s development of water skills.
SEAHORSE 1 (PARENT AND CHILD – LEVEL 1)
6 months through approximately 3 years old that have no water experience of one previous session of a water adjustment session.
SEAHORSE 2 (PARENT AND CHILD – LEVEL 2)
6 months through approximately 3 years, who have completed Level 1 or who can demonstrate the completion requirements for Level 1.
The preschool learn to swim program is designed for children 4 to 5 years of age. Children 3 years old are welcome to participate after a brief assessment from facility staff. All learn to swim skills include water safety topics to help participants be safe in and around the water.
STARFISH (PRESCHOOL – LEVEL 1)
Although many starfish start off slowly in the water, by the end of the course they will shine. Among the skills taught are water entry and exiting, submerging mouth, nose and eyes, and gliding on the front and back.
TADPOLES (PRESCHOOL – LEVEL 2)
Tadpoles learn the fundamentals of swimming on their way to earning their swimming legs and arms. Among the skills taught are bobbing, demonstrating front and back glides independently for 15 seconds, changing direction while swimming, and demonstrating all the skills from the previous levels without assistance.
CLOWN FISH (PRESCHOOL – LEVEL 3)
Even a clownfish with basic swimming skills still has to stay close to home. This course is for children who have learned basic skills but are not yet ready to venture out into the big blue water. Among the skills taught are: floating, opening eyes under water and retrieving an object, treading water and combining arm and leg actions.
National Drowning Prevention Alliance: ndpa.org
Drowning Prevention Coalition of Palm Beach County: http://www.pbcgov.com/drowningprevention/
American Red Cross: www.redcross.org