Pool Hours

UPDATE: Starting Friday, February 26, 2021 the HNH pool will be available to students for lap swimming reservations on Fridays ONLY at this time



    Lap Reservation Information:

    • ONLY for STUDENTS approved to be on campus; Daily Check needs to be completed prior to arriving at the pool. 
    • FREE, no membership required.
    • NO walk-ins allowed. 
    • Reservations must be made before you come to the pool.  Registration for a timeslot will open 48 hours in advance of the start time.
    • Limited to 6 people at a time, 1 person per lane, starting on opposite ends of the pool.
    • Students may reserve up to 1 timeslot (50min.) per day and five per week, M-F.
    • Reservations will be monitored.  Anyone who reserves more than the allowed number of times in week may be denied entry to PE/Rec facilities.
    • If you cannot make it to one of your reserved timeslots, please cancel at least 2 hours before your reservation to allow someone on the waitlist to take your place.
    • Swimmers may arrive 3-5 minutes before their reservation to be queued in a socially distanced line outside the pool.
    • Students must have their Cornell ID with them to access the facility.
    • To learn more about how to make a reservation, start HERE


    All swimmers must also follow these General Pool Rules.

    Please note: Pool hours are subject to change. We try to post changes two weeks in advance, however, due to circumstances outside of our control, sometimes that is not possible. Please check back to this site frequently to view the most up-to-date hours of operation. Hours of operation are also posted outside HNH and Teagle Issue Room windows. Teagle Issue Room number (607) 255-1318. Helen Newman Hall Issue Room number (607) 255-8164.

    Special hours will be posted on this Pool Special Hours Page 

    Spring 2021 STUDENT Lap Swimming- 







    Saturday Sunday

    Helen Newman

    Closed Closed Closed Closed 8:00am-3:00pm Closed Closed

    Teagle Large Pool

    Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed

    Teagle  Small Pool

    Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed Closed


    *According to the CDC website, there is no evidence that the virus that causes COVID-19 can be spread to people through the water in pools, hot tubs, or water playgrounds. Additionally, proper operation of these aquatic venues and disinfection of the water (with chlorine or bromine) should inactivate the virus. However, chlorinated water alone should not be used as a surface disinfectant. Cornell Pools will be enforcing all NYS guidelines regarding covid19 compliance.

    General Information About The Pools:

    • The big pools (25 yards at HNH and Teagle) are treated with Bromine; the small pool at Teagle (20 yards) is Chlorine
    • Approximate temperatures in degrees fahrenheit: Teagle large pool 78; Teagle small pool 80; Helen Newman Hall pool 82.
    • Equipment available for use during LAP RESERVATIONS: None! BYOE (bring your own equipment)

    Additional Notes: 

    • Hydro PT is for differently-abled swimmers, non-traditional lap swimming, and those needing physical therapy pool time. Hydro PT may also be done during any HNH open lap time in lane 6 (BYOE- bring your own equipment).
    • The pool stairs at HNH have been replaced with a new portable electric ADA lift. If you need assistance, please ask the lifeguard on duty.
    • W Only refers to Women Only Open Lap Time
    • If there are limited/ADV lanes, swimming is limited to advanced swimmers, who typically swim in the fastest two lanes.
    • Stay tuned for more Fin Fitness coming in 2022! ALL ARE WELCOME AND ENCOURAGED TO TRY OUT THIS NEW OFFERING. Check class times here.

    Aquatic Employment Opportunities:

    • Want to be part of our student lifeguard team at Cornell? We are now accepting applications for Fall 2021, so please fill out and return this Lifeguard Application. Applicants must be currently certified in lifeguarding (every 2 years) and CPR/AED (every year) and attend Guard Tryouts (TBA). For more info, please email BAR28@cornell.edu. If you are interested in getting certified or renewing expired certs, the YMCA of Ithaca may be offering courses: http://www.ithacaymca.com/redcross.html