Pool Hours

  • Students, Staff, Faculty. Retirees & Emeritus Faculty are able to use the pools. 
  • Student pool acccess is free for Students.
  • Wellness Recreation Membership required for Staff, Faculty, Retirees and Emeritus Faculty.
  • 18 people are allowed in the pool at one time, 3 people per lane.
  • All users must have their Cornell ID card with them to access the facility. ID cards will be self-swiped at the issue rooms to verify membership. 
  • ALL LAP SWIMMERS MUST HAVE A POOL TAG AND SHOW IT TO THE GUARD ON DUTY. Pool tags are obtained at the issue room windows.

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.


*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 right now due to COVID guidelines. 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 Summer and 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 (August 2021- day/time 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