Baumholder Indoor Swimming Pool

Hours of Operation

Monday Closed
Tuesday 6:30 a.m. - 9 a.m.
Wednesday 6:30 a.m. - 9 a.m.
2:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Thursday 6:30 a.m. - 9 a.m.
2:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday 6:30 a.m. - 9 a.m.
2:30 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Saturday Closed
Sunday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
U.S. Holidays Closed


Wetzel Kaserne
Bldg. 8897 & Bldg. 8895
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+49 (0)611-143-5312904 or +49 (0)611-143-2901

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Please note that Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 6:30 -7:30 a.m., is for lap swimming only during PT time; there are no unit reservations on those days during PT time. Unit reservations for PT or military aquatics training are made based on date, time, and staffing availability. For information on unit reservations, please contact the Aquatics Manager at 485-7093 / 06783-6-7093.

Baumholder is home to the Army's only aquatics facility in Germany!

The swimming pool is open to all SOFA ID cardholders and their family members. Children 12 and under need to be accompanied by a parent or adult guardian.  Youth 13 and over with valid SOFA ID can use the pool unaccompanied. Also, the pool is open to LN's, contractors, and others with a valid installation pass that authorizes use of MWR facilities.

Training equipment is available for usage for specific types of swim training. Instructions can be given by one of the aquatics professionals if you are unsure how to use a piece of equipment. US Coast Guard approved floatation devices are available for use for infants, youth, and adults. Pool toys are also available. Please, do not bring outside pool toys or flotation devices. Only proper swimming attire is permitted in the pool.

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Our Aquatics Facility includes: 

  • 25 meter, 5 lane pool with four swimmable lanes
  • Locker rooms and showers
  • Multi-purpose room rentals
  • Classroom rentals

The aquatics center has a well-balanced aquatics program for the community and military units to benefit from, including:

  • Unit training
  • Unit PT
  • Learn-to-Swim Program
  • Water Aerobics Program

There are great classes offering certifications in the following American Red Cross courses:

  • Junior Lifeguard Camp
  • Lifeguard Training Course
  • Water Safety Instructor Course
Water Aerobics Program

The benefits of exercising in the water: increased circulation and flexibility, improved resting heart rate, cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, and balanced muscle toning. Core stabilization and balance are also improved. Other benefits include less stress on joints, reduced recovery time during exercise, relaxation, and psychological well-being. Most important, it is fun! Class times and days may vary and are scheduled seasonally.

Learn-to-Swim Program

Certified American Red Cross Water Safety Instructors teach year-round water adjustment and Learn-to-Swim classes for young children, ages 12 months to 5 years, youth ages 6 years and up, and adults.

Level breakdown:

Parent & Child Aquatics, Levels 1 and 2: This is for the child age 12 months to 3 years and requires a parent/guardian to be in the water with the child.  Skills are developmental and age-appropriate. Each level is based on participation. There are two progressive levels.

Pre-school Aquatics (PSA):

Pre-school Aquatics (PSA) is a swim program design for pre-school aged children (3-5 years). It is a fun and exciting rite of passage to help children overcome water worries. Parent must remain on site at all times. There are three successive levels of PSA. Each level is progressive, building on skills from the previous level. Each level is based on pass/fail, and requires a “pass” to move to the next respective level.

  • PSA Level 1 is for children who have no previous water experience, or who have previously taken Level 1 and are recommended to re-take Level 1.
  • PSA Level 2 is for children who have had successful experience in Level 1 (or the previous program).
  • PSA Level 3 is for children who have had successful experience in Level 2 (or the previous program). 

*Please note, this program is designed specifically for young children and teaches skills appropriate to the child’s age and physical ability.

Learn-to-Swim Program:

The Youth Learn-to-Swim Program offers various levels of completion (Levels 1 through 6) and are tailored for children/youth, ages 6 years and older. Each level is based on pass/fail and requires a “pass” to move to the next respective level.

Level 1, Introduction to Water Skills: This is for the non-swimmer who may or may not be comfortable in the water. The objectives of Level 1 are to learn basic personal water safety skills, and to help participants enjoy and feel comfortable in the water. Elementary aquatics skills are learned such as blowing bubbles, opening eyes, and learning to float and kick with support. 

Level 2, Fundamental Aquatic Skills: This is for the individual who may have some skills in the water, but no real swimming skills. The objective of Level 2 is go give participants success with fundamental skills. Participants learn to float without support, develop simultaneous and alternating arm and leg actions on front and back, as well as more personal safety skills. 

Level 3, Stroke Development: This is for the individual who has some propulsive skills and has passed Level 2. In this level, students learn the survival float, scissors and dolphin kicks, and treading water. Front Crawl and Elementary Backstroke are developed. Elementary diving skills are introduced as well as more personal safety skills.

Level 4, Stroke Improvement: This is for the individual who has passed Level 3. All previously learned strokes are reviewed and further developed.  Sidestroke is learned. Back Crawl, Breaststroke, Butterfly are introduced and developed. Diving is further developed. Turning at a wall is introduced, as well as more personal safety skills.

Level 5, Stroke Refinement: This is for the individual who has passed Level 4. All previous learned strokes are further developed and refined, focusing on technique. Each participant increases the distance they swim. Diving is further developed.  Flip turns on front and back are introduced as well as more personal safety skills.

Level 6, Swimming and Skill Proficiency: This is for the individual who has passed Level 5. All previous learned strokes are refined for efficiency and power. Turns are reviewed and worked on. In addition to the core skill requirements, there are three categories of additional skill development for Level 6. The three categories are: Personal Water Safety, Fundamentals of Diving, and Fitness Swimmer.

Junior Lifeguard Camp

The American Red Cross Junior Lifeguard Course is offered for youth ages 11 to 14. The course provides youth with a foundation of knowledge, attitudes, and skills to give them a better understanding of being safe in and around the water, what to do in case of an emergency, as well as prepare them for the Lifeguarding Course. There are lessons in prevention, fitness, response, leadership, and professionalism. This course is taught usually during the summer.

Lifeguard Training Course

The American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Course provides training for entry-level lifeguards. Participants learn skills and knowledge necessary to help prevent, to recognize, and to respond to emergencies and sudden illness. Training includes CPR and AED for the Professional Rescuer, First Aid, and Lifeguarding skills. Call to get on the waiting list and receive information when course is being offered.

Water Safety Instructor Course

The American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor Course provides training for individuals to become certified swimming instructors. Learn how to teach the fundamentals of learning to swim, how to breakdown strokes, how to apply hydrodynamic principles, and how to adapt teaching methods for the very young child, adults, and individuals with special needs. Call to get on the waiting list and receive information when course is being offered.

Unit Training and Unit PT

Aquatics Training is offered for units and covers a gambit of areas.  Types of aquatics training available:  Water Survival Training (TC 21-21), Shallow Water Egress Training (vehicle rollover simulator), SKED Training (in water victim retrieval and transport), Combat Water Survival Testing (instructional portion available), and APFT Swim Testing also available. There are alternate PT activities from which to choose, such as Water Aerobics, Aqua Jogger, Water Exercise, Circuit Training, Relays, Fundamental Aquatic Skills, Swimming Technique, Swimming Conditioning, Water Polo, and Inner Tube Water Polo. Trained instructors are provided.  Allow two to three weeks advance notice.  Please call for date and time availability.  Reservation required.  Have another aquatics training request in mind?

Multi-Purpose Room Rental and Classroom Rental

The Multi-Purpose Room is a cozy room to hold a birthday party, baby shower, get-together, etc. Classroom space is available for classes, meetings, trainings, etc. These rooms can be rented for a nominal fee. Fees vary per room. Minimum rental period is two hours. Set up and clean up time is scheduled in conjunction with the rental period. Maximum room capacity is 38 people for the Multi-Purpose Room, 20 people for the large classroom, and 10 people for the small classroom. Please call for date and time availability. Reservation required.

Lifeguard Positions

The Baumholder Indoor Swimming Pool has vacancies for lifeguards. We need you!  Are you ready for the challenge? Get paid to stay fit!  Some benefits included and additional training opportunities are available. If you enjoy swimming and working with people, why not become a lifeguard?