Children playing in pool

Durham Parks and Recreation (DPR) operates 2 indoor pools, 3 outdoor pools, and 4 spraygrounds, in addition to offering a number of water programs including:

Indoor Pools

DPR operates 2 indoor eight-lane pools which offer a number of water programs including water exercise, swim lessons, swim teams, lap swim and recreational swim. The pools have a portable aquatic lift to assist patrons who may not have the ability to access the pool via vertical ladders and stair systems.

Outdoor Pools

DPR operates 3 outdoor seasonal pools for individuals and families to enjoy during the summer months.


DPR operates 4 sprayground facilities. Spraygrounds are playground areas with water features, that allow residents fun places to cool off when the temperature rises!

Durham Aquatics School (DAS)

DAS offers free lifeguard certification training to area teens ages 16-19. Students who successfully complete the DAS courses will be actively recruited to apply for lifeguard jobs at DPR’s indoor and outdoor pools. Visit the lifeguard training page for more information. To apply for lifeguarding positions, please visit the City of Durham employment page.

Water Safety

Make water safety a priority. Visit the American Red Cross Water Safety page to learn how you can take steps to stay safe around water.

DPR follows the guidance of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the American Red Cross. DPR aquatic facilities will close all indoor and outdoor aquatic facilities for 30 minutes after thunder is heard and/or lightning is seen at the aquatic facility. Outdoor facilities will also be closed when there is heavy rain and the bottom of the pool is not visible. Patrons may not remain on the pool deck or use the facility showers during this time. All participants in the facility, at the time when it is closed, will be issued a “rain check” pass to use the facility at another time. Facilities will remain closed until 30 minutes after the last sound of thunder or sighting of lightning. This is done to avoid contact with water or plumbing, and to ensure the safety of all aquatic participants. Learn more about lightning safety on the National Weather Service website.

To learn about the many programs, lessons and events available, check out our Play More Guide or browse our online registration system.