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UI Swim Center Reopens Sept. 18 After $1 Million Renovation

September 13, 2017

The University of Idaho Swim Center (UISC) will open its doors to the UI and general community on Monday, Sept. 18, after a summer-long closure to complete its $1 million renovation.


“It is time for us all to get back into the magnificent water of the Idaho Swim Center,” said Dan Lawson, who has served as UI’s aquatics director for 11 years. “The recent upgrades to the pools ensure this swim center will be the leader in aquatic facilities in the Northwest for many years to come.”


The Swim Center provides services for several UI departments and the community, including the Department of Movement Sciences, the Women’s Swimming and Diving team, UI’s ROTC programs, Idaho Public School Districts and local area youth and adult swim teams. The university also offers individual and group swim lessons for the community.


During the 2016-2017 academic year, 40,000 users came through UI Swim Center’s doors for academic classes, swim competitions, swim lessons and general fitness and recreation. The center hosted about 1,200 swim lessons and 30 lifeguard trainings and employed 50 UI students.


The Swim Center was built in 1970 and has had only minor upgrades since its original construction. This summer’s project work involved a renovation of its two 25-yard pools — a four-lane training pool and an eight-lane competitive pool — including tile and gutter restoration and pool deck tile replacement.  


Architectural and Engineering Project Manager Daryle Faircloth managed the design and construction aspects of the project for the university. He said the quality of the work done by the selected contractors involved was superb and will extend the center’s life. 


“It was a one-of-a-kind project to be a part of,” Faircloth said. “Knowing the pool tile will hold up another 50 years and that the facility will continue to be a top notch competitive and recreational swimming facility really has made all the hard work worthwhile.” 


Online registration for community fall swim lessons opens on Monday, Sept. 18. Class descriptions, a schedule and sign-up information is available on the Swim Center’s website at Group swim lessons start Monday, Oct. 2. Pool passes are now available for purchase online at, by cash or check at the center, or through payroll deduction for UI employees. UI students swim free.


The Swim Center’s hours are 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday; 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday; and 2-5 p.m. on Sunday. For questions about the center’s schedule and/or services, please call 208-885-7518 or email

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Lisa Ormond

Marketing and Communications Manager

University of Idaho Division of Infrastructure and University of Idaho Library


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