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Aquatic Programs

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Recreational Swimming begins July 1 at HAC.

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City event cancellations due to COVID-19.

Holmes Aquatic Center Shark SchoolSwim Lessons Canceled for 2020 pool season
Because the State continues to stress the importance of social distancing, we have also made the difficult decision to cancel all aquatics programs for the 2020 pool season. These programs include: swim lessons, swim team, senior swim, library story time, Dive In movies, Doggie Splash Day, and all onsite parties.

The Holmes Aquatic Center is now offering recreational swiming with all amenities open on July 1.  Click here for details.

Jump into summer with our Learn-to-Swim Lesson Program!  Join Shark School for group lessons, focusing on the development and refinement of swim strokes, water safety, and lake and boating safety. 


  • Children must be 3 years of age or older, and be COMPLETELY potty trained
  • Lessons are held from 9:00 a.m. - 9:50 a.m. Mondays - Thursdays
  • Make-up lessons will be offered on Fridays if needed due to inclement weather or pool closings only
  • Registrations WILL NOT be accepted after the cut-off date listed

If your child is unable to attend the full, two week session, sign up is not recommended. Our classes
build upon what is taught each day, and when swimmers miss a class, they fall behind and do not receive the
full benefit of the course. 

Skill Levels
Our program offers (5) different skills levels. From developing water comfort for our beginners,  
to stroke refinement for the more experienced swimmers, we have a level for everyone. 

We no longer ask parents to determine which course level your child falls in to. Instead, a maximum 
of (25) students will be accepted for each session. On the first day of the session, each swimmer
will be evaluated, and placed in their appropriate level based on their current swim skills. Parents can
assist with this determination by completing the "Swim Skills" information section on the registration


The fee for our "Shark School" Program is $150. Costs are per session, per child.
Each child will: receive a Shark School t-shirt and a sling bag upon completion of their session.
(One t-shirt/bag per child, per season) 

To enroll your child is our "Shark School" program, please download the following registration 
form and submit with the registration fee. As sessions become full, information will be updated here. 

For additional questions about our Shark School Program, please contact the Parks & Rec Department at 214-987-5488.

Makos Swim Team at University Park
Makos Swim Team

Take your swimming to the next level by joining the Makos Swim Team. The Makos compete against local country club and municipal swim teams in a fun, no pressure environment! To be eligible for the team, your swimmer must be 5 to 17 years old, be able to swim 25 meters in both Freestyle and Backstroke and be a resident of UP or be enrolled in HPISD.

  • Swim team is open for swimmers ages 5-17
  • Swimmers must be able to swim 25m in Freestyle and Backstroke
  • Swimmers must be UP residents, and reside within HPISD
  • Practices will be held from 7:00am - 8:00am or 9:00am - 10:00am Tuesday through Friday
  • Swimmers will register for one practice time slot for the entire season
  • Additional information, and meet dates are listed on the registration form and team website 

Season & Fees
Registration for our 2020 Makos Swim Team is now open! Registration will only be open from March 2 through May 15. The program fee is $300 and includes team suit, cap, t-shirt, meet entries and meet and championship awards, and the end of season team party. 

For more team information, please visit www.makosswimteam.com 

To register, please complete one form for each child joining our team. 
Once completed, registration forms can be emailed to Amber Lively