Aquatic Center

Welcome to the Walter. R. Bauman Aquatic Center

The Walter R. Bauman Aquatic Center is an outdoor facility, featuring the latest in aquatic amenities. The facility includes zero-depth pool entrance, an eight lane competition pool, as well as a diving well. Other attractions at the center include two 134-foot run waterslides, interactive water play equipment, sand playground, and a concession area. The center has 11,510 square feet of water surface, holds 345,580 gallons of water, and has a patron capacity of 724 people.  

Due to current COVID-19 guidelines, the sand area, playground and concession stand are currently closed. There is no deck furniture available, however, patrons may bring their own lawn chairs. 

Come splash with us soon at: 2400 Park Lawn Pl, Middleton, WI 53562 

If you want to stay up to date on information happening at the pool - follow our Facebook @ Walter R. Bauman Aquatic Center


To get ready for the swimming season, sign up ahead of time for open swim, lap swim and swim lessons.

12:01am Thursday begins Open Swim and Lap Swim Registration

9:00am July 1 begins Swim Lesson Daytime Session #3 and Evening Session #2 Registration

Swim Lessons Skills

Looking to sign up for swim lessons? Click the image to see what skills your child should master when entering each class! 

If you are interested in a brief overview video of each level, please visit our YouTube Channel under the playlist "Aquatic Center". Another way to reach those videos is by copy and pasting the link below: 

Session #2 Daytime Swim Lessons

June 28 - July 9

Registration 6/3 - 6/23 or until full

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How to Cancel your Pool Reservation

Cancellations can be made up to an hour prior to the scheduled start time of the open swim. After that time, no refunds or credits will be issued. 

Cancellations cannot be made online.

Monday-Thursday please call the recreation office to cancel your reservation at 608-821-8360 or email

Friday-Sunday please call the pool at 608-836-3450 or email

Mask Requirement (AC)

Masks are required for all persons ages 5+ when entering the main building, waiting in line, and entering/using the bathhouse. Masks are recommended if you cannot maintain 6 feet of social distance in the green space.  Masks cannot be worn while in the water. Thank you for your cooperation and compliance.  

Updated July 9, 2020

Please click the image below for the complete Reopening and Safety Guide for the Walter R. Bauman Aquatic Center. This document contains information on how the pool will be operating during this time. 

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Click on our Youtube logo below to gain immediate access to our Youtube channel! On there you can find our Aquatic Center Playlist. We recommend that you watch our walk through video named " Welcome to the Aquatic Center" before you arrive at the pool this summer. If you are interested in how the pool will be staying safe as well as what will be open, then watch our "Exclusive Interview with Rebecca Price"! 

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Learn how to register for Open Swim online and offline by clicking the image below! 
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Connect to RecDesk to register for swim lessons, open swim, and lap swim!


Open Swim Hours

There will be two sessions available during open swim hours Sunday through Saturday. Registration opens each Thursday for the following Monday through Sunday. Registration will close 60 minutes prior to the session start time. No walk ins allowed // Social distancing of 6 feet apart is expected. Masks are required for all persons ages 5+ when entering the main building, waiting in line, and entering/using the bathhouse. Masks are not required when patrons are on the green space or while in the water.  

Session #1 - 1-3:15pm  
Session #2 - 3:45-6pm  
We have limited capacity available so it is important that you sign up in advance to come to the pool. 
If you have a nanny or other caregiver who is coming to the pool, please add that nanny/caregiver to your household in rec desk OR have the nanny/caregiver create their own individual account and then simultaneously register everyone who will attend at the same time. We would prefer you NOT make a new household with the nanny and the children, as this will cause confusion in future program registrations.  
We must clear the pool of all swimmers in the case of lightning and/or thunder. We will reopen if possible. NO refunds will be given for unforeseen closures including weather or contamination. 

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This summer we are making all admission fees the same. Each participant of the pool will need to sign up for a session in advance and pay $4.00 upon entry.  

2021 Daily Admission Fees

Patron Fee
All Persons  $4.00

General Information 

-Masks are required for all persons ages 5+ when entering the main building, waiting in line, and entering/using the bathhouse. Masks are not required when patrons are on the green space or while in the water. Thank you for your cooperation and compliance.  

-Arrive as close as possible to when activity begins. 

-Locker rooms can be used to go to the restroom, but not to store belongings. 

-Maintain physical distancing of 6 feet both in and out of the water. 

-There isn't any pool furniture. Participants may bring their own but should acknowledge it will be their responsibility to keep track of it. 

-Enter through the front doors only.   

-Exit through the side fence only. Do not reenter the bathhouse to shower or change.

Lap Swim 

Lap swim is available on Sundays for individuals who pre-register via Rec Desk.  

There are three time slots available: 

9-10am, 10:05-11:05am, 11:10am-12:10pm 

2 people per lane are permitted. We ask that lap swimmers start from opposing ends in their respective lanes and swim on their half of the lane (no circling swimming).  

Special Events 

All special events require pre-registration. Capacity limits will apply based on current guidelines. Please register on RecDesk. 

Adaptive Family Day  

Adaptive Family Swim at the Walter R. Bauman Aquatic Center focuses on person with disabilities and their families & caregivers being able to explore the pool. Assistive devices will be permitted if needed to be able to participate. on Saturday, August 14 from 10am-12pm! This special event is FREE for persons with disabilities and their families/caregivers.   

Registration Code: 4900.200  


Little Splashers Pool Party   

Join us for a splash of fun at the Walter R. Bauman Aquatic Center on Tuesday, August 17 from 10am-12pm! This special event is for little splashers, age 8 and under, along with their adult caretakers to have the pool to themselves. No big kids allowed! Admission is $4/person and all persons under eight must be accompanied into the water by someone 16 years of age or older.  

Registration Code: 4951.200  


Middle School Night at the Pool  

Middle School students will have full use of the pool just for themselves! Join us for an evening of swimming, activities, and music. Proceeds will benefit the Middleton Youth Center. Open to those in grades 5-8 from 6-8pm on Thursday, August 19. Please note this event is ONLY for Middle Schoolers, and the pool will be closed to all others. Admission is $4/person.  

Registration Code: 4952.200  

Aquatic Center Policies 

Please see the COVID Updates tab for more information.  

-Parents and guardians must watch their children. 

-Always walk, do not run. 

-Do not enter the pool if you have a communicable disease or an open cut. 

-Persons who are not toilet trained or under the age of 3 must wear swim diapers in the pool. (Available for purchase at the front desk.) 

-Diaper changing on the pool deck is prohibited. 

-Glass and shatterable items are prohibited. 

-Do not bring food, drink or gum into the pool or onto the deck. 

-Carry-ins are not allowed. 

-Flotation devices of any kind are not allowed in the pool. 

-Protect our water! If you have or have had diarrhea in the past two weeks, please do not use the pool. Shower your child and yourself before entering the pool. 

-Abide by all posted safety rules for the slides. 

-Children under the 10 of age MUST be accompanied by an adult (16+). 

-NO REFUNDS for unseen closures including weather & contamination. 

Updated Aquatic Center Policies 

-Maintain physical distancing of 6 feet both in and out of the water. 

-Patrons will enter the front door and check-in. 

-Masks are required for all persons ages 5+ when entering the main building, waiting in line, and entering/using the bathhouse. Masks are not required when patrons are on the green space or while in the water.  

-Arrive as close as possible to when activity begins. 

-Come dressed ready to swim. Swimmers should rinse off in the shower and head straight to the pool area. 

-Locker rooms can be used to go to the restroom but cannot store belongings. 

-There is no pool furniture. Seating will be available in the grass and patrons must social distance. The concrete deck apron will be limited to staff only. 

-Exit promptly when the swim session ends. Exit will be out the side fence only and participants are not to reenter the bathhouse to shower or change. 

-No concessions available. You may bring water in a sealed, non-glass container.  

-The sand area and playground are closed. 

-No one can be caught off the water slide. 

-One way traffic will be in place to access the diving well. To access the drop slide, patrons need to enter the space from the sidewalk closest to the MHS stadium, while the diving board access will be the entrance closet the steps.  

-Failure to adhere to these guidelines may result in a loss of privileges. 


We are often asked why our pool season is set up the way it is (opening the weekend after school, and closing the weekend before Labor Day). In 2013, we conducted a survey of state municipal (public) pools, and the results showed we are in line with what other municipalities offer. Please view the survey results. Below are the main reason for our season design: 

1. The budget was approved for operation starting the second weekend in June through the last week in August (the weekend before Labor Day). A few years ago it was extended a week in August. 

2. It is required by the State that we operate with a minimum number of lifeguards. We are sufficiently able to staff the pool during the approved times. We are VERY diligent with our staff trainings, and hold multiple safety trainings prior to the opening of the pool. Since the majority of our staff are students, we need to complete the trainings when they are available. Opening earlier would not allow us to hold these trainings. 

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