Independence Aquatic Center

COVID-19 Changes to original information...
Independence Aquatic Center Season

Independence Aquatic Center officially opened to the public on June 17th per the Governor’s Proclamation. 

** As of June 27th: We will go back to normal hours for everyone: Monday-Friday 12-8pm  Saturday & Sunday 12-6pm with a max capacity of 200 people through the door. Once the max capacity is reached, we will not let anyone through the door until people leave the facility, we will follow 1-OUT-1-IN policy. Family Season Passes: City Limit Residents $105/ Buchanan County Residents $125/ Non-Buchanan County Residents $150. Please purchase season passes at the Independence Aquatic Center. Single Season Passes: City Limit Residents $65/ Buchanan County Residents $75/ Non-Buchanan County Residents $100.  Daily Admission: Buchanan County Residents $4.00/ Non-Buchanan County Residents $7.00
** If you would like details on availability of GROUP SWIM LESSONS, please call 319-334-6711. Session 2: Infant & Toddler (1-3 yrs of age, parent is in the water with the child) runs M-TH 6-6:25pm on July 6-16 (make-ups on Fridays if needed) and the cost is $25 per child. Pre-School (4 & 5 yrs of age) runs M-TH 6-6:25pm on July 6-16 (make-ups on Fridays if needed) and the cost is $30 per child. Registration for group swim lessons takes place at the Falcon Civic Center. If you are interested in Private Swim Lessons, you will need to pick up the Private Instructor’s List at the Falcon Civic Center or the Independence Aquatic Center and contact the Instructor of your choice to set up those lessons. The Instructors set their own price for private lessons + a $15 pool usage fee payable to the Aquatic Center at your 1st private lesson.
** In order to maintain social distancing for our staff, we will not be renting the Party Shelter to the public in 2020. We will be using that area as the Lifeguard Breakroom.
** Water Slides are CLOSED thru July 12th. Water Fountains are CLOSED until further notice.
** Use the Independence Aquatic Center at your own risk. Please stay home if you or any member of your household is sick. Remember to wash your hands frequently. Maintain social distance.

** Thank you for your anticipated patience and understanding as we work through all of the changes and safety recommendations we have had to encounter during this time. Please Stay Safe.

Governor Reynold’s Full Proclamation may be found at the link below in its entirety: 

Things continue to change and we will adapt as needed. Thank you for your patience & understanding. Please be sure to follow safety guidelines from Public Health and the CDC found on the City’s COVID-19 webpage. Updates will continue via the City’s social media outlets & website. 

Anticipated Aquatic Center Season is: June 17th- August 23rd (Our final day for open swim may change due to availability of certified staff)

Independence Aquatic Center  WILL NOW BE OPEN ON Saturday, July 4th from 12noon- 4pm.

The Independence Aquatic Center closes to the public from 5:55-6:35pm during group swim lessons sessions and for HOME Swim Meets. ** If you are traveling to the Aquatic Center from out of town, please call 319-334-7464 prior to leaving to check hours for that day. 

Normal Hours of Operation 
Monday- Friday
Open Swim 12- 8pm
Saturday & Sunday
Open Swim 12- 6pm

** During Evening Group Swim Lessons Sessions (July 6-16 Typically M-TH but we will use Fridays for make-ups as needed), the pool will close to the public from 5:55- 6:35pm, please ask for a stamp at the front desk if you paid admission and would like to return to swim after group lessons.

** PLEASE NOTE: If you are coming from out of town, please call the Aquatic Center @ 319-334-7464 to check Hours of Operation or for up to date weather related closures, please LIKE Us on Facebook at Independence Community Aquatic Center 

Buchanan County Residents $4.00 through the door
Non-Buchanan County Residents  $7.00
No Refunds, even if the Aquatic Center Closes Early!!

We accept cash or check for the exact amount only, at this time, we are unable to accept credit or debit cards as payment. Thank you. 

Attention Patrons & Visitors:
As of Tuesday, June 5th, 2018... Water wings without a chest band are not allowed in the Independence Aquatic Center. Due to safety concerns, we will ask you to remove them from your child. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

** Independence Aquatic Center Rules are subject to change at the discretion of the Independence Aquatic Center under the direction of the Independence Parks & Recreation Department and the City of Independence. **

WITHIN CITY LIMITS RATE (determined by valid driver's license)
Family $105 
Single $65 

BUCHANAN COUNTY RATE (Independence, Hazleton, Quasqueton, Winthrop, Brandon, Aurora, Rowley, most of Jesup) 
Family $125
Single $75

Family $150
Single $100 

Independence Aquatic Center Family Season Pass REQUIREMENTS:
1. Family Members defined as those claimed on your taxes & reside at the same address.
2. You may add 1 day-care provider/ babysitter to your family pool membership for an additional $10.00. (This needs to be an actual care-giver, not just a friend or Plus 1- Thanks!)
You are NOT allowed to add extended family members, friends, etc... who do not meet the requirements above on your family season pass. PLEASE NOTE: We will require ages of all minors to be added to the pool pass cards in order to enforce the rule that children 7 years of age or under MUST be accompanied and under the watchful eye of an adult or responsible care-giver above the age of 14. ALSO, please add a daytime number where an adult may be reached to your pool pass card in case of emergency and in order to help us ensure the safety of our young patrons.

Contact Information:

Parks & Recreation Director:
Bob Beatty/
Assistant Parks & Recreation Director:
Brent Reck/
Program & Aquatics Coordinator:
Angie Kiler/
Pool Management Team:
Madelynn Beatty, Allison Doyle, Mattea Wall, Taylor Wendt
Aquatic Center Maintenance:

Physical Address: Independence Aquatic Center
601 5th Avenue SE
Independence, Iowa  50644
Phone: 319-334-7464

Aquatic Center Closure Information

May be obtained by calling the Aquatic Center @ 319-334-7464 or Parks & Recreation Department @ 319-334-6711. Information will also be posted here and on the Independence Parks & Recreation Department & Independence Aquatic Center Facebook Pages.
Aquatic Center Closure Policies- The Aquatic Center MAY close early for any one or more of the following reasons:
1. Air Temperature falls below 70 degrees and/ or less than 20 swimmers in the water for 2 hours.
2. Threatening weather in the area.
3. Scheduled special events, for example home swim meets or special programming events (Our plan is to host 1 Theme Night each month at eh Aquatic Center throughout the 2020 Season. Details will be posted on social media as they are determined)

Independence Aquatic Center RULES: (Please Read Carefully)

1. NO Diving in the shallow end of the swimming pool or in other areas marked "NO DIVING"

2. In order to jump off of the diving board and/ or go down the small green slide located in the deep end during open swim at the Aquatic Center, you must be able to demonstrate the ability to swim 25 meters without stopping while using proper American Crawl Stroke technique. If you would like to take the test, please stop by the First Aid Station at the pool and ask for a lifeguard.

3. NO Running on the deck. NO horseplay, including dunking, pushing, shoving, throwing, splashing, and horseback or shoulder rides allowed.

4. NO cell phone usage allowed in the locker rooms.

5. Children 7 years of age or under must be accompanied and under the watchful eye of an adult or responsible caregiver above the age of 14.

6. Everyone entering the Aquatic Center must pay the daily rate or have a season pass.

7. NO carry-in food, coolers, or drink allowed in the facility except for personal water bottles- with water or coolers with medical necessities.

8. Absolutely NO GLASS containers or any other type of glass allowed in the facility.

9. Shower before entering the pool.

10. Proper swim wear must be worn in the pool.

11. Infants and toddlers MUST wear swim pants/ diapers- NO disposable diapers. Swim diapers are sold at the concession stand.

12. Children may have palm-sized toys in the zero-depth only. Inflatable toys, flippers, water guns, throwing toys, and balls are NOT allowed inside the Aquatic Center Facility. We do allow parents to use floatables for their infants ONLY in the pool. Water wings without a chest band are not allowed in the Independence Aquatic Center. Due to safety concerns, we will ask you to remove them from your child. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding. 

13. Family restroom is for immediate family members only. Please ask for a manager to unlock this facility.

14. The Independence Aquatic Center is a Smoke-Free & Tobacco-Free campus. NO one will be allowed to smoke (including vapes) while on pool property.

15. NO one will be allowed to talk to lifeguard, while on duty. Questions should be directed to the lifeguard in the First Aid Station or go to the admissions desk and ask to speak to a manager.

16. Everyone must obey the established pool rules and any lifeguard's interpretation of these rules. Disobeying these rules may lead to temporary and/or permanent suspension to the Independence Aquatic Center.

14. Slide Rules are posted on the slide- NOTE: All riders MUST be at least 48 inches tall. Catching at the bottom of the slide is NOT allowed, Only 1 Rider is allowed down the slide at a time. Life-jackets may NOT be worn down the slides. 

Enjoy our Slide Show... A special thank you to Blake Hayward & Wilbur's Aerial Services for the wonderful overhead shots :)