Monday, February 5, 2024

February Aquatic Update: Swim Passes, Closures, and Lifeguard Training

The Aquatic Division of the Parks and Recreation Department is gearing up for swim season. Season passes go on sale Monday, February 12 and City pools will begin charging for entry on Saturday, March 9.

City of Austin swimming pool season passes include a parking pass. Seasonal paid parking at Zilker Park and Barton Springs Pool resumes on Friday, March 1 and will continue through Labor Day, Monday, September 2.

Starting on Thursday, February 15 and continuing through spring 2025, public parking on the north side of Barton Springs Pool will not be available, and William Barton Drive will be limited to emergency vehicles, construction deliveries, and vehicles needing accessible parking. For more information, visit the Barton Springs Bathhouse Rehabilitation project page.

Barton Springs Pool will be closed Saturday, February 24 through Friday, March 8 for routine maintenance. For the hours of operation of other year-round pools during the closure, visit

Hiring Hundreds of Lifeguards
It takes about 850 lifeguards to fully staff City pools during the summer months. There are currently 239 lifeguards on staff, so hundreds of positions are still open, for now. Hurry because, at $20.80 per hour for entry level positions, these jobs will go fast! For more information, contact the Aquatics Office at 512-974-9330 or

Winter Training
Lifeguard training happens year round. Get your Lifeguard certification or recertification now and start earning sooner. Winter Renewal means smaller classes in a heated pool. Everyone must complete the job application and their hiring paperwork before they can register for training. Check out the 2024 Lifeguard Certification Schedule and Lifeguard Renewal Class Dates.

Lifeguards Earn $20.80/Hour
Austin hires lifeguards starting at $20.80 per hour. Experienced lifeguards earn even more! Lifeguards get free training and a free uniform. Lifeguard training and hiring starts at age 15 and there is no age limit. Learn more about how to become a lifeguard at