Beat the Heat with Free Swimming at Reno and Sparks Pools


Thanks to the teams at Renown Health, the City of Reno and City of Sparks, more than 1,800 free swimming passes were given out to local kids. During free swim weeks, Sparks welcomed 1,050 kids – that’s up four times from the year before – and the City of Reno handed out 800 free swim passes. 

Looking for a way to keep your kids active, healthy and cool this summer? Here’s the scoop: Renown Health, the City of Reno and the City of Sparks are teaming up to bring you free swimming for kids at local public pools.

First up: The City of Sparks has free swimming at a favorite local public pool.

City of Sparks Free Swimming
Monday, July 16 – Friday, July 20

    • Times: Noon to 1:30 p.m.; 1:45-3:15 p.m.; 3:30-5 p.m.
    • Where: Deer Park Pool, 1700 Prater Way
    • Note: Free swim passes will be handed out to kids in line for each time session. First come, first served.

Get Details from the City of Sparks

OK, so you live in Reno and want something a tad closer to home. Your swimming wish is our command! 

The following week, the City of Reno opens two of its pools to the public for free. 

City of Reno Free Swimming
Monday, July 23 – Friday, July 27

    • Traner Pool, 1600 Carville Drive: Noon to 6 p.m.
    • Idlewild Pool, 1805 Idlewild Drive: 1-3:30 p.m.
    • Note: Pick up free swim passes at any City of Reno pool. First come, first served and limited to six passes per person.

Get Details from the City of Reno

So at this point you may be asking yourself: Is it really worth it for me to take time out of my busy life to bring the kids to the pool this summer? 

And the answer, according to Renown experts, is an unreserved “YES!” 

The Health Benefits of Swimming

Because you’re in water, the stress on the body is reduced — making it an ideal workout for all ages and fitness levels.

Swimming serves as both cardio and strength training, so you and your kids are getting a two-for-one workout without the sweat. Plus, swimmers of all ages can hit the pool for muscle toning as well as a healthier heart and lungs.

Even though it’s fun, swimming builds endurance and cardiovascular fitness, improves strength and helps maintain weight. Swimming targets all areas of the body — arms, legs, core, glutes and back. It also helps with aerobic endurance, strength and flexibility simultaneously.

Swimming: Not Just for Kids! 

Sure, the kids take to water like a duck to — well, water. But that doesn’t mean they’re the only ones who can benefit from a few laps. 

Here’s a quick guide to help the adults in the room decide where to begin as you consider swimming as part of your exercise regimen.

Swim Workout for Beginners

If you’re just getting started, be sure to take it easy. You likely won’t be able to swim for 30 minutes straight, but you can work your way up. Start with 5-10 minutes of laps (freestyle is the go-to stroke for most beginners) and work your way up.

In addition to traditional laps, try doing laps with a kickboard or use only arms and hand paddles to pull yourself through the water.

Intermediate Swim Workout

As you get more comfortable, work on your form and endurance. When you’re ready, diversify your stroke.

As a beginner, you’ll probably do 500-750 yards. Once you hit intermediate, aim for 1,000-1,250 yards and try some new strokes like breaststroke or butterfly that will work different areas of your body.

Advanced Swim Workout

Now, you’re the expert! Write up your own workout, and be sure to mix it up throughout the week. Include everything from flutter kicks with fins to breathing exercises and sprints to challenge yourself. Depending on the intensity of your workout, you may want to try to swim as much as 1,500-1,800 yards (equivalent to a little more than one mile in the water!).

Swimming Tips For Everyone

It’s always a good idea to check with your doctor before starting any new exercise routine. Once you have the go ahead, just hit the water and go as fast or as slow as you’d like. Even walking or simply moving your body against the water’s resistance is a perfect way to get started.

And now you’re ready: Jump into the deep end (metaphorically, of course) and prep yourself for some fun in the sun. 

And don’t forget: The pool time is absolutely FREE during our special event times and locations. Click the links above for more details, and we’ll see you at the pool!