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The City of New Orleans

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu



Joe W. Brown Pool

5601 Read Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70127 


The Joe W. Brown Pool is open.  The weekday shuttle service from the Treme Rec Center will depart Monday through Thursday at 5:15pm for the 6-7pm Fit and Flex class at Joe W. Brown.

Lifeguard Prerequisite Skills Challenge Class
Joe W. Brown Pool, 5601 Read Blvd.

Monday, December 1, 6-8pm
Ages 15 and older.  Free!

This class is designed for those with swimming experience interested in becoming lifeguards but are unsure if they have the proper skills.  Students will perform basic lifeguard skills, and then receive feedback from NORDC Senior Lifeguards.  

Registration is on-going but limited to 6 people per class. Please sign up at the Joe W. Brown Natatorium Desk.  Come dressed to swim!


Pool Rules

1. Swimming is permitted only while lifeguards are present and on duty.

2. Children under 10 years of age must be accompanied by an adult 18 years of age or over.

3. All children who are not toilet-trained must have a swim diaper and a bathing suit and/or plastic pants.

4. Running, rough play, horseplay, dunking and/or throwing children is not allowed.  Inappropriate language will not be tolerated.

5. Excessive breath holding and breath holding games are prohbited.

6. Before entering the pool, patrons must shower with soap and rinse.

7. Glass containers, food, drinks, gum, animals, tobacco products, alcohol, drugs and firearms are prohibited from NORDC pool decks and locker rooms.

8. Children less than 8” taller than water depth must be accompanied by parent, guardian or instructor IN THE WATER, unless swimmer has demonstrated he/she could pass a deep end test each time the child attends the pool.

9. Persons with rashes, open wounds or sores are not allowed in the water.

10. Appropriate swim attire is required: lined swim suits and trunks only. (No jeans or cut offs.)

11. No climbing, hanging, or tampering with lane lines, lifeguard or facility equipment.

12. Only one person on a ladder at a time.

13. Lifeguards must approve all toys and flotation devices – SCUBA and other large equipment is prohibited

14. Diving, flips, twists and backwards jumps are not allowed.

15. NORDC is not responsible for any lost or stolen items.

16. Lightning Policy – The pool will require immediate closure of all pools in the event that lightning or thunder is present in or around the area. The pools will remain closed until 30 minutes past the last visible lightning strike or episode of thunder.

17. The lifeguard is the authority in the pool and locker rooms.  Failure to comply with the rules may result in dismissal from the pool and locker room areas.


Lap swim is for patrons 16 years of age or older unless given written permission from the aquatics director.  Children under 10 years of age must be accompanied by an adult 18 years of age or over. The pool will close 15 minutes prior the facility closing to allow for time in the locker room. View class descriptions below.



School Age Lessons (6-12 years old) is designed for students  to progress through the levels at their own pace, mastering the skills in one level before advancing to the next. Each level of our Learn-to-Swim class includes training in basic water safety and helping others in an emergency, in addition to stroke development.

  • Level 1: (SA1) INTRODUCTION TO WATER SKILLS. There are no prerequisites for this course. The objective of Level 1 is to help students feel comfortable in the water and to enjoy the water safely.
  • Level 2: (SA2) FUNDAMENTAL AQUATIC SKILLS. Student must have passed or show competency in Level 1 skills. This level marks the beginning of true locomotion skills.
  • Level 3: (SA3) STROKE DEVELOPMENT. Student must have passed or shown competency in Level 2 skills. Level 3 participants learn to: Jump into deep water, dive in, bob with the head fully submerged, rotary breathing, and a number of bodily motions while inside the water.
    Student must have passed or shown competency in Level 3 skills. The objective of level 4 is to develop confidence in the strokes learned and improve other aquatic skills.
    Student must have passed or shown competency in Level 4 skills. The objective of level 5 is to provide further coordination and refinement of strokes.
    Student must have passed or shown competency in Level 5 skills. Here, the objective is to help students swim with ease. Level 6 is designed with “menu” options that focus on preparing students with a variety of activities. Menu Options include Personal Water, Safety, Fundamentals of Diving, Fitness Swimmer.


Preschool Lessons (3-5 years old): learn water safety, survival skills and foundational swimming concepts in a safe and fun environment. Skills are age-appropriate, allowing students to achieve success on a regular basis.

  • Preschool Aquatics Level 1 (PS1)-Helps participants feel comfortable in the water and begin to develop fundamental skills such as breath control.
  • Preschool Aquatics Level 2 (PS2) -Builds on Level 1 skills and gives the participant success with fundamental skills such as floating and basic locomotion.
  • Preschool Aquatics Level 3 (PS3)-Builds on Level 2 skills and improves the participant’s coordination of simultaneous arm and leg actions and alternating arm and leg actions.


Nemo (2-5 years old) If your child loves the water or isn’t quite ready to be on their own with an instructor, Nemo is the class for you! The skills taught are the first level of the preschool program but with games and songs that are age appropriate.


Parent Child Lessons (6 months - 36 Months): helps young children get ready to swim by emphasizing fun in the water. Parents and children participate in several guided practice sessions that help kids learn elementary swimming skills, including water entry, bubble blowing, front kicking, back floating, underwater exploration and more.

  • Parent Child Level 1 (PC1): children learn basic skills through fun activities, such as blowing bubbles and playing with water toys.
  • Parent Child Level 2 (PC2): parents work with their children to practice floating, kicking and swimming back to the side of the pool.


Teen Lessons (12 - 15 years old) Join us for these age appropriate, confidence boosting lessons that will teach your child a lifelong skill!


Adult Lessons (16 and up) It’s never too late to learn how to swim.  Whether you are a beginner who is interested in learning a new skill or someone who is more advanced but needs a refresher, NORDC has the class for you.

  • T.O.W. is for adults who have no previous swim lesson or aquatic experience.  We understand that each adult has their starting point in the water.  We work with you to get past your fears and conquer the work of aquatics!
  • Adult Beginner (AB): Adult Beginner Learning the Basics is the class to be in if you want to learn how to swim but are not afraid of the water.   Here you learn how to float, move in the water and begin building the foundation for aquatic success.                                                        
  •  Adult Intermediate I (AII) and Adult Intermediate II (AIII): Improving Skills and Swimming Strokes is split into two levels.  Adult Intermediate I (AII), the focus is on endurance and form for the following strokes: Front Crawl, Back Crawl, Breaststroke and Backstroke while also working on safety survival skills such as treading water.  In Adult Intermediate II (AIII), the focus is on perfecting the strokes learned in Adult Intermediate I and also learning the Sidestroke and Butterfly. 
  • Adult Advances Swimming (AAS): Swimming for Fitness is a class for adult who know how to swim but might need a refresher on their training or are just looking for a more structured practice time.  This class focuses on endurance and perfecting strokes so that they are as efficient as possible.




Fit and Flex. Welcome to this spunky mid-morning exercise program! This class will include light cardio and exercises that will help build endurance while focusing on exercises that help coordination, balance and strength.

H²0 Mix. This ultimate endurance class is based on muscular strength and interval training. Challenge yourself through different stations in the pool utilizing a range of aquatic equipment. This aqua workout will leave you fitter, stronger and more energized.

Hydro Fit. This class fuses together several of your favorite aqua class formats to create a memorable experience.  We’ll mix it up with noodle, kick boards and other equipment to target the whole body while having a blast. Both low and high intensity cardio will be included.



Lifeguarding is a great job for young adults to learn job skills, earn some money and meet great people.  NORDC will be hiring over 100 lifeguards for the summer season. There is plenty of time to prepare for the summer session with the opportunities available for classes.

The Junior Lifeguard program (11 - 15 years old). These classes teach many of the skills it takes to be a lifeguard.  This is a great opportunity for your child to learn leadership skills, team work and most importantly have FUN, all within the aquatic environment.


Lifeguard Prereq  Challenge If you aren’t sure if you have what it takes to become a certified lifeguard come try it out for FREE! During these 2 hour long sessions all of the lifeguard prerequisites will be practiced and then completed as a part of an assessment.  Any time left over will be utilized for tips on how to improve swimming skills for the lifeguard class. There is a 5 person limit per class so please sign up as soon as possible.


Looking for a job? If you are 15 years old or older, and are interested in becoming a lifeguard for the summer of 2015, all applications for NORDC lifeguards and swim instructors must be in by March 15th.  Interviews will be conducted as early as February 1st.  Please contact Aquatics Director, Christine Aguirre at if you are interested or check out our employment page for more information.






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Last updated: 11/26/2014 1:26:41 PM

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