Western Michigan University
Lawson Ice Arena and Gabel Natatorium

Open Swim


Western Michigan University's Gabel Natatorium opens its pool to both the WMU and Kalamazoo community during the weekend. Open swim includes:

  • The Wibit—42' x 6' inflatable obstacle course. Please note: Participants can wear lifejackets if needed but parents must go through the course with their child if they are wearing a life-jacket.
  • Pool toys—beach balls, foam noodles, diving rings, etc. (toys must stay in shallow end).
  • Diving well*—one-meter and three-meter high dive springboard diving boards.
  • Lanes for lap swim
  • Lifeguards

All children aged 12 and under MUST be accompanied by an adult. Unsupervised children will not be permitted into the facilities.

Non-Swimmer Policy and Pool Rules

Cancellation hotline (269) 387-3046

View Open Swim Schedule

Weekend swim

Admission: (cash only)
$3 WMU students (w/ Bronco ID or West Hills ID) Children-12 and under.
$4 Adults (13 yrs. and older)

Under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

NOTE: We do sometimes have weekend cancellations which are posted on the Lawson Arena Home page and communicated via Notify Me! email notifications 24 hours before a cancallation occurs. The most accurate weekend schedule is available by clicking the View Open Swim Schedule link above. 

Scheduled Times:
  • Saturday, 5–7 p.m.
  • Sunday, 3–5 p.m.
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