Swimming Pool Updates During COVID 19 Pandemic

At the present time, the Robert I. Bickford Natatorium at Prince George's Community College is closed, due to the COVID 19 pandemic.

The re-opening of our indoor pool will occur in Phase Four of the State of Maryland Plan. 

The college is planning for the re-opening and is focusing on: swimming lane use, distance required to keep swimmers apart, locker room sanitation and distance from other people, number of students in the showers, and  foot rule for signing in at the front desk. 

When the pool opens, students must provide their own floation devices: vests, noodles, and floation belts. 

As soon as we receive information concernning a re-opening date, it will be posted on the website.  Dates and times for swim classes and aerobics  will be announced here, and will be posted in Owl Link. At the present time, the earliest water aerobics and aqua spinning could start is mid October 2021.  The "Learn to Swim" program will open later in the fall semester, if it is possible.

For additonal information about swim classes and the "Learn to Swim" program contact Dr. Nancie Park 301-546-8340.

People spend much of their leisure time outdoors, often participating in recreational activities centered around swimming pools. Whether it be at a community center, summer camp, theme park, or other tourist attraction with water environments, recreation workers should be outgoing and good at working with people and have the technical proficiency to support the often complicated nature of pool operations.

PGCC’s Swimming Pool Management Program highlights the most important topics in pool operations, maintenance, and safety including circulation, filtration, chemistry, safety and risk management. It is designed for pool or aquatic facility operators and supervisors who need special education and training in pool operations in order to meet local and/or state health code requirements. It is also ideal for those in the hospitality industry with aquatic facilities as well as for head lifeguards or those who require refresher training.


Program Objectives

  • Successful completion of each course earns a Certificate of Completion
  • Skills development and preparation leading to professional credentials

To qualify, the student must be 16 years of age or older.


Course Descriptions

Two courses are available:

  • Swimming Pool Management
    This 15-hour course covers water chemistry, filtration process, chlorination, record keeping, common pool problems and legal responsibilities. Courses are offered in April and May.
  • Swimming Pool Management Recertification
    License renewal is required every 3 years and requires 4 hours of continuing education. This course is scheduled to run concurrently with the Swimming Pool Management courses in April and May.

Visit Owl Link to see our course options online.


Contact Information


Phone: (301) 546-0676


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Certification Information

Meets the standards set forth by the Prince George's County Division of Environmental Health. Students will receive a certificate that is necessary to obtain a pool operator's license.