University Recreation

Facility Policies

  • A valid UTRGV or approved photo ID must be presented upon entry for facility access.
  • Non-marking athletic shoes are required on hardwood floors.
  • Appropriate attire is required for each designated area.
  • Scheduled activities take precedence.
  • Facilities and equipment should be used for their designed purpose.
  • Smoking or tobacco use in any form is prohibited on facility grounds.
  • Patrons may consume food and beverages in designated lounges.
  • Service animals are allowed in the facility.
  • The use of bicycles, mopeds, in-line skates, skate-shoes or skateboards are prohibited.
  • UTRGV University Recreation is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
  • Use of cameras and video equipment in facilities is prohibited without written approval of University Recreation.
  • Solicitation is prohibited on facility grounds.
  • Membership is a privilege which may be modified or revoked for cause.
  • Patrons will be expected to abide by all university policies.
  • Inappropriate behavior may result in loss of privileges and/or suspension from facilities with no fee refund.

Children/Minors Policy

Children/Minors ages 4 to 17 years are welcome into the facility with adult supervision during family hours. Minors between 14 – 16 years of age require adult supervision along with an equipment orientation before utilizing fitness floor equipment. Equipment Orientations are conducted by fitness floor staff by request. Family Hours are extended to normal operating hours during university published holidays, semester breaks and summer sessions. Approved special programs may allow children under 4 years of age into the facility.

Guest Policy

Facility members are allowed three guests per day. Guests must present an approved photo ID, pay a $10 fee (including taxes) and have a current waiver on file.  All guest sales are final, refunds will not be issued.

Personal Training/Coaching

Personal training/coaching may only be conducted by trainers on staff. The appearance of personal training/coaching by patrons is not allowed.

Locker Rooms

Children over the age of 5 must use gender appropriate locker rooms. Cell phone use is prohibited. Caution: wet floors in the locker rooms may be slippery.

The above policies are subject to change without notice.

Outdoor Pool Rules

  • Swimming/sunbathing is permitted only when a lifeguard is on duty.
  • Swimmers must wear a bathing suit. Cut-offs, sport bras, thongs, sheer swimsuits, undergarments are not allowed.
  • You must have on a shirt, shorts and shoes before entering the facility.  Please dry off completely before entering the Recreation Center.
  • Enter and exit the pool from designated locations only.
  • Bathers are strongly recommended to shower before entering the water.
  • Remove all band aids before entering the pool. 
  • Only US Coast Guard approved floatation devices are permitted.
  • Water basketballs, volleyballs and water polo balls are only allowed in designated areas. Do not hang on the rim.  They are not to be used as floatation devices or thrown at patrons. Sand volleyballs are not permitted in the pool.
  • Adults may use jogging belts provided by the pool for jogging through the water.
  • All swimmers must be able to swim without an aid in deep water and may be subject to a swim test.  Lifejackets may be required depending on the lifeguard’s discretion.
  • Children under 10 yrs. old must be accompanied by an adult
  • Children not in swim lessons may use the pools but must not disrupt any swim classes.


  • Children under 3 yrs. old.
  • Diving or flipping into the pool in depth below 7 feet.
  • Persons with a communicable disease or an open cut.
  • Portable speakers or loud music.
  • Running, rough play, horse play, and throwing/pushing people into the pool.
  • Public displays of affection.
  • Hanging on the lane lines or safety lines.
  • Spitting, blowing of the nose, spouting of water.
  • Covering the water returns.
  • Splashing of the Lifeguards.
  • Talking to the Lifeguard staff in the stand unless you have an emergency.
  • Sitting in the lifeguard stand.
  • Prolonging underwater swimming.
  • Animals or pets of any kind are prohibited from the pool area.
  • Swim lessons or other private instruction conducted by non- University Recreation staff.
  • Chewing of gum or consuming food or beverage in the pool.
  • Glass containers.
  • Tobacco products of any kind.
  • Profane language or any type of disruptive behavior towards other swimmers.


The Aquatic Staff has full authority to ask patrons to leave the pool area for not following polices outline for the area.