Penn State Aquatics is housed at University Park's award-winning McCoy Natatorium. We offer a wide range of aquatic and fitness programs for students, faculty, staff, members of the surrounding University Park community and visitors as well.
Research studies confirm that as little as two and a half hours per week of aerobic physical activity, such as swimming, bicycling, or running can decrease the risk of chronic illnesses. More information on the health benefits of swimming can be found online at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The McCoy Natatorium is much more than a grouping of swimming pools. We offer instruction and recreational opportunities to individuals of all ages, abilities, and interests. In addition to our First Aid and CPR/AED programs, we have a wide range of services and programs including lifeguarding and instructor certification programs, swim club activities, aquacise classes, American Red Cross swimming lessons, and recreational swim times, to name a few. Click here to download a "Fact Sheet" about Penn State aquatic facilities.
Each year we host the YMCA State Swimming Championships, the Pennsylvania Special Olympics Swim Meet, as well as various USA Swimming meets and regional competitions. We are also home to the Pennsylvania Swimming Hall of Fame and Penn State's intercollegiate swimming and diving teams.
The Natatorium pools are available year-round for instruction, competitive athletics, recreation, intramurals, club sports, and special aquatic events. Lap swimming is available during our open swim hours.
Please feel free to contact us at any time if you have any questions about our facilities or programs. We're here to help you meet your aquatic recreational and fitness needs.
Shawn DeRosa, J.D.
Manager of Aquatic Facilities
NATATORIUM: A latin word revived in the 20th century to describe an indoor place for swimming. In ancient Rome, a cella natatoria (literally "room for swimming") referred to any swimming pool installed in a separate building. References to a public swimming pool in Rome date from 215 B.C.