Pool Status: CLOSED 

Official Notice From the NYC Dept. Of Education's Office of the First Deputy Chancellor (OFDC):


"You are receiving this email because your organization BAY RIDGE AQUATICS INST., INC has an event scheduled at K490 - FT HAMILTON for a date or dates between April 20, 2020 - June 30, 2020.  

As you are likely aware, NYCDOE schools have been closed through the end of this school year, because of the COVID-19 virus. Because of closures, all non COVID-19 response related permits must be cancelled.

At this time, we cannot offer more information or guidance in terms of rescheduling permits.   Please do not call the school or Borough Office for further information, as they are currently closed.  Once schools have re-opened, we will have more information regarding permits.

Thank you for your patience in this matter and please remain healthy and safe!"


BRAINS Spring Program Status 


Many of you are asking how BRAINS will handle the currently enrolled classes impacted by the closure of schools and the temporary ban on group assembly in New York State.


Our plans call for offering refunds for the actual dates of cancellation. Please be patient as staff has been furloughed in order to preserve the funds needed to reimburse our subscribers for the cancelled dates.


That said, in order to fully address arrangements for the cancelled dates we must rely upon credit from the Department of Education, as the majority of tuition money went toward paying for pool rental, insurance, and school safety agents. 


For now we hope that you and your family are safe, and that with adherence to social distancing, isolating, and close attention to sanitation, we might all contribute to overcoming COVID-19. 


As the current public health situation and appropriate health measures in response to COVID-19 remain in place, BRAINS is suspending its programs until the pool re-opens.


This is a very difficult time for everyone, including BRAINS and our staff, but we believe together we will make it through.


We greatly appreciate your understanding, patience, and confidence in what we do and we are determined to continue delivering the life saving, swim-centered programs that have become such a big a part of our community over these past twenty-five years.


Please visit the Centers for Disease Control Website and the American Red Cross for COVID-19 safety tips: 



Here is a link to the CDC’s FAQ which refers to swimming pools: 



From the American Red Cross: Coronavirus: Safety and Readiness Tips for You


All access to the FHHS pool during community time is through the various community based organizations that have paid for and hold approved permits. The programs detailed on this website are offered during the portion of community time at the Fort Hamilton High School pool that is paid for by and permitted to The Bay Ridge Aquatics Institute (BRAINS), Inc..

2020 Lifeguard Training Registration Has Begun

Please call or see Maria (347) 267-9469 in December/ Early January to register or for more information.

Space is Limited!

Lifeguarding & LG Review

BRAINS offers an American Red Cross Lifeguard Training course (starting in February) and Lifeguard Review courses (in February and March) once a year.



Intermediate Learn To Swim

Registration has begun for BRAINS Intermediate Learn to Swim class which takes place on Saturdays from 2:30 to 3:45 PM starting January 25 and ending June 18th. This class is designed to enhance the abilities of those already involved in a competitive swim program, such as CYO or YMCA swim teams. Spots are limited, and available on a first-come basis.


Stroke Clinic 2020 - Registration Begins in January

For swimmers already involved in competitive swimming. (This class takes place in late Spring - call for appointment or come to the pool during Harbor Seal practice times to register.) This program focuses on improving stroke technique, flip-turns, racing

starts, push-offs, breaststroke pull-downs, and other racing skills. 

Please call or see Maria (347) 267-9469 for more information.

Harbor Seal Tryouts For 2019-20 Are Now Complete

Tryouts for available Harbor Seal roster spots for the 2019 - 2020 season have now ended. Congratulations to all who were selected to the Harbor Seal program! Tryouts for both Harbor Seals, including the developmental "Puppy Seals" group (a three day a week membership program for skilled novices not yet ready for full Harbor Seal membership), began the week of September 3rd and ended September 12th. Prospective members must be between the ages of 7 and 12 and must demonstrate competency in the four competitive strokes, racing starts and flip turns. Age-appropriate time standards are used to evaluate candidates.