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Pool Status:


OPEN only through permit-holding community based organizations during their respective time slots and permit dates. COVID rules are currently suspended, but parents may still be required to show ID to be allowed in the building.

BRAINS' Summer '23 Learn to Swim (LTS) classes are now fully enrolled, but you may call to see if any openings arise due to withdrawals. As of this update, there are still a few slots available for the Harbor Seal Clinics for the more experienced CYO swimmers (not for beginners). As all classes are either full or near their limit further registration will be by appointment only. See "Swim Instruction" for details, registration days, and location.


COVID restrictions (currently not in force) on extended use permits for use of the pool may be put back in force without prior notice. Restrictions may include some or all of the below policies:

  • Spectator restrictions may be imposed by the the school or the NYC Dept. of Education. If so, only those comfortable with dropping off their children at the pool entrance should consider enrolling in a BRAINS program at this time.

  • Parents must remain nearby in the event of an emergency

  • Swimmers must come ready to get in the pool (suits on)

  • No showering at the pool

  • Building must be vacated by the end of our permit time (classes will end 10 to 15 minutes before the next permit-holding organization's time begins to allow for exiting)

  • NYCDOE Screening at may be used by School Safety Agents (passes can be processed in advance for day of entry)

  • ID may be required

  • Should restrictions be reinstated, BRAINS COVID Waiver would also be required of all BRAINS participants (see pdf)



On Wednesday, September 22, 2021, 7:46 AM, FHHS wrote:

Use of the facility stipulations:

Clearing of locker room and deck so you exit at the END time of your permit.  The doors and building should be shut by the end time, not people still in the building at the end time. Please understand that overtime for SSAs has been cut citywide. We have requested and gotten the help to get people here. Some of these people are working 6-10 to be onsite. Please do your part with your members.


Finally, the rules are the rules. If there is an issue with the SSAs on duty, member etiquette, pool etc. then we will be required to pull the permit for the group.



Many of the pages on this website are out of date. Please be patient as we do not have the staffing levels to provide up to date program information on this website at this time. (The following information was uploaded on September 18th, 2021.)


NYC rules for gyms and fitness facilities will be in effect. Proof of vaccination and ID will be required of all over the age of 12 to enter the building, masks must be worn at all times (except while swimming) and social distancing will be necessary as well. We suggest that you obtain the free NYS Excelsior app on your phone as this will allow for an easier screening process. 

While BRAINS will be taking these extraordinary measures to ensure the safety of all participants, attendees and employees, we can not guarantee that no one will be exposed or contract COVID-19 while attending a BRAINS program. Therefore, a waiver of liability form is also required of all participant familes. Please print and sign the form below (see PDF) before coming to the pool.

Those who were enrolled in a BRAINS program when the pandemic shut down occurred will initially be given priority as long as they meet the age and skill requirements of the programs that will be offered.


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..


2023 Lifeguard Training Registration Begins in December 

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.

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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 20202- 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.

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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. 

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