Tawasentha Pool

Tawasentha Pool


Public open swim hours (weather and staff permitting) will be:

  • Monday through Friday
    Noon to 7 pm
  • Saturday and Sunday
    11:30 am to 7 pm
  • The phone number for the pool and lost and found is 518-456-4446.
  • The pool will be cleared each night at 6:45 pm - the bathrooms/facility close at 7 pm

Fees Schedule

  • Season Passes for Guilderland Residents Only. Purchased at the Guilderland Parks and Recreation Department - 181 State Route 146, Altamont (across from the main entrance of Tawasentha Park)
    • Family pass $125 - includes members of a household
    • Individual pass $75
  • Adult Lap Swim is Monday through Thursday 11 am to 12 pm and Saturday through Sunday 10 - 11:30 am. The cost is $1 per swimmer - there will be only one lap swimmer allowed per lap lane. Open to adult residents ages 15 and up.
  • Public open Swim
    • The fees for residents are $5 for adults and $3 for children 6 to 14. Seniors over 60 and children 5 and under are free.
    • Guest of Guilderland Resident fees are $7 for adults, $5 for children 6 to 14 and Seniors over 60 and children 5 and under are $3.

Please bring ID to show proof of residency.

Pool Rules

  • Listen to and obey the instructions of the lifeguards at all times.
  • All persons entering the pool area must pay the appropriate fee.
  • Expectorating, spouting water, blowing of the nose, or discharging bodily waste in the pool is strictly prohibited.
  • No diving into the shallow end of the pool.
  • Children under the age of 5, non-swimmers, or children in a life jacket must be accompanied by a supervising adult within arm's reach in the pool.
  • The pool will be closed for 30 minutes in cases of bad weather (thunder, lightning strikes, tornado warnings, etc.)
  • Pool toys and inflatables are not permitted in the main pool.
  • Only Coast Guard-approved life jackets may be worn in the pool.
  • Smoking, controlled substances, alcohol, weapons, and glass are prohibited in or around the facility.
  • No running on the pool deck.
  • No pushing, shoving, horseplay, or inappropriate behavior is allowed.
  • Snorkels are not allowed at this facility. Face masks are not permitted while in the pool.
  • Appropriate swim attire is required to swim in the pool.
  • Please report any injuries or equipment problems immediately to the lifeguards.
  • Patrons known or suspected of having diarrhea, a communicable or skin disease, open wounds, inflamed eyes, or nasal discharge, are not allowed in the pool.

Safety Guidelines

In an effort to keep all staff and visitors safe:

  • The pool is open to Guilderland residents only. A resident/resident family will be able to bring guests to the facility with them if they would like. Residents must have ID on them as proof of residency to be checked at the pool entrance.
  • A resident can bring up to two non-resident guests. A resident family can bring up to five non-resident guests (for example - family from out of town).
  • Cleaning and disinfecting around the facility will be implemented.

Swim Test Policy

All camps/outside groups will have any child looking to go into the diving area take a swim test. A lifeguard on the ground will administer the test - child must jump in the shallow area and swim to the other side of the pool without touching the bottom. Once a child completes the test, the lifeguard will let them and the camp directors know if they are able to swim in the diving area or not.

Pool Attire Policy

  • All patrons using the pool must be attired in swimming apparel. No street clothes are allowed in the pool.
  • Swimwear should not have been worn for exercising immediately prior to pool use as soiled clothing can create an unhealthy swimming environment.
  • All clothing must be colorfast and lightweight material suitable for swimwear, such as Lycra, Spandex, Burkinis or nylon.
  • T-Shirts and cotton clothing (including those for modesty or sun protection) are not permitted.
    • Cotton and some other materials can hold detergents, germs, and bacteria in them, which can be released into the water. This can cause swimmers to get sick and even affect the water's chemistry and clarity. Cotton also tends to absorb a lot of water and pool chemicals, requiring the pool to use more disinfectant. Cotton breaks down in the water, which clogs the pool filter system.
    • Additionally, when the cotton absorbs the pool water, it can become heavy, which can weigh down swimmers and make swimming more difficult. Loose cotton shirts can increase your risk of underwater entrapment.

Cabana Rental

If you are interested in renting the pool cabana for a 3-hour time slot, please call the Parks and Recreation Office to inquire. Rentals require a week's notice - the maximum group size for the Cabana is 12 people.

Summer Employment Opportunities

Employment Information
Lifeguard Application