Soldiers and their families can enjoy the six free pools open this summer at Fort Hood.

The pools offer recreational swimming, lap swimming, adult swim lessons, lifeguard classes and pool parties, said Jody Valdes director for Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation’s Aquatics Department.

“Swimming is a great recreational sport that can be enjoyed by people of all ages,” Valdes said. “Whether you go for fitness or just want to hang out with your friends and family, swimming is a great way to beat the summer heat.”

All outdoor swimming pools are authorized for use by active-duty soldiers, National Guard and reservists as well as retired military, family members and Department of Defense civilians and contract workers. There is no cost to use the pools, which feature diving boards, slides, lap lanes, picnic tables, wading pools, lounge chairs and shaded areas.

Valdes said parents should make sure they follow the lifeguards and aquatic staff’s instructions as well as keep an eye on their children.

“Please help us by watching your young children and non-swimmers at all times,” Valdes said. “Stay hydrated and wear sunscreen.”

Contact Sarah Rafique at or (254) 501-7553. Follow her on Twitter at SarahRafique.

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