Beauvoir Pool

2021 Beauvoir Pool Membership Information:

Beauvoir is pleased to extend pool memberships for summer 2021 to Beauvoir families, neighbors and friends. The Beauvoir pool is located on the grounds of the Washington National Cathedral behind Beauvoir. The pool is open from Memorial Day Weekend through Labor Day Weekend. 

Pool Highlights:
  • Shade sail covering the shallow end of pool
  • Easy online registration
  • Lockers, changing rooms and bathroom facilities enclosed within the gates of the pool
  • Enclosed toddler pool area with beach-style access
  • Swim lesson options for members
  • Limited guest day passes available
  • Access to the Cathedral grounds and Beauvoir Outdoors
  • View of the National Cathedral
Lounge chairs and umbrellas are provided to offer comfort and relaxation within the scenic and refreshing surroundings. Children are welcome to use the adjacent playground under parent supervision. Concessions may be purchased from our snack bar. Lifeguards are on duty during the hours the pool is open.

Pool Hours:
Weekdays June 1 through July 30 -
3:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Weekdays starting August 2 through September 3 - 12:00 noon to 8 p.m.
Saturdays/Holidays - 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sundays all Summer - 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Early Bird Swim  - 7:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. – Valid weekdays June 21 – July 30, 2021 only.
Evening Swim - 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Valid weekdays June 1 - September 3, 2021 only.

Swim Lessons at Beauvoir

Weekend and Private Swim Lesson Decision
We are excited to announce that we will offer small-group weekend swim lessons. Since groups are required to be smaller to maintain social distancing guidelines, registration will be on a first-come, first-serve basis and will open Tuesday, May, 25, at 10:00 a.m. No cancellations or refunds permitted. The schedule is as follows:
 
Saturdays: 8:00-8:25 a.m.  / 8:35-9:00 a.m. / 9:10-9:35a.m.:
June 5, 12, 19 (make-up June 26)
July 10, 17, 24 (make-up July 31)
August 7, 14, 21 (make-up August 28)
  
Sundays: 9:00-9:25 a.m. / 9:35-10:00 a.m. / 10:10-10:35 a.m.:
June 6, 13, 20 (make-up June 27)
July 11, 18, 25 (make-up August 1)
August -8, 15, 22 (make-up August 29) 
 
Private lessons will not be offered at this time. Privately contracted instructors are not permitted
The Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) is continually revising their summer camp and pool guidelines. We hope to be able to open Swim Lesson registration at a later date, as OSSE permits.
In addition, the Beauvoir Pool will adhere to all COVID-19 safety protocols set forth by OSSE, and we will provide the details of those procedures to our registered Pool members and on our Beauvoir Summer site as they become available. Our goal is to provide our Pool members with the most accurate and up-to-date information available in a timely manner.
We appreciate your patience, as guidelines are changing often, and details are extremely limited at this time.
 
 

Contact the Pool

During summer hours
Phone: 202-537-2219

May 29 – September 6, 2021

Weekdays June 1 through July 30
3:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Weekdays starting August 2 through September 3
12:00 noon to 8 p.m.
Saturdays/Holidays
10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Sundays all Summer
11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Please Note: These hours are not applicable to Early Bird or Evening Swim Members
Lifeguards by High Sierra Pools Management 
High Sierra Pools management program staffs the Beauvoir Pool with lifeguards, a pool manager and qualified pool operator. The High Sierra team works closely with Beauvoir Summer to provide the highest quality service. The Area Supervisor regularly inspects the facility. The High Sierra Pools management and safety system has earned an outstanding reputation in the commercial pool management industry. 

Details and FAQs about the Pool and Swim Lessons (click tabs for details)

List of 19 frequently asked questions.

  • 2021 Pool Policies & Procedures

    Please read and download our 2021 Pool Policies and Procedures, which are designed to ensure a safe and fun summer for everyone!
  • Pool Check-In

    Check-in System
    We're pleased to share with you information about Beauvoir's new check-in system. You may set up your account starting Monday, May 24, after 5:00 p.m. Our new system will provide easy photo identification for each registered member of your family.
  • Pool Membership Options

     SOLD OUT FOR 2021

    Membership Options

    Beauvoir Membership – $1110 
    For families of students currently enrolled at Beauvoir School
    Family Membership – $1250 
    For friends and neighbors of Beauvoir
    Individual Adult Membership – $750 
    A membership for one adult, nontransferable 
     
    Individuals must be 15 yrs or older to use the pool facilities without the supervision of an adult member.
     
    Adult Individual Membership Options
    Early Bird Swim – $345
    7:00 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. – Valid weekdays June 21 – July 31, 2020 only.
    Evening Swim – $430
    6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. – Valid weekdays June 1 - September 3, 2021 only.

    Payments for memberships are final, nonrefundable and nontransferable. 

    Please note, there will be no physical Photo Membership ID cards for summer 2021. Members will check-in once they arrive at the pool through Funfangle, our 2021 check-in system.
     
    Membership households include any person who resides at the same address. Extended family members who reside separately will be required to purchase a separate membership. 

    Registration is on a first come basis and prior year membership does not guarantee 2021 membership. Membership fees are due at the time of registration. 
  • Weekend & Private Swim Lessons

     
    We are excited to announce that we will offer small-group weekend swim lessons. Since groups are required to be smaller to maintain social distancing guidelines, registration will be on a first-come, first-serve basis and will open Tuesday, May, 25, at 10:00 a.m. No cancellations or refunds permitted. The schedule is as follows:
     
    Saturdays: 8:00-8:25 a.m.  / 8:35-9:00 a.m. / 9:10-9:35a.m.:
    June 5, 12, 19 (make-up June 26)
    July 10, 17, 24 (make-up July 31)
    August 7, 14, 21 (make-up August 28)
      
    Sundays: 9:00-9:25 a.m. / 9:35-10:00 a.m. / 10:10-10:35 a.m.:
    June 6, 13, 20 (make-up June 27)
    July 11, 18, 25 (make-up August 1)
    August -8, 15, 22 (make-up August 29) 
     
    Private lessons will not be offered at this time. Privately contracted instructors are not permitted. 
  • Swim Instruction Levels

    Swim Instruction Levels

    Nemos: This beginning level for children teaches them to be comfortable and safe in the water. Instructors will focus on introducing children to the water and improving their safety and comfort in the swimming pool. The class will feature activities such as: face in the water, wet the hair, submerging, opening eyes, front glide, back glide, breath control, moving around comfortably, blowing bubbles and having fun in the class with aquatic recreation, gaining confidence and interest in swimming. We highly recommend this level for children who have never taken lessons, preferably children between 3 and 5 years old.

    Sea Turtles: 
    This level marks the beginning of independent aquatic locomotion skills. Children continue to explore using simultaneous and alternating arm and leg actions on the front and back to gain more proficiency for strokes. This class will introduce exercises in the water such as: arm movement, body position, leg movement, floating and blowing bubbles, all connected with free style and backstroke. This level is recommended for children that are confident in the water but never had lessons, or children that have taken and passed Nemos level.

    Dolphins: 
    Students who successfully complete this level will be comfortable swimming in deep water, be proficient in front crawl, back crawl, breast stroke. They will be able to swim 50 yards with each of the strokes. This group is for children that are confident in the water and know the basic swimming skills of free style and backstroke. At this level the arm position, legs exercises, breathing, turns, tread water and diving will be practiced. Butterfly will be introduced in this class. The focus of this group is for children that already know basic skills of freestyle and backstroke or for children that passed the Sea Turtles level.

    Sharks: The goal for sharks is to make the students comfortable swimming and practicing in deep water and to make major improvements to rotary breathing with front crawl, demonstrate some proficiency in the other strokes being introduced and begin to develop endurance by increasing distances they can swim. At this class the swimmers will improve the quality of their movement in the backstroke, freestyle, breaststroke and butterfly. The correct diving position will also be an important skill learned in the class. This class is recommended for children that successfully finished Dolphins level or children with previous swimming experience.
  • Beauvoir Parking & Location

    The Beauvoir Pool is located behind Beauvoir School on Pilgrim Road. Pilgrim Road is only accessible from Massachusetts Avenue through St. Albans main entrance. 

    Parking for the pool is available in front of Beauvoir School off of Woodley Road, and Pilgrim Road, entering from St. Albans. 
  • Is there a toddler pool? How does one access the pool with a stroller?  Can I bring a stroller on deck?

    There is an enclosed toddler pool area with beach-style access. The main pool is also handicap accessible. Stroller access will be possible from Pilgrim Road. Strollers can be brought on deck if the safety rules are adhered to. Please see pool manager when arriving for details.
  • Are diapered children allowed in the pool?

    Children may use the main toddler pool with swim appropriate diapers. Due to safety and health concerns, regular diapers are not permitted. 
  • May I bring a caretaker or nanny?

    Family and Beauvoir memberships may include one babysitter or au-pair.  The caretaker must be listed by name on the application. Caretakers must be 15 years of age or older. 
  • Is there a snack bar?

    No food or beverages (except water) will be allowed on the pool deck. Our Snack Bar will be open. We kindly ask that you enjoy snacks in a socially distant spot outside of the pool gate, away from check-in desk. 

    The snack bar shares a space with the pool desk, located at the pool entrance. Food is provided by Beauvoir's dining service, Meriwether Godsey. The snack bar serves beverages, snacks, and cold treats and is open during pool hours. 
  • May I bring food and beverages to the pool?

    No food or beverages (except water) will be allowed on the pool deck. Our Snack Bar will be open. We kindly ask that you enjoy snacks in a socially distant spot outside of the pool gate, away from check-in desk.
  • May I bring guests, and what is the cost?

    Due to COVID-19 Safety protocols, guests will not be allowed this summer at the pool. We respectfully ask that you only use the pool with your household members/or a caretaker in your place. No exceptions will be allowed.
  • How deep is the shallow and deep ends of the pool?

    The depths run about 3 feet in the shallow end to about 5 feet at the deep end.
  • How many lap lanes are there and how long are they? Will there be adult swim times?

    There are two permanent lap lanes with the ability to add a third lane when possible. The lap lanes are 25 meters long. During weekend pool hours, there will be a designated Adult swim time of 10-15 minutes each hour. This will be decided and managed at the discretion of the pool manager.
  • How is the pool being cleaned and filtered?

    An automated sand filtration system is used, along with Chlorine to disinfect the water and CO2 to control the pH.
  • Is the pool heated?

    As the pool is an outdoor summer-only pool membership, the pool will not be heated.
  • Do you pro-rate memberships?

    We do not pro-rate memberships.
  • Can I rent the pool?

    The Beauvoir pool is not available to rent.
  • Are there lifeguards on duty are all times?

    Lifeguards are on duty during pool hours only.  They have full authority to remove from the pool or pool deck members or guests who, in their reasonable judgment, continually disregard pool rules and safety.

    Lifeguards, by High Sierra Pools Management 
    High Sierra Pools management program staffs the Beauvoir Pool with lifeguards, a pool manager, and qualified pool operator. The High Sierra team works closely with Beauvoir Summer to provide the highest quality service. The Area Supervisor regularly inspects the facility. The High Sierra Pools management and safety system has earned an outstanding reputation in the commercial pool management industry. 

Meet Our Directors

List of 2 members.

  • Photo of Andrew Mackay

    Andrew Mackay 

    Interim Director of Auxiliary Programs
    202-537-6513
  • Photo of Caroline Maffry

    Caroline Maffry 

    Director of Auxiliary Programs
    202-537-5264
3500 Woodley Road, NW
Washington, DC 20016 
Tel: (202) 537-6485 
Fax: (202) 537-6512
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About Beauvoir

Beauvoir Summer is located at Beauvoir, the National Cathedral Elementary School, on the 60-acre Cathedral Close in Washington, DC. Beauvoir is a coeducational Pre-Kindergarten through Third Grade school carefully designed for young learners.