Natatorium Facility Use Update 78.10.2020
Dear Wilson Community,
The COVID-19 pandemic has presented participants of extracurricular activities across the world with a myriad of challenges. The Wilson School District is committed to the health and safety of our staff, students, and community members and will, therefore, keep the Natatorium closed from community use until further notice.
Therefore, we will not offer community swimming lessons, masters swim practices, aqua aerobic classes, open swims, or rentals until we receive further guidance from our administration. We will assess the feasibility of running our youth water polo, swimming and diving program as the state presents updated information to the PIAA regarding youth sports.
For continued updates of our reopening plan please visit our website: https://www.wilsonsd.org/aquatics-department/.
Erin Goodhart Kurtz
Director of Aquatics
Natatorium Capacity Policy
The Wilson School District works closely with our local officials to ensure the safety and security of our students, staff, and the community. Due to fire code, we need to follow our total capacity regulations for all of our facilities. The spectator capacity limit for our Natatorium is 620. We will be monitoring this capacity limit during all events occurring throughout the Water Polo/Swimming seasons. If we would reach capacity at any time during an athletic competition, we will be required by the fire marshall to close the Natatorium to spectators. Should we reach capacity, we will be providing a viewing opportunity for families and guests by live streaming all events in our cafeteria, which is located in close proximity to the Natatorium. Thank you for your cooperation with this important step to ensure that we are providing a safe and secure environment for all athletes and spectators.
Welcome to the Wilson School District Aquatics Department
The Wilson School District Aquatics Office is located in the Roy G. Snyder Natatorium in the Lower House building of Wilson High School. All aquatic programming, registrations, checks, pool schedules, and reservations are handled through this office. Anyone wishing to drop something off during the school day must sign in at the Lower House Greeter, who sits outside the Main Lower House Office.
Please use the following address when mailing forms, checks, or correspondences to the Aquatics Office:
Wilson School District Aquatics Programs
2601 Grandview Boulevard
West Lawn, PA 19609-1324
Please include the program you are registering by listing it on the front of the envelope. For general aquatic programming information, pool requests, scheduling, or program questions please contact the Wilson Aquatics Office.
Wilson Aquatics Office
- Office: 610-670-0180, Ext. 3072
- Email: Erin Goodhart Kurtz, Director of Aquatics
Located at the Roy G. Snyder Natatorium, in the Lower House of the Wilson High School, the WSD Aquatic Program offers a variety of water activities for both the students in the school district and the members of the surrounding community.
The natatorium opened its doors in January of 1966 as the first aquatic facility in a Berks County school. In June 2014, the facility finished a major renovation project that turned the original six-lane shallow/deep pool into a ten lane by ten lane facility that offers an all deep competition area as well as shallow water. The facility is rightfully named after one of the strongest high school swimming coaches in the state of Pennsylvania, Roy Snyder, who lead the Wilson Bulldogs to four state championships, 15 district championships, 28 league championships and 15 individual event state champions.
Coach Snyder, who served as a teacher in the Physical Education Department and as the Wilson High School Athletic Director, implemented the aquatics program in the Wilson School District and it quickly became one of the best models in the nation. To this day, we pride ourselves on offering one of the most comprehensive aquatic programs in Pennsylvania, with state championship level swimming, diving, and water polo.
The WSD Aquatic Program also runs one of the highest quality lesson programs in the area, teaching its students the skills needed to swim safely and efficiently. Lessons are taught by well- trained and tested instructors whose focus is the success of the participants. Lesson age levels range from tots to adults and offer multiple tracks for instruction in all aquatic sports.
In addition, the WSD Aquatic Program provides the community with water aerobics, water safety courses for lifeguarding, parent safety courses, and recreational water activities.