Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif. --
The average temperature aboard the Combat Center during the summer is 98 degrees and with the summer approaching, the days are beginning to heat up. The base provides a cost-efficient and convenient way for service members and their families to escape the desert heat. The Combat Center offers a small water park for children and five pools to help people keep cool this summer.
There are three base-housing pools aboard the Combat Center. The pools are located at Ocotille, Desert View Terrace and Adobe Flats. The regular pool hours for everyone will be 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week. The pools opened full time on April 20.
Residents must bring their military identification or their housing pool pass to access any pools in the housing areas. Anyone under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult. If the person is between the ages of 10-13, they can participate in a swim test which allows the person to come to the pool alone. The swim test requires the person to swim the length of the pool and half way back. They must also be able to tread water for one minute.
For those who pass the swim test and other patrons, the pool has designated hours set-up in order to provide patrons with ample time to train or play.
They offer lap swim from 10 to 11 a.m. among many other activities, Monday thru Friday.
There are three Marine Corps Community Services pools aboard this Combat Center.
The family pool is located on Cottontail Road. It offers swimming classes for children beginning in June. The family pool also features a water tree for children, sunbathing chairs as well as covered areas with chairs. It is currently closed for repairs but is scheduled to open in June.
MCCS also offers the officer and staff non-commissioned officer’s pool. This pool is located next to the officer’s club near mainside. The pool area has a slide for children and a deep end for adults and experienced swimmers. The pool is now open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Depending on activities or reservations, operating hours may change.
Another MCCS pool is the Training Tank. It is located between 4th and 5th Street, directly next to the base theater. It is a heated, Olympic-sized swimming pool used for unit training, individual lap swim and recreational swimming. It is currently closed for repairs but is scheduled to open in June. The hours of operation for the Training Tank are 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. Some of the activities offered at the Training Tank are swimming lessons beginning in June, dive-in’s, where people can come watch a movie from the pool and the Training Tank is also open for pool parties and other events. Open swim hours are 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. and past 4 p.m. depending on reservations and activities. Lap swim begins at 11 a.m. and ends at 12:45 p.m. The Training Tank is open all year to everyone on base as long as one person can present a dependent or active-duty identification card.
Aqua HITT - Officers’ Club Pool
Mon. - Fri. 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Swim Clinic - Officers’ Club Pool
Mon. - Fri. 3 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Unit Training - Officers’ Club Pool
Mon. - Fri. 7 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.
and 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Officers’/SNCO’s Pool - Mon. - Fri.
Lap swim - 11 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Open Swim - 2:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Sat. and Sun. - 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Housing Pools - 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Training Tank - Opening in June
Family Pool - Opening in June
Things to know
No running at any of the pools
While entry may be resricted, admission is free of cost
Showers are available
Alcohol is not permitted at any of the pools
Chlorine can irritate eyes, so wearing goggles is advised
Wear sun block and re-apply throughout the day
Floatation devices should be Coast Guard approved
Patrons may also reserve a pool for parties or events.
For more information on housing pools call 368-4021.
For more information on MCCS pools call 830-6212.