G.T. Bray Aquatic Center


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G.T. Bray Recreation Center
5502 33rd Avenue Drive West Bradenton, FL  34209


All Manatee County Aquatic Facilities will be closed due to weather Tuesday, September 27 - Friday, September 30, 2022. 

The G.T. Bray Aquatic Center will be closed Friday, October 7, to host High School Swimming Championships.

Lap Swimming 

  • Monday - Friday: 8 am - 6:30 pm
  • Saturday: 9 am - 1 pm
  • Updates to know:
  • High School Swim Team Season: August 1 - November 18, 2022. Limited lap lanes Monday - Friday 2:30 - 5:30 pm (pool closes at 5 pm on Friday).
  • Lane sharing will be implemented. 
  • The lap pool will be set to accommodate High School Swim Teams. 50m lanes with bulkheads should be expected.

Splash Pad
  • Closed
  • Check back in Spring 2023 for reopening date
Family Swim
  • Monday - Friday 11 am - 2:45 pm
  • Saturday: 9 am - 1 pm
  • Space will be limited due to lap lane set up for High School Swim Season.
  • Family swim refers to the wing area of our lap pool only. Splash Pad hours will vary. Please see above for Splash Pad hours.
  • All children under the age of 13 must take a swim test with a Lifeguard before entering the pool. During the swim test, Lifeguards will ask children to swim one length of the pool without touching the pool wall or bottom, and tread water for 30 seconds while keeping their head above water. If they do not pass the test, the child will be given a life jacket and the parent must be within arm's length of the child the entire time they are in the facility. When the child is inside the pool the parent must be in the water with the child. Failure to comply will result in an automatic removal from the pool area with no refund issued.
  • It is recommended that patrons bring their own life jackets if able to do so. All life jackets must be U.S. Coast Guard approved. 

Facility Amenities

  • 6-lane 50-meter x 8-lane/25-yard  pool
  • 2-foot kiddie pool
  • 4,000 sq.ft. splash pad
  • Handicap access available
  • Complete locker room facilities
  • Sunbathing/Lounge areas
  • Shaded picnic area 
  • Kick boards and pull buoys are available for lap swimmers
  • Life jackets available on a first come, first serve basis


Daily Guest Pass: $3 per individual (includes tax). Children under 6-months free.
Includes: pool, gymnasium, fitness center, wellness orientation, game-room/teen center, racquetball, tennis (hard courts only) and pickleball.

Recreation Membership: Please visit the G.T. Bray Recreation Center Membership page for more information.

Rules and Warnings

Lifeguards are present and on duty during all hours that the facility is open to enforce the rules and maintain safety and order for all patrons. Failure to follow facility rules or listen to Lifeguards on duty may result in removal from the facility with no refund.

  • Pool closes for heavy rain, thunder, and/or lightening.
  • The pool may close for predicted storm conditions or dangerous weather conditions. 
  • All children under 13 years old must be accompanied by a responsible adult over the age of 18.
  • No inflatable flotation devices allowed in the pool (water wings, pool floats, noodles, etc.)
  • Anyone wearing a life jacket must have an adult in the water with them at all times, always within an arms reach.
  • The entry fee applies to everyone entering the facility. Only children under 6 months are permitted free entrance.
  • Eating is permitted in designated picnic areas only.
  • No running on the pool deck.
  • No diving outside of designated areas.
  • No horseplay or unsafe behavior.
  • Staff is not responsible for personal belongings left in the locker room or on the pool deck.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are swim suits required?

Yes, proper swimming attire is required of all guests entering any of our pools. Street clothes, long pants, undergarments, thong bathing suits, and see through bathing suits are strictly prohibited.

Do infants have to wear a swim diaper?

Yes, swim diapers are required for all infants and children who are not toilet trained. They are available to purchase for a nominal cost at the front desk. Children wearing regular diapers are not permitted in any of our pools.

What types of flotation devices are allowed?

We allow all Coast Guard Approved life jackets at our facility. Inflatables, water wings and pool noodles are prohibited. Life jackets are available free of charge on a first come first serve basis.

At what age may children be allowed to swim at the pool without adult supervision?

Children 13 years and older may be left unattended at the Aquatic Center.

Do individuals who are not swimming need to pay the for the daily guest pass?

Yes, all patrons who enter the facility are required to posses an active membership or pay for a daily guest pass. Only children 6 months and under are permitted free entrance.

Large Groups Welcome

If you are interested in visiting G.T. Bray Aquatic Center with a large group of children, please email Derek Marshall at least one week in advance at [email protected]. Those who do not book ahead may not be allowed entry.


The G.T. Bray Aquatic Center is closed on the following holidays:

Memorial Day
Independence Day
Veteran's Day
Thanksgiving Day
Day after Thanksgiving
Christmas Eve
Christmas Day
New Year's Day