McCoy Natatorium, which opened in 1967, was named for the late Ernest B. McCoy, Dean of the College of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation for 18 years. Dean McCoy was instrumental in establishing Penn State's excellent recreational programs and facilities. When it opened, the Natatorium was one of the nation's premiere aquatic facilities.

Instructional Pool (SCM)

This is a shallow (3 1/2 - 5 ft), 25 meter pool with 6 lanes. The pool is used primarily for instruction, recreation, therapy, and lap swimming. Diving is not permitted except from the starting blocks while under the direct supervision of a qualified U.S. Swimming certified swim coach. Verification of coaching certification is required.

Competition Pool (SCY)

This is a deep (6 to 10 ft) 6 lane, 25 yard pool maintained at 80° F, designed for members of our swim teams and serious lap swimmers. It is also used for water polo, scuba, and synchronized swimming. The pool is record certified without touchpads.

Diving Well

This is a warm (88° F) and deep (14 ft) pool designed for springboard diving and scuba diving. It features two 1-meter and two 3-meter springboards for competition. Recreational divers may use the 1-meter springboard.

Use of the diving well is intended for divers. The diving well may be programmed on certain days/times for other activities and classes such as Water Walking or Deep Water Aerobics. At times when the diving well is reserved for diving, there may be no swimmers in the water. 

Outdoor 50-Meter Pool

Our outdoor pool was added in 1968. It is 50m x 25yds, with 8 long course lanes (50m).  Open for summer fun only, this heated, (82° F) Olympic-sized pool has four diving boards, and 1,3, 5,7.5 and 10-meter diving platforms. A 1-meter spring board and the 1, 3, 5 and 7.5 meter platformms are open to the experienced public diver. The pool was modified in 2010 to meet the record certification requirements for USA Swimming's 50m long course events with the use of touchpads at both ends of the pool. The pool is also record certified without touchpads for using the short-couse (25 yard) setup.  Children and adults of all ages enjoy lap swimming in our refreshing pool and sunbathing on the lush lawn at our outdoor pool. The shallow end starts at approximately 4'2" of depth. Lifejackets are available for your use as part of our Note and Float program.


Self-service lockers are available for use inside the Natatorium locker rooms.

  • Please bring your own padlock. For the safety of your personal belongings we ask that you bring your own padlock. As with any public space, you do not want to leave your valuable unsecured. While thefts from lockers are not a regular occurrence, they can happen. To avoid the hassle and expense of cancelling credit cards and closing out bank accounts, and to minimize the risk of identity theft, we do strongly encourage you to secure your belongings.
  • Padlocks must be removed daily. Any padlock left on a locker at the close of business will be cut and contents will be inventoried and placed in our Lost & Found for future disposal pursuant to University policies.
  • Locker Rental (One Semester) -- A limited number of lockers in the main hallway are available for rent on a semester to semester basis for only $25.00.


The Natatorium pools and deck are accessibile through the locker rooms. The front entrance provides an accessible route to the lobby and administrative offices.  A second accessible entrance is located at the side parking lot between the outdoor and indoor pools. Only one PSU handicapped parking space is available for those with a designated state-issued placard in addition to a Faculty/Staff or One-Day Visitor Parking Permit. Stairs and a lift help make our Instructional Pool accessible to people of all abilities. A lift is also available for use at the Diving Well.