Swimming at the J | Shalom Austin

SWIMMING

Rochelle and Stanley Ferdman Family Aquatic Center

Welcome to the new state of the art Rochelle and Stanley Ferdman Family Aquatic Center with the Lisa and Sandy Gottesman Pool!
All water facilities are 78-82 degrees year-round.

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Lisa and Sandy Gottesman Pool

The pool is 8 lanes, 25 yards. It is designed for lap swimmers, campers, lessons and a variety of other programs.

Children’s Activity Pool

The children’s activity pool includes spray features, 5 dumping buckets, water tables and 2 youth slides.

 

Water Slides

Kids and adults of all ages can enjoy a large 30-foot slide tower with two slides, one enclosed and one open. Must be 48 inches tall to ride.

What You Need to Know

The J is currently open to members only. Please read the information below to ensure a smooth process for your visit to the aquatic center!

Pool Policies

Click here for our pool policies and rules.

What to bring
  • Please bring your own towel(s).

  • Don’t forget sunblock.

  • Please bring a lifejacket for non-swimmers. 

Additional Amenitites

Equipment

  • Kickboards
  • Pull buoys
  • Lifejackets 

Deck and Seating

  • Pavilion
  • Lounges
  • Concession tables
  • Dining tables
  • Chairs and umbrellas 

Concessions

We will have a pool side snack bar opening soon.

Locker Rooms

  • Men’s and women’s locker rooms available (no locks needed). Click here for locker instructions.
  • All gender bathrooms and changing stations avaialble
  • Steam and sauna rooms

Free Wifi

Guest Passes

Click here to learn more about our guest passes for JCC members.

REGISTER YOUR GUEST!

We ask that all guests register before accessing our facilities. Please fill out the form below so that you can skip the paperwork in person! Scroll to the bottom of the form and select the “Guest” option.

MEET THE AQUATICS LEADERSHIP

Heather Brands Headshot 2021

Brooks Weaver

Aquatics and Athletics Director

Brooks joins us from the JCC of Greater Pittsburgh where he was most recently the Assistant Camp Director for the JCC’s Resident Camp, Emma Kaufmann Camp (EKC).  In this role, he supervised the Waterfront and Aquatics Center.  Additionally, Brooks oversaw programming, rentals, staffing, and facilities for the entire camp.   Prior to EKC, Brooks worked in the Sports and Recreation Department at the Pittsburgh JCC where he coordinated youth and adult sports programming and leagues.  He is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, with a dual degree in Accounting and Finance. Brooks will oversee the operations and programming of our Aquatic Center, as well as supervise the Athletics department. He enjoys playing and coaching basketball, rooting for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and of course being in the outdoors near the water!

Heather Brands Headshot 2021

Kris Pequeno

Aquatics Program Coordinator

Kris Pequeño has been coaching USA Swimming for over 15 years and was a highly trained competitive swimmer in her youth. She attended many summers at a swim camp in Arizona coached by Olympian Coach Bob Gillett. Gillett was the first coach to have a swimmer perfect the underwater dolphin kick, which won her the gold. Kris skillfully incorporates this method, and her experience collaborating with Olympians, in her own teaching and coaching. When working with youth swimmers, she is patient, knowledgeable, and very encouraging. Kris has a son who shares many of her passions in horticulture, animal behavior, art, and of course swimming

Marcus Litz

Aquatics Assistant Director

Marcus Litz joined Shalom Austin in 2021. In his role as aquatics assistant director, Litz will oversee the swim lesson coordinator, swim team coach and lifeguards. Born in Round Rock, Litz grew up around water. He started lifeguarding at 15 and his enthusiasm for aquatics has grown ever since. He is passionate about general water safety, swim lessons, and creating a strong aquatic community with the opening of the brand-new Rochelle and Stanley Ferdman Family Aquatic Center. Litz has a background in aquatics management and most recently worked at Kalahari, America’s largest indoor waterpark. 

MEET THE FERDMAN FAMILY

We are honored to be recognized through the new aquatic center. The new updates transform the space and create a unique, fun and relaxing environment to connect with others. The upgraded pool area is perfect for multi-generational gatherings, and we are excited to see how this center will be utilized by members of all ages in the future.
Shantel and David Ferdman

It’s an honor to contribute to the DJCC expansion project. We’re grateful to be part of the campus revitalization, which we know will be a special and important cornerstone for Austin’s growing community—a place for families to connect, have fun, share experiences, and create wonderful memories for future generations.
Lisa and Sandy Gottesman

Marcus Litz

Marcus Litz

Aquatics Assistant Director

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