Our facility

Ensworth officially opened the doors of its Natatorium in 2013. Features of the Natatorium include a 50-Meter competition pool, ten 50-Meter lanes, a heated instructional pool, diving spring boards, and much more. 

The Natatorium serves many purposes both within and beyond the Ensworth community. Throughout the year, the Natatorium hosts swim lessons for children of all ages, provides practice space for the Nashville Dolphins, and accommodates fitness classes and Masters Swimming for adults, among other exciting aquatic opportunities. 

Our philosophy

Ensworth Aquatics coaching staff's instructional focus is always teaching first. While we believe it is important that young athletes at all levels learn the importance of training, we are committed to the notion that training should not come at the expense of technique. Our coaches are always considering how something needs to be done prior to how fast it needs to be done, or how many times it needs to be done.  
 
From our set design to our pool design, we believe in doing whatever we can to insure that our swimmers become technically better all of the time.  

A Different Approach

Ensworth Aquatics created 10 x 15-Meter lanes so we can best serve all of our athletes.  It is easy to shrink a soccer field, lower a basketball goal, or play on a smaller tennis court to teach skills before training young kids. Here’s how shrinking a pool impacts athletes:

  • A smaller pool is psychologically more manageable for young kids
  • Shorter distance between walls means it is easier for young swimmers to maintain technique and learn to swim properly
  • It is a much better space in which to train athletes at all levels to kick underwater quickly and effectively (After all, you can’t go more than 15M in any race!)
  • Older athletes train in sets focused specifically on starts, turns, speed, and underwater kicking
  • More creativity and variety = more engaged athletes

Benefits of a 35-Meter Course

While 35-Meters is not truly long course, it is a lot closer to long course swimming than short course swimming. Benefits of a 35-Meter course are:

  • Makes athletes swim further: A 100-Meter swim is now 105 meters and a 200-Meter swim is 210 meters, etc.
  • Forces athletes to adapt their stroke to a longer pool while allowing them to maintain high rates of speed in a way that is often not achieved in 50-Meter pools
  • Allows coaches the ability to build in speed, starts, turns, or underwater kicking sets during a long course practice by utilizing the 15-Meter pool or turning the 15-Meter lanes into 25-Yard lanes
  • Gives athletes a great distance for transitioning to 50-Meter, long course training later in the long course season as opposed to just doubling the distance of the pool