Piscine Pontoise

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Updated April 14, 2020.

Facility Overview

Facility Name
Piscine Pontoise
[Closed for renovations until January, 2024]
19 Rue de Pontoise, 5th Arrondissement
Paris, Paris 75005
01 55 42 77 88

Adult Admission Price & Policy

€4.80; Senor Citizens (60) €2.90. [February, 2022]
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Full-Size, Year-Round Pools & Boards

Pool 1
33⅓m x 15m, 6 lanes (of which 2 or 3 are usually available for lap swimming), 1m - 2.6m depth, chlorine sanitized, indoors, 28ºC (82ºF).
One 1m diving board.


Metro: Cardinal Lemoine or Maubert-Mutualite.
48.849236, 2.351582

Teams That Use This Facility

We have no web links or contact information for teams that train at this facility.

Facility Notes

As with virtually all pools in France, this one requires that men wear Speedo®-style briefs or short, squared-off trunks that fit tightly like briefs. Regular, American-style swim trunks, shorts, anything with pockets, and boxers are not allowed. If you arrive without a swim cap or with the wrong type of swimsuit, reasonably priced replacements (for both women and men) are available in vending machines.
Ample, clean, gender-specific shower facilities are available. In the men's common shower area, at least, there are signs stating that suits must remain on while showering. The signs are in the French language only, so non-French speaking visitors who don't quickly pick-up on the fact that nobody else has taken off his swimsuit are forewarned.
Changing clothing is done in the cabins that surround the pool area, upstairs, which are accessed by a stairway in the pool area, not the stairway closer to the reception area. Remove your shoes at the stairwell landing, as the walkways to the changing cabins are "no shoe" zones. Choose an open cabin that will be yours for the duration of your swim and give your receipt to the upstairs attendant. When you finish your swim, get an attendant to open your cabin for you.
Formerly called the Piscine Pontoise, the pool, which is owned by the City of Paris but managed by a private operator, has a page under the old name on the city's website, HERE. It also has a Facebook page under the new name.

Facility Reviews

One of the most reviewed listings in the database, we summarize the general consensus: It is almost always crowded (be there at 7AM or don't plan on getting much of a swim in), lane space is limited, the water is often too warm for a workout, and lanes are not speed designated. Still, one of the best pools in Paris.
It's a great pool, if crowded. A fun place to mingle with the locals. Swim caps required and available for sale.
Although the lanes are busy, they are quite wide and faster swimmers can easily pass mid-lane (which is common in European public pools). I agree that this is one of the best pools in Paris and it's certainly atmospheric!
[October, 2013]
I find the first review to be a bit harsh. This pool serves a lot of constituencies. It’s often crowded, and the three lanes (they have capacity for six lanes) are not speed segregated; but, for the most part, swimmers are polite and behave. Sometimes, they take one lane for swim lessons. I don’t think you have to be there at 7 AM, however, to get in a workout. Also the water is somewhat warmer than I would prefer, but I’ve never been hot after swimming in it… and, again, they have to please a lot of people (elderly) who are in the non-lane parts of the pool just doing movement exercises and not even swimming.
[September, 2014]
The fastest lane may be the "no breaststroke lane" if there is a sign to that effect at the shallow end of one of the lanes when you're there. It doesn't matter if you swim breaststroke faster than others kicking, swimming backstroke, or even swimming freestyle in the lane. It doesn't matter if you've had to switch to breaststroke because the person in front of you is slow and the traffic wouldn't allow passing. Breaststroke is simply not allowed in that lane!

Still, the opportunity to swim in a 30's style, classic pool was worth the sacrifice of real lap swimming for one day.
[November, 2015]
I found that the 4:30 PM time was very busy - sometimes 13 people in a lane.
[May, 2018]