Willie J. "Bro" Clemons, Jr. Pool

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East Bradenton Park
1119 13th Street East
Bradenton, FL 34208


CLOSED until further notice for renovations.
For current Lap Swim or Family Swim Hours, please visit the G.T. Bray Aquatic Center or the Lincoln Aquatic Center.

What you need to know

  • Gates open at the start of each swim session and entrance will be allowed until capacity is reached.
  • The whole facility will be closed between swim sessions 1:30 pm - 2 pm. This will include the locker rooms and picnic areas.
  • All children under the age of 13 must take a swim test with a Lifeguard before entering the pool, or wear a life jacket. During the swim test, Lifeguards will ask children to swim one length of the pool wall, demonstrate they can put their face in the water, and float on their back. If they do not pass the test, the child will be given a life jacket.
  • An adult 18 years of age or older must be within arms reach of any child wearing a life jacket the entire time they are in the facility. The adult is required to be in the water with the child in either the lap pool or play structure. 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 coast guard approved.

Pool Fees & Facility Amenities


Facility Amenities

  • 25-meter Pool (4 ft. to 10 ft. deep)
  • Complete locker room facilities
  • Family locker room
  • 3,000 square foot Splash Pad Closed
  • Kiddie Pool Closed
  • Shaded picnic area with tables, first come, first served
  • Handicap access available
  • Life jackets available on a first come, first served basis

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 issued.

  • 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.

Approved Swimwear

 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.

Swim Attire Approved and Prohibited

Approved Swimwear

  • One and two piece swimwear
  • Rash guards
  • Wetsuits
  • Swim diapers
  • Religious Swimwear

Prohibited Swimwear

  • Sports bras
  • Revealing swimsuits / thongs
  • Non-swim shirt (t-shirts, undershirts, etc.)
  • Athletic shorts (basketball shorts)
  • Compression shorts
  • Running Shorts
  • Non-swim diaper
  • Undergarments
  • Any garments made of cotton fabric

Why are are certain clothes prohibited?

  • Cotton and similar materials can absorb the chemicals in the water, causing the water to become less effective at maintaining the proper chemical balance or may cloud the water.
  • Lycra and Nylon are the best non-absorbent material for swimming and are the best fabrics for proper swim attire. 
  • Other absorbent materials (ie: cotton) can break down in the water and cause fibers to clog filters
  • Any "colored" material (unless specifically made for swimming) can bleed into the pool, affecting water chemistry and balance
  • Street clothes can transport airborne and ultimately water born contaminants into the pool

 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 pool

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the Willie J. "Bro" Clemons, Jr. Pool open?

The Willie J. "Bro" Clemons, Jr. Pool is a seasonal facility that is opened during limited Summer months.

Are food and beverages permitted within the facility?

Yes.  Food and drinks are permitted within the facility however they must be consumed in the designated picnic area.

What types of flotation devices am I allowed to bring?

We allow all Coast Guard approved life jackets. Inflatables, water wings, and pool noodles are prohibited. Life jackets may be available to borrow on a first come first serve basis.

Family / Recreational Swim Guidelines

Family swim is a recreational swim time where families enjoy quality time playing together and being together in our pool. There is shallow as well as deep water areas for patrons to navigate. The open areas are free of lanes lines and provide open water.
  • All children 13 years of age and under are subject to a swim test given by the lifeguard
  • Children who do not pass the swim test are fitted with a life jacket. An adult is required to be in the water with these children, no further than arm's length.
  • Open water areas provide a family friendly pool time to practice water safety skills
  • Learning more advanced skills and swim stroke technique involves repetition and frequency, and having an open pool allows for this activity
  • General exercise and water play is encouraged