Fitness: Skypool

Aquatics

With its iconic glass dome, the Club's rooftop swimming pool, the Sky Pool, is year-round hub of aqua activity.

The year-round, six-lane, 25-meter pool, which boasts stunning views of Tokyo Tower and even Mount Fuji on clear days, is also a popular spot for dedicated early-morning lap swimmers and those looking to unwind with a book on the sun deck.

And since the specially designed roof blocks out more than 99 percent of UV rays, Members don't need to use excessive sunblock while swimming.

The Sky Pool caters to all swim abilities through a range of programs, from learning the basics for the first time to enhancing your stroke for fun or in preparation for a swim event or triathlon.

Aqua Fitness, meanwhile, is the ultimate morning pick-me-up for those who want a high-intensity workout that doesn't place stress on the joints.

Experienced triathletes looking for training partners or Members in search of a new challenge can join the E3 Fit Swim Program, which uses the Sky Pool as its base. Contact the Sky Pool Office for details.


The Sky Pool's team of professional instructors and coaches can guide children through every stage of swim development, from their first contact with water in the Parents and Tots class through group programs and private lessons.

The Learn to Swim program is designed for kids starting from the basics. Tailored to 4- to 7-year-olds, this program focuses on proper fundamentals in freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke in a fun and supportive environment. As kids progress, they improve the strokes and endurance necessary to join competitions and continue swimming as a lifelong hobby.

Swim Team
Kids looking to improve their technique and fitness while learning sportsmanship and team spirit can join the Swim Team. With five stages perfect for any swimmer, the Swim Team pushes members to place well in local meets, age group championships and international invitationals. 

The Swim Team is a member of the Japanese Amateur Swimming Association.

For upcoming events, check the Swim Team calendar.


Ages 5 and under can enjoy water in a safe environment at a vibrant-colored splash pool and water slide while moms and dads catch a few rays nearby.

A guardian must be present at the Kid’s Water Park at all times.

Daily: 5:45am–sunset
Winter: closed (reopens on April 29)


Sky Pool Manager
Haldane Henry
Qualifications: PADI-certified scuba instructor; American Red Cross-certified lifeguard and instructor; Austswim-certified swim instructor

Sky Pool Supervisor 
Johnnie Collins
Qualifications: American Red Cross-certified lifeguard

Lifeguard
Adrijan Bitrak
Qualifications: American Red Cross-certified lifeguard

Lifeguard
Andre Gordon
Qualifications: American Red Cross-certified lifeguard


Lifeguard

Keita Terasaki
Qualifications: American Red Cross-certified lifeguard

Lifeguard-Instructor
Benni Edriansyah   
Qualifications: American Red Cross-certified lifeguard; Swim Australia-certified instructor; swim and water safety instructor

Lifeguard-Instructor
Yasuko Hadlow   
Qualifications: American Red Cross-certified lifeguard; Japan Physical Education Association-certified swim coach and baby swim coach

Lifeguard-Instructor
Marcin Nowakowski   
Qualifications: American Red Cross-certified lifeguard; Polish Swimming Federation-certified swim instructor

Lifeguard-Instructor
Farid Stas
Qualifications: American Red Cross-certified lifeguard; Aquatic Sport Federation-certified instructor; International Life Saving Federation-certified lifeguard

Swim Team Head Coach
Simon Hadlow  
 
Qualifications: Swimming Australia level one-certified coach; former Australian junior swim team assistant coach; former Australian national- and state-level open swimmer; former Western Australia grand prix team member; former Commonwealth Games and World Aquatics Championships trialist

Instructor
Bruno Ortiz-Cañavate
Qualifications: Spanish national team swimmer at 2016 Rio Olympics; holder of seven Spanish swim records; former University of Michigan swimmer (2013 NCAA Division I title winner); former St Mary’s International School swimmer

Instructor
Miguel Ortiz-Cañavate
Qualifications: Spanish national team swimmer at 2016 Rio Olympics; 27-time Spanish national champion; 2015 FINA World Cup champion; 2016 FINA World Championship finalist; former University of Michigan swimmer (2013 NCAA Division I title winner); 2013 US Open-NCAA record holder; NCAA All-American (2009–13); former St Mary’s International School swimmer

Instructor
Willie Dawkins   
Qualifications: Red Cross-certified water safety instructor and lifeguard; certified adaptive aquatics specialist

Instructor
Masa Hamanaka
Qualifications: Japan Swimming Federation-certified swim coach

Instructor
Kristin Mason   
Qualifications: Wolfies Swim School-certified lead instructor and trainer

Instructor
Lisa Miyasugi
Qualifications: Japan Swimming Federation Open-Water Swimming Committee-certified member and swim instructor; former national open-water swim champion; 2008 Beijing Olympics trialist


What is the temperature of the Sky Pool water?
The Sky Pool is set at between 27 and 29 degrees Celsius, the recommended maximum temperature for recreational pools. This is warm enough for both comfortable swimming and lounging. If the temperature is too high, there is the potential for bacteria, algae and other organisms to thrive.

Does the Sky Pool glass roof block ultraviolet light?
The glass roof is glazed with a protective coating that blocks 99 percent of ultraviolet light. Swimmers, therefore, do not need to apply sunblock.

Are swim caps mandatory?
Swim caps are not compulsory at the Sky Pool. With so many swimmers at the pool during weekends, the Swim Committee decided that introducing a swim cap requirement might deter regular users.

Can I borrow swimwear?
For reasons of safety and hygiene, the Club does not stock rental swimwear. The Sky Pool Office, however, does sell swimwear and other accessories.

Why is there a guest fee for using the Sky Pool?
Since the Sky Pool area has a limited amount of space, priority is given to Members. Guests are subject to a fee and are limited to two visits a month. Guests fee are listed under Guest Registration.

What is the double-diaper policy?
To maintain a high standard of hygiene while following the recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States, children who are not toilet-trained must wear a Club-approved, disposable swim diaper underneath a reusable, elastic-legged and -waisted over-diaper. Both can be purchased at the Sky Pool Office.

How is the water treated after a fecal incident?
The Sky Pool follows a New York State department of health procedure when dealing with fecal accidents. The pool is immediately closed and concentrated chlorine (between five and 10 times the normal level in the pool) is added to the water. This process kills most germs and bacteria found in pool water.

Is there a pool or lane capacity?
Yes, for reasons of safety and hygiene, the maximum number of swimmers permitted in any two-lane area is 25. This area will be expanded by one lane for every additional 15 swimmers. As a result, the number of lap lanes may be reduced to accommodate more family users during the summer months, public holidays or between the hours of 9am and 5pm.


Lap swimmers are encouraged to follow Sky Pool guidelines for safe and enjoyable workouts:

  • Be courteous to other swimmers.
  • Join a lane that matches your speed and ability.
  • Wait for swimmers to push off before entering their lane.
  • Circle swim (counterclockwise) at all times.
  • When resting, keep to the corners of the lane.
  • Faster swimmers have the right of way.
  • Overtake on the left and move back to the right as quickly as possible.
  • If overtaken at the wall, proceed only when the other swimmer has pushed off.

Please review the US Masters Swimming video on circle swimming: