UW Health Sports Medicine 
Quick Facts
Opened: 1961 (Natatorium); 1982 (SERF)
Home to: Men’s and Women’s Swimming & Diving; UW Rec Sports
Facility Info: Natatorium | SERF
Address: Natatorium
2000 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706
(608) 262-3742
715 W. Dayton Street
Madison, WI 53715
(608) 262-8245

The University of Wisconsin men's and women's swimming and diving teams enjoy the convenience of having two first-class facilities for practice and competition in the Natatorium and Southeast Recreational Facility, or SERF. In addition, new locker rooms, lounge, and training facilities were completed in 2012 in the LaBahn Arena located next door by the skywalk to the SERF.


In the heart of campus along the shores of beautiful Lake Mendota, the "Nat" features an eight-lane, 25-yard pool that is equipped with a Colorado Timing System and eight-lane digital readout score board.

The Badger divers consider the Nat home, and have the use of a separate 50' x 40' diving well that is fitted with three one-meter and two three-meter boards, as well as a five-meter platform. On deck is a dry land board and trampoline with spotting rigs. In addition, the Badgers have the use of a five-meter platform, which was added in 2009.


On the southeast side of campus is the SERF, which houses a beautiful eight-lane, 50-meter course, as well as two three-meter and two one-meter diving boards. The facility is equipped with movable bulkheads that can be used to create two eight-lane, 25-yard or 25-meter courses.

Together, these facilities offer everything needed for the UW swimming and diving team to strive for maximum performance on the national and international levels.

Swimming and Diving Training Facilities at LaBahn Arena

The men's and women's swimming and diving teams also call LaBahn Arena home, as their team lounge and locker rooms, as well as their physical therapy amenities are all housed on the second level of the facility.

The locker rooms are conveniently located on the south end of the facility, nearest the Southeast Recreational Facility (SERF). A walkway connects the team's facility to the SERF, allowing the team to easily commute back and forth from their practice venue to the locker room area, before and after practices and meetings.

LaBahn Arena
Swimming & Diving
Facility: Locker rooms, team lounge, hot/cold tub
Competition: SERF & Natatorium
Photo Gallery: Swimming & Diving

The team lounge is complete with flat screen TVs, a sports drink dispenser, plush couches and chairs and an incredible view of downtown.

Check List of Building Amenities

La Bahn Arena is a tri-level complex that includes the following amenities for the swimming and diving program:

  • Locker and team room for the men's and women's swimming programs which includes large gathering area, kitchen, big screen TV, tables for study, and great views of the majestic Wisconsin Capitol
  • A connecting skywalk to the Southeast Recreation Facility (SERF)
  • Minor renovation within SERF to accommodate circulation between the pool and the swimming teams' new locker suites
  • Underground connection to the Kohl Center
  • Athletic training area and two large pools for physical therapy

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