Solitary Birmingham swimmer Adam Sarfraz was the first to enjoy the reopening of one of the pools at Moseley Road Baths this weekend.
Both of the pools at the crumbling Edwardian baths were closed last year but the smaller one was reopened at the weekend, after much needed maintenance work.
Pool manager Dave Flora said: "The pool was closed for structural maintenance 12 months ago after a need for extensive repairs to the outside of the building."
There was no definite date for the larger pool to reopen.
The baths were threatened with closure in 2002 when Birmingham City Council claimed it would not be able to foot the bill for repairs, expected to reach between £1 million and £10 million.
But after a campaign by the community it pledged to save the pool by funding emergency repairs and the
council has since applied for a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
To qualify tit must provide evidence of the pools being used by the community and people living outside the immediate area. It must also conduct a full structural survey and business plan.