Aquatics Area

The aquatics area consists of a 7 lane, 25-yard indoor heated pool, a whirlpool, and sauna. The main pool includes a deep end which allows us to increase the type of group fitness programming we can offer. Lap lanes will always be available. The aquatics area will be open during regular facility hours. However, the area will close 15 minutes prior to the facility closing to allow users time to shower, change, and exit the building before the facility closes. The main pool’s temperature will be maintained at around 83 degrees and the air temperature between 83 and 86 degrees. Lifeguards are always on duty.  To view the current pool lane schedule for lap swimming and open recreation, click here.

Group Swim Lessons

Infant, children, adult and swim club lessons are available throughout the year in the aquatics area. Due to the demand of swim lessons from our members, we will not be registering non-members for our swim lesson classes at this time.  In the future, we will continue to evaluate and balance the demand from our membership, staffing and pool space to determine the availability of the swim lesson program to non-members.  For more information on swim lessons, click on the Swim Lessons Schedule and Swim lessons Guide to the right or contact Matt Stout, Aquatics Director, at Matt.Stout@unchealth.unc.edu or 984-974-6067.

Group Swim Session Dates for 2017

Group Swim Session: January 16 – February 12
Early Enrollment: December 26-28 and January 1-4 (additional registration due to the Holiday)
Open Registration: January 8-11

Group Swim Session: February 20 – March 19
Early Enrollment: February 5 – 8
Open Registration: February 12 – 15

Group Swim Session: March 27 – April 23 (No class Easter Sunday 4/16 MAKE UP on 4/30)
Early Enrollment: March 12 – 15
Open Registration: March 19 – 22

Group Swim Session: May 1 – May 28
Early Enrollment: April 16 – 19
Open Registration: April 23 – 26

Group Swim Session: June 5 – July 2
Early Enrollment: May 21-24
Open Registration: May 28-31

Group Swim Session: July 10 – August 6
Early Enrollment: June 25-28
Open Registration: July 2-5

Group Swim Session: August 14 – September 10
Early Enrollment: July 30-August 2
Open Registration: August 6-9

Group Swim Session: September 18 – October 15
Early Enrollment: September 3-6
Open Registration: September 10-13

Group Swim Session: October 23 – November 19
Early Enrollment: October 8-11
Open Registration: October 15-18

Group Swim Session: November 27 – December 24 (Make-up for Christmas Eve-TBD)
Early Enrollment: November 12-15
Open Registration: November 19-22

How to Register for Group Swim Lessons

Thank you for participating in our swim lessons at UNC Wellness Centers. Although this program has been successful since the initial implementation, we are striving to improve the overall process for registration.
We are pleased to announce an upcoming feature called Program Registration. This feature will improve the swim lesson program registration and implementation. To ensure a seamless transition, we are requesting basic information from our swim lesson participants. Program Registration will require every participant to be in our facility management software database.

In order for your child to be added to our database, you must click on the link below, complete and submit the information. Once this has been completed, your child will be added to our database within 1 business day. Current or potential participants will not be able to enroll through program registration without being in our facility management software database.

https://www.docusign.net/Member/PowerFormSigning.aspx?PowerFormId=66013b02-908d-4411-8903-99e395c55b91

HOW TO REGISTER FOR SWIM LESSONS 
1) Complete the electronic document as noted above. Within one business day, your child will be entered into our database and will be eligible to enroll.
2) Log into your membership account online, click on Program Registration, select Aquatics. If you need guidance on how to create an online account, click here for step by step instructions.
3) Register for the appropriate swim lesson. If you need guidance on how to register for swim lessons through your online account, click here for step by step instructions.

UPCOMING SWIM LESSON SESSION INFORMATION
February 20 – March 19

Early(Rollover) Registration Period ONLY for participants keeping the same class: February 5 – 8

  • All participants in the current session (1/16 – 2/12) are eligible to enroll early for swim lessons in the upcoming session (2/20 – 3/19), beginning on Sunday, February 5.
  • Early Enrollment (Rollover)– Early Registration is open ONLY to members who are currently participating in the current swim session and WANT to CONTINUE WITH THE SAME CLASS FOR UPCOMING SESSION. If you are moving up in a level or wish to move your child to another day/time, you will NOT be able to enroll until OPEN Registration. If you enroll in a class other than your original class, you WILL be removed from the class; fees refunded to your membership account and required to re-enroll during the Open Registration period. Current swim participants who miss the (Rollover) Early Registration can still enroll for lessons during the Open Registration period, but is not guaranteed a spot in the same class if there are no longer spots available in your original class.

Open Enrollment February 12 -15

  • Open Registration is available to all members who wish to participate in group swim lessons. If you participated in the previous swim session and are moving up in a level or need to switch day/time for any reason, you will need to enroll during this time frame. Members will NOT be able to enroll early unless you are keeping the SAME class. If you are coming back from taking time off or new to swim lessons, you will enroll during Open Registration.
  • Current Swim Participants: Members who participated in the Nov/Dec swim session and are moving up in a level, changing day and/or time of the class, you will enroll during the Open Enrollment period. If you are NOT keeping the same class as the previous session and enroll before open enrollment, you will be removed from the class, fees credited to your membership account and you will need to enroll again for the class.
  • NEW PARTICIPANTS: If you are NEW participant and not currently participating in the Nov/Dec swim session and attempt to enroll early for the January session, you will be removed from the class and fees will be credited back to your membership account. You will then need to re-enroll during the Open Registration period, no exceptions.
    Open enrollment for ALL swim participants may enroll for classes online through program registration or at the front desk beginning on Sunday, 2/12 and will run through Wednesday, 2/15.
    CLASSES RUN ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVE BASIS AND CANNOT GUARANTEE A SPOT
  • OPEN ENROLLMENT WILL CLOSE AT MIDNIGHT ON WEDNESDAY 2/15; THE FRONT DESK WILL NOT BE ABLE TO REGISTER ANYONE FOR SWIM CLASSES AFTER ENROLLMENT ENDS. PLEASE CONTACT MATT.STOUT@UNCHEALTH.UNC.EDU IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS.

SPECIAL POLICY DETAILS
Instructor Assignments: WE DO NOT FINALIZE INSTRUCTOR ASSIGNMENTS UNTIL THE END OF THE REGISTRATION PERIOD. THE FRONT DESK WILL NOT HAVE THAT INFORMATION AVAILABLE TO YOU.
– Wait List: If you are placed on a waitlist for your selected class you will be notified by the Aquatics Department IF a spot becomes available.
 Cancellation Policy: In order to receive full refund if you no longer want to participate in the group lessons, you must cancel your registration 3 days prior to the start of the Session (not the start of your class), If you cancel after the deadline or during the swim session, you will not be eligible for a refund or partial credit, NO EXCEPTIONS.
– Changing Swim Lesson (day/time): if you enrolled in a lesson and wish to change the day/time/level of the class; you may do so at the front desk before the end of the registration period. You will first be removed from the current class where you will receive a credit to your membership account and then enroll for the class of your choice. Be sure there is an available spot in the class you want before you cancel. Please Hope Adams (Hope.Adams@unchealth.unc.edu) if you have any questions.
– Make UP CLASSES: WE ARE UNABLE TO OFFER MAKE UP CLASSES IF YOUR CHILD MISSES A CLASS FOR ANY REASON, NO EXCEPTIONS. MAKE UP CLASSES ARE ONLY OFFERED IF CLASS CANCELS DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER, if an instructor is unable to teach the class, OR IF A CLASS FALLS ON A HOLIDAY. If you are unable to attend a make-up class, please contact Hope.Adams@unchealth.unc.edu to receive a day credit.

Private Swim Lessons

Private swim lessons offer one on one or semi-private instruction for all ages and all abilities. These lessons are 30 minutes long and can be scheduled any day the pool is open. After filling out a private lesson request form and submitting it to the front desk, an instructor will be in contact with you directly to schedule your lesson at a mutually agreed upon time. As noted above for group swim Lessons, due to the overall demand of swim lessons from our members, we will not be registering non-members for private swim lessons at this time. In the future, we will continue to evaluate and balance the demand from our membership, staffing and pool space to determine the availability of the swim lesson program to non-members. For pricing on private swim lessons, click on the Learn-To-Swim Guide to the right. Payment for private swim lessons is due at the time of service.

Swim Conditioning Classes

Swim Conditioning is a coach led session covering 1800-3400 yards in the hour.  Workouts will feature a variety of intervals, longer swims, drills, pulls and multi-strokes designed to improve technique and fitness.  Stroke technique is observed via poolside coaching to help swimmers become more efficient and improve their stroke.  Ideal for triathletes, competitive swimmers and fitness swimmers of all levels.  Participants must be at least 13 years old. Classes are FREE for members only.  Mondays/Wednesdays from 6:30-7:30 am at Meadowmont.  Tuesdays/Thursdays from 6:30-7:30 am & Wednesdays from 7:30-8:30 pm at Northwest Cary.  Click here to see the class flyer.

Aquatics Area General Guidelines

  • Children under 8 using the pool must be accompanied at all times by an adult in the water. Children between 8 and 12 must have an adult present on the pool deck.
  • Please shower before entering any of the pools.
  • Please refrain from using the pool if you have an open wound or contagious skin condition.
  • Children who are not yet toilet-trained are required to wear swim diapers in the pool.
  • For your safety and well-being, sandals or aqua socks are recommended in this area. Always use care when on a wet surface as it may be slippery.
  • The entire Open Recreation area will close during Aqua Aerobics classes.  Sections of the Open Recreation area will be closed during swim lessons.
  • Three lanes are regularly reserved for lap swimmers. Lap swimming lanes are only reduced when special events or programs require more space.

Whirlpool Guidelines

  • Children under the age of 13 are not permitted in the sauna or whirlpool.
  • We recommend cooling down before using the sauna or whirlpool.
  • Entering the sauna or whirlpool immediately after exercise may deplete your energy rapidly.
  • Please limit your time in the sauna or whirlpool to less than ten minutes.
  • People with high blood pressure should consult a physician before using the sauna or whirlpool.

Lap Swimming Guidelines

  • Lap lanes are first-come, first-served. However, during peak usage it may become necessary for you to share a lane with other swimmers.
  • When approaching to share a lane, please courteously notify those already occupying the lane.
  • When sharing a lane (two people), each person may choose a side of the lane. Please stay on your side of the lane at all times to avoid a collision.
  • When three or more people share a lane, it is necessary to circle swim.
  • When joining a lane for circle swimming, assess the speed of the other swimmers and select the lane that is most appropriate for your pace. Then courteously notify the swimmers in that lane that you would like to join them.
  • Keep to the right at all times.
  • If there is a workout set in progress, a swimmer may enter that lane only as part of the set.
  • Swimming within a lane is by agreement of the majority. Swimmers should arrange themselves in speed order, fastest to slowest.
  • Always be aware of what is going on in your lane. If a swimmer behind you looks as though he/she may pass you, stop and wait in the corner for the swimmer to pass.
  • Push off underwater to avoid making waves for other swimmers.