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.

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 Hope Adams at Hope.Adams@unchealth.unc.edu or 919-957-5919.

How to Register for Group Swim Lessons

Registration for the Summer September 2015 Swim Lesson session will begin Monday, September 7. Registration forms will be available at the front desk or here.

September Session will run September 14 – October 11.  ALL REGISTRATION FORMS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 11. Registration forms will be handled on a first come, first served basis. You will be contacted by email with the status of your registration as well as the details of your class. Please make sure the form is filled out in its entirety to ensure timely processing of your registration. Your registration will be considered final when you receive your confirmation notification within 2 business days.

Important Dates to Remember – each session is 4 weeks 
Rollover/Change Request for Current Participants: August 30 – September 7
Registration for NEW Participants: SEPTEMBER 7-11
Swim Session: SEPTEMBER 14 – October 11
Current Participants: If you are currently enrolled in a swim class, please fill out a (green) Rollover Form or (yellow) Change Request form and return it to the front desk by SEPTEMBER 7 to reserve your spot***LATE ROLLOVER FORMS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED***

Cancellation and Change Policy: If you or your child(ren) cannot attend a full session and you desire to cancel your registration, you must do so in person at the UNC Wellness Center. Please ask to speak with the Aquatic Director who will direct this process.
FULL REFUNDS: cancelled at least 2 days prior to the start of the session.
SESSION CREDIT ISSUED: cancelled at 1-2 days prior to the start of the session.
No REFUND: cancelled on, or after the start of the session.

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.

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.