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 to the membership. 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.

Swim Lessons

Infant, children, adult, private, semi-private and group swim 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 at mstout@unch.unc.edu. We would like to thank everyone who participated in the “summer swim lesson” session.  We think it was a great success and hope you do as well.  We welcome any feedback on the summer session.  We will be returning to the once a week format for lessons beginning in the fall.  The registration date has not been set but we expect to have the date and registration instructions very soon.  We anticipate conducting registration and starting swim lessons early September.   A schedule of the classes offered this fall can be found here.  Thank you for participating in our Swim Lesson University swim program.  We look forward to continuing to serve you.

How to Register for the Fall

Registration for the first fall session will begin Wednesday, September 3rd and end Wednesday, September 10th.  Registration forms will be available at the front desk or here.  Two options are offered for turning in your registration form: 1)  Return the paper copy to the front desk.  Those registration forms will be forwarded to the aquatics department daily. 2)  Return the form electronically, via an email attachment to the following email address: hope.adams@unchealth.unc.edu Registration forms will be handled on a first come, first served basis.  You will be contacted by September 12th at which time you will be informed of the status of your registration.  Classes will begin the week of Monday, September 15th-21st and end the week of Monday, October 6th-12th. 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.

We are pleased to add some additional classes to our Swim Lesson University Program.  In addition to our Beginner 101 class, we will now offer a Beginner 101 Advanced.  This class will be for swimmers who are better than the true beginner, but not yet ready for the Swim Strokes 201 class.  Swimmer should be able to float on their front and back and put their head under the water.   We will also offer Prep-Team Swim Lessons.  This is a 4 week class that will closely resemble swim team practice.  Your child must know how to swim and should be comfortable swimming the length of the pool.  Swimmers will work on developing and enhancing their individual skills such as stroke, form, agility, and endurance needed for participating on a swim team.   

Group Fitness

Group fitness aquatics classes will be a part of the programming included in your membership. Classes will be offered in the main pool and will range from beginner to advanced, shallow and deep water classes. Some of the classes will include: Advanced Deep Water, Aqua 101, Aqua fit and tone, Aquatic Boot camp, Aqua tots, Gentle Aqua, H2O Running, and Performance Swim Training.

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.
  • Three lanes are regularly reserved for lap swimmers. Lap swimming lanes are only reduced when special events or programs require more space.

Whirpool 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.