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 Hope Adams at or 919-957-5919.

Group Swim Session Dates for 2016

February SESSION: 2/15 – 3/13
ROLLOVER: 1/31-2/3
MARCH/APRIL SESSION:   3/21 – 4/17
ROLLOVER:                                         3/6-3/9
REGISTRATION:                                3/13-3/16
ROLLOVER: 4/10-4/13
JUNE SESSION: 5/30 – 6/26
ROLLOVER: 5/15-5/18
JULY SESSION: 7/4 – 7/27
ROLLOVER: 6/19-6/22
ROLLOVER: 7/24-7/27
ROLLOVER: 8/28-8/31
OCTOBER SESSION: 10/17 – 11/13
ROLLOVER: 10/2-10/5
REGISTRATION: 10/9-10/12
NOV/DECEMBER SESSION : 11/21 – 12/18
ROLLOVER: 11/6-11/9
REGISTRATION: 11/13-11/16

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.

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.

September GROUP SWIM Session: November 21-December 18

Early Registration for CURRENT participants ONLY: Open Enrollment 11/6 – 11/9

  • All participants in the current session (10/17-11/13) are eligible to enroll early for swim lessons in the upcoming session (11/21-12/18), beginning on Sunday, October 2..
  • If you are attempting to enroll in another class other than your current class and are placed on a wait list, you may enroll in your original class to ensure a spot in a class. Once a spot opens up, the aquatics department will notify you directly.
  • *NOTE: Some classes are no longer available this session due to Instructor availability. If your class is no longer running, you may register for another day/time. We do apologize for the inconvenience.
  • *NOTE: If you are a NEW participant and attempt to enroll early for the September session, you will be removed and fees will be credited back to your membership account. You will then need to re-enroll during the Open Registration period.

New Swim Participants: Open Enrollment November 13 – November 16

  • Open enrollment for ALL swim participants may enroll for classes online through program registration or at the front desk beginning on Sunday, 11/13 and will run through Wednesday, 11/16
  • Classes run on a first come first serve basis and we cannot guarantee your child a spot.
  • OPEN ENROLLMENT WILL CLOSE AT MIDNIGHT ON WEDNESDAY 11/16; The front desk will not be able to register anyone for swim classes after the enrollment period ends.  Please contact if you have questions.
  • NOTE: If you are placed on a wait list for your selected class you will be notified by the Aquatics Department if a slot becomes available.

Cancellation and Change Policy: If you or your child(ren) desire to cancel your registration or would like to discuss this process, please contact Matt Stout ( or Hope Adams (

FULL REFUNDS: Cancelled on or before the Thursday prior to the start of the session.
NO REFUND: Cancelled on or after the Friday prior to the start of the session
MAKE-UP CLASSES: We are unable to offer make-up classes if your child misses a class for any reason.  Make-up classes are only offered if class cancels due to inclement weather or if a class falls on a holiday.

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.