Aquatics Area

The aquatics area consists of a 5 lane, 25 yard indoor heated pool, a whirlpool, a sauna, and a warm-water therapy pool. Temperatures, cleaning, and composition of each feature (air temp, humidity, chlorination, etc.), are monitored on a regular basis and managed closely. Pool and air temperatures are kept at constant levels and are set by management to best accommodate the needs of a variety of aquatics participants. The aquatics area can be accessed through the back of either locker room, or by walking to the end of the hallway to the left of the stairs in the main lobby.

The aquatics area is open during regular facility hours. However, the area closes 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 is maintained at approximately 83 degrees and the air temperature between 83 and 86 degrees. Lifeguards are always on duty and any potentially hazardous situation should be reported to staff immediately.  To view the current pool lane schedule for lap swimming and open recreation, click here.

Group Swim Lessons

Youth and Adult swim lessons are offered throughout the year for swimmers ages 3 and up. Swim lessons group and privates is a member based program only. UNC Wellness Centers swim lessons emphasize water safety, skill and stroke development.  Beginning swimmers are introduced to basic stroke movement and learn how to be more comfortable in the water. More advanced swimmers are instructed in stroke technique, endurance and safety skills. UNC swim lessons have a low child-to-instructor ratio to ensure plenty of time in the water. Swim lessons and classes are available during the week.  All children are evaluated at the beginning of each session and placed in the appropriate level based on demonstrated ability.

Swim Lesson Session and Registration Information

Due to instructor availability adult and child group swim lessons will resume September 9. General registration will be available on line Saturday, August 31 at 8:00 am.  Registration closes September 4 at 5:00 pm.

If it is your first time registering for lessons, or if you are new to our Learn-to-Swim safely program you will need to have your child complete a swim assessment. Swim assessments will ensure your child is placed in the appropriate level.   We do not issue credits or guarantee a spot in another group, if your child is placed incorrectly.

Swim assessments are provided at no additional charge.  Swim assessments are available on first come first serve basis.  See below for swim assessment dates.

Tips for Smooth Registration:

  • You have a current membership
  • Your child is on your account (Details under How to Register for Group Swim Lessons)
  • You have login access to your account (Click here to create an account)
  • You have the ability to charge to your account or have a credit card on file

Swim Lessons Cost:
Parent & Tot Classes (ages 6 months -36 months):$95.00
Pre-K (ages 3-5),  Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced:  $95.00
Youth (ages 6-12), Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced: $95.00
Adult lessons (ages 13 and up) Beginner, Advanced: $105.00


Schedule: Classes are 2 times a week. Sessions last 4 weeks. All pre-k and youth classes are 30 minutes in length. Adult classes are 30 minutes in length. 13 and above.

Arrive early: Allow at least 10 minutes prior to the start of the class to ensure you have adequate time to park, check-in, and assist your child into his/her swim attire.

Late Arrival: If you are late or not ready when the instructor calls for your child, the instructor will only be able to swim the child for the remainder of the allotted lesson time.

Child Location/First Day: Your lane assignment is indicated on our website. A lesson liaison will be onsite to direct you to the appropriate spot to wait for your instructor.

Pool Closure/Lesson Interruption /Makeups: In the event of a thunderstorm or facility emergency, the pool closes for your safety and everyone must evacuate the pool area.  If your child misses a class we cannot prorate or credit missed classes for any reason.  Each group is allowed 1 makeup for pool closure by the UNC Wellness Centers due to safety reasons.  For immediate information regarding pool closures call the UNC Wellness Centers Front Desk.

Ratios: All lessons are up to 4:1 swimmer/instructor ratio (except advanced is up to 6:1).

Instructors: Instructors will be assigned at the conclusion of registration

Changes/Cancellations: Due to the limited availability, we do not make changes once you have purchased a specific level. No refunds will be given once you have purchased a session.

Restroom/Locker rooms: Please make sure your child uses the restroom and showers off before his/her lesson.  We have just two family changing rooms. Please be considerate and restrict the amount of time you spend so that others may use the space as well.

What to wear/bring: We require all children under 3 years old and any children who are not completely potty trained to wear a reusable swim diaper. This diaper must be snug fitting and non-disposable.  Swim caps are optional but long hair can get in your eyes so you will want to pull it back.  Goggles for intermediate and advanced levels are strongly encouraged.  Please bring your own lock to use the lockers on pool deck.

Parent/Guardian Reminder: The most important role of a parent or guardian during swimming lessons is to be positive and patient with your swimmer’s success. There is no set pace for your child’s swimming improvement.  To maintain quality class management, parents are required to sit and observe lessons from the designated seating areas located near your child’s lane.

How to Register for Group Swim Lessons

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.  If you have already registered your child in a previous session or your child is already a member in our database, you do not need to complete this form.

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.  Note: Program will only be visible during the Open Registration period.
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.

Swim Assessments

If it is your first time registering for lessons, or if you are new to our Learn-to-Swim safely program you will need to have your child complete a swim assessment. Swim assessments will ensure your child is placed in the appropriate level.   We do not issue credits or guarantee a spot in another group, if your child is placed incorrectly.

Swim assessments are provided at no additional charge.  Swim assessments are available on first come first serve basis.

Private Swim Lessons

We will be taking our seasonal hiatus from swim lessons beginning in June.  Group swim lessons will begin again on July 29th and private swim lessons will begin in August.  We will be opening online enrollment for both in early July.  Please keep an eye out for the Wellness Center newsletter in July; it will have the information needed to enroll online.


Single private lesson: $50.00

Single semi-private lesson: $80.00

4- Pack private lesson: $200.00

4- pack semi-private lesson: $320.00

Swim Conditioning Classes

Swim conditioning is a coach led session covering 1800-3400 yards in an 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.  Swim conditioning is deal for triathletes, competitive swimmers and fitness swimmers of all levels.

Warm-Water Therapy Pool

A warm-water therapy pool is also part of the aquatics area and the water temperature is maintained at approximately 91-92 degrees. This pool is partitioned and is available to the general membership only during scheduled classes as it is primarily used by the Physical Therapy clinic for patient rehabilitation sessions. For a list of aquatic group fitness classes including the main and warm water pools, click here

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 required 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 are joining 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.

Aqua Aerobics Guidelines

NW Cary: Lanes 1-4 are to be reserved for Aqua Aerobics classes. Meadowmont: Lanes 1-2 are reserved for Aqua Aerobics.

  1. 30 minutes before scheduled class time, the lifeguard will alert each swimmer using a lane that is to be moved of the upcoming adjustment in 15 minutes. Members are welcome to continue using this lane, for the 15 minutes but will need to move when asked by the lifeguard and to accommodate the aqua class.
  2. Open Rec is closed to members who are not participating in aqua aerobic classes. Members can use the swim lanes for swimming only or they can come back after the aqua class to use the open rec space.