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, contact us at

Swim Lesson Session and Registration Information

Upcoming Swim Lesson Session Information
MEMBERS ONLY: Registration will take place ONLINE on Thursday, October 18th at 2:00 pm. Rollover will take place on Monday, October 15th for current participants.  See the guide to the right for detailed instructions on how to register online. If you wish to sign up in person we will have staff available at our NW Cary location.

Upcoming Session Dates:
M/W: Monday, October 22-Wednesday, November 14
T/Th: Tuesday, October 23-Thursday, November 15

*Please note: Swim assessments are required for new participants and strongly encouraged if you have not been enrolled in our new Learn-to-Swim Safely program.  See below for upcoming 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 if you need to create an account)
  • You have the ability to charge to your account or have a credit card on file

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 

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.

Instructor Assignments: We do not finalize instructor assignments until the end of the registration period. The front desk will not have that information available for 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.
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 that will be applied during the subsequent billing cycle.  You can then enroll for the class of your choice. Be sure there is an available spot in the class you want before you cancel. Please contact if you have any questions.
Make Up Classes: We are unable to offer make up classes if your child misses classes for any reason, no exceptions. Each group is allowed one make up lesson if a class is canceled 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 to receive a day credit.  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).
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.
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.

Swim Assessments

Swim assessments for the next session will be held Saturday, October 6th at Northwest Cary from 9:00 am-11:00 am in the warm therapy pool. Evaluations are on a first come first serve basis. No reservation required.

Private Swim Lessons

Private swim lessons are currently full and we are no longer accepting request at this time.


Single private lesson: $50.00

Single semi-private lesson: $80.00

4- Pack private lesson: $200.00

4- pack semi-private lesson: $320.00

Fall Session 1:

September 5 – September 26

Fall Session 2:

October 3 – October 24

Fall Session 3:

October 31 – November 21

Winter Session 1:

November 28 – December 19

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 at Northwest Cary. 

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.

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.