swim lessons at uva

Aquatics

Swimming is one of the best activities you can do for your body.

Aquatics

The low-impact resistance builds muscles and burns fat without damaging your joints. Your lungs become more efficient at transferring oxygen and you build your endurance, so no more getting winded walking up stairs. Whether you are terrified of the water, an avid swimmer or anywhere in between, our IM-Rec Sports can help you get the most out of this fantastic sport.

Aquatic & Fitness Center Pool

Our Olympic size pool (50 meters x 25 yards) includes two movable bulkheads, which can divide the pool into two 8-lane by 25-yard pools with an open recreation area or reconfigured to an 8-lane 50-meter pool. There are two 1-meter springboards, two 3-meter springboards and 1-five meter dive platform for competition use.

All competition spectator seating is located on the observation deck that is accessible from the main lobby of the Aquatic & Fitness Center. We also offer water basketball daily in the shallow open recreation area. The pool is handicap accessible with an aquatic lift, and is kept at a comfortable workout temperature between 79-81 degrees.

Also located in the natatorium area is a shallow, warm water pool that is ideal for children of all ages. The temperature is kept at approximately 85 degrees and has a zero depth ramp for easy handicap access. A spacious, 16-person hot tub kept around 104 degrees and dry, co-ed sauna are perfect for adults to relax and regenerate.

North Grounds Pool

The pool at North Grounds Recreation Center is a 25 meter x 25 yard, 10 lane lap pool, ranging in depth from 3 ½ feet to 7 ½ feet. The pool is handicap accessible with an aquatic lift, and is kept at a comfortable temperature between 80–82 degrees. Also located in the aquatics space is an oversized, 104 degree hot tub, with 29 hydrotherapy jets and a dry, co-ed sauna. The North Grounds aquatic area also has a wet classroom for aquatic instruction.

Pool Hours

North Grounds Rec Center

Week of July 16, 2018

Pool Deck
Family Swim
Monday
Pool
6:00am to 8:00pm
Family Swim
6:00am to 8:00pm
Tuesday
Pool
6:00am to 8:00pm
Family Swim
6:00am to 8:00pm
Wednesday
Pool
6:00am to 8:00pm
Family Swim
6:00am to 8:00pm
Thursday
Pool
6:00am to 8:00pm
Family Swim
6:00am to 8:00pm
Friday
Pool
6:00am to 8:00pm
Family Swim
6:00am to 8:00pm
Saturday
Pool
10:00am to 4:00pm
Family Swim
10:00am to 4:00pm
Sunday
Pool
10:00am to 4:00pm
Family Swim
10:00am to 4:00pm

Aquatic & Fitness Center

Week of July 16, 2018

Pool Deck
Family Swim
Monday
Family Swim
11:00am to 2:00pm
5:45pm to 8:00pm
Tuesday
Pool
6:00am to 9:00am
11:00am to 2:00pm
5:45pm to 8:00pm
Family Swim
11:00am to 2:00pm
5:45pm to 8:00pm
Wednesday
Family Swim
11:00am to 2:00pm
5:45pm to 8:00pm
Thursday
Pool
6:00am to 9:00am
11:00am to 2:00pm
5:45pm to 8:00pm
Family Swim
11:00am to 2:00pm
5:45pm to 8:00pm
Friday
Family Swim
11:00am to 2:00pm
5:45pm to 8:00pm
Saturday
Pool
10:00am to 8:00pm
Family Swim
10:00am to 8:00pm
Sunday
Pool
10:00am to 8:00pm
Family Swim
10:00am to 8:00pm

During the summer, the AFC pool is primarily set up for long course lap swimming (50 meter). The North Grounds pool is short course year-round.

Youth Swim Lessons

Enjoy the pool this year and be confident in your kids ability to swim. Our instructors put parents and children at ease with individual attention and small class sizes. Lessons emphasize the development of swimming skills as well as water and pool safety.

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Adult Swim Lessons

There is always room to improve your swimming. whether you are just starting or perfecting your stroke, our instructors can help you achieve your goals. We offer first-class instruction for every skill level from those terrified of the water, to the most advanced strokes.

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