Refresh your mind and body at Charlottesville's best indoor pools!


Swimming is one of the best activities you can do for your body. The low-impact resistance builds muscles and burns fat without damaging your joints. Your lungs become more efficient at transferring oxygen and you can gradually build your endurance. Whether you are just getting your feet wet or are an avid swimmer our IM-Rec Sports facilities can help you get the most out of this fantastic exercise.

Aquatic & Fitness Center Pool

Our Olympic size pool (50 meters x 25 yards) includes two movable bulkheads, which can divide the pool into two 10-lane by 25-yard pools or reconfigured to an 8-lane by 50-meter pool. There are two 1-meter springboards, two 3-meter springboards and 1-five meter dive platform for competition use only.

All competition spectator seating is located on the observation deck that is accessible from the main lobby of the Aquatic & Fitness Center. We also have a basketball hoop for water basketball in the open recreation area. The pool is 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 accessible ramp. A spacious, 16-person hot tub kept around 104 degrees and dry, co-ed sauna are perfect for adults to relax and regenerate after a workout.

North Grounds Pool

North Grounds Recreation Center features an indoor pool measuring 25 meter x 25 yard. It has 10 lanes ranging in depth from 3.5 feet to 7 feet. It is 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 light therapy as well as a dry, co-ed sauna. The North Grounds aquatic area also provides a wet classroom for aquatic instruction.

Pool Hours


Week of July 4, 2022

Pool Deck
Family Swim

AFC Pool

Week of July 4, 2022

Pool Deck
Family Swim


There are designated parking lots with metered spaces adjacent to The Aquatic & Fitness Center (Zone 5503) & adjacent to North Grounds Recreation Center (Zone 5501) and along Duffy Boulevard. Additional parking is available in the Darden Garage (Zone 5516) after 3:30 PM Monday–Friday.

Between 7:30am and 5pm Monday-Friday, you must use ParkMobile to pay for your parking through the ParkMobile app, text “PARK” to 77223*, or call ParkMobile at (877) 727-5758.

Adult & Youth Swim Lessons

Registration Fall Date Text

Fri, 05/13/2022 - 9:01am -- cacs_admin
2022-08-08 04:01:00

Registration Opens August 8th

Registration Now Open!