Looking to move your fitness to the next level? Whether you are looking to build endurance, increase muscle strength or add cardio to your workout, swimming is a healthy exercise alternative. Campus Recreation offers individual and group swimming activities. The Campus Recreation Center Aquatic Complex includes three separate bodies of water: Keating Aquatics Center Lap Pool, Leisure Pool, and Whirlpool. The lap pool is used for open recreation swimming, athletic practices, swimming lessons and a variety of other aquatic programs.

Leisure Pool

The Pools

  • The lap pool is 50 meters by 22.88 meters (25 yards), has two 1 meter diving boards and a 3-meter diving board. Depth varies from 4 feet to 13 feet.
  • The shallow-water leisure pool has a zero-depth entry with a maximum depth of 3 1/2 feet. The leisure pool features a unique waterwall, current channel, vortex, and bubble couch.
  • The whirlpool temperature ranges from 101-104 degrees and seats up to 14 users. The design of these pools allows users a wide variety of options.


Youth Swim Lessons

Youth Swim Lessons

Swimming Lessons by the American Red Cross

Campus Recreation offers swim lessons for kids of all ages. Our instructors provide a safe and fun environment for children to develop their swimming skills.

Summer Semester Swim Lessons

Saturday Swim Lesson Fees

  • Members: $52.00
  • Non-Members: $72.00

*Due to pool closure Summer Swim lessons will be one 8 week session instead of two 5 week sessions.

Hydro Fit


Join in on the fun of a high intensity water-based workout with low impact. Classes take place in the Leisure Pool’s shallow water. No swimming skills are necessary.

  • Members - $45.00
  • Non-members - $59.00

Lifeguarding Courses

Campus Rec offers the American Red Cross (ARC) Lifeguarding Training Courses

Since ARC certifications are recognized across the nation, those who complete the course can work anywhere in the country. In accordance with ARC standards, attendance in all class dates is mandatory, and participants must be at least 15 years old by the last day of class. Call 513-556-0604 or stop by the Member Services desk to register. If you have questions, call 516-556-0382 or email

The next course offered will take place in Fall Semester, with dates to be determined.

Spring Extreme Challenge

Extreme Challenge

Swim to Summer!

Swim to the best Beach in America: Clearwater Florida in the comfort of the UC's pool by the start of Summer!  Pick a difficulty level and swim away!  Top 4 in each category will win a T-shirt!  

Cost- $10 (only open to members)

Registration is ongoing from March 20th- June 20th.  Sign up online or by calling 513-556-0604

If you have any questions call 513-556-0382 or email

Florida’s Clearwater beach has stretches of sugar white sand beaches, which enjoys national acclaim and recognition as some of the best in the country. Mile upon mile of soft sand and tranquil turquoise waters are truly a slice of paradise! This Spring Swim Challenge is to swim the 942 miles to Clearwater Beach in the comfort of our pool!  You can choose one of our two difficulties to help you make it there!  The first 4 to finish in each category will win a t-shirt!

Beginner: 25 yards = 5 miles (200 lengths of the lap pool)

Intermediate:  25 yards = 2 miles - (500 lengths of the lap pool)


Members can enter for $10.  Non-members are not eligible to participate.  Swimming must be completed March 20th  through June 20th.  Registration is ongoing until June 20th.  Sign up at the Rec Center's Member Services desk by calling 513-556-0604 or sign up online HERE.  

For your laps to count, you must record them immediately on the tally sheets outside the lifeguard office.  All swimming, kicking, and aqua jogging will count.  Laps completed during programmed activities like swim team practice or education classes DO NOT count.  

If you have any questions call 513-556-0382 or email Autumn Cleverley




Adult Swim Lessons

Adult Swim lessons

Adult lessons are available in 2 levels: Beginner and Intermediate. To ensure that applicants are in the appropriate level, participants are asked to demonstrate their swimming abilities, and to outline their personal goals.

  • Beginner
    • In this level, participants will work on becoming more comfortable in the water. Basic swimming skills the students will be working on include front and back floats and glides, rhythmic breathing drills, alternating arm-stroke, and flutter kicking. Depending on the skill being taught, the class may use both the leisure pool and the Keating Aquatic Complex (lap pool).
  • Intermediate
    • At this level, participants will work on basic strokes including front crawl, back crawl, breaststroke, sidestroke, and elementary backstroke. Open turns, proper body position, and breathing techniques will be emphasized. Participants will be swimming the width of the pool (25 yards) as they work on their skills.

Private & Semi-Private Classes

  • Sign-up for Summer Private lessons will be from June 1st- June 12nd.

Private & Semi - Private Lessons

These lessons are designed to meet each student's needs, regardless of age and whether their goal is to swim for recreation or competition. Each non-credit lesson package includes eight individualized, self-paced swimming lessons from certified instructors. Class duration is 35 minutes for youth and 45 minutes for adults. If you have any question's please email the Coordinator of Aquatics,

Masters Swimming


The University of Cincinnati and Campus Recreation are proud to offer the UC community a Masters Swim Program. The United States Masters Swimming (USMS) is a national organization that provides organized workouts, competitions, clinics and workshops for anyone 18 years and older.

Masters Swimming

Our program exists for those looking to continue stroke development and technique, regular workouts and Masters Swimming competition preparation. The team offers active support for a healthy lifestyle through friendship and camaraderie.

Workouts are tailored for beginners, tri-athletes and competitive swimmers alike.

UC Masters Swim Team Spring Semester Practice Dates

  • Mondays and Wednesdays: 5:30 - 7 p.m.
  • Saturdays: 10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

May 8 - July 19

There will be no practice on May 27, 29, June 17, July 8 and 15

If you have a question about the team, contact, or, or call 513-556-0382.  

Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Aquatic Fitness Class

Multiple Sclerosis Class

Designed for individuals with MS, this course is designed to use all the water for both support and resistance. The class focuses on building strength and flexibility. All course fees are covered by the Waddell Center for MS. Participants can join at no cost with a physician referral.