Looking to move your fitness to the next level? The Campus Recreation Center Aquatic Complex includes three bodies of water as well as individual and group swimming activities, see below for details!

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. Open recreation swim lanes are available, along with lanes used for swim practices. Check lap lane availability.
  • 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.

Fall Semester Swim Lessons

Saturday Swim Lesson Fees

  • Members: $32.50
  • Non-Members: $45.00
No registration will be permitted past the registration date.

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.

  • Intro to Swim Basics
    • This class is for people with zero swimming skills to begin building some comfort in the water by introducing them to basic skills that will build towards stroke development. This is a free, one day class for members, that will give participants skills they can practice on their own prior to enrolling in the beginner class. Nonmembers may not enroll in this class, at this time.
  • Beginner
    • In this level, participants will combine several basic skills and begin moving towards full swimming stroke development. Participants should be able to float on their back and front and have some breath control under the water.  The class will begin working on kicking and other locomotion techniques before moving on towards combining those skills into full strokes.
  • Intermediate
    • At this level, participants will work on refining technique of several 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.  

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 
  • Non-members - $59  

Private & Semi-Private Classes


Fall Sign up period is now open!!

Please fill out this Interest form:


  • Please note filling out the interest form does not guarantee an instructor. 
  • Do not purchase private lesson package until after an instructor has been confirmed
  • Please allow 5 business days after Sept. 18 for adequate time to match you up with an instructor

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. Please note this is not recommended for children that are less than five years old.  If you have any question's please email the Coordinator of Aquatics, Autumn Cleverley. Please note lessons must be used within 6 months of purchase.  

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 513-556-0382 or email

Spring 2020 Dates TBA

Waddell Center Aquatic Fitness Class

Multiple Sclerosis Class

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. Participants can join at no cost with a physician referral. If you have questions, call 513-556-0382 or email

Fall Extreme Swim Challenge

Program Overview

Fall 2019 50 Day Extreme Swim Challenge

Can you make it a full 50 days?  For 2019 Fall Extreme Swim Challenge the goal is to swim 50 times throughout the entire semester.  Pick a difficulty with a different distance to swim each visit.  Must log 50 visits or more to complete the challenge!!

The first 4 to finish in each category will win a t-shirt!
• Beginner: 20 lengths (500 yards) each visit = Total 25,000 yards/ 14.7 miles
• Intermediate: 32 lengths (800 yards) each visit- Total 40,000 yards / 23.5 miles
• EXTREME: 68 lengths (1700 yards) each visit- Total 85,000 yards / 50 MILES 

• Members can enter for $10
• Non-members are not eligible to participate 
• Registration is ongoing until October 26th.  
• Sign up at the Rec Center's Member Services desk by calling 513-556-0604 or sign up online HERE.  

• Swimming must be completed  Aug. 26 through December 14.  
• 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





Oh Ship its Back!!!

Get your four-person team together for this one-day tournament on Friday Sept. 20 at 5:30 p.m. Compete with other teams to sink each other's canoes, and become champion! All participants must be both active members of the Campus Recreation Center and a current UC student, faculty, or staff member.  

Date: Friday Sept. 20

Start Time- 5:30p

Registration Information  

  • Registration starts Aug. 22 and ends Sept. 17
  • Registration is $15 per team
    •     Paid by team captain
  • Register Online or at the Rec Front Desk 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.




Leisure Pool