Aquatics

Swim lessons are NOT currently available due to staffing issues, but we hope to bring them back soon.

Information listed below is NOT current and has only been left in place for when lessons return.

With our state-of-the-art leisure pool we strive to meet the needs of students, faculty/staff, and the surrounding community. Join us to improve your physical and mental health through the weightlessness of the water.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the New Balance Student Recreation Center Pool is currently open but enrollment in Rec Swim is recommended. Current members can enroll to use the lap lanes, the leisure area, and the vortex. Lap swim (intended for swimming laps) is in one of two 25-yard lanes, the leisure area (intended for recreation, aerobics, and water walking) is in the large open space closer to the outside wall, and the Vortex area (the round section where there is a strong current, on request) is also available for recreation, aerobics, and walking against the current. Visit WebTrac to enroll in Lap/Leisure/Vortex swim.

We are scheduling private lessons at a limited capacity for members with current passes. Email adrianna.delamo@maine.edu to coordinate your private lesson today.

Parent/Participant Information

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Our Goals for All Participants:

  • Safety in and around all bodies of water
  • Lifelong health and fitness
  • Opening up opportunities for fun in all recreational aquatic environments

What to Expect:

  • Our small class sizes allow for high quality instruction, repeated practice of skills and a positive learning experience.
  • Children should be able to follow instructions in a class environment without a parent present (excluding Little Splashers).
  • We strive to provide a class environment of peers, but there may be an age difference among participants in a class as we sort by ability level, not age.
  • All participants learn at different rates and progress depends on many factors.
  • Because of the shallow depth of the Rec Center Leisure Pool, we do NOT teach or practice any diving and diving is never allowed in any part of the pool.

Registration:

All registration fees are payable at the time of registration. Class sizes are limited, so register early. Payment can be made by cash, check or credit card. Participants can register at the front desk of the Recreation Center in person, by phone (207) 581-1082, or online by visiting: https://umaine.edu/campusrecreation/webtrac/

Each group swim lesson must meet minimum enrollment of two participants. If the group does not meet minimum enrollment, we will make all efforts to coordinate an alternative solution such as moving the participant to another group (space permitting), or reimbursing the total cost of the course.

What to Bring:

  • Swimsuit (and swim diaper, if participant is not potty-trained)
  • Towel (members can check out towels at the front desk)
  • Goggles are highly recommended for participants higher than Preschool or Learn-to-Swim Level 1.
  • A positive attitude for both parents and participants!

First Day of Lessons:

  • Please be ready on the pool deck 5 minutes before the start time for your lesson.
  • Your instructor will introduce themselves and answer any questions you may have.
  • Please stay and watch your child’s lesson in accordance with facility policy. We encourage you to practice their skills outside of class.
  • Please refrain from interfering with the class or instructor as it can be distracting for the whole group.

Facility Information