The Aquatics Center: Water you waiting for?

October 7, 2016


The VCU Rec Sports Aquatics Program provides a safe and enjoyable environment for students and members to participate in water activities. The Cary Street Gym Aquatic Center includes a 25-yard activity pool, leisure pool and whirlpool spa, all open for daily use. These features include many options for water-based fun such as basketball, a 14 foot climbing wall, and even a drop slide. The MCV Campus Aquatics Center includes a 25-meter lap pool and heated spa. Whatever your water interests may be, our Aquatics Centers have you covered.


“I’m really happy about the rockwall and slide,” said Etienne Dailly, VCU Freshman.


Water fitness and group exercise classes are held weekly at both the Cary Street Gym and MCV Campus Aquatics Centers.



Swim lessons:

Swim lessons are offered for adults and children of varying experience. Whether you are a beginner, or are looking for stroke refinement, certified instructors are trained to help you meet your goals.  Adult swim lessons are limited to six people in order to make sure everyone receives individual attention. Private and semi-private swim lessons are also available for anyone over the age of 3 years old.

Children’s Swim Lessons are also available for children of VCU Students, Members and even Non-Members.  Lessons are available for children ages 6 months and up. Classes run on Saturday mornings, and Tuesday/Thursday evenings. Class options include: Parent/Child, Preschool Levels 1-3 and Youth Levels 1-6. Each class is taught by American Red Cross Water Safety Instructors.18490811869_1c950b8781_o



Having trouble registering your child for lessons? You may need to add “Dependents” to your MyRecSports profile if you are getting an “age restriction” message.

  • After you sign into your MyRecSports page, click on your username in the upper right corner, then click on “Profile”.


  • Scroll to the bottom of your profile and add “Dependents.”


Session 2 of Tuesday/Thursday and Saturday lessons are still open for registration through mid-October. Visit MyRecSports to search available times.


U.S. Master’s Swimming:

Put your skills to the test with U.S. Master’s Swimming. Practices are led by experienced coaches to help swimmers train, improve fitness or meet their specific goals in the pool. Drop-in on a one-time basis, or sign up for the entire fall semester. Nine practices are offered throughout the week, including Monday/Wednesday/Fridays from 6:45-8am (CSG) and 4:30-5:45pm (MCV), and Monday/Wednesday/Thursday from 9-10:30pm (CSG).


Before enrolling, all swimmers must be able to swim 500 yards of backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle. There will be a swim trial at the beginning of each session!

Registration for U.S. Master’s Swim ends October 21!


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In compliance with the dress code, you must wear items that are specifically designed for swimming. In addition to wearing a swimsuit, you can also wear a cover-up shirt and shorts, as long as they are not made of cotton, or jean materials.


Want to work at the Aquatics Centers?

We are currently hiring certified American Red Cross Lifeguards. However, if you are not already certified, Rec Sports offers American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification and Re-certification courses. 6257829027_c4573532ae_o

Lifeguards are responsible for the safety of students and members in and out of the pool. “Being a lifeguard is a great job for students because it’s flexible,” said Kyle Hammond, VCU sophomore. “Everyone I work with is a great person.”

The next lifeguard certification class is coming up October 20-23. Registration ends October 17!


(Lifeguard Certification Course)

If you are already a certified lifeguard and are interested in a position, join us for Lifeguard Tryouts, November 6, from 2-4pm. Make sure to apply online at VCU Hire Rams, and the Aquatics Staff will determine your eligibility to attend the Lifeguard Tryout.

For more information on lifeguarding positions, contact Amanda Simmons at (804) 827-0321 or All open job positions at VCU Rec Sports can be found on


Check out the Aquatics Centers’ (Cary Street Gym and MCV Campus) hours to plan your next visit! More information on all of the programs mentioned can be found on the VCU Recreational Sports website.


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