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Let’s get our heels wet in the Carolina blue waters! Reservations are no longer required for lap swimming. Please read our facility guidelines below.

UNC’s Aquatics program is home to both an indoor and an outdoor pool, with lanes ranging from 25 yards to 50 meters and depths ranging from 3 to 10 feet. Throughout the semester, we host swim lessons, swim stroke clinics, lifeguarding and other safety courses. Please read the Aquatic Facility Guidelines below and check out all of our Aquatics Programs and Classes at the bottom of the page.

Aquatic Facility Guidelines

Bowman Gray Memorial Pool

  • Reservations are not required for lap swimming. For facility operating hours, please visit our hours page. 
  • Your OneCard is required to check in at the desk to verify membership.
  • We have reopened the Woollen locker rooms for full use. We do not allow deck changing. Please enter the pool through the locker rooms.
  • Staff and patrons are required to wear a face mask on deck entering or exiting the building, and can be removed when swimming. It is recommended that staff and patrons maintain physical distancing.
  • We would like to welcome our University members, their families, and guests (with the purchase of a $5 Guest Pass bought at the check in table) into the facility for recreational swim again.
  • In the event of any emergency or severe weather, the pool and deck will be cleared immediately.

Kessing Outdoor Pool is closed for the season effective September 13, 2021. Kessing will reopen for Summer 2022 in June 2022.

If you have additional questions or concerns, you can contact our Aquatics Director, Catherine Ayers at catherineayers@unc.edu

Are you ready to take the dive?

We are proud to offer group, private, and semi-private swim lessons for participants of all ages and experience levels. We also offer American Red Cross Lifeguarding, Lifeguard Instructor, and Water Safety Instructor courses. All Aquatics Programs are open to UNC students, faculty, staff, and their families, as well as surrounding communities. 

If you are a member of the UNC community, you can use your ONYEN to login and register.  If you do not have an ONYEN, please email uncaquatics@unc.edu with the full name and birth date of the participant.  A login and password will be created and sent to you for accessing our registration software.

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