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May is Water Safety Month

Governor Cooper has proclaimed May as National Water Safety Month for North Carolina. In celebration of this proclamation, the Aquatic Program is sharing resources for water safety knowledge and skills as you prepare for summer 2020. Do your part and be water smart!

Water Safety for Kids

 

Admission and Passes

Daily Admission Fees

To ensure everyone's safety, all visitors passing the front desk must pay. Children 12 years or younger must be accompanied by a paying adult age 16 or older.

Pullen, Optimist, Millbrook & Seasonal Pools

Admission at the Door Ages 1-12 Ages 13-54 Aged 55+
Resident $2 $4 $3
Non-Resident $3 $7 $5

Buffaloe Road Aquatic Center

Admission at the door Ages 1-12 Ages 13-54 Aged 55+
Resident $4 $8 $6
Non-resident $7 $15 $11

 

15 Admission Punch Pass 

Punch Passes expire two years from the date of purchase. They are good for 15 entries at all City of Raleigh Aquatic Facilities.

Admission at the door Ages 1-12 Ages 13-54 Aged 55+
Resident $24 $48 $36
Non-resident $36 $84 $60

 

Monthly and Annual Passes

Monthly pass (valid one month to date) - valid at all facilities

  Ages 1-12 Ages 13-54 Aged 55+
Resident $18 $36 $27
Non-resident $27 $63 $45

Annual pass (valid one year to date) - valid at all facilities

  Ages 1-12 Ages 13-54 Aged 55+
Resident $120 $240 $180
Non-resident $180 $420 $300

 

Purchasing Passes

Daily admission fees and Punch Passes (15 admissions) are purchased at the pool or aquatic facility.

Monthly and annual passes are purchased at any of the year-round pools - Optimist, Millbrook, Pullen, and Buffaloe Road Aquatic Center

Aquatic Administrative Office
2401 Wade Avenue | Raleigh 27607 | 919-996-6852 | Email

Pool Information

Year Round Aquatic Centers

Buffaloe Road Aquatic Center - 5908 Buffaloe Rd (27616)

Phone: 919-996-5600 
Get directions
Hours of Operation and Facility Description

Millbrook Exchange Pool - 1905 Spring Forest Rd (27615)

Phone: 919-996-4130
Get Directions
Hours of Operation and Facility Description

Optimist Pool - 5902 Whittier Dr (27609)

Phone: 919-996-2790 
Get Directions 
Hours of Operation and Facility Description

Pullen Aquatic Center - 410 Ashe Ave (27606)

Phone: 919-996-6197
Get Directions 
Hours of Operation and Facility Description

 

Seasonal Pools

Biltmore Pool - 701 Crown Crossing Ln (27610)

Phone: 919-831-6736
Get directions 
Hours of Operation and Facility Description

Lake Johnson Pool - 5863 Jaguar Park Dr. (27606)

Phone: 919-233-2111
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Hours of Operation and Facility Description

Longview Pool - 321 Bertie Dr (27610)

Phone: 919-831-6343
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Hours of Operation and Facility Description

Ridge Road Pool - 1709 Ridge Rd (27607)

Phone: 919-420-2322
Get Directions 
Hours of Operation and Facility Description

Programs

To browse all Aquatics programs, download the brochure here.

Swim Lessons

Raleigh Aquatics diverse program offerings include:

  • American Red Cross Swimming Lessons - Youth (6 months-13 years)
    • Parent & Child Lessons (ages 6 months-3 years)
    • Preschool Lessons (ages 3-5years)
    • School-Aged Levels Lessons (ages 6-13 years)
  • American Red Cross Swimming Lessons – Adult (14 years and older)
    • Learning the Basics Swim Class (Beginner)
    • Refining Swim Strokes Class (Intermediate)
    • Fitness Swimming (Advanced)

Swim Lesson Tips

Swim Lesson Policies

Download Aquatic Programs Brochure

Private Lessons

Private swim lessons and stroke development are offered at Buffaloe Road Aquatic Center Millbrook, Optimist and Pullen Aquatic Center. Private lessons are offered at times when group lessons are not being conducted and based on instructor availability.  To request private lessons:

Non-City Lessons

The City of Raleigh does not allow individuals or groups to conduct private instruction at any City-owned swimming facilities.

Water Exercise

Raleigh Aquatics' diverse program offerings include:

Download Aquatic Programs Brochure

Adaptive Aquatics

The City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department welcomes the participation of all individuals, including those with disabilities or special needs. We are committed to compliance with the ADA and will provide reasonable accommodations to facilitate participation in our programs. For more information, see our Adaptive Aquatics page.
 

Registration

Register anytime with RecLink Online Registration or browse through program offerings. Select your classes and pay online using Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or remaining credit on your account.  (Note: Registration for Water Exercise Classes is not available online)

Mail-in Registration: Complete and mail a registration form to Raleigh Aquatics, 2401 Wade Ave., Raleigh NC 27607. Payment options include Check, Money Order, Visa, MasterCard, or American Express.

Walk-in Registration: Visit Buffaloe Road Aquatic Center, Pullen Aquatic Center, Optimist Pool or Millbrook Exchange Pool and complete a registration form. Payment options include cash, check, money order, Visa, MasterCard, or American Express.

Waitlist Policy: Many of our programs fill up quickly. After making course selections, we encourage you to submit your registration. Once a course is full, we begin a waiting list and process registrations as space becomes available. If you are placed on a waiting list for a course, you will receive notification from staff prior to the start of the course as to the status of your request. No payment is taken for placement on a waiting list.

Intra-City Swim Team

The program goal is to provide an opportunity to experience competitive swimming in a fun, enjoyable, and relaxed environment. Prerequisite - participants must be able to swim 25 yards unassisted.
 

Practice Schedules
 

Buffaloe Road Aquatic Center 
Ages 3-18
Feb 10-Apr 27, Mondays & Wednesdays, 4:15 to 5 p.m.
Ages 3-10
Feb 10-Apr 27, Mondays & Wednesdays, 5:15 to 6 p.m.
Ages 11-18
Feb 10-Apr 27, Mondays & Wednesdays, 6:15 to 7 p.m.

Millbrook Pool (Aquatic Center) 
Ages 3-10
Feb 11-Apr 28, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6 to 6:45 p.m.
Ages 11-18
Feb 11-Apr 28, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 7 to 7:45 p.m.

Optimist Pool (Aquatic Center) 
Ages 3-10
Feb 10-Apr 27, Mondays & Wednesdays, 6 to 6:45 p.m.
Ages 11-18
Feb 10-Apr 27, Mondays & Wednesdays, 7 to 7:45 p.m.

Pullen Aquatic Center 
Ages 3-10
Feb 10-Apr 27, Mondays & Wednesdays, 5:30 to 6:15 p.m.
Ages 11-18
Feb 10-Apr 27, Mondays & Wednesdays, 6:30 to 7:15 p.m.

Swim Meet Schedule

Check-in at 1 p.m., Warm-ups at 1:30 p.m., Meet starts at 2 p.m.

SWIM MEET DATE HOST POOL TEAMS IN MEET RESULTS
February 29, 2020 Pullen Aquatic Center All Teams  
POSTPONED: March 28, 2020 Optimist Pool All Teams  
April 25, 2020 Millbrook Aquatic Center All Teams  

 

Volunteer - Aquatic Coaches

The Aquatics Division is looking for volunteers to assist the Raleigh Aquatics coaching staff in supervising or directing program participants of the intra-City Swim Team. Volunteers will help organize swim meet competitors to ensure efficient operations of the meet. They may also assist at team socials. The number of volunteer hours would vary by event. Please contact 919-996-6640 if interested.

Financial Assistance 

The City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources Department strives to provide programs to all. Thanks to generous donations and support, we are able to provide financial assistance to those in need. Financial assistance is provided on a sliding scale based on income and other financial circumstances. All patrons who wish to register for programs provided by the City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources Department are eligible to apply. Please note that financial assistance is not available for specialty camps, organizations, adult teams, special events, or rentals. For more information on eligibility or to request the financial assistance application, please call 919-996-4839 or email Fee.Assistance@raleighnc.gov.

Lifeguards

We are currently seeking lifeguards to staff our pools and aquatic facilities. Salaries range from $9.25 to $10.25 per hour depending on certifications.
For more information, see the Lifeguards page.

Philosophy and Future

The Aquatics Program of Raleigh Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources is dedicated to providing a fun and creative atmosphere for the development of swimming skills for all citizens in the Triangle area. We advocate the importance of water safety and are committed to the process of continuous improvement and training of our lifeguards, swim instructors, and community. The importance of swimming is invaluable, serves as a lifetime skill and as a healthy recreational activity. The American Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety program is our standard and all of our instructors are certified as Water Safety Instructors to meet these goals.

The City of Raleigh has conducted a comprehensive Aquatic Study. The study assessed both the quantity and quality of aquatic leisure services and opportunities provided by the Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department and included a local inventory and analysis of existing public and private pools; a market and demographic analysis; a needs assessment; analysis of the spatial distribution of aquatic facilities; costs; and recommended implementation and prioritization of the results.

Contact

 

Raleigh Aquatics, 919-996-6852

Lead Department:
Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Service Categories:
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