Aquatic Programs

Last updated Sep. 08, 2015 - 9:27 am
  • Swim Team
  • Water Exercise Class
  • Swimming Lessons
  • Buffaloe Road Sprayground

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View information on the City's various year-round and seasonal pools. The City has 4 year-round facilities (Buffaloe Road, Millbrook Exchange, Optimist and Pullen) and 5 seasonal pools.

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View Aquatic Brochure - document outlines fees, hours of operation, & programs available

Pools & Aquatic Facilities

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View Aquatic Brochure - document outlines fees, hours of operation, & programs available

Youth Programs

Raleigh Aquatics' diverse program offerings include:

  • American Red Cross Swimming Lessons
  • American Red Cross Lifeguard Training and Instructor Certifications
  • Intra-City Swim Team Learn to Swim Programs - Swim Lessons
  • Pre-School & Youth Level Descriptions
  • Swim Lesson Tips and Policies
  • Educational Programs - Raleighaqua Programs
  • Lifeguard Training and Lifeguard Instructor Training
  • Intra-City Swim Association - Raleigh's Swim Team
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Adult Programs

Raleigh Aquatics' diverse program offerings include:

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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, therefore after making course selections, we encourage you to submit your registration. Once a course is full, we begin a waitlist and process registrations as space becomes available. If you are waitlisted 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 waitlist.

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.

Volunteer - Aquatic Coaches

The Aquatics Division is looking for volunteers to assist the Raleigh Aquatics coaching staff in supervising / 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.
Contact 919-996-6640


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 spatial distribution of aquatic facilities; costs; and recommended implementation and prioritization of the results.

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