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Last updated Apr. 18, 2016 - 7:50 am

Lifeguard Certification

The City of Raleigh is currently seeking lifeguards to staff aquatic facilities. Salaries range from $8.25-$9.25/hr depending on certifications. Please follow the link for more information.

Lifeguard Hiring Information

Hours

Note: The following schedule is subject to change based on the availability of trained lifesaving personnel. In order to maintain a safe swimming environment, facility management may have to periodically limit pool admission until those patrons already admitted have exited. Those waiting to enter will be asked to wait in line outside the entrance to the pool.

Buffaloe Road Aquatic Center - 5908 Buffaloe Road | 919-996-5600
Closures - 3/27 (Easter)


SunMonTuesWedThursFriSat
Open Swim1-
5pm
10am-
7pm
10am-
7pm
10am-
7pm
10am-
7pm
10am-
7pm
10am-
7pm
Lap
(Availability)
None10am-
2pm
Noon-
2pm
10am-
2pm
Noon-
2pm
10am-
2pm
None
Waterslide,
Vortex &
Current
Channel
1-
4:45pm
10am-
6:45pm
Noon-
6:45pm
10am-
6:45pm
Noon-
6:45pm
10am-
6:45pm
10am-
6:45pm

Millbrook Pool - 1905 Spring Forest Road | 919-996-4130
Closures - 3/27 (Easter); 4/16 (ICSA swim meet - closing at noon)


SunMonTuesWedThursFriSat
Rec SwimNone12:30-
5:30pm
12:30-
5:30pm
12:30-
5:30pm
12:30-
5:30pm
12:30-
8pm
12:30-
5:30pm
Lap
(Availability)
7am-
1pm
5:30am-
8pm
5:30am-
8pm
5:30am-
8pm
5:30am-
8pm
5:30am-
8pm
6am-
5:30pm

Optimist Pool - 5902 Whittier Drive | 919-870-2882
Closures - 2/27 (ICSA swim meet - closing at noon); 3/27 (Easter)


SunMonTuesWedThursFriSat
Open Rec Swim1-
5:30pm
9am-
8pm
9am-
5pm
9am-
8pm
9am-
5pm
9am-
5pm
12:30-
5:30pm
Lap (Availability)1-
5:30pm
5:30am-
8pm
5:30am-
8pm
5:30am-
8pm
5:30am-
8pm
5:30am-
8pm
6am-
5:30pm

Pullen Aquatic Center - 410 Ashe Avenue | 919-996-6197
Closures -
3/4 (MOR swim meet - closing at noon)
3/5-3/6 (MOR swim meet)
3/18 (ICSA swim meet - closing at 4pm)
3/19 (Wake Co. Special Olympics swim meet)
3/27 (Easter)
4/10 (Raleigh Rock 'N Roll Marathon)


SunMonTuesWedThursFriSat
Main Pool Open1-
5:30pm
9am-
5pm
9am-
5pm
9am-
5pm
9am-
5pm
9am-
8pm
12:30-
5:30pm
Teach Pool Open (Availability)1-
5:30pm
Noon-
5pm
Noon-
5pm
Noon-
5pm
Noon-
5pm
9am-
8pm
12:30-
5:30pm
Lap
(Availability)
1-
5:30pm
5:30am-
8pm
5:30am-
8pm
5:30am-
8pm
5:30am-
8pm
5:30am-
8pm
6am-
5:30pm
Diving Boards1-
5:30pm
NoneNoneNoneNoneNone12:30-
5:30pm

Buffaloe Road Aquatic Center - 5908 Buffaloe Rd (27616)

Pool

Phone: 919-996-5600 | Get Directions

Note: The admission fees for this facility are different from other City of Raleigh Pools.

Rental Information:
General Birthday Party information
Birthday Party Booking Agreement Details and Terms

Waterslide, Vortex, Current Channel
NOTE:
Due to recent staffing shortages these attractions may be closed or the schedule may be adjusted. Please call the facility 919-996-5600 the day you plan to visit to inquire about adjustments to the schedule for these attractions.

Lap Swim | Lap Lane Availability | Lap Lanes = 25 yards

Features

  • Three story waterslide
  • Lazy river
  • Water vortex
  • Water basketball & water volleyball
  • Three 25 yard lap lanes (no back stroke flags)
  • Zero-depth entry with tot-size play area including water tumble buckets, a water curtain, and tot-size slide

Aquatic Center Supervisors:

Aaron Weaver - Lead
Kevin Sweeney
Priscilla Holcomb

Millbrook Exchange Pool - 1905 Spring Forest Rd (27615)

Millbrook Exchange Pool

Phone: 919-996-4130 | Get Directions

Millbrook Exchange Pool is located within the Millbrook Exchange Park.

Features

  • main pool is covered by a fabric tension structure and operated year round
  • wading pool (summer season)
  • spray ground (summer season)

Aquatic Center Supervisors:

Tim McAllister - Lead
Tricia Maldonado

Optimist Pool - 5902 Whittier Dr (27609)

Optimist Pool

Phone: 919-870-2882 | Get Directions

Part of Optimist Park, Optimist Pool was renovated in 2009 by converting the pool enclosure from a air supported bubble to a fabric tension structure. The old bath house has been replaced with a new, up to date facility including spacious locker rooms and a classroom. It hosts several large-scale swimming competitions during the year.

Features

  • 50 meter x 25 yard Olympic size swimming pool
  • a diving well with low and high diving boards
  • large baby pool
  • lap and recreational swimming
  • water exercise programs
  • city swim league
  • swim clinics, American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim lessons, lifeguard training and instructor-level classes

Aquatic Center Supervisors:

Jimmie Overton - Lead
Ted Barnett

Pullen Aquatic Center - 410 Ashe Ave (27606)

Pullen Aquatic Center

Phone: 919-996-6197 | Get Directions

Part of Pullen Park, Pullen Aquatic Center is the City of Raleigh's premier competitive aquatic venue. It also hosts several large-scale swimming competitions during the year.

Features

  • indoor 50 meter x 25 yard Olympic size swimming pool
  • warm water therapy pool
  • mezzanine with spectator seating
  • outdoor patio
  • locker room facilities
  • lap and recreational swimming
  • water exercise programs
  • aquatic therapy programs
  • city swim league
  • American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim lessons, lifeguard training, and instructor-level classes

Aquatic Center Supervisors:

Tricia Severa - Lead
Stephanie Stancil

Biltmore Pool - 701 Crown Crossing Ln (27610)

Biltmore Pool

Phone: 919-831-6736 | Get Directions

Summer 2015 - June 6 - August 16, 2015

Features

  • baby pool
  • lap & recreation main pool
  • deep end is 12 ft deep

Aquatic Center Supervisors:

Tricia Severa - Lead
Stephanie Stancil

Chavis Pool - 720 Chavis Way (27601)

Chavis pool

Phone: 919-831-6565 | Get Directions

Summer 2015 - June 6 - August 30, 2015

Features

  • large spray ground
  • recreation main pool
  • deep end is 10 ft deep
  • water slide

Lake Johnson Pool - 5623 Jaguar Park Dr (27606)

Lake Johnson pool

Phone: 919-233-2111 | Get Directions

Summer 2015 - May 23 - September 7, 2015

Features

  • large spray ground
  • baby pool
  • lap & recreation main pool

Longview Pool - 321 Bertie Dr (27610)

Longview pool

Phone: 919-831-6343 | Get Directions

Summer 2015 - June 6 - August 23, 2015

Features

  • baby pool
  • lap & recreation main pool

Ridge Road Pool - 1709 Ridge Rd (27607)

Ridge Road pool

Phone: 919-420-2322 | Get Directions

Summer 2015 - May 23 - September 7, 2015

Features

  • baby pool
  • spray ground
  • lap & recreation main pool
  • deep end is 12 ft deep

Daily Admission Fees and Punch Passes

Pullen, Optimist, Millbrook & Seasonal Pools

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

Buffaloe Road Aquatic Center

Admission at the DoorAges 1-12Ages 13-54Aged 55+
Resident$3$7$5
Non-Resident$6$14$10

Punch Pass (Good for 15 entries at all City of Raleigh Aquatic Facilities)

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

Note: Punch Passes expire 1 year from the date of purchase.
Children must be accompanied by a paying adult age 16 or older.

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 month to date) - Valid at all facilities


Ages 1-12Ages 13-54Aged 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 Av | Raleigh 27607 | 919-996-6852 | Email

Buffaloe Road Aquatic Center Rules

Buffaloe Road Aquatic Center has additional rules specific to the attractions and amenities at this facility.
All other pool rules also apply at Buffaloe Road Aquatic Center.

Read Buffaloe Road Aquatic Center Rules

Pool Rules

  • Children should not use the swimming pool without adult supervision.
  • Adults should not swim alone.
  • Pets are prohibited throughout the facility.
  • Glass containers are prohibited throughout the facility.
  • A lifeguard must be on duty before entering the water.
  • Please wear proper swimming attire in the pool (see manager regarding acceptable clothing).
  • Diving is limited to areas of more than 5 feet of water depth.
  • Rough play in pool and on the deck area is prohibited.
  • Floating aids and some toys are not permitted in the pool (see manager for what is acceptable).
  • Face masks and goggles are permitted with non-breakable lenses and used properly.
  • Lap lanes are for adult use only. Please do not hang on the lane ropes.
  • Please walk. Running is prohibited on the deck.
  • Smoking and consuming food and beverages must be done in designated areas only.
  • To provide a family atmosphere, abusive/profane language or excessive public displays of affection will not be permitted.
  • Admission to the pool may be denied for any of the following reasons:
    a) When an individual is apparently unable to care for himself or is intoxicated.
    b) Evidence of contagious disease, open sores, or wounds.
    c) Any condition which will jeopardize the health and safety of the general public.
  • Distracting the attention of a lifeguard is not allowed.

Diving Area Rules (Optimist Pool and Pullen Aquatic Center)

  • There should only be one person on the diving stand at all times.
  • Please dive from the end of the board only and straight out. Diving to the side is prohibited.
  • Swim immediately to the side after diving and exit the pool. Wait until preceding diver swims clear before diving.
  • Please avoid "double bouncing" and running dives.
  • Swimmers under or hanging on the diving boards is prohibited.
  • High dive board is for use by people who are taller than the 3rd rung of the diving stand.

(3 meter High dive is available at Optimist only during summer operation)

 

Teaching Pool Information and Rules (Pullen Aquatic Center)

  • This warm water pool is used for therapy, swimming lessons, and recreational swimming. Hours of operation vary based upon programming.
  • For safety purposes, recreational swimming can be limited to non-swimmers under 4'5" tall and their guardian.
  • The teaching pool is closed to the general public during swimming lessons.
  • Please limit jumping from the pool deck to water over 2 feet deep.
  • Please stay off the divider wall.

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
  • Educational Programs - Raleighaqua Programs
  • Lifeguard Training and Lifeguard Instructor Training
  • Intra-City Swim Association - Raleigh's Swim Team
Download Brochure

Adult Programs

Raleigh Aquatics' diverse program offerings include:

  • Adult Swimming Lessons
  • Water Exercise Classes
  • Specialty Water Exercise Classes (arthritis, MS)
  • Adult Level Descriptions
  • Water Exercise & Aquatic Fitness Programs
  • Water Exercise Class Descriptions & Schedule
  • Lap Swimming - Information & Schedule
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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, 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.

Lesson Tips

Arrival Time: It is important for participants to be on deck and ready to go five minutes before their class starts. Participants should use the restroom before class begins. The instructor will inform parents and participants know where to meet each day and that participants will need to wait on the deck, not in the water, until the instructor has arrived.

Swimming Attire and Protection: We recommend that participants and their parents apply sunscreen prior to beginning each lesson at an outdoor pool. Allow ample time for absorption prior to getting in the water. For those with long hair, we recommend wearing it tied back or covered by a bathing cap during lessons. Wearing a T-shirt in the water is optional. Participants should not forget to bring a dry towel for use after the lesson.

Parental Support: Be supportive of your children's efforts in lessons. Learning to swim can be challenging! Remember that fear is learned. If you are hesitant or fearful for your child in the water, your child will generally acquire a fearful attitude. Your child's progress and enjoyment can be enhanced when you and your child are enthusiastic about swimming.

Positive Reinforcement Techniques Used During Lessons: Any disciplinary problems should be addressed by the swim instructor. Positive reinforcement to encourage appropriate class behavior will include removing the child from the swim lesson (i.e., "time out" for a brief period) and may include addressing the problem with the parent and/or pool manager.

First Day of Class: The first day of class is utilized for participant skill evaluation and class assignment. Participants will be asked to perform known skills and then be placed in the appropriate level class. Participants may be reassigned to another class if necessary. Please not that class levels may be combined when numbers are small.

Before and After Class: Parents are encouraged to come and talk to the instructor before or after class. If the instructor is busy with another parent, parents can leave their phone number with the lesson coordinator who will ensure that the instructor follows up with the parent.

During Class: Any concerns a parent has about their child's class that require immediate attention can be directed to the lesson coordinator. The lesson coordinator is on deck to assist the instructors in managing their classes, and is accessible in the event questions should arise during the lesson.

Last Day of Class: Please complete a participant/parent evaluation form on the last day of class. These forms will be made available to you at the last lesson. Management reviews the evaluations and uses them to make program adjustments to better meet the needs and those of your child. When possible, we take corrective action immediately. Feedback is shared with the instructor to maintain or improve their skills. Participants in most lessons will also receive a certificate stating how they performed in their lesson and making suggestions for further improvement.

Lesson Policies

Absence Policy: Classes are not made up when a student misses a class; however, if the pool cancels a class, we will make it up at a time to be announced.

Inclement Weather Policy: Lessons are conducted regardless of weather, except in cases of pool closure due to thunderstorms. In the event of a thunderstorm or other pool closure, the lesson will be made up on the next available Friday at the regular lesson time. If a lesson is cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances (i.e., lightening, pool closure, etc.), we reschedule the lesson when possible. If rescheduling is not feasible, we issue refunds or credits toward another activity.

Medical Concerns: If your child has a medical condition, such as, but not limited to, allergies, seizures, or epilepsy, a medical clearance form from your physician is required and must be submitted to the pool manager prior to the first day of class. In an emergency, knowledge of medical conditions will aid our staff and emergency personnel in providing care.

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

Philosophy

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 continued 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.

Future

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.

Contact Information

Raleigh Aquatics
Phone: 919-996-6852

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