Aquatic Fitness, Fun and Learning. Come join us. You will love it.

Aquatic recreation offers the best opportunities for your health and fitness. The Aquatics Department offers a large selection of programming catered to young adults, mature adults, senior members of the Duke community. We also offer youth programming designed by the Red Cross to teach new, life-long skills.

Through lessons, clinics, training and open recreation, you and your family can take advantage of great educational opportunities from morning ’till night. There is something for everyone in aquatics.

Our primary programming focus is on our students and professional staff of Duke University. We cater to the needs of a variety of ages and ability groups. Programs are especially designed to help adult learners. No matter what your age and skill level, we have a place for you here.

Learners can expect to explore and discover basic skill progression through adult private lessons and Adult Learn-to-Swim group lessons set up at convenient times to fit in to your busy work schedule.

Young adults can join a variety of sport clubs and participate in our academic activity classes like Beginning, Intermediate, Endurance Swimming and Lifeguard Training.

Many of our adults like to take advantage of our lap swimming fitness hours at Taishoff Aquatics Pavilion, Brodie Aquatics Center, and Central Campus Outdoor Pool. We have specially designed swim challenge programs and group exercise classes especially for adults who may have once competed but now are looking more toward meeting fitness goals and challenges.

Our esteemed senior members can look toward the water for joint mobility, muscle strength, flexibility and recovery. The department is also a great place for socializing with other colleagues and meeting new peers with shared interests and goals. We invite you take part in our semester Swim Challenges and group exercise classes.

Our youth programming offers skill development from an early age. We are pleased to offer youth Learn-to-Swim group lessons on weekends and individual or small group lessons for children on a scheduled basis.

Members may bring children over the age of 10 to swim during our lap hours. Brodie Aquatics Center is home to several fun games and equipment such as a water basketball hoop, dive toys and floating rafts as well as a variety of other water toys. We offer excellent teaching aids to help with infant learning and pre-school aged skill progression. Duke Recreation also hosts youth programming brought to you by Duke Aquatics, a non-profit organization serving the greater Durham Area.

For those who suffer from chronic pain or recent injury, water exercise has been proven to help speed the recovery process associated with these events. Water exercise is also a great way to combat stress, anxiety and depression. There is no better way to become heart-healthy with such a low impact on the muscles, bones and joins.

Take some time to discover what is waiting for you in the Aquatics Department today! Come by and see the facility or email us to find out more about our registration process, program offerings and opportunities for aquatic fitness. Visit the links below for a virtual tour of both facilities, Taishoff Aquatics Pavillion and Brodie Aquatics Center. Our friendly aquatic staff is waiting to serve you and your family. Once you have discovered our offerings, become a Member of Recreation today!

No matter how long it has been or what your skill level, you are, there is something for you in Aquatic Recreation. So come and see for yourself. Try us. You will love it.

For more information, please email and a professional staff member will assist you. Join our Listserv today!

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