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Aquatics

Aquatics is for everyone! 

Come explore the many benefits of being in the water with RecWell. Our aquatics facilities include the ERC Natatorium and the Outdoor Aquatic Center (OAC). Inside the Natatorium, you can enjoy the warmer water of the instructional pool, dry sauna, steam room, and our Olympic-size competition pool.

Enjoy open lap swimming, club sports (swimming, water polo, triathlon) or get involved with the facility’s group activities, such as our youth recreational swim program, masters swimming, swim lessons, or one of the many special events such as Log Rolling or Aqua Dance Fitness.




RecWell offers a variety of aquatic programs and activities ranging from competitive swim teams and certifications to informal activities such as open swim and log rolling. Review the table below to determine your eligibility for participation in each. For more information on these and other activities visit the Youth & Community Programs or Instructional Classes & Certifications page. 

We have American Red Cross (ARC) water & land safety training for students, faculty, staff, and members of the community.

Both traditional classroom & blended learning (BL) courses at RecWell are inclusive of ARC course fees, materials fees, and required text materials.

Certificates are issued by the American Red Cross and sent via email after successful completion of all written and skills tests. For more information about our class, pleaser visit, Instructional Classes & Certifications.

The University of Maryland will not be hosting Guard Wars in 2022.  We look forward to hosting you in Spring of 2023.  

This event showcases collegiate or community lifeguard staff (two divisions) and their lifesaving skills in a friendly environment. Prizes will be awarded to the top teams and all participants will receive a t-shirt. For more information contact Ron Willoughby at rwillo@umd.edu.

 

Swimming is a life skill that can be learned or refined at any age & at RecWell, we want you to be able to enjoy the water safely.

Six months to adult - Our American Red Cross structured classes & lessons are geared to you.

Join us to learn in a safe & fun environment to become a lifelong swimmer. Choose between group, semi-private and private swim lessons. For more information, please visit our Learn to Swim page.

This program only occurs in the Fall and Spring semesters.  We do not offer this program in the summer months.

Looking for youth recreational swimming? This is the program for you!

RecWell Swimming Terps helps you work on stroke development, endurance, and having fun in the water. Swimmers will improve their strokes, gain communication and interpersonal skills, as well as enjoy being part of a group.

Groups meet throughout the semester for instruction and practice. There are no swim meets associated with this program, but it can be a great intermediate step before committing to a traditional swim team.

All swimmers interested in joining Swimming Terps must:

  1. Be able to swim one 25 yards freestyle without stopping
  2. Be able to swim one 25 yards backstroke without stopping
  3. Kick one 25 yards freestyle with a kickboard
  4. Have an understanding of butterfly and breaststroke.

Registration opens on December 1st for the spring semester.

Register for Swimming Terps

Practice Times Cost Goals
RecWell Members (6 - 10 years) Tues/Thurs
5:00pm - 6:00pm
Sept 6 - Dec 6
*no class Nov 24 & Dec 1
$300 Swimmers will work on stroke development, endurance and having fun in the water.
Community Members (6-10 years) Tues/Thurs
5:00pm - 6:00pm
Sept 6 - Dec 6
*no class Nov 24 & Dec 1
$360 Swimmers will work on stroke development, endurance and having fun in the water.
RecWell Members (11-16 years) Tues/Thurs
6:15pm -7:30pm
Sept 6 - Dec 6
*no class Nov 24 & Dec 1
$300 Swimmers will work on stroke development, endurance and having fun in the water.
Community Members (11-16 years) Tues/Thurs
6:15pm -7:30pm
Sept 6 - Dec 6
*no class Nov 24 & Dec 1
$360 Swimmers will work on stroke development, endurance and having fun in the water.

A Scuba certification will open your your world to new adventures. Begin your adventure with RecWell and the PADI Open Water Scuba Course!

Learn skills to help you explore our underwater world – see historic shipwrecks, swim with sea turtles, and view all the colors of coral reefs. For more information, visit our SCUBA page.

 

Terrapin Masters exists to help adult swimmers improve fitness and/or train for specific goals, and offer active support for a healthy lifestyle through friendship and camaraderie.

We are a U.S. Masters Swim team hosted by University Recreation & Wellness at the University of Maryland. Members of our team are training for fitness, open water swimming, triathlons, swim meets and to live longer. Students, faculty/staff, alumni and members of the community are welcome.

 

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Portrait of Natalie Taylor

Natalie Taylor

Associate Director, Aquatics & Safety
Portrait of John Baker Felts V

John Baker Felts V

Manager, Pool Operations
Portrait of Ron Willoughby

Ron Willoughby

Coordinator, Lifeguards
Portrait of Stephanie Draminski

Stephanie Draminski

Assistant Director, Aquatics & Safety
Portrait of Ashley David

Ashley David

Coordinator, Community & Safety Programs
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