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Sign up for swim lessons and water exercise classes online at eparks
Check out our list of Spring 2015 Program Guide.pdf for Swim Lessons/Water Fitness.

Starfish Swim Lessons
Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation Department is proud to implement Starfish Aquatics Institute (SAI) “Starfish Swimming” program format at each of the aquatic facilities starting fall 2012. SAI offers a nationally recognized swim instruction program for children and adults of all ages and abilities. The different programs offered are StarBabies (6-18 months), StarTots (18-36 months), Starfish Swim School (ages 3 years and up), Starfish Stroke School (once they have surpassed Starfish Swim School), and Starfish Swim Team (a development program designed to transition students from swim lessons to a competitive swim team program).

Each of these programs is benchmark focused and contains five stages that each focus on a specific core competency. The core competencies are the building blocks of swimming. All lead-up skills, activities, and benchmarks in each stage focus on the core competency. Each stage has two benchmarks to achieve, safety skill benchmark and a swim skill benchmark. Please read about the different levels below.

The Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center offers classes starting at the age of 6 months.  Have your child learn how to swim or improve his strokes.  We have classes for all ages and levels. 

Register online at eParks for these swim classes today! Or you may contact 311 (704-336-7600)  to register by phone. Contact Stephanie Whittington with any questions about any swim classes by phone at 704-336-8893 or by email at

  • Infant/Preschool - Ages - 6 months - 5 years
  • Youth - Ages 6 - 12 years
  • Teen/Adult - Ages 13 and up
Water Exercise
The Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center offers a large variety of water fitness classes.  Classes are offered in the mornings, afternoons and evening.  Come and exercise with us.

Private Lessons
Want some one of one instruction? Call one of our talented private instructors and book your lesson today.

Competitive Swimming
Need a fun way to keep in shape and improve your strokes in a non-threatening competitive program? These programs and swim teams might be for you.

Special Programs

Water Polo                 
Come and join us every Wednesday night for some great Water Polo action.  Just $5 to sweat it out.

Wednesdays - 8 p.m. - 9 p.m.

Open Kayak Night 
Join us Thursday nights from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. to practice kayak rolling.  

September - May
Cost: $5

Kayaks not provided. Self-directed. Call ahead, pool is closed some Thursday nights due to swim meets.

Kayak Water Polo 
Kayak Water Polo is a fast paced game of water polo played in kayaks.  Teams compete against each other using a small ball, kayaks and paddles.  Object of the game is to score into your designated goal. Must be 14 years of age to participate. No equipment needed. Call Matt Jakubowski at 704-336-7855 for more information.

Sundays - 1 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
January 11

February 1, 8, 22

March 1, 8, 15

April 12, 19, 26



For more information on these programs and more, call 704-336-3483.


Office Location:

Park and Recreation 5841 Brookshire Blvd Charlotte, NC 28216

Hours: Mon-Fri 8 a.m - 5 p.m.


Patsy Houston