Due to a severe lifeguard shortage, we are reducing open hours at the Cary Street Gym aquatic center. The MCV aquatic center will be closed for the summer. Please see the Aquatic Center Hours page for the most current hours information. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please contact aquatics@vcu.edu with questions or concerns.

A swimmer holding a swim board in a pool


With Aquatic Centers in both Cary St. Gym and the MCV Campus Recreation Center, our Aquatics program is designed to help you feel safe and comfortable in the water. 

Join our amazing RecWell Aquatics team- Become a Lifeguard or Water Safety Instructor with RecWell. We offer American Red Cross Aquatic Certifications to help you get the training you need.

RecWell's Lifeguard of the Month for March is Julia Phu!

Julia has been a lifeguard at RecWell for almost 2 years and became a Head Guard in early 2023. She is an avid reader and loves spending time outdoors with her friends. One of Julia's goals for this year is to put on a showcase for the club she runs, the Fan Dance Company. Her favorite part of working at RecWell has been "the connections I've made with my coworkers and the patrons."

Adult Swim Programs

Our Adult Swim Programs are designed to help adults who want to learn an array of swimming techniques.

Wide shot of the leisure pool with a group of people in the water and an instructor standing at the edge of the pool deck.

Children's Swim Lessons

We offer 4 levels of swim lesson classes for children of RecWell members as well as non-members.

Swim instructor holding a child floating on their back in the pool.

Log Rolling

Test your balance and challenge yourself to some fun by participating in one of our Log-Rolling Clinics!

Two students high-fiving on a log in the pool while two other students hold the log steady.

Private Swim Lessons

Private and Semi-Private Lessons are designed to meet the individual swimming needs of beginner to advanced swimmers. 

Swim instructor sitting on the edge of pool talking to person in the water.