Demystifying Aquatics: Frequently Asked Questions

Here at acac we believe that aquatics are not for one particular demographic or lifestyle, but for everyone.

That’s why we offer swim lessons, personal training, group exercise classes, family time, and special aquatic events for all of our members to enjoy! We know sometimes it’s scary to try something new, so check out these answers to some frequently asked questions before dipping your toes in the pool.

Swim Lessons

What should I bring to my first swim lesson? All you need to bring is a pair of goggles, a pool towel, and a good attitude! Swim instructors will provide additional equipment and toys if needed.

What ages are eligible for swim lessons? We offer swim lessons for all ages and levels of experience. From children ages 3 to adults ages 103, our staff of swim instructors will help you increase confidence in the water, improve your stroke, and learn new skills. Some of our clubs also offer infant swim lessons.

Are there different types of swim lessons? Yes! We offer private lessons for individuals and semi-private lessons for small groups who would like to learn how to swim together. Some clubs also have special group lessons for specific interests.

Do I have to be a member to purchase swim lessons at acac? No! Lessons are open to members and non-members.


Aquatic Group Exercise Classes

What should I wear to class? Appropriate dress for an aquatic group exercise class includes a swimsuit and sandals or removable shoes. Optional accessories: swimming cap, aquatic shoes and aqua gloves.

Are there classes offered for special populations? Our aquatic classes are a great option for those looking for a safe, low-impact workout. Some of the classes offered at different clubs include Arthritis H2O, Move and Thrive! (Arthritis Foundation approved), Fibromyalgia Exercise, Senior Aquatics, Baby + Me, and more. Please note: the availability of these classes may vary depending on your local club.


Aquatic Small Group Training

Can I work with a personal trainer in the pool? Yes! Several of our clubs offer Aquatic Small Group Training. This style of training uses the resistance of the water to build upper and lower body strength, cardio, and core. Check with your local club to see if Aqua SGT is offered and to learn more.


Family Time

When can I swim with my children? We offer special hours for families to play together in the pool and some of our clubs even have pools specific for family use. Ask your local club about Family Time hours to view a club-specific schedule.

Am I allowed to bring pool toys or a flotation device? Pool toys and small flotation devices (like Puddle Jumpers) are permitted in the pools. Please refrain from bringing large flotation devices as it hinders the lifeguard’s visibility. 


Lap Swimming

When can I swim laps? Lap lanes are available for individual use when not needed for group exercise classes or swim team practice. Ask your local club about Lap Lane hours to view a club-specific schedule.


Check out the pool schedule, aquatics group exercise classes and information on swim lessons at an acac club near you:

Charlottesville | Germantown | Midlothian | Short Pump | Timonium | West Chester