Thank you for choosing Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center. We have many user groups throughout the year. Please see our Monthly Pool Calendar for activities scheduled in the facility. These activities include, but are not limited to, high school swim team practices, VU water polo, swim, and tri club practices, kayaking clinics, and water aerobics classes. All of these exciting activities may limit the number of lanes that are available. Most of the VU activities occur in the evening during the academic year, while the high school swim teams practice from mid-September through mid-February from 3:45 pm until 5:30 pm Monday through Friday. Should you choose to swim during a scheduled activity, and/or prime time, please be prepared for a limited number of lanes available. Swimmers are required to share lanes when necessary.

General Pool Information

  • 25 yard by 36 meter pool
  • 3-ft shallow end up to 10 ft deep end
  • Approximately 480,000 gallons of water
  • Capability of up to 15 lap lanes
  • Water temperature is approximately 81 – 83 degrees
  • Disability pool lift available
  • Equipment available
    • kick boards
    • pull buoys
    • aqua jogger belts
    • hand paddles
    • fins
    • Towels, goggles, and caps available for purchase at equipment services

Aquatics News

Certificate of Excellence For Pool Maintenance

The VRWC pool for a second year in a row was recognized by the Metro Public Health Department with a certificate of excellence for pool maintenance. Only 3 pools out of over 750 in Nashville receive this recognition for cleanliness. Please join us at the VRWC in celebrating this accomplishment and congratulation our staff lead by Coordinator Kit Wilson. GREAT JOB AQAUTIC STAFF.


Pool Closures

For the safety of our patrons, and in following established safety guidelines, the pool will be closed during lightning storms and remain closed for 30 minutes beyond that last noted sound of Thunder. Should you have questions regarding this or any policies or issues with the pool please contact Frank Harrison. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.


Vanderbilt Swim School

Our lessons are on a first come first serve basis. Online registration powered by ACTIVE Network is now available for the Vanderbilt Swim School.

If you do not wish to use online registration, you may register in person in the Office of Campus Recreation at the Vanderbilt Recreation and Wellness Center, Monday through Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm. (check, cash, money orders, debit / credit cards accepted.) Class fees must be paid in full at time of registration. Absolutely NO refunds or make-ups for missed classes.

NO Mail-In Registrations Will Be Accepted.

Vanderbilt Swim School (VSS)
Summer Group and Private Lessons registrations starts March 3. 2014.

Now hiring Swim Instructors and Lifeguards for Summer 2014.

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Aquatics and Swim School:

Kit Wilson
615-34(3-1530)
kit.wilson@vanderbilt.edu