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Swimming Pools

The USC aquatics program operates two indoor swimming pools and one outdoor swimming pool for members of the Carolina community.

Pool Hours

Strom Thurmond Center Indoor Pool

Monday – Friday: 6:15 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. – 10:30 p.m.
Sunday: 8 a.m.– 10:30 p.m.

Strom Thurmond Center Outdoor Pool

Daily: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. 



Blatt Center Indoor Pool

Monday – Friday: 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.; 5 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday: Closed


Courses and Certifications

Lifeguard Course

This full, 25-hour course is offered in the spring, typically March, during the university's spring break. You do not need to be a USC student to take the course.

Little Gamecocks Learn to Swim

Little Gamecocks Learn to Swim is a summer swimming lesson program for University of South Carolina faculty and staff children (or grandchildren) ages six months to 13 years old. Parents must present a current faculty or staff Carolina Card in order to register.

Little Gamecocks Learn to Swim registration will go live April 2 through the USC online store. We will be offering three sessions this year, keeping the three time slots (5 p.m. for parent and child and preschool levels; 6 p.m. for preschool and learn to swim levels; 7 p.m. for learn to preschool and learn to swim levels).

Session One: June 4-15
Session Two: June 18-June 29
Session Three: July 23-August 3

Register here

Day one of each lesson will be a swim evaluation based on the Red Cross swim levels for each age group. These standards can be found on the Red Cross website if you would like to start familiarizing you and your child to the water. Can’t wait to see you this summer! 

Adult Swim Lessons

We will be offering adult swim lesson packages for current faculty, staff and students. All classes are private lessons designed around safety and the participants’ personal goals. Times and dates are set between the participant and the swim instructor assigned. Below are the packages offered:

Adult Swimming Refresher Class ($35): a single one-hour session to review skills and safety information
Adult Swimming 4 Class ($110): four class meetings lasting 30 minutes each
Adult Swimming 6 Class ($150): six class meetings lasting 30 minutes each
Adult Swimming 8 Class ($185): this is our best deal with eight class meetings lasting 30 minutes each

Registration will go live April 2 and classes will start in May.

Register here 

Other Courses Available

  • Lifeguard Recertification
  • CPR Recertification
  • Lifeguard Instructor Course
  • Water Safety Instructor Course

For more information or to register for courses, email Ashley Oswald, Aquatics Coordinator, at oswaldn@mailbox.sc.edu or call 803-777-4694.