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Campus Recreation

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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

closed for the season

Blatt Center Indoor Pool

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

Jan. 26: 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 6 months to 13 years old. Parents must present a current faculty or staff Carolina Card in order to register. New to the program, adult lessons will be available during our 7 p.m. lesson time.

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 swim and adults).

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

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!


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 or call 803-777-4694.