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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

Operating Hours 
Opens 15 mins after facilities open, and closes 30 mins before facilities close.  

Strom Thurmond Center Outdoor Pool

Operating Hours 
Monday - Sunday:  Noon - 8 p.m.
*The outdoor pool has closed for the season.

Blatt Center Indoor Pool

Operating Hours
Monday - Friday: 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.; 5 - 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.


Red Cross Certifications

We are now offering Red Cross Certifications for First Aid, CPR, and AED. All classes are conducted using Blended Learning and must be purchased through the link below:

Purchase Link

Classes cost $90. Registration will close one week prior to the class date. All classes will be held either at the Strom Thurmond Wellness and Fitness Center or the Solomon Blatt PE Center depending on the class date and size.


Come learn to swim with us!


Little Gamecocks Learn to Swim will be returning this summer! Below are our dates and times offered:

Session 1: Jun. 8-19, 5 p.m. 6 p.m. 7 p.m. (registration will open May 11)

Session 2: Jun. 29-Jul. 10, 5:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. (registration will open Jun. 1)

Session 3: Aug. 3-14,  5p.m. 6 p.m. 7 p.m. (registration will open Jul. 13)

Each session is two weeks long, running Monday-Friday on the first week and then Monday-Thursday of week two; the second Friday of each session is reserved as weather make up in case of storms. Sessions cost $75. 

New this year: we will only be opening up registration approximately 1 month from the first day to ensure we are properly staffed to maintain a 1:4 ratio of teachers to students.

Any questions can be sent to the Aquatics Coordinator: 

Ashley Oswald. Email: phone: (803) 777-4694


Adult Swimming 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 Classes) ($110): four class meetings lasting 30 minutes each
Adult Swimming (6 Classes) ($150): six class meetings lasting 30 minutes each
Adult Swimming (8 Classes) ($185): this is our best deal with eight class meetings lasting 30 minutes each

Sign the waiver and purchase lessons 

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.

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