Aquatic Programs

You do not have to know how to swim to enroll in classes. Classes are led by qualified personnel trained in fitness, arthritis and water safety. The warm water pool is located on the ground floor of the J. Paul Sticht Center,on the campus of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

Please complete and return the Aquatic Program Application form.

With completed application, you may try a class for $5. If you prefer to fax your application, please fax to 336-713-8193.

What You Will Need

Please bring with you water/deck shoes to wear in the pool area. We encourage you to eat a light meal or snack 2 hours prior to class time and drink lots of water.

Available on-site:

  • Towel service
  • 90 degree warm water pool
  • Small class sizes
  • Certified Arthritis Instructors
  • Aquatic Fitness Programs
  • Licensed Recreational Therapists
  • Accessible locker rooms & showers
  • Accessible pool lift
  • Learn to Swim Lessons available for children 4-12 and for adults.
  • Parent-Tot program available for Children 1-3. Please call for details

When we receive your application, we will contact you regarding your class of choice.

Exercise On Your Own Opportunities

These classes offer personalized aquatic exercises that you complete at your own pace. Instructor on-site.

Monday and Wednesday
5 pm – 6 pm

Monday – Friday
Noon – 1 pm
2 times per week $25/month
3 times per week $40/month
or $5 per visit

Tuesday and Thursday
2 pm – 3 pm

Aquatic Prenatal Program
Drop in at any of the above mentioned times.  Same fee as above.

Instructor-Led Classes

Cardio Splash Class
Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10 am
A cardiovascular exercise program for adults designed to help you improve your cardiovascular endurance with moderate impact on your joints.
Fee: $50/month

Mix It Up!  (High Intensity)
Tuesday and Thursday at 1 pm 
High Intensity exercises and toning
Fee: $35/month

Aqua Ducks  (Low Intensity)
Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 1 pm
Low intensity program with specially designed exercises utilizing equipment. 
Fee: $50/month

Arthritis & Fibromyalgia Classes
Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 2:00pm; Fee:$50 
Tuesday and Thursday 3:00; Fee: $35

Once we receive your application, we will contact you.  If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Drayon at 336-713-8190 or email

Adult Swimming Lessons

This course aims to build confidence in the water and teach basic swimming skills.

  • Four private 30-minute sessions: $120
  • Four semi-private 30 minute sessions: $72.00 each

To request a registration packet and inquire about class availability, please Contact Debbie Drayton at 336-713-8190. Space is limited.

Parent-Tot Aquatic Program

This program is designed for children ages 6 months to 3 years and their parent, or other legal care provider. All children must be accompanied in the water by an adult at all times. The adults and children are not required to know how to swim in order to participate. The class will be limited to 5 participants and their parent/caregiver. This class will be conducted by a Learn to Swim Instructor.


  • Provide parents basic handling skills to work with their children in the water.
  • Allow children opportunities for water exploration, exercise and fun.
  • Provide a nurturing recreational and social environment that is beneficial to the parent/child relationship.
  • Provide an environment where each child and parent/caregiver will pursue individual goals and benefit from several components of warm water.

Structure: Group setting.  Different techniques will be presented in each class.

Schedule: For class dates, please contact call 336-713-8190.

Fee: $5 per person per class

Location:  J. Paul Sticht Center warm water pool on WFBMC campus.

Clothing: Swim diapers are required if your child is not potty trained.

Swimming: Parents must be comfortable in the water.

Class contingent on 4 participants

To register for classes, please contact Debbie Drayton.

Please fax completed application to 336-713-8193 (Fax) or call 336-713-8190.

Children’s Swim Program

Update 7/1/2020: We are having continuous discussions with our infection control staff as well as reviewing guidelines from the CDC and the state to see when we can resume teaching Children’s Swim Lessons. Due to the size of our pool and the close proximity required for teaching, it is not felt, at this time, to be in the best interests of the children or staff to offer programming. Thank you for your understanding. Please continue to check back here for updates in the future.

Registration Information:

  • One-time $10 Registration Fee (cash or check to Wake Forest Baptist Health)
  • Pre-Registration is Required; Space is Limited
  • Towels are provided
  • Please re-enroll for additional sessions

Please call 336-713-8190 for start dates. Availability based on having 4 swimmers

Learn to Swim Class

Fee: $75 for 8 sessions 
Time: 4 pm - 4:45 pm 

Monday and Wednesday Afternoon Tuesday and Thursday Afternoon

September 9 to October 2, 2019
October 7 to October 30, 2019
November 4 to November 27, 2019
January 6 to January 29, 2020
February 3 to February 26, 2020
March 2 to March 25, 2020
March 30 to April 22, 2020
April 27 to May 20, 2020
June 1 to June 24, 2020
July 6 to July 29, 2020
August 3 to August 26, 2020
August 31 to September 23, 2020
September 28 to October 21, 2020
October 26 to November 18, 2020
September 28 to October 21, 2020
October 26 to November 18, 2020

September 10 to October 3, 2019
October 8 to October 31, 2019
November 5 to November 26, 2019
January 7 to January 30, 2019
February 4 to February 27, 2020
March 3 to March 26, 2020
March 31 to April 23, 2020
April 28 to May 21, 2020
June 2 to June 25, 2020
July 7 to July 30, 2020
August 4 to August 27, 2020
September 1 to September 24, 2020
September 29 to October 22, 2020
October 27 to November 19, 2020

Summer Morning Swim Sessions 

  • Cost
    • Preschool $55
    • Level 1 $75
    • Level 2 $75
  • Days: Monday through Thursday for 2 weeks
    • Preschool: 8:00-8:30
    • Level 1: 8:30-9:15
    • Level 2: 9:15-10:00
  • Session dates
    • June 1st thru June 11
    • June 15 Thru June 25
    • June 29 thru July 9th
    • July 13 thru July 23
    • July 27 thru Aug 6
    • August 10 thru August 20th