Aquatics

MUSC Wellness Center offers a Jr. Olympic swimming pool and various training options for adults 18 years and older from our professional aquatics team.

Phase 1 Pool Opening Hours*:

Monday – Thursday 6:00am to 7:30pm

Friday 6:00am to 6:30pm

Saturday – Sunday 9:00am to 2:30pm 

*pool Closes 30 min. before the Wellness Center closing hours

Click Here to see a list of Current Swim Programs

Contact:

Program Director Tatiana Baier

baier@musc.edu 

843-792-4141

Water training benefits: 

Water fitness is good for all ages and ability levels. Recent research studies find:

People of all ages and ability levels can improve strength, endurance and body composition through effective aquatic training. Fit young men who did a periodized strength training program 3 times a week for 12 weeks significantly improved muscular strength and power and increased lean body mass. Healthy, untrained older women who did 60 minutes of shallow-water exercise (including 20 minutes of upper- and lower-body resistance training with equipment) 3 days a week for 24 weeks increased lean body mass by 3.4% and significantly improved muscular strength.

Aquatic training improves ability to perform activities of daily living (ADL). Women who participated in 60-minute shallow-water exercise classes 3 days a week for 12 weeks performed better in land-based ADL (activities of daily life).

Water properties lead to less muscle soreness and damage. A study comparing high-intensity land- and water-based plyometrics programs found that training in water produced less inflammation and muscle soreness.

Water fitness lowers blood sugar levels for people with type 2 diabetes. A recent study of 35 people with type 2 diabetes compared land-based training with aquatic exercise. All participants trained for 45 minutes 3 times a week for 12 weeks. Participants in both groups experienced a significant reduction in A1C levels—a measure of glucose control.