ARC Aquatics

Our clubs offer both indoor and outdoor pool options. At the Downtown location, we have a saltwater pool, hot tub, and steam room that are open year-round. We also offer an outdoor pool with a pavilion that is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. At our South location, we have a Junior Olympic-sized outdoor pool and a baby pool that are both open from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Guests are welcome Monday – Thursday. We are members only Friday – Sunday.

For any Information on Swim Lessons please email arcdowntownswim@ashevilleracquetclub or depending on your desired location.

Department Contacts

  • Billy Martinez – Aquatics Director – for questions about the facilities & lifeguards please contact
  • Shalene Hill – Assistant Aquatics Director – for questions about the swim team please contact
  • Shannon Treasurer –  Aquatics Administrative Director – for administrative questions & questions about adult aquatics please contact

Adult Swim Lessons

Adult swim lessons are scheduled through our aquatics director, Billy Martinez.

Swim lessons are scheduled during open swim times at the Downtown Asheville Racquet Club , indoor pool. Please email

Shalene – Please email

Shannon – please email

Billy – Please email

CJ-for information please visit CJ’s Website at OR email CJ at

We hope that one of our instructors is able to assist you in your aquatic journey.

Downtown Location Swim Lessons:

*We must have a minimum of 4 registrants in each group in order to run the session. There’s a maximum of 6 pairs allowed in the Parent & Me classes. There’s a maximum of 6 participants in the Beginner & Intermediate classes. All Classes are 25 minutes of active teaching. Children MUST be 5 or older to join the Beginners & Intermediates classes*

Private Lessons are available at the Downtown location and are currently taught by CJ O’Reilly and Shalene. To get more information about CJ’s availability you can check their website at

Class Descriptions

Parent & Me (under 4 years old)

Explore the engaging realm of swimming with our specially crafted Parent and Me Classes, catering to children under the age of 4. These classes are uniquely designed with the objective of actively involving parents in the learning process. Led by our experienced instructor, Shalene, the structure of these sessions mandates parental participation. Shalene guides parents through the process of introducing their little ones to the water in a safe and enjoyable manner. These classes are more than just swimming lessons; they empower parents with the necessary skills and knowledge to make the introduction to swimming a delightful experience for their young ones.

Group for Beginner Kids 5 – 9 Years old 

This is a group for children who are beginning to get comfortable in the water.  A group setting can be great because kids are often motivated by watching their peers try new & brave skills. Lessons are taught using the “Fuzzy Caterpillar” swim lesson curriculum consisting of a story, song, 3 brave tries per swimmer, games & a closing song.  The goal during these lessons is that swimmers learn how to hold their breath & blow air out of their noses, that they get comfortable putting their mouth, nose, goggles, head & ears in the water & that they learn how to be horizontal on the water in a back & front float.  These are often the biggest hurdles to learning to swim so any at-home support or bath time practice that parents/caregivers are willing and able to invest in will help swimmers progress more rapidly. Swimmers must have the aptitude & behavioral skills to be able to stay in the shallow water or on the stairs or swim platform while it is not their turn to swim with the instructor & need to know how to listen & follow instructions.

Beginner swimmers are those who:

  • Are willing & potentially excited about getting in the water & learning to swim.
  • Are willing to get their heads wet but may not know how.
  • Have decided to forgo the use of any flotation devices and are committed to learning how to swim independently (flotation devices such as puddle jumpers inform the body in counterintuitive ways and are a hindrance to learning proper swimming skills.)

Group for Intermediate Kids 4-9 Years old 

This is a group class designed for swimmers who feel comfortable in the water to progress in their skills related to proper breathing techniques, back floating for rest & rolling over into a front float, swimming the front crawl correctly, using arms and feet properly and gaining confidence with their swimming ability.  We work towards preparing them to pass the deep-end test. Swimmers must have the aptitude & behavioral skills to be able to stay in the shallow/on the stairs while it is not their turn to swim with the instructor & need to know how to listen & follow instructions.

Intermediate swimmers are those who can:

  • Put their whole face/head in the water.
  • Hold their breath for at least 10 seconds.
  • Lay down flat on their backs on the water (but may not have nailed the float)