Swimming

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One of three pools at the Farm

New Pool Rules during COVID-19

Overarching Farm Rules

  • Treat everyone who does not live with you as if they are COVID-19 positive.
  • Throw out everything you think of as “typical” and begin to embrace our “new normal”.
  • Be extraordinarily flexible.

Farm Pool Recreational Swim Rules

  • Previous reservations only. No walk-up entry. We will work hard to get everyone on the reservation system as soon as possible.
  • Do not come to The Farm if you are not feeling well or are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Do not arrive more than five minutes before your reservation time begins. You will be let in the gate promptly when your reservation time begins. For capacity or close to capacity reservation blocks, we will be using two entrances and exits. The second entrance/exit will be the middle gate facing the parking lot between the shade tents along the front fence.
  • The Farm is located within Durham County. Masks or other types of facial coverings are required upon entering and exiting the pool gates, and when entering the changing room. They are not required on the deck when six feet of social distancing is possible. Masks are not required in the pool.
  • Social distancing in the pool and on the deck is not going to be the responsibility of Farm Lifeguards. We need everyone to do their part to ensure that social distancing rules are being practiced at all times. Please maintain more than six feet of distance between non-related people in the pool, on the deck, and in the changing rooms.
  • Post swim showers are discouraged. Changing rooms will be limited to 5 people capacity. Please be considerate to others by spending as little time in the changing room as possible.
  • The water fountain may not be available.
  • Swimmers 12 and under are not allowed at The Farm Pool this summer without a parent or guardian.
  • Parents of swimmers 8 and under must be either in the pool or on the edge of the pool when those swimmers are in the swimming pool regardless of swimming ability to monitor your child’s social distancing.
  • Recreational swimming reservation blocks will be for 75 minutes. You will need to be completely out of the gates at the end of the 75 minute reservation block. Swimmers will receive a 15 minute warning, 10 minute warning, and five minute warning before the end of each block.
  • No guests are allowed at The Farm Pool. Members only. Babysitters are allowed to bring member children to the pool. Please register your babysitter by emailing uncfarm@gmail.com.
  • We will be allowing up to 110 members during each reservation block. This number is based on the total square feet of Farm Pool water divided by 100 square feet. Pools are also allowed to have an additional number of swimmers based on deck space. The Farm is only allowing the amount of swimmers who are allowed to enter the water at one time.
  • The entire upper pool will be used for recreational swimming.
  • Diving boards and slide will be open. Marks will be provided every six feet for users of the boards and slide.
  • Lap swimming will take place in the lower pool.
  • The wading pool will have a 2 family at a time capacity.
  • The Farm will not provide any shared equipment such as goggles, fins, kickboards, pull buoys, toys, sunscreen, shampoo, and noodles. These items can be brought from home. No floats are allowed.
  • There will be a 15 minute block between each recreational swimming block. Please help the Farm Lifeguards by being completely out of the gate by the end of your reservation block. This includes any necessary time in the changing rooms.
  • Between reservation blocks, Farm Lifeguards will sanitize each changing room, sanitize touch points around the pool such as ladders and handrails, and sanitize tables. At this time, Farm staff will not be sanitizing chairs at tables or lounge chairs. Please feel free to use a chair cover, sanitize your own chair, or bring one from home. Our apologies for this, but we will not have the “people power” to handle this at this time.
  • Chairs are set up in clusters of four lounge chairs or five chairs at each table. These clusters are set up at least 10 feet from other clusters. We have provided 45 clusters of chairs. Please DO NOT move chair clusters.
  • During inclement weather, all pool patrons will be asked to leave the pool area. We do not have enough space to socially distance people during stormy conditions. You may go to your car during storms when there is a chance the pool may reopen during your reservation block. IF the weather does not clear, or the 30 minute wait time affects your reservation block, you will, unfortunately, lose your pool time for that day. We cannot reschedule or add time to another block if your reservation time is affected by inclement weather. If your reservation block starts during inclement weather, you will be admitted when the inclement weather has cleared our area (30 minutes after last lightning or loud thunder).
    Please be aware that we will not be calling the six and under break during recreational swimming blocks. Parents, please do your best to ensure that your child makes it to the bathroom and that you check diapers thoroughly and frequently. Unfortunately, an accident of this type will close the recreational pool and cancel some or all future reservation blocks.
  • Initially, The Farm Grille will not be open. Food may be brought to the pool. Food may be delivered to the pool, but delivery personnel must be met outside the pool area. Remember, no glass is allowed on the pool deck.

Lap Swimming Rules

  • Previous reservations only. No walk-up entry. We will work hard to get everyone on the system as soon as possible.
  • Do not come to The Farm if you are not feeling well or are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Do not arrive more than five minutes before your reservation time begins. You will be let in the gate promptly when your reservation time begins.
  • The Farm is located in Durham County. Masks or other types of facial covering are required upon entering and exiting the pool gates, and when entering the changing room. They are not required on the deck when six feet of social distancing is possible.
  • Once recreational swimming begins, all lap swimming will take place in the lower pool. Lanes will numbered 1-6 in the lower pool.
  • Only swimmers with reservations will be allowed to enter during lap swimming hours (meaning, no spouses, children or friends of the swimmer can hang out at the pool during this time).
  • Please be prepared to exit the pool facility before the conclusion of your reservation time.
  • Post swim showers are discouraged. Changing rooms will be limited to 5 people capacity. Please be considerate to others by spending as little time in the changing room as possible.
  • The Farm will not provide any equipment such as kickboards, fins, pull buoys, snorkels, goggles, etc.
    The water fountain may not be available.
  • Restrooms will be sanitized several times during the day.

Pool Pictures

Baby Pool     Diving Well     Lower Pool     Upper Pool #1     Upper Pool #2

Summer at The Farm begins when the pools open in mid-May and ends when they close in late September. Our pools are very popular, but every day brings pockets of peace when hardly anyone is in the water… perfect for exercise or a nap.

Our swimming facilities consist of three pools, a changing facility, snack shack and a table tennis area. The upper pool is ten lanes wide, with four lap lanes always available for lap swimming. There is also a diving area with one-meter and three-meter boards and a shallow end for those children who have not qualified for deep water. The “baby pool” is where the youngest Farmers frolic under the supervision of their parents. The lower pool is six lanes wide and is primarily used for swim team practice, swim lessons, and camps. Our trained pool staff, as well as reasonable and necessary rules, ensures water safety at The Farm. Our lifeguards are CPR trained and teach swim lessons, from beginner through lifeguard training. Every summer, thanks to our extensive swim program, many children learn to swim at basic or competitive levels.

High Dive Waiver Form


 Pool Special Events

Throughout the summer, The Farm hosts special events for members and their guests. Adults may enjoy such activities as our Luau & Fiesta parties. Children’s events include Pre-Teen Pool Parties and camp pool days. We also host a July 4th water carnival and BINGO night for families to enjoy together.


Swim Team

The Farm has a great swim team for novice and competitive swimmers alike. The team’s goals are learning and safety as our top priority, having fun and team unity as a close second, and winning as a third priority. We have partnered with the YMCA, enabling us to have a larger team and the ability to split our practice schedule between two facilities. We encourage you to sign your child up for our swim team at the beginning of May.


Swim Lessons

Whether you are interested in private lessons or a group setting, The Farm has what you need.  Please fill out the appropriate form and drop off at the pool front desk during normal pool operating hours.  We will do our best to assign private lessons as quickly as possible.

Private Lesson Form

Group Lesson Form