The UMF Fitness & Recreation Center offers a 25-yd recreation pool serving all levels and abilities. We offer swim lessons, pool rentals, lifeguard training, water aerobics and a variety of other aquatic activities.

Masks are required at all times outside of the water.
Drop In Pool Hours are back! No Reservations Needed.

Fall Hours

Monday 6:00am – 9:30pm
Tuesday 6:00am – 9:30pm
Wednesday 6:00am – 9:30pm
Thursday 6:00am – 9:30pm
Friday 6:00am – 8:00pm
Saturday 9:30am – 8:00pm
Sunday 9:30am – 9:30am
Fall Pool Schedule r.9/13/2021 (pdf)

The Fitness Center pool is kept at a comfortable 84 degrees +/-. Half the pool is set aside for lap swimming and has three lap lanes. The other half is a designated Open Area and is set aside for free swimming, group fitness, classes, physical therapy etc.

The pool is equipped with a handicapped lift and a ramp to ensure safe and ease in entering the water. PDF’s are available for non-swimmers.

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Aquatic Programs

Choose your course

Strong to Farmington –11 Miles | 19,400 total yards

Phillips to Farmington – 22 Miles | 38,700 total yards

Sandy River Ponds to Farmington – 33 Miles | 58,000 total yards

Tracking runs September 19 – December 18

Self-report distance swam each visit.
Watch yourself move down the river.
Weekly swim tips posted on the deck. 

Click here to register

Click here to log your yards swam

Estimated weekly yards needed to reach your goal

Starting Location Average Week (beginning wk of 9/19) # of Laps in an average week
(lap = 2 lengths)
# of lengths in an average week     (length = 25 yards)
Strong ~ 1,500 yards/wk 30 60
Phillips ~ 3,000 yards/wk 60 120
Sandy River Ponds ~ 4,500 yards/wk 90 180

FREE to participant

* Due to the complexity of COVID all swim sessons are currently on hold.

The UMF Fitness & Recreation Center offers group swim lessons during the academic semesters. Classes are taught under the American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim Program curriculum and are designed to teach participants to be safe in, on, and around the water.

All group swim lessons are postponed at this time.

Registration Information

  • Registration ends five business days prior to the first lesson .
  • Please do not fax or e-mail forms. Registration forms and full payment must be submitted in person to our front desk or through the mail: UMF FRC Attn: Swim Lessons, 152 Quebec St. Farmington Maine 04938.
  • Payment is required in full at time of registration.
  • E-mail is our primary contact avenue. Please ensure you list a current e-mail on your registration form.
  • Classes are limited in size to benefit students. Minimum participation required for each class. Levels may be combine due to low enrollment or instructor availability without notice.
  • Wait-listed participants will receive notification of enrollment prior to the first class. Please do not come to the first class unless notified.

Constructed around the University of Maine Farmington academic schedule and student staff availability, our programs offerings may not be the same year to year.

Level Check Guidance:

How old is the child?

  • 6 months – 3 years: Parent & Me 1 or 2
  • 3 years – 5 years: Preschool 1, 2, or 3
  • 6 years or older: Learn to Swim 1-6

Can the child put their face in the water?

Yes – Go to next question

No – Place in preschool 1 or learn to swim level 1 (check age)

Can the child float on their front and back without help?

Yes – Go to next question

No – Place in preschool 1 or learn to swim level 1 (check age)

Can the child swim on their front and back 10-15 feet without stopping?

Yes – Go to next question

No – Place in preschool 2 or level 2 (check age)

Can the child swim front crawl and back crawl for 15 yards with breathing?

Yes – Go to next question

No – Place in preschool 3 or Level 3 (age dependent)

Can the child swim 25 yards of front crawl, back crawl, and 15 yards of breaststroke, butterfly, and elementary backstroke?

Yes – Level 5

No – Level 4

Can the child swim 50 yards of front crawl, back crawl, and 25 yards of breaststroke, butterfly, elementary backstroke, and sidestroke?

No – Level 5

Yes – Level 6

Learning to swim outside of ones childhood comes with barriers. Our instructors will work with adults learning to swim, one on one. This individual attention allows each soon to be swimmer progress at their own pace.

Beginners are elidable for free swim lessons!

Private lessons may be available after July 6, 2021. We have one instructor available this summer. Email for private lesson information.

Contact Jennifer to learn more about our process and to set up your introduction lesson. 207-778-7437

  •  Due to the complexity of COVID Private Lessons are currently on hold.

Private Swim Lesson Fees 30 minutes 45 minutes 1 hour
Non-members/Voucher Pass Fees: $36 $48 $60
FRC Member Fees $30 $40 $50

Contact Jennifer to learn more about our process and to set up your introduction lesson. 207-778-7437


* Due to the complexity of COVID all rentals are currently on hold.

The pool is available for group, private, and party rental. A minimum for 2 business days notice is required for rentals Pool rentals are booked on a first-come / first-served basis.

For rental inquiries, please contact:

Jennifer Pageot

Pool Guidelines

  1. Children under 14 must be accompanied by a parent/care-giver, with the exception of those who have passed our youth swim competency sequence.
  2. Clean swim attire is required
  3. Walk around the pool deck. It gets slippery!
  4. Please use all equipment for its intended purpose.
  5. No hanging on the basketball rim, dunking, or shooting while jumping from the side. Rough play is prohibited.
  6. The lap lanes are for lap swimming only. At busy times patrons are expected to circle swim or split the lane with other swimmers.
  7. Diving is restricted to the deep end only – 9ft depth required. Diving depth area is indicated by a red line. No back flips, twists, somersaults, sailor’s dives, etc.
  8. Do not play on or swim under the ramp.
  9. Any person who is not toilet trained must wear a swim diaper.
  10. Only plastic water bottles permitted in pool area.
  11. Appropriate behavior is required at all times and is at the discretion of the lifeguard.
  12. Always respect and be courteous to the other patrons and lifeguards.

The Lifeguard(s) on duty have the authorization to disallow, enforce and remove any person(s) or activity, which he/she deems to be a safety hazard.

  • All patrons or swimmers having a communicable disease or displaying signs and symptoms of a communicable disease which can be transmitted through normal swimming pool use shall be excluded. No person having a communicable disease or displaying signs and symptoms of a communicable disease shall work at any type pool in a function in which there is a likelihood that they would transmit the disease to any other person.
  • Diving blocks shall not be used for any purpose other than for competitive swimming.
  • Glass, sharp objects, or any other items which might cause injury or accidents shall not be allowed in the pool or pool area.
  • Spitting, spouting water, blowing the nose, or discharging bodily waste in the pool is strictly prohibited.
  • All persons using the swimming pool must take a shower before entering the pool enclosure.
  • Persons with open blisters, cuts, etc., are advised not to use the pool.

Thunder and lightning – For the protection of our patrons, the pool will close at the first sight or sound of thunder or lighting but should be reopened 30 minutes after the last sight or sound.

Loss of power – The pool will close any time the facility losses power; the pool will reopen after power has been restored.

Sanitation issues – The pool will close and be treated after any contamination in alignment with state and federal laws. The length of time is dependent on the contaminate.

Emergencies – The Fitness & Rec Center staff is trained in CPR/ AED and First Aid. If there is an emergency in the facility you may be asked to exit the pool area so the lifeguard may assist in patient care as needed. If you notice an emergency in the pool area, please notify the lifeguard on duty immediately and exit the water.

For Aquatics / Pool info, contact:

Jennifer Pageot
Assistant Director, Fitness & Recreation Center
Manager of Aquatics & Health and Safety Educator
tel 207-778-7437

Contact Us

UMF Fitness & Recreation Center
University of Maine at Farmington
152 Quebec Street
Farmington, ME 04938
tel  207-778-7495
fax 207-778-7202