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SAC FAQ's

Student Aquatics Center

What's at the SAC?

We have two large pools and a 10 person whirlpool, sand volleyball, water volleyball, and plenty of lounge chairs perfect for soaking up the afternoon sun.

Where can I get a break from the sun?

Grab a seat under any of four, huge, 20 foot umbrellas. Whether you're at the picnic tables or sitting by the pool, our umbrellas have you covered.

Can I play my own music?

Definitely! Just as long as the music is played through your personal headphones. We don't allow stereos or loud speakers at the pool.

When does the Student Aquatics Center open?

Our season depends greatly on the weather in our region. Traditionally, we open in early March and close Shortly after October. Check out our Hours Page for the most up-to-date information and be sure to sign up for our SAC Alerts!

Lap Pool

How big is the lap pool?

The lap pool consists of 8, 25 yard lanes.

How many laps equal 1 mile?

1 lap = 25 yards, 70 laps = 1 mile

How deep is the lap pool?

The lap pool is 3.5 feet at its shallowest and 9 feet at its deepest.

Do I need to bring my own kickboard?

Nope, we have you covered! We have kickboards, pull-buoys, fins, and paddles for you to use at no cost.

Am I allowed to swim continuously underwater?

You may swim up to 25 yards without taking a breath. Any person found swimming further than 25 yards continuously underwater will be asked to stop immediately.

Additionally, voluntary hyperventilation before or during your swim is prohibited at the Student Aquatics Center. The practice of voluntary hyperventilation purges your body of carbon dioxide (CO2) and dramatically increases your risk for hypoxic blackout while swimming which can be life threatening. 

Hyperventilation is a series of deep breaths followed by forced exhalation prior to breath holding.
This is done in an attempt to remain underwater for a longer period of time. This works
because it decreases the level of CO2 in the blood. CO2 is responsible for triggering the need to
breathe. With less CO2 a swimmer will not feel a need to take a breath as quickly and can
remain under water longer. This, however, does not mean that the swimmer does not need
oxygen. Oxygen levels are being depleted. In fact, oxygen levels can be depleted more quickly
if the swimmer is moving or swimming rather than remaining stationary. If oxygen levels in the
blood drop sufficiently before CO2 levels trigger the need to breathe, the swimmer will become
unconscious (Sperling, Judith, McGregor & Associates SportRisk, April 7, 2011).

Any swimmer found participating in this practice will be required to stop or be removed from the pool for their safety. Click over to our policies page to see all of our pool rules.

Leisure Pool

What is the leisure pool?

The leisure pool is a large, shallow, resort style pool with a zero-depth, beach like, walk-in entry.

How deep is it?

The leisure pool varies from its zero-depth beach entry to 4 feet at its deepest.

What can I do in leisure pool?

Whatever you want! This pool was designed with relaxation in mind. Grab a float and let the current channel take you for a ride. Soak up the sun without getting too hot by lounging on the beach entry. Pick up a volleyball and get a game going with some friends. Or kick off your shoes and dip your toes in the water while you read or scroll through your feed.