The Aquatics program area supports the mission of Student Recreation & Wellness Services through a variety of class, program and recreational offerings.
The vision of the Aquatics program is to develop aquatic based programs and recreational opportunities that support a healthy lifestyle.
The Aquatics facilities consist of the Oliver R. Ocasek Natatorium (ONAT) and the Leisure Pool. The ONAT opened its doors to the University's students, faculty and staff in the spring of 1988. This $6 million, one-million-gallon facility houses the University's Olympic-sized swimming pool with deck seating for more than 400 athletes and spectator seating for more than 900 people.
The leisure pool, located next to the Ocasek Natatorium Competition pool in the Student Recreation and Wellness Center, houses a 29-person spa, a warm water current channel, vortex pool and multiple bubblers. It is a place where students can gather to unwind from the stresses of classes. The primary purpose for this area is for student recreation and education.
All of the campus physical education swimming classes, lifeguarding, WSI, LGI, SCUBA, Kayaking, Water Fitness, Water Aerobic, Water Polo, aquatic Intramural programs and Adaptive Swimming Classes are held in these pools.
Update: Rec Center remains closed; some activities have moved to the natatorium (ONAT).
Work continues on the underground steam line that provides heat to the Student Recreation & Wellness Center.
The Rec Center will remain closed until the line is repaired and heat is restored. We do not have a reopening date as of yet.
Rec Center staff members have relocated some services to Ocasek Natatorium.
Starting Monday, Dec. 9:
Winter Holiday Break Hours
Break Hours Schedule
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1st and 3rd Monday of each month
The spa/hot tub is shut down for cleaning and maintenance; this is a requirement by the Department of Health. We will also do maintenance and cleaning as required.
Fall 2013 (Mon, Aug 19 -Thurs, Dec 12)
Student Recreation & Wellness Center
Ocasek Natatorium Pool
Ocasek Natatorium Racquetball
Ocasek Natatorium Fitness
All patrons must exit the facility by the posted closing time. Hours are subject to change for special events, programs, holidays or emergency closings.