swim academy

FACILITIES

  • 8 lane, 25 yard lap pool
  • Heated to 79°-81°
  • Hosts swim lessons, lap swimmers, water fitness classes, pool parties, swim teams & annual Heart & Sole Triathlon
  • Installed dive blocks (available for swim teams, & swim lessons & organized programs only)
  • Home of the WCHS Jacketfish Swim & Dive Team
  • Kept at 90° 
  • Utilized for water therapy classes and instructor led swim lessons.
  • Open to ages 16 & up only (unless part of an official instructor swim lessons class)
  • Ideal for physical therapy, stretching, those with arthritis or relaxing.
  • (Please note that this is NOT a hot tub due to temperature requirements. Water cannot be more than 90°)
  • 2 large water slides  (Must be 42″ tall to ride.)
  • Vortex
  • Mushroom waterfall
  • Lazy river with floats
  • Play features with small slide, tire swing and more for younger children
  • Deck chairs and lounges around the deck (guests are permitted to bring their own chairs)
  • Concessions stand
  • Men’s & women’s restrooms located on the deck
  • Water fountain

PROGRAMS & EDUCATIONAL CLASSES

COURSE DESCRIPTION: The American Red Cross Lifeguard Certification course provides prospective lifeguards with the skills & knowledge necessary to keep patrons of aquatic facilities safe in & around the water. Participants will learn how to prevent, recognize & respond to an emergency.  Course includes CPR for the Professional Rescuer & AED certification & First Aid  training valid for 2 yrs.  Course Fee Includes Materials, pocket mask & certification cards fees.  Minimum 4 students required for a class to proceed.

UPCOMING COURSE INFORMATION:                                                     

NEW SESSION!!

  • COURSE MEETING DATES AND TIMES: 
    • March 15 = 4pm-9pm
    • March 16 = 9am-5pm
    • March 17= 1pm-7pm
    • March 22= 4pm-9pm
    • March 23= 9am-5pm
    • March 24= 1pm-7pm
  • NEW RATE OF PAY= $11/HR
  • $250*
    • *Fee can be waived with Lifeguard Earn Back Program! CLICK HERE FOR LIFEGUARD EARN BACK PROGRAM FORM! 
  • Participants must be 15 years old by the last day of the course. Junior Lifeguards must be 14 by last day of the course. (Junior lifeguards must make appointment with Tefany at tbleuel@vwcparksrec.com prior to enrolling in class).

**REQUIREMENTS FOR FREE COURSE*

  • Those who take and pass the course must agree to a 6 month contract to work at Falling Springs Center for a minimum of 15 hours per week (extra-curricular activities will be taken into consideration).
  • Complete a course prerequisite evaluation prior to class starting on March 15. Course prerequisites include:
    • Swim 300 yds (100 yds front crawl, 100 yds breaststroke & 100 yds of either front  Crawl or breaststroke)
    • Swim 20 yds, surface dive, retrieve a ten pound brick from the bottom of the pool & swim back 20 yds within the allotted time.
    • Two minutes treading water without assistance of arms
  • Sign -up for the prerequisite evaluation by calling the Aquatics office at 859.214.4816 or sending an email to tbleuel@vwcparksrec.com.

Register at our online at https://webtrac.vwcparksrec.com.  Click HERE for instructions or you may complete an Activity Registration Form and return it with payment to the Parks & Recreation Department. Contact the main office if you need you have questions or need assistance with registering online.

For more information, please contact Tefany Bleuel at (859) 873-5948 or by EMAIL.

 

Click HERE to learn about the Falling Springs Swim Academy and view swim lessons schedules and descriptions.

Looking for information on the Hammerheads Summer Swim Team?  Click HERE!

WILDCAT MASTERS FALL MEET:

  • Date: October 21
  • Time: Meet Begins at 8:00am
  • Price:
    • $40 (plus tax) for entries prior to meet day (Click Here to register online)
    • $45 for entries on day of the meet (deck entries accepted until 1:30pm)
  • Deadline: Online Registration will close October 20th.
  • Eligibility: All swimmers must be registered with United States Masters Swimming Inc. All swimmers are responsible for their USMS cards and may be required to show them upon request by officials in order to compete in the meet. All meet entry forms must be accompanied by a copy of the swimmer’s current USMS registration card. All swimmers must be USMS-registered before warm-up starts on April 15, 2023. Each swimmer is eligible to swim a maximum of six individual events for the meet, plus relays. 

MASTER SWIMMER PROGRAM INFORMATION:

Wildcat Masters Swim Team has been an adult swim team run as an auxiliary program of UK Campus Recreation but its affiliation with the University of Kentucky ended December 31, 2021.  The program will continue as a workout group under Swim Kentucky Masters club. Select “Wildcat Masters” when you register to be a member.

Coached workouts are being held at Falling Springs Recreation Center in Versailles, Kentucky. Members must be registered with U.S. Masters Swimming and have registered for a Masters Swim Pass to Falling Springs Center to participate.

The Masters program offers an excellent opportunity to make friends while you get in a great workout, refine your swimming skills, prepare for the local open water competition, train for a triathlon, or prepare for USMS Nationals. The best thing about Masters is, it’s whatever you want it to be!! Coverage with USMS liability insurance is only during scheduled coached Masters practices.

COACHES

Falling Springs practices are coached by Zac Byrd. Zac was an 11-year swimmer at Wildcat Aquatics and 4-year swimmer at Henry Clay High School. Zac is also a triathlete, founding and coaching the Wildcat Triathlon Team for four years at UK. Zac started coaching Wildcat Masters in June of 2022.

Coach Zac can be reached at 859-533-8399 or at kywildcatmasters@gmail.com.

COACHED WORKOUT TIMES

At Falling Springs Center:

  • Tuesday/Wednesday/Friday: 6:15 AM-7:15 AM
  • Sunday: 10 AM-Noon

USMS MEMBERSHIP

All participants must be members of United States Masters Swimming. Make check out to Kentucky Masters Swimming and send along with signed registration form to Kentucky registrar Susan Ehringer (address is on the form). You may also register online!


FEES

In order to attend practices at Falling Springs Center, individuals are required to register for a Falling Springs Masters Swim Pass.

Fees are as follows:

  • Falling Springs Members: $35/month
  • Non-Members: $14/practice
  • Payment is drafted monthly by bank draft or credit card

Falling Springs Office Hours are:

  • Mon-Thu: 9 AM – 6 PM
  • Fridays: 9 AM – 5 PM

If you have additional questions about the Falling Springs Masters Swim program, please contact Fitness/Aquatics Manager Tefany Bleuel at 859.873.5948 or tbleuel@vwcparskrec.com

The Versailles-Woodford County Parks & Recreation Department’s Adaptive Swim Lessons Program is offered to any child or adult with special needs.  The goal of this program is to provide our students with a structured aquatic experience designed to make them feel comfortable and safe while swimming.

The program is designed to serve all ability levels by incorporating a “Learn-to-Swim” progression for individuals with physical, neurological, developmental and cognitive impairments. Participants are taught swim skills, water safety and independence.

For details, download the Adaptive Aquatics Brochure.

To get started in the Adaptive Aquatics program, please contact the Tefany Bleuel, Aquatics Manager at (859) 873-5948 and set up a time to pick up an information packet.

Parks & Recreation is excited to be an official location for Infant Swimming Resource (ISR) classes!

The ISR program is for children 6 months to 6 years of age.

Lessons for a 6-12 month olds focus on teaching the child to roll onto his or her back to float, rest and breathe and to be able to maintain this life-saving position until help arrives.

Lessons for children 1-6 years old focus on teaching the swim-float-swim survival sequence. Children learn to swim with their head down; roll onto their back to float, rest, and breathe; and roll back over to resume swimming until they reach the side of the pool, where they can either crawl out or until they can be rescued.

Statics indicate that 86% of children who fall into water are fully clothed. Therefore, once the children are fully skilled they will practice their ISR skills fully clothed.

This is NOT swim lessons and is not a Parks &  Recreation program.  If you are interested in finding out more about ISR or to schedule a class, please contact one of the following instructors directly:

Christie McGlone, RN c.mcglone@infantswim.com http://cmcglone.infantswim.com/instructor/about.php 

or 

Ashely Turner a.turner@infantswim.com 859.699.9078

Lessons are every weekday for 10 minutes or less. All lessons are one child per one instructor. For more information visit www.infantswim.com or find search Isrchristiemcglone on Facebook.

For general questions, please contact Tefany Bleuel at (859) 873-5948 or by email.

Parks & Recreation offers personal training & private lessons at Falling Springs Center, including private swim lessons, personal aquatic coaching, basketball instruction and tennis lessons.  Click here for a  Private Lessons Brochure.  

Click here for a Personal Training Brochure.  To start the process of scheduling and paying for personal training sessions, please click Trainer Request Form for a printable form or click HERE to complete the form online.

Parks & Recreation is proud to offer a full range of Aquatic facilities and programs.  Whether it’s swim lessons, water aerobics classes, lap swimming or recreational swimming for families, we have it at Falling Springs Center!

Check the bar to the left for pool hours, closings and other important updates, quick links to Water Aerobics and Lap Lane Schedules and more!

If you are looking for an Aquatics related program and don’t see it here, be sure to try the Programs tab on the navigation bar at the top of the page.

POOL RULES

ADMISSION
• Admission will be refused to all persons having any contagious diseases or infections conditions (including colds, fever, ringworm, foot infections, skin lesions, carbuncles, boils, inflamed eyes, ear discharges or any other condition with the appearance of being contagious).
• Persons with excessive sunburn, abrasions which have not healed, corn plasters, bunion pads, adhesive tape, rubber bandages or other bandages of any kind are not permitted.
• Persons who have had diarrhea within the last 24 hours are not permitted.
• A person under the influence of alcohol or exhibiting erratic behavior shall not be permitted.
• No refunds due to inclement weather.

SUPERVISION
• Children 4 yrs old & under must be directly supervised & within arms reach of a responsible parent or guardian at all times.
• Children ages 5 to 11 years old must be accompanied by a responsible individual 16 years
or older while in the pool area.
• Parents/Guardians are responsible for the actions and behaviors of their children.

ATTIRE
• Clean, proper swim wear is required – no jeans, cut-offs, street clothes (including t-shirts) or undergarments. Aqua shirts are permitted.
• Water wings & other inflatable floats are prohibited.
• Coast Guard approved life jackets or flotation devices are permitted.
• Swim diapers or plastic pants are required for participants who are diaper dependent.

FOOD, CHAIRS, TOYS, ETC.
• Outside food or coolers are not permitted.
• Food, drink, gum, vaping or tobacco permitted in designated areas only.
• Food and drink in plastics containers only. No glass containers.
• Chairs are permitted on the outdoor pool deck only (chairs are not allowed in the water).
• Inner tubes, floats & noodles are prohibited.
• Swim equipment and toys are permissible
at the discretion of management.

GENERAL SAFETY & USAGE
• Follow lifeguards instruction at all times.
• No running, pushing, wrestling or rough play in locker rooms, showers, pool or pool area.
• Diving is permitted in designated areas only and divers must follow the rules posted near the diving boards. No diving in shallow water.
• Dive blocks are for swim teams or swim lessons participants during scheduled practice or class times only.
• A swim test may be required before entering the deep water or using the diving board.
• Diaper changing on or around the pool deck is prohibited.
• No spitting, spouting water or blowing the nose in or around the pool.
• Lap Swimmers will be required to share lanes and circle swim when needed.
• No unsanctioned private lessons, coaching or selling of goods or services is permitted.

A printable version of the rules is available HERE.