Powell Wellness Center - Aquatic Arena
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Aquatic Arena and Programming

Swimming is a healthy activity that adds variety to your fitness routine, regardless of age or fitness level. The water supports your weight and doesn't strain your back, hips, or knees. At Powell Wellness Center (PWC), our functional Aquatic Arena is the perfect environment for treating rehabilitation patients as well as providing health and fitness benefits for all ages.

Our turtle-shaped pool is aptly named the therapeutic, unique, rehabilitation, two-temperature lap and exercise (TURTTLE) pool. The PWC TURTTLE pool features:

  • Warm-water pool for exercising and therapy.
  • Two pockets, located on the outside corners, that allow for swim lessons as well as individual therapy sessions.
  • Two-lane walking oval with chest-high water that provides a slight current for extra resistance for walking or swimming.
  • Two 18-yard lanes for lap swimming or aqua classes.

We also offer a hot tub, sauna, and steam room, which are designed to help with functionality concerns, stiff joints, and helping to remove toxins from the body through perspiration. Use the PWC Aquatic Arena for an excellent swimming, therapy, or stress-relief experience!

Swim Lessons

PWC offers both group and private swim lessons based on the American Red Cross (ARC) Learn to Swim program. The goal of all our certified swim instructors is to assist you in making progress in your aquatic comfort level and swimming ability.

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Group Swim Lessons

Group swim lessons are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. For general questions contact the front desk at 540-445-5406. For more details on group swim lessons contact the Aquatic Manager at 540-445-5383 or daskew@culpeperwellness.org.

Group Swim Lesson Costs

  • Parent and Child and Preschool Levels - Members $68
  • Parent and Child and Preschool Levels - Non-Members $78
  • LTS Levels and Adult Swim - Members $80
  • LTS Levels and Adult Swim - Non-Members $90

Private Swim Lessons

Private lessons allow instructors to customize lessons to participants skill level and are conducted on a one-on-one basis. A private lesson is a great option for adults or children who have had a traumatic experience with water, or for students who may become distracted with other participants. Semi-private lessons are also available and allow for up to three students. This is a great option for families with multiple children who want to take the classes together. Private lessons are by request only, please contact Danette Askew, Aquatic Manager, 540-445-5383 or daskew@culpeperwellness.org for more information on private swim lessons

Family Swim

PWC offers a safe and high-quality swimming environment for families to gather for swimming. Each family swim participant should sign in at the front desk to enter the pool and then check out when they are finished. Family swim is limited to 50 participants. After 50 participants sign in, additional participants will be added to a waiting list and admitted as space becomes available.

The family swim sign-in sheet is available 15 minutes before the scheduled start time. Nonmember guests must be accompanied by a current PWC member. Nonmember cost is $3 per guest age 15 and under and $5 per guest age 16 and older. Children age 16 and up that are members may use the TURTTLE pool during all hours of operation.

Become a Water Safety Instructor 

Do you enjoy swimming and working with children? Are you interested in becoming a water safety instructor? PWC is looking for outgoing individuals to teach swimming lessons. 


Don't have your WSI certification yet? PWC will be putting a class together for interested individuals. For more information Click Here or contact Danette Askew at daskew@culpeperwellness.org.


Contact Us

Aquatic Manager 

Danette Askew



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Helpful Resources
Swim Lesson Documents
Pool & Aquatic Areas Hours
  • Monday through Thursday: 5:30 a.m. to 9:15 p.m.
  • Friday: 5:30 a.m. to 8:45 p.m.
  • Saturday: 6 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
  • Sunday: 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.
Family Swim Hours
  • Tuesday: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Friday: 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Saturday: 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Sunday: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

1005 Golf Drive
Culpeper, VA 22701

Culpeper Health System