July 4th, 2015 Exchange Pool Celebration

July 4th Celebration

This year’s celebration kicks of early and promises great fun.  We’ll be holding a range of events for young and old throughout the day culminating in our traditional July 4th potluck.

1-5pm GAMES for the whole family!

BIG thanks to the wonderful life guards for preparing this fun day including traditions like the penny dive, sharks and minnows and the ever popular (grown up only….) Beer Dive!

5:30pm-7:00pm POTLUCK:

Please bring a dish to share and enjoy a shared meal at the pool.  Plates, utensils, water and lemonade provided by the pool.

If your last name begins with:

  • A-I  please bring a main dish (you don’t have to cook it yourself!)
  • J-R please bring a side dish or a salad
  • S-Z please bring a dessert— sugary or fruit!

July 2015 Social Events

July Social Events at the POOL!

Summer is in Full Swing and so is the poolside fun. Please join us for some exciting activities throughout the month. We need help making these happen, so if you are able to offer a hand, please sign up! For icing on the cake….you can count time you volunteer for credit hours and a refund for your time at the end of the season!!

And it is fun, what more could you want?!

Foosball Tourney! Sunday July 12th, 4-6pm

Grab a partner and try your skill (or luck!) at this popular poolside game. Games begin at 4pm. Paper Plate Prizes to be awarded to participants!

Family Fun Friday: Pizza Night. Friday July 17th , 5:30pm

Come spend the evening swimming, socializing and eating dinner you did not cook! To order a pizza, please follow the link below and sign up by 4pm the day of the event. Pizzas are 10$ for 16″ pie (plus suggested donation to help cover tip for the driver!) Pizzas will be delivered at 6:00pm to the pool.


Ice Cream Social: Sundae Sunday at the Pool, Sunday July 26th, 4-6pm

Take some time out to share a treat with friends. Bring a topping to share and make a sundae! We need volunteers to make the fun happen!Please follow the link below to sign up.


TO HELP: Sundae


Save the Date notice for Back to School parties and Labor Day get together at the pool!

Sadie Bauer

June 2015 Social Events

Hello Exchange Pool Families!

Summer is under way, so let the fun begin!  We have several fun social activities coming up and many volunteer opportunities available in order to make the events happen.  We hope you will join us for some or all of the events we will be holding at our pool in June!

K-5th End of School Party: Friday, June 12th, 6-8pm  (pool closed to other members)
Kids are welcome to bring a friend to the party to enjoy the games and activities.  We ask that each child please bring a snack to share.  Please see the list below to know what sort of snack to bring. The pool will provide water and lemonade

Last names beginning with:

  • A-H bring a salty snack
  • I-P bring a sweet snack
  • Q-Z bring a fruit or vegetable

There will be games such as sharks and minnows, the biggest splash, penny dive and more.  In order to make this fun happen, we need some parent volunteers.  Please follow the link below to sign up.  Thanks in advance and see you at the pool!!
TO HELP: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0F45A5AF2FA6F49-k5th

6th-12th grade End of School Party: Saturday June 13th 7-10pm (pool closed to other members)
Come enjoy some chill time at the pool with friends.  Each member can bring a friend or two. We ask that each party-goer bring a snack to share. Please see the list below to know what sort of snack to bring. The pool will provide water and lemonade.

Last names beginning with:

  • A-H bring a salty snack
  • I-P bring a sweet snack
  • Q-Z bring a fruit or vegetable

We need parent chaperones in order to make this event happen!  Please sign up below.
TO HELP: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0F45A5AF2FA6F49-6th12th

Family Fun Friday: Pizza Night – Friday, June 19th, 5:30pm
Come spend the evening swimming, socializing and eating dinner you did not cook!  To order a pizza, please follow the link below and sign up by 4pm the day of the event.

Pizzas are 10$  for 16″ pie (plus suggested donation to help cover tip for the driver!)  Pizzas will be delivered at 5:30 to the pool.
TO ORDER PIZZA: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0F45A5AF2FA6F49-friday 

Ice Cream Social: Sundae Sundays at the Pool – Sunday June 28th, 4-6pm
Take some time out to share a treat with friends.  Bring a topping to share and make a sundae!  We need volunteers to make the fun happen!  Follow the link to sign up.  Thanks!
TO HELP: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0F45A5AF2FA6F49-sundae

If you have any questions about any of these events, would like to help coordinate any future events, or get involved in any way by volunteering at out wonderful pool, please reach out to Sadie, our FABULOUS Social & Volunteer Coordinator! social@exchangepool.net

I look forward to seeing you at these events!

Happy Splashing!
Deb Vacca
Exchange Pool Board President

2015 Scheduled Pool Closings Due to Swim Meets

Below please find dates and times that the Exchange Pool will be closed this season due to swim meets.

Today, May 28th – 4:30 – 6:30 (This is only a mock meet, hence the 1-hour time period)
Sat, June 6th – AM meet, the pool will OPEN at noon
Wed, June 10th – PM meet, the pool will CLOSE at 3:30
Wed, June 24th – PM meet, the pool will CLOSE at 3:30

If you have any questions about this information, please send an email to: swimteam@exchangepool.net

Opening Letter 2015

Dear Exchange Pool/Sunset Creek Families,

The summer swim league season is about to start. For those of you new to the Exchange Pool or Sunset Creek we have a phenomenal summer swim team, EXSC, which has experienced many successful years and three championships! This summer we are hoping to see all of last year’s familiar faces and many new faces as well. Don’t be fooled by our success. We are still all about friends, fun and improving our swimming skills.

The Exchange Pool website (exchangepool.net) is being updated and will have current month-by month calendar of events, swim meets and social activities. Please take the opportunity to read through the EXSC Handbook which is available online.

We have two coaches returning this year as Co-Head Coaches: Josh Taekman and Evan Rose. They have some great ideas for the team this year and plan to build on the spirit that Wes started last year.  We are currently interviewing potential Assistant Coaches, and we anticipate a strong and enthusiastic group of coaches this year.

Do you have a teenager interested in coaching? Our Junior Coach program is open and accepting applicants! The only requirements are enthusiasm and a love for swimming, a desire to learn the art and science of coaching, and age of at least 14. The link to the application is below.


Each swimmer needs to fill out a registration form online at the link below.  New this year! Online payment is available for a convenience fee. If you prefer, you can bring your payment to the Open House on May 19th, or you can mail it to Celeste Cantrell, 124 Waverly Forest Ln, Chapel Hill, NC 27516. No swimmer will be registered until we receive full payment for each swimmer. In addition, your Exchange Pool membership dues must be paid in full in order to register for swim team.


We will continue to cap our registered swimmers at 200.  Once we have 200 swimmers, we will begin a wait list. Be sure to get your kids registered early because it will be based on a First Come/First Serve basis. We do offer a 2 week trial period at the beginning of the season with the Drop date of Saturday, May 30th for all swimmers. If any swimmers decide to drop from the team, we will contact the swimmer at the top of the wait list to fill that spot. With the changes we have made, we will need to adhere closely to our swim team participation guidelines, which are listed below:

• In order to swim on swim team swimmers need to show enthusiasm and willingness to be in the water.

• Swimmers must be able to learn in a group environment and swim at least 10 yards unassisted to be placed on the team. We ask parents to consider swim lessons for those swimmers who can not swim 10 yards unassisted at the start of the season. Swimmers can join into the team at any point in the season when they meet criteria and if we have a spot open.

• For swimmers who aren’t quite ready to join the swim team, we also have a small group called the WaterSpouts. This is kind of like “little league” for the swim team. A coach will work with these kids Monday through Thursday on skills needed to join the full group. More information is included below.

• The coaches will be doing swim assessments at Open House and the first week of practice to evaluate swimmers for the criteria above.

• We continue with the recommendation that each swimmer participate in at least 2 swim meets. Swim meets can be noisy and intimidating for some children. It is understandable that some swimmers do not wish to compete. However, we are a team, and we rely on our swimmers to cheer and support their teammates. We also rely on parents to volunteer! A swim meet requires a lot of coordination and parent participation to run smoothly so that all of our children enjoy the experience.

One t-shirt will be free to those swimmers registered prior to  June 6th . Additional t-shirts for parents and siblings can be ordered prior to June 6th by filling out the order form available at Open House and throughout the 2 week trial period.

We are looking forward to another great season so please check the website and download the calendar, forms, and come join us.

Any question, please feel free to contact me, Celeste Cantrell, exscswimteam@gmail.com

Coming up soon:

Sun, May 17th: Swim Team Open House 2-4pm. Register. Meet the Coaches. Swim Assessments. Apparel fitting.

Mon, May 18th: Afternoon swim practices start.

See you poolside!

Celeste Cantrell, Head Parent Rep

Tracy Eldred

Evelyn Marson

Kim Price

Jeanne Taekman

Scott Windham

Registration forms and/or payments: Celeste Cantrell, 124 Waverly Forest Ln, Chapel Hill, NC 27516

EXSC WaterSpouts

Do you have a budding swimmer who wants to be a part of the swim team but isn’t quite ready?

We have a program just for your swimmer!

The WaterSpouts program is a part of our swim team for the motivated almost-swimmer who needs some additional help before joining the regular swim practice.

When is it? The program will meet 4 days a week: 10:15-10:45am or 4:15-4:45pm Monday through Thursday. We must have a minimum of 4 participants per time slot. The program starts June 16th and will run until July 17th.

Who participates? Children between the ages of 3-6 would be welcome to join if they are motivated to swim. Age exceptions may be made at the discretion of the Head Coach. Evaluations must be scheduled ahead of time. These will be scheduled upon registration.

Who runs it? Waterspouts would be run by an experienced coach with additional coaches as needed to maintain at most a 1:5 ratio.

How much does it cost? $80 per swimmer. This cost includes a team t-shirt! No additional charge if your swimmer moves to the regular swim team.

  • What are the goals?
    • Increase the comfort level of kids in the water
    • Conquer any fears of the pool
    • Be able to swim 1 lap by the end of the program
    • Teach kids swimming skills including
    • Move up to swim team if they are capable
    • Teach team values (friendship, encouraging others, and team spirit)
    • Have fun!
    • Example of a typical practice:
    • Parents will drop their kids off with the coaches and then leave the area. This is one key to Waterspouts working–a distance from parents. The kids have to be comfortable in the water without the parents a few feet away and we want them listening to the people in the water.

    • Every practice we will start off with kick practice on a board or holding the hands of an instructor. No waterspout will ever be in the water unless they are directly with an instructor.  They will wait on the walls until their turn comes.  We’ll practice the kick motion and the arm motions while in a comfortable situation, but still pushing the limits. Only the coaches will be allowed to push a child to the next level (for example, taking a hand off the board) otherwise they will practice a comfortable motion with an older kid helping instruct.

    • Depending on the day, we’ll practice another skill varying from floating on their backs, to going underwater.  Sometimes we might try to focus on swim team oriented skills such as breaststroke kick or back stroke and other days we will work on important swimming skills such as treading water or just swimming a few yards anyway they can.

    • To make it fun, we will always have “diving board day” on Thursdays where all Waterspouts will be given the opportunity to jump from the diving board with a Coach catching them or helping them depending on their skill.

    • The Coach will be available for 15 minutes once a week after practice to address any concerns and give feedback.

    • I love it! How do I register?
    • Use the regular swim team registration link above!

Pay Membership Fees via Paypal

As in 2014, we’re excited to announce that your Exchange Pool membership dues can be paid via Paypal.

Fees are $495 for a family membership and $255 for an individual.

Quick reminder. Membership account numbers are in the range of 1-308.

Trouble recalling your membership account number? Please contact Sharon Ariosto, Membership Chairperson to learn more. Members who need to sell their memberships should also contact Sharon.


Membership Type
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Welcome to the 2015 Season!

Dear Exchange Pool Member,

I am very excited to announce that our pool is ready to open for the 2015 season tomorrow at 4:00 PM!

I had the privilege, this evening, of meeting the managers of the pool, Kate, Aiden, Wyatt, and Kelly, and all of the amazing guards who will play a huge part in our summer.  They are a great group and are all very excited to start the season.

Do you know what it takes to open the pool?  A WHOLE lot of hard work!!!  Please join me in extending a huge THANK YOU to all of the members who came out and helped us get the pool ready for the season. We are a member-owned and operated pool, so all of the hard work is done by the members who so graciously volunteer their time. Specifically, the irreplaceable Joe Doughty, Scott Ray, John Jordan, and Mike Ariosto; the four of them must have worked at least 200 hours combined! Also, David Beck, Ellen Royer, Jaye Cable, Vickie Atkinson, and former member Tucker Whitsel who put in several hours of sweat equity at both of the work days. I hope I’m not leaving anyone out…  When you see these guys at the pool, please let them know how great the pool looks!

We still need:

  • a couple of front desk volunteers!  Please contact Vicky Atkinson at volunteer@exchangepool.net.  This is a great way to get to know fellow members and earn some money toward your membership!
  • a volunteer coordinator on the board.  We have some great activities that we like to host every year, like the end of school parties and Memorial Day Party; but without a coordinator to help us, it may be hard to pull off these events.  If you are interested in this board position or have any questions about it, please let me know!

While the kids are still in school, the pool hours will be:

  • Mon-Thursday at 4:00-7:00
  • Friday 4:00-9:00
  • Saturday 10:00AM – 9:00 PM
  • Sunday 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM

I look forward to seeing you all at the pool!

Wishing you a fun-filled summer!
President, Exchange Pool Board

2015 Timely Swim Team Information

EXSC 2015 – Timely Information

Team Size: Due to facility limitations, parking limitations, and Swim Meet length, the EXSC swim team will be limited to 200 swimmers. Registrations will be taken until 200 swimmers have enrolled and then a wait list will be generated. Register early to ensure your spot!

Participation Guidelines: EXSC is a Swim Team. Attendance at practice is recommended but not required. Because this is a team activity, we ask that each swimmer participate in at least two meets as a swimmer or as a sideline supporter for their teammates. Parents are asked to volunteer at all meets their swimmer participates in. Please plan on it.

Team FEES: Exchange – $95/swimmer / Sunset Creek – $140/swimmer


OPEN HOUSE: Sunday, May 17th 2:30 – 4:30pm

Come out and meet the coaches, rekindle friendships, and get your EXSC swimsuit and cap! We look forward to seeing you!

DROP DEADLINE: There is a free trial period for swim team. You must register your swimmer prior to participation. It is the responsibility of the Parent to notify Head Parent Representative Celeste Cantrell in person or by email that your child intends to drop on or before May 30th in order to get your swim team fee returned.
Mock Swim Meet: This will be held on Thursday evening May 28th starting at 5pm. The swimmers will compete in one individual event and a relay. This event provides a practice meet for the swimmers and is an opportunity for parents to train for meet volunteer positions. Hot Dog/Veggie Dog dinner will be provided following. This is a short and sweet way to begin the swim season.

COACHES : We have a great slate of coaches for this year! We are excited to welcome back Josh Taekman and Evan Rose who will be Co-Head coaches this year. Our Assistant coaches include Natalie Thomas, Daisy Hodge, and Heidi Mickunas.


Regular practices will be held 5-6 days a week, twice daily M-F when school gets out. From May 18th –June 12th only PM practices will be held. The first PM practice will start on Monday, May 18th. The first Saturday practice will be on May 23rd. Morning practices begin June 15th. The practice schedule is as follows.

Weekday (M-F) A.M. & Saturday Practice: 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. 6 and under
8:30 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. 10 and under
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. 11 and up
Weekday (M-F) P.M. Practice: 5:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. 6 and under
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. 10 and under
5:50 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. 11 and up
*From May 18th – June 12th, the seniors (13 & older) will have an additional half hour of practice and will end at 7:30 pm.

After the first few practices, adjustments may be made in the groups based on ability. Some swimmers may move to an earlier or later practice group. After school closes, beginning on June 15th, weekday morning practices begin.

FOREWARNING: Parking during swim practice and swim meets is tight! Please try to carpool when possible. Overflow parking is in the Umstead Park lot. Please do not park in the bus turn-around across from the pool! Your car may be either ticketed or towed.

Front Desk Volunteer Infomation

Interested in staffing our front desk?

Please contact the Front Desk Supervisor.

1.  Front Desk Volunteers will each work 15 three hour shifts in order to earn a dues discount of $250 for the 2011 season.

2.  Front Desk Volunteers will be recruited through the Exchange Pool web page by using the Front Desk Volunteer contact form.

3.  Front Desk Volunteers must be 16 years of age or older.

4.  One shift per day on weekends and throughout the week during regular season hours will be staffed by a lifeguard staff person with two years or less experience.

5.  If all Front Desk Volunteer shifts are filled, it will be the responsibility of the volunteer to swap shifts with another volunteer if they wish to make a change to their schedule. If there are vacant shifts, the volunteer may use one of these to accommodate a shift change.

6.  Front Desk Volunteer Orientation is mandatory for NEW Front Desk Volunteers and FIRST YEAR lifeguards. 

7.  All Front Desk persons while on duty will wear an Exchange T-Shirt provided by the pool.

8.  All Front Desk persons will be expected to comply with the Front Desk Position Job Description.

Front Desk Volunteer Shifts –  May 16 to June 10

Monday – Friday:  4pm – 7pm
Saturday: 10am -1pm; 5pm – 8pm
Sunday: 11am – 2pm; 5pm – 8pm

Front Desk Volunteer Shifts –  June 11  to August 24

Monday – Friday: 10am – 1pm; 5pm – 8pm
Saturday: 10am -1pm; 5pm – 8pm
Sunday: 11am – 2pm; 5pm – 8pm

Front Desk Volunteer Shifts –  August 25 to September 1st

Monday – Friday:  4:30pm – 7:30pm
Saturday: 10am -1pm; 5pm – 8pm
Sunday: 11am – 2pm; 5pm – 8pm

2015 Volunteer Opportunities: Preseason Workdays Apr. 18th and 25th

Dear Exchange Pool Members,

Yes!  It’s almost that time of year when we get to enjoy our pool!

 Before we can open we need to do some prep work and so we’ve set up two work days:  Saturday April 18th and April 25th, 8.30AM to 4.30PM.  We need about 20 people each work day to get the pool ready.  Remember: you can earn credit towards your dues for helping out.

 To sign up, please send me an email to volunteer@exchangepool.net. Indicate the date and time you are available.  Example: 4 hours AM, 4 hours PM or all day.  

 I am running the April 18 work day, but we need a volunteer coordinator to help organize the work April 25th as I’ll be out of town.

 Children under the age of 16 are not allowed to participate in pre-season workdays nor should they be on site.  Kids 16 and over are welcome work (not hang around and chat… ☺ ☹ )

Volunteers are needed for the following shifts:

  • Shift 1:   8:30 a – 12:30 pm ½ hour lunch (lunch is provided for you – that’s nice don’t you think?)
  • Shift 2:   1:00 p – 4:30 pm 

Credit for dues details:

Work a minimum of 10 hours over the designated Saturdays and earn $100 credit toward your family’s dues. The family maximum credit is $250.  Plan to work in shifts of 4 hours so we can better utilize our volunteers.  You are welcome to work both shifts if that works better for you.  You must work at least 10 hours to earn pre-season credit.  Anything less than 10 hours will only earn you the $30 volunteer fee that is assessed to every membership.

What will we be doing?

Cleaning – grounds clean-up and more….. The work is physical in nature and you will get dirty and tired…but have a lot of fun.

We have some tools on site but feel free to bring your own.  Please label so we can make sure you get it back. Be sure to:

  1. Wear old clothes,
  2. Bring work gloves,
  3. Bring sunscreen,
  4. Bring water bottle. 


David Beck
Exchange Pool Board & Volunteer Coordinator