Bonus Summer: Pool Schedule Extended One Week

Dear Members,

Your 2014/15 Board Members and Guards would like to give you a GIFT for helping us have such a great 2015 Summer Season…

We are extending the 2015 season by 5 days!

We are lucky that the weather next week looks like it is still going to be quite summer-like, several of our guards, who have not gone off for college, are still available and willing to work, and Joe Doughty, our Chief Pool Operator, is available and willing to provide our safety sign-offs. Because of all of this, at the Board meeting this past Monday night, we decided to extend the season just a little bit longer!

Please join us on Monday for our Annual Labor Day Party, followed by our General Session Board Meeting and then come back again Tuesday through Saturday according to the following schedule:

This week (9/2-5)

  • Wednesday & Thursday, 4:30pm – 7:30pm
  • Friday, 4:30pm – 9:00pm
  • Saturday, 10:00am – 9:00pm

Next week (9/6-12)

  • Sunday, 11:00am – 7:00pm
  • Labor Day, 10:00am – 8:00pm
    • Party begins at 5:00 when the Pizza arrives.
    • Order your pizza here: Signup
  • Tuesday – Thursday, 4:30pm – 7:30pm
  • Friday, 4:30pm-9:00pm
  • Saturday, 12noon – 7:00pm

Last weekend’s closing was unfortunate and unforeseen; and, as with any other unforeseen incident that causes us to close the pool, we are not required, nor do we make it a habit to extend the season to make up for the days in which the pool was closed. We just happen to be lucky this year that a lot of things came together that allowed us to offer this to you!

So, please, while at the pool next week, thank the guards (and Joe) and let them know that you appreciate their willingness to stick around for another week!

Also, please remember that, other than the guards, your pool is run completely by VOLUNTEERS!

Be on the look-out for an updated message from Sadie about the “End of Season Workdays” and if at all possible come out and help! More hands make for less work for all involved.

It has been a really great season! Thank you for sharing it with us!

Happy Swimming,
Deb Vacca
Exchange Pool Board President

Exchange Pool Reopened Sept. 1st

Exchange Pool will be back to its regular post-season schedule and reopened Monday, Sept. 1st 4pm.

2015 Exchange Pool Closed for Repairs: Aug. 29th to 4pm Sept. 1st.

Dear Exchange Pool Membership,

The Board and our Certified Pool Operator have decided to close the Exchange Pool from Saturday Aug. 29th to Monday Aug. 31st in order to facilitate some repairs on an internal pool lighting fixture.

Unfortunately, the repairs and cleanup necessitate the draining and refilling of the pool, an operation that takes about 72 hours.

We anticipate the pool will reopen on Tues.Sept. 1st at 4pm.

Please check our website or call Tuesday afternoon for the latest status.

2015 End of Season Hours

A quick reminder that he Exchange Pool end-of-season hours begin Aug. 24th.

  • Monday-Thursday, 4:30pm – 7:30pm
  • Friday, 4:30pm – 9:00pm
  • Saturday, 10:00am – 9:00pm
  • Sunday, 11:00am – 7:00pm
  • Labor Day, 10:00am – 8:00pm


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!!

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.

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.

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!

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!

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:

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 ( 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,

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.


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