919.562.8895Regular schedule on Friday, January 19th!


How many Yards in a Swimming Mile?

January 9th, 2018


So you’re headed to Granite Falls for yet another workout that includes, some of the best cardio there is, swimming. Just a few blocks from the pool you wonder “how many miles do I swim”? Granite Falls indoor pool is a 25 yard pool. 1 length is equal to 25 yards (one end of the pool to the other). One lap is 50 yards (down and back). 1 mile is approximately 1,650 yards, which is 66 lengths or 33 laps. Next time you’re in the pool count your laps to see if you can reach a mile or more. Happy swimming!

U.S. Paralympics Swimming 2017 Can-Am Open

December 18th, 2017

The U.S. Paralympics Swimming 2017 Can-Am Open is ​an annual paralympic swim events. The meet is ​open to swimmers with a physical or intellectual impairment from all nations meeting the qualifying standards. Th​e Can-Am Open alternates ​locations ​between Canada and the U.S.​ ​and this year it was held in Charlotte, NC on December 15-17. We were proud to have Olivia and Evan Wilkerson representing the Granite Falls Makos in the 2017 Can-Am Open.

Paralympic swimmers are classified by a sports class based on their impairment, such as limb deficiency, visual impairment, short stature or intellectual impairment. Olivia and Evan are both visually impaired swimmers and are currently classified in a S12 sports class. There are three different sport classes for visually impaired swimmers, S11, S12 and S13. Swimmers who are in an S11 sports class are almost blind or completely blind and need to swim with blackout goggles. S12 and S13 swimmers have reduced vision but are not completely blind.

Olivia and Evan competed in multiple events during the Can-Am Open this year. Olivia swam seven events in prelims and came back to swim five events in finals (400 Freestyle, 100 Freestyle, 50 Freestyle, 100 Breaststroke and 200 IM). Evan swam in four events in the morning prelims and three events in the evening finals (100 Freestyle, 50 Freestyle and 100 Backstroke). Both Olivia and Evan swam to first place finishes in all their evening finals. Olivia received five first place medals and Evan received three. Congratulations Olivia and Evan!!

What is Masters Swimming?

September 26th, 2017

If you’re an adult new to swimming, with very little speed or technique and find that self-instruction is only getting you so far, can you still join a swimming program?

Absolutely!  In fact, many adults are members of the Granite Falls Masters Swimming Program.  Don’t be intimidated by the label Masters, it only means that you’re over the age of 18.

Masters has a specific, structured program in place for each practice written by knowledgeable swim coaches who will adapt the workout based on individual skill levels, help build endurance, speed and proper swimming technique.  If your motivation is triathlon training, open water swimming, or just staying fit and healthy, then Masters Swimming is the program for you.  If you’re on the fence about whether to join the Masters Swimming or continue training on your own, come try out Masters today and see the benefits for yourself.

What is ATC???

July 31st, 2017

ATC  is an acronym for Against The Current. ATC has become one of the most popular classes at Granite Falls this summer.  ATC is a dynamic, fast-paced workout that combines a variety of exercises, such as, strength training, toning, flexibility, aerobic conditioning, and movement against and with the current of our Lazy River. 

Our weekend classes combine ATC with fun in the sun in our large outdoor pool. Come join us Tuesdays, Thursdays, or Saturdays at 9:00am to be part of the party!!!!


Makos 24-Hour Swim & Block Party 

July 25th, 2017

Makos swimmers will fill the pool for 24-hours August 4th–5th (4pm-4pm).  Money raised during this event will go towards the purchase of NEW starting blocks, other swim team equipment and into the Makos Senior Scholarship Fund.  The block party will include a vendor fair, Buh’s BBQ plates (BBQ sandwich, chips & drink $5), raffles and silent auction items.  The vendor fair and block party will take place on Saturday, August 5th from 1-4pm.  Saturday will be FREE guest day at the pool, so bring all your friends and family!

Donations currently being accepted at granitefallsmakos.com.  Want to help fill the pool and swim? Email makosminute@gmail.com

Block Party Vendors:

Buh’s BBQ Rubs and Sauces

Craftily Ever After

Dot Dot Smile


Mary Kay

Miles into Smiles


Origami Owl Jewelry

Perfectly Posh

Rodan + Fields

Tracy Lynn Jewelry


Young Living Oils


Raffle & Silent Auction Items:

Grillin’ Basket

Night at the Movies Basket

Coffee Lover’s Basket

A Day at the Pool Basket

GFSC Year of Monthly KidZone fees (members only)

GFSC Parent’s Night Out for a Year

GFSC 2018 GF4 Summer Camp Session

GFSC Fall or Winter 2017 Track- out Camp

GFSC Makos Year of Dues

GFSC 3 Month Club Memberships

GFSC 10 Private Swim Lessons

GFSC 1 Session of Group Swim Lessons

GFSC 3 Hour Birthday Party

And many more…

Swim Across America 2017

June 26th, 2017

Guest Blog by Granite Falls Swim Instructor and Mudpuppies Event Director, Mary DeMilia

On June 11 at the Triangle Aquatic Center, I had the honor of being the event director for the Mudpuppies Swim Across America Event in memory of Dr Brian Goldman.

Dr Brian Goldman and I swam in the same lane for many years, and had cancer at the same time, and didn’t realize it.  Despite the fact that Dr Brian Goldman passed away from colon cancer 2 years ago, his Mudpuppies team is continuing the fight to help find a cure through Swim Across America.  Swim Across America, the official charity for swimmers, exists to raise money for our network of doctors and researchers who are the pioneers developing new cures and treatments to this dreaded disease.  You can read more about Swim Across America here.

Granite Falls sent a team to this event held at the Triangle Aquatic Center.  Joseph Harrison, Tim Payne, Reagan Kaufmann, Enzo Vergnano, Mary DeMilia, Ryan DeMilia, and Michelle DeMilia all participated.

The honorary team captain was Tim Payne.  Tim Payne won the 2016 Invictus Gold Medal.  And despite losing both legs, he swam 1 mile. You can view his ESPN special here: https://vimeo.com/166823531.

Never in my wildest dreams could I imagine what was to occur.  2016 Olympic Gold Medalist Ryan Held decided to swim in the first honorary wave with Tim Payne.  WRAL, CBS Carolina, News and Observer, and Spectrum news was there to report it.

You can watch the WRAL interview here.

Read the News and Observer interview here.

For the Olympic Clinic, Ryan Held (2016 Olympic Gold Medalist), Elaine Breeden (2008 Olympic Silver Medalist), Alex Rousseau (1992 & 1996 Olympics) and Erica Braun (world masters champion) ran the clinics for both water polo and swimming.

We are still accepting donations here:


Dash n’ Splash 2K17!

May 23rd, 2017


Timmy: “Moooommmmmm, can we go to the pool today?”
Mom (thinking to herself):  “Today?!?!? We leave for vacation at 0 dark hundred in the morning and he wants me to take him to the pool today???”


Kyle:  “Slam!” “Bang!” “Watch Out!” “You can’t get me!
Dad:  “I love that they are playing together, running around, and not on their devices but I’ve got a very important work call this afternoon. How will I ever be able to work from home this summer without forcing them to stare at a screen just so I can have some uninterrupted, quiet work time?”


Mom:  “Shhh….the baby just fell asleep. We need some quiet time in the house for the next hour or two.”
Laydon:  “Mom, you said having a baby brother would be fun but all we’ve been able to do every afternoon so far this summer is sit around being quiet. That’s not exactly what I call summer vacation.”


Mom:  “No, I don’t want to play Marco Polo again. No, I don’t want to go down the slide again. No, I don’t want to let you dunk me in the pool again. I sure wish she had someone to do all that with. I feel like I’ve been her only pool friend all week long. I’d like a little time to myself to just float around the river.”


Pre-Teen #1:  “Can we get this cereal?”
Pre-Teen #2: “No, it’s my turn to pick.”
Pre-Teen #1: “Yeah, but you know I will only eat non GMO, organic cereals and that, most definitely, isn’t.”
Pre-Teen #2: “Yeah, well, some of us just want a couple marshmallows in our cereal. Is that too much to ask for?”
Pre-Teen #1: “Let me tell you what that marshmallow filled cereal will do to you…..”
Mom“Is it fall yet? I miss going to the grocery store and not having to play referee.”


Any of this sound even a little familiar in the summer? If so, the Youth Programs department is here to help you with our new program – Dash n’ Splash: You dash, kids splash! We invite you to take some time for whatever it is you need while the Splash Squad of the Youth Programs department dive into an afternoon of pool festivities. The Dash n’ Splash program at Granite Falls Swim and Athletic Club is open to member children ages 4-12 years of age (all participants must be fully potty trained) and runs Monday-Friday 1:00-4:00 May 30-August 25, excluding Memorial Day and 4th of July. Registration will open the Friday before the start of each week and will be open, if there is space available, until 12:00 PM each day for that particular day. Please click here for more information and program guidelines.





Outdoor Pools open for the Summer, Saturday, May 20th!

May 17th, 2017

Please come join us for the first official opening day of the outdoor pools on Saturday, May 20th starting at 10:00 am.  The outdoor pools will be open until October 1st.

Outdoor pool hours are Monday through Saturday from 10:00 am-8:00 pm and Sunday from 1:00 pm-8:00 pm.  Enjoy your summer with family and friends at the Granite Falls outdoor pools!

Pool Season is Sneaking UP!

May 3rd, 2017

It’s almost here- the time of year that we all look forward to: Pool Time!! Our official season starts Saturday, May 20th at 10am, but we hate to make you wait that long, so we’re giving you an exclusive Sneak Peek on Mother’s Day: Sunday, May 14th from 1-5pm!

I was hired for the 2014 summer season. I had been a member at Granite Falls for some years, so I knew things picked up during the summer, but I had no idea how awesome it would be to see the behind-the-scenes contrast of working here during the colder months and then once the outdoor pool opened. There’s always lots of social interaction around class time, in the indoor pool, and on the fitness floor, but now it continued well after the fitness activities were finished. I love seeing families hanging out with their kids and friends well into the evening- finally, exiting the back gate with happy (and tired) kids trailing behind. I love seeing grandparents taking a break by the pool with a good book. I love seeing members spend an hour just floating around the lazy river. It’s a time of fun, excitement, and relaxation.

Come join us for what is sure to be the start of a great season!

Membership Director

Makos Swimmers Earn the Golden Ticket!

March 29th, 2017

Five Makos swimmers received the Golden Ticket to North Carolina Swimming Select Camp! In order to be selected for Select Camp, swimmers must achieve a top 5 finish in the state at either NCS Age Group Championships or ESSZ Age group Sectionals meets.

At NCS Age Group Championships, held February 23rd-26th, Greyson Young placed 3rd in the 200 Yard Freestyle to secure his Golden Ticket. March 16th-19th, at ESSZ Age Group Sectionals, the other four Makos received their Golden Ticket. CJ Eickhoff swam the 500 Freestyle with a 1st place finish in the state. Michael Keleher had two 3rd place finishes in both the 1000 Freestyle and 1650 Freestyle. David Walcott swam the 1650 Freestyle and finished 2nd. Julia Turner swam her way to a 4th place finish in the 500 Freestyle. Go Makos!  

Picture (Left to Right – Top to Bottom: Michael Keleher, David Walcott, Julia Turner, Greyson Young and CJ Eickhoff)