Due to deck construction the Natatorium will be closed from 11/26/18 until 1/2/19

Swimming Classes


You can now enroll online for swimming and American Red Cross classes. Register here for classes.

Download the information packet Requires Adobe Reader and cancellation policy for guidelines and a waiver to sign before the first class. For questions, please read the swimming class FAQ.


Children Adults
5:30 - 6:30 p.m. 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
5:30 - 6:30 p.m. 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Class Dates
Session I
Mon/Wed, 1/23 - 2/13**
Tues/Thurs, 1/22 - 2/14
Session II
Mon/Wed, 2/18 - 3/13
Tues/Thurs, 2/19 - 3/14
Session III
Mon/Wed, 3/25 - 4/17
Tues/Thurs, 3/26 - 4/18
Class Notes **Make up for MLK day on 1/25
Class Cost AC Members = $80 per session/participant
Non-AC Members = $95 per session/participant
Registration Registration required. Enroll online for classes.
If you have any questions, please contact [email protected]
For minors, one parent must be on deck. Personal swim training and adaptive class are available by appointment only. For more information, visit the private swimming lessons section.

Class Descriptions

Adult Class (all levels)

All levels will focus on technique with all four competitive strokes: front crawl, back crawl, breaststroke and butterfly. Class will include drills and developing a training/workout structure based on individual needs.

Children Class (4-12 years)

The class will focus on being comfortable and safe both in and around the water. Participants will learn to coordinate the front stroke, back stroke, and floating. Pool safety will be stressed as well as having fun.

Skill Levels

Please choose the skill level that best fits the student's needs:

Level 1

  • Building comfort with the water
  • Introduction to the motor skills required for front crawl, back crawl, elementary back stroke and breaststroke with assistance from an instructor

Level 2

  • Fundamental aquatic skills for swimming without assistance
  • Advanced understanding of locomotion skills for primary strokes without assistance

Level 3

  • Thorough understanding of skills required for swimming without supervision and introduction to survival swimming
  • Introduction to scissor and dolphin kick
  • Introduction to headfirst entry safely into the water

Level 4

  • Building confidence in the strokes through stroke technique refinement
  • Building basic endurance skills in all strokes
  • Learning sidestroke, butterfly and surface dives

Level 5

  • Polishing of stroke techniques and introduction to lap swimming (50+ yards)
  • Introduction to flip turns

Level 6

  • Perfection of stroke technique with special emphasis on endurance training (100+ yards)
  • Focus on the swimmers goals to allow improvement beyond classes we offer

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the dress code for the pool?

Proper swim suit attire is required in the pool. T-shirts and cargo shorts are not recommended. Instead, we recommend wetsuits or thermal wear for those who need to cover their top and shoulders. Swim trunks are also accepted. Please see an instructor if you are unsure of what you have is appropriate.

How many people are in a class?

The number depends on how many people sign up.

Classes have already started. May I/my child still register?

We highly recommend you to pre-register so instructors know what to expect on the first day and the basics of swimming will not be missed. However, if there is still space you may register and join the class. Please check with the lead instructor and Activity Center front control desk about openings.

What is the student-to-instructor ratio?

We do our best to provide each student with a sufficient amount of attention within a class. There are usually two instructors present at every class. Ratio is about five students to one instructor. Students will be grouped according to skill level.

I/my child can't make a class. May I reschedule?

No. Swim classes are not rescheduled for individuals who have conflicts or prior arrangements during class time. If a student is late, classes will not go over to accommodate for the student's full hour. Only if the university is closed unexpectedly during a class time will arrangements be made for another class.

What will I/my child learn in this class?

For beginners, we will teach the basics of swimming and freestyle/front crawl. For intermediate and advanced swimmers, we will work on stroke technique and introduce new strokes. Deep end swimming, diving and flip turns will also be taught if time allows. Near the end of a child's class, games will be played.

Why is my child not being taught for the full hour like other children? Why is everyone getting out after 45 minutes?

There are a number of reasons a child's class may end earlier than the adult class. Safety is our number one priority for your child, swimming second. Due to size, smaller children often get cold in the water quicker than larger children. If we see lips or body start to quiver and shiver, we will take a child out. During a class, the children will be learning and practicing, often tiring them out.

After 45 minutes, if exhaustion is seen, we will take the children out. We do our best to keep all classes on cruise control with behavior and minimize unnecessary disturbances. However, if a child creates too many problems, an instructor may take a child out so other children may be taught without being distracted. We also end the class after 50 minutes so that we can talk with the parents about their child's progress.

Do I/my child need to wear a swim cap and goggles?

Swim caps are not necessary, but we recommend people with long hair to pull it back with a hair band or hair piece. Goggles help protect your eyes from chlorine and assist in seeing under water. Seeing under water helps with balance and navigation in the pool.

May I/my child sign-up for the next session?

Yes, you may register for the next session if you would like to learn more. You will not begin with the basics, but rather as an intermediate or advanced swimmer. Please see the Activity Center front control desk for registering.