The Office of Recreational Services offers swim lessons for ages 6 months through adult and for all skill levels. Classes are taught by certified American Red Cross Water Safety Instructors. To register for the Learn to Swim Program Program, you can download the Registration Form by clicking the link below and return the completed form with payment to the guest services desk at the UT Student Recreation Center. Alternatively, feel free to stop in at the Guest Services Desk and complete the necessary paperwork in person.
Registration Packet - Click for Swim Lesson Registration form
Swimmers will be grouped by skill and consist of three to six participants per class.
Students will be pre-assigned to a class prior to the first day. Group lessons are
30 minutes long for parent/child and preschool classes, and 45 minutes long for swim
school and adult classes. Each session of lessons consists of 8 classes. Lessons will
take place at the Student Recreation Center Pool.
$10 UT Rec staff
$50 UT students, UT Rec members
|Group Lesson Schedule|
|Dates||Days||Levels and Times||Registration Deadline|
September 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30, October 2
Wednesday and Friday
Swim School: 6:20pm-7:05pm
September 8, 2015
October 20, 22, 27, 29, November 5, 10, 12, 17
|Tuesday and Thursday||
Swim School: 6:20pm-7:05pm
|October 19, 2015|
This is an option which allows for more one on one development with an instructor.
Times and dates of lessons are determined by the instructor and participant. Private
lessons consist of 4 thirty minute sessions.
$65 UT students, UT Rec members
Learn To Swim Class Descriptions
Parent-child: Levels 1 and 2
Ages 6 months - 3 years
American Red Cross Parent-Child aquatics builds swimming readiness by emphasizing
fun in the water. Parents and children participate in several guided practice sessions
that help children learn elementary skills, including water entry, bubble blowing,
front kicking, back floating, underwater exploration and more. Once children can perform
basic skills without parental assistance, they may begin learn-to-swim courses. Parent-child
classes are 30 minutes long.
Preschool: Levels 1-3
Ages 3-5 years
Divided into three levels (taught simultaneously based on enrollment), preschool swimming lessons offer children an orientation to the aquatic environment and help them to acquire basic levels of aquatic skills. Preschool classes are 30 minutes long.
Swim School: Levels 1-5
Ages 5 and up
Level 1: Introduction to Water Skills
Introduction to water skills helps students feel comfortable in the water and to enjoy the water safely. Students will work to gain confidence and submerge their face in the water. They will also practice assisted floating and kicking.
Level 2: Fundamental Aquatic Skills
Fundamental aquatic skills help build upon students’ success from Level 1. This level places emphasis on unassisted floating and swimming on the front and back.
Level 3: Stroke Development
Stroke development builds on the skills in level 2 by providing additional guided practice. Students will work to further coordinate front crawl and elementary back strokes. They will also be introduced to diving, treading water, scissors kick, and the butterfly kick.
Level 4: Stroke Improvement
Stroke improvement develops confidence in the strokes learned and to improve other aquatic skills. This level introduces the breaststroke, sidestroke, butterfly and open turns.
Level 5: Stroke Refinement
Stroke refinement develops performance of all 6 strokes and increases students endurance to improve their distances. Flip turns are introduced.
Adult: Beginner and Intermediate
Beginner: Introduction to Water Skills
Introduction to Water Skills helps participants feel comfortable in the water and to enjoy the water safely. Students will work to gain confidence and submerge their face in the water. They will also practice assisted floating and kicking.
Intermediate: Stroke Improvement
Stroke improvement, develops confidence in the strokes learned and to improve other aquatic skills. This level introduces the breaststroke, sidestroke, and open turns.