The Office of Recreational Services offers American Red Cross Swim Lessons for ages 6 months through adult and for all skill levels. Classes are taught by certified American Red Cross Water Safety Instructors. The objective of UT Swim School is to provide members and guest with a premier swim instruction experience!
Group lessons are a place for all. Those who are beginners, fearful of water, water lovers, or advanced swimmers will receive the benefits of group lessons. Group lessons are 30 minutes long per session for Parent & Child and Preschool classes, Learn to Swim and Adult classes are 45 minutes long per session. The amount of classes per session is specified below. Lessons will take place at the Student Recreation Center Pool.
How to Register:
To register for the Learn to Swim Program, you can download the Registration Form by clicking the link below and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you choose this option, please specify when and how you wish to pay. Alternatively, feel free to stop in at the Student Recreation Center Guest Services Desk and complete the registration form in person.
Private lessons are a great option for those who are looking to improve their swimming skills. Times and dates of lessons are determined by the instructor and participant. Private lessons consist of 4 thirty minute sessions.
$70 UT students, UTREC members
This is an option that provides instruction for two swimmers of similar swimming levels with one instructor. Times and dates of lessons are determined by the instructor and participant. Semi-private lessons consist of 4 thirty minute lessons taught by a UT Swim School American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor. Cost will be split between the participants.
$80 for members
$90 for non-members
UT Swim School Descriptions
Parent-child: Levels 1 and 2
Ages 6 months - 3 years
Parent and Child 1: This class introduces basic skills to parents and children. Parents learn how to safely work with their child in the water, including how to appropriately support and hold their child in the water and how to prepare and encourage their child to participate fully and try the skills. Children receive an introduction to basic skills that lay the foundation for learning to swim. In addition, parents are introduced to several water safety topics. *An adult must be present in the water with each child. There is no prerequisite required for this class.
Parent and Child 2: Parent and Child Aquatics Level 2 builds on the skills introduced in Level 1. Participants improve on these skills and learn more advanced skills in Level 2. As with Level 1, water safety topics are also included in this level. Both parents/guardians and children have a familiarity in the water; learning the role of an adult in the learning process of swimming will continue to be a focus. This class is not designed to teach children to become good swimmers or to survive in the water on their own. *An adult must be present in the water with each child. Successful completion of Parent and Child 1, or prior approval is required to take this class.
Preschool Aquatics: Levels 1 - 3
Ages 3-5 years
Preschool Aquatics Level 1: This class is designed for children who do not have previous experience in a structured class setting or being away from their parents/guardians in the water. Children will work on basic swimming skills to become comfortable in the water. Skills will be learned through play and incidental learning to encourage a fun and enjoyable experience in the water. Preschool 1 introduces basic aquatic skills. In addition, children start developing positive attitudes and safe practices around the water in Preschool Aquatics Level 1. There is no prerequisite required for this class.
Preschool Aquatics Level 2: The objectives of Preschool 2 are to further develop basic aquatic skills. Children begin to perform these skills at a slightly more advanced level (for example: for longer lengths of time, for longer distances or in deeper water). Many skills in Preschool 1 are performed with assistance. Preschool 2 marks the beginning of independent aquatic locomotion skills. Children continue to explore using simultaneous and alternating arm and leg actions on the front and back to gain greater proficiency in preparation for performing strokes. Successful completion of Preschool Aquatics Level 1, or prior approval is required to take this class.
Preschool Aquatics Level 3: The objective of Preschool 3 is to increase children’s proficiency in performing previously learned skills. This is accomplished by providing additional guided practice and increasing repetitions, distances, times or levels of refinement. The skills in Level 3 are performed independently. Children improve their coordination and control of combined simultaneous arm and leg actions and alternating arm and leg actions. New water safety topics are introduced, and previously acquired water safety knowledge and skills are reinforced. Successful completion of Preschool Aquatics Level 1, or prior approval is required to take this class.
Learn to Swim: Levels 1 - 6
Ages 6 and up
Level 1: Introduction to Water Skills
This class is designed to orient participants to the aquatic environment and to help them gain basic aquatic skills. In addition, participants start learning about how to be safe around water. There is no prerequisite required for this class.
Level 2: Fundamental Aquatic Skills
This class is designed for children who have successfully completed Level 1: Introduction to Water Skills. Learn to Swim Level 2 builds on the basic aquatic skills and water safety skills and concepts learned in Level 1. Participants begin to perform skills at a slightly more advanced level and begin gaining rudimentary propulsive skills on both the front and the back. This level marks the beginning of independent aquatic locomotion skills. Successful completion of Level 1, or prior approval is required to take this class.
Level 3: Stroke Development
This class builds on the skills learned in Levels 1 and 2. Participants learn to swim the front crawl and elementary backstroke at rudimentary and proficient levels, and are introduced to the scissor and dolphin kicks. Upon successful completion of Level 3, participants will have achieved basic water competency in a pool environment. Successful completion of Level 2, or prior approval is required to take this class.
Level 4: Stroke Improvement
This class is designed for children who have successfully completed Level 3. In Level 4, participants improve their aquatic skills and increase their endurance by swimming the strokes learned in Level 3 for greater distances and with more advanced proficiency. Participants add arm actions to the previously learned scissor kick and breaststroke kick to perform the rudimentary sidestroke and to learn the breaststroke. Participants also begin to learn the back crawl and butterfly, as well as the basics of performing a simple open turn at a wall. Successful completion of Level 3, or prior approval is required to take this class.
Level 5: Stroke Refinement
The objective of stroke refinement develops performance of all 6 strokes and increases students’ endurance to improve their distances. This level will also focus on the technique needed to be successful in Level 6. Flip turns are introduced. Successful completion of Level 4, or prior approval is required to take this class.
Level 6: Swimming Skill and Proficiency
The objective of this level is to refine strokes so participants swim with greater efficiency and effectiveness over longer distances. A great transition from Learn-to-Swim to competitive swimming, this course is designed to refine participants’ strokes in order to increase ease, efficiency, power and smoothness over greater distances. Successful completion of Level 5, or prior approval is required to take this class.
Adult: Beginner – Advanced
Learning the Basics: Introduction to Water Skills
This level helps participants gain basic aquatic skills and swimming strokes. The instructor will teach skills and concepts needed to stay safe in and around water and to help themselves or others in an aquatic emergency. There is no prior swimming ability or experience needed.
Improving Skills: This level will improve participants’ proficiency in basic aquatic skills and the six basic swimming strokes. It will teach skills and concepts needed to stay safe in and around water and to help themselves or others in an aquatic emergency. Prerequisites include confidence in the water as well as ability to swim on front and back in shoulder deep water.
Swim for Fitness: Swimming for Fitness will refine participants’ front crawl, back crawl, and breaststroke strokes and turns to build endurance and technique. This level teaches skills and concepts needed to stay safe in and around water above one’s head. Successful completion of Adult Improving skills, or prior approval is required to take this class.