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American Red Cross Certified Swim Lessons

Swim Lessons

Aquatics & Outdoors

Focused on building skills one step at a time

Learn to swim at your own pace in classes taught by certified, knowledgeable instructors in a safe environment. Developed by the American Red Cross, Learn-to-Swim classes will help adults and children at every skill level improve and gain confidence.

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Summer 2023 group lessons for children

Session one begins June 5!

Offered in the morning, group lessons will be held in the outdoor pool. Patrons will be notified if lessons are moved to the HPE indoor pool due to inclement weather.

Session dates and registration deadlines

Note: For children aged 6 months to 3 years, view the parent and child session information.

For preschool-aged children and older:

  • Session One: June 5 to June 15
    • Register by May 31
  • Session Two: June 19 to June 29
    • Register by June 14
  • Session Three: July 10 to July 20
    • Register by July 5
  • Session Four: July 24 to Aug. 3
    • Register by July 19

Cost: $60 for members, $75 for non-members. Parking permits are not included in the swim lesson fee.

Which level is right for your child?

Explore the description of each class level below to determine which level is right for your child. Adjustments may be made on the first day of lessons to accommodate skill level and class size.

Lesson Times:

  • Sessions 1 and 2: 8 to 8:30 a.m. or 6 to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday
  • Sessions 3 and 4: 8 to 8:30 a.m., Monday through Thursday

Parent and Child: 6 months to 3 years

Parents or guardians of children 6 months to 3 years of age will actively participate in their child's swim lessons. You must be in the pool with the child during the lesson. This not only helps increase the child's comfort level in the water, but can help parents understand the process and practice skills with their children between classes.

  • Age: 6 months to 3 years
  • Class covers:
    • Familiarizing children with the water
    • Introducing swimming readiness skills
    • Games, songs and activities are integrated to keep children engaged and comfortable.
    • Parents are provided with safety information and teaching techniques they can use to help their children get accustomed to the water.
  • Criteria to advance: Age, along with child being able to move freely through water without parents

Note: This class is a four-day session and includes a guest-pass punch card for the registrant to use after completion of the session.

2023 Parent and Child session dates

  • Session One: June 5 to 8
    • Registration closes May 31
    • Swimmers have the option to register for either 8 to 8:30 a.m. or 6 to 6:30 p.m. sessions.
  • Session Two: June 19 to 22
    • Registration closes June 14
    • Swimmers have the option to register for either 8 to 8:30 a.m. or 6 to 6:30 p.m. sessions. 
  • Session Three: July 10 to 13
    • Registration closes July 5
    • Swimmers may register for 8 to 8:30 a.m.
  • Session Four: July 24 to 27
    • Registration closes July 19
    • Swimmers may register for 8 to 8:30 a.m.

Preschool: 4 to 5 years

  • Age: 4 to 5 years
  • Skills taught:
    • Blowing bubbles
    • Opening eyes underwater and fully submerging
    • Floating on back and front for three seconds
    • Making alternating and simultaneous leg and arm movements on front and back
  • Criteria to advance: Moving independently through the water (submerging head and being comfortable making front movements and being on back)

Level 1: Introduction to Water Skills

Children who have had little to no experience in water are encouraged to start on this level.

  • Age: 5/6+ years
  • Skills taught:
    • Floating on back
    • Kicking and making arm movements on front and back
    • Submerging body
    • All skills will be done mostly independently but with some help from instructors.
  • Criteria to advance: Performing skills independently and being able to submerge whole body comfortably

Lesson Times:

  • Sessions 1 and 2: 8:45 to 9:15 a.m. or 6:45 to 7:15 p.m., Monday through Thursday
  • Sessions 3 and 4: 8:45 to 9:15 a.m., Monday through Thursday

Level 2: Fundamentals of Aquatic Skills

  • Age: 6+ years
  • Skills taught:
    • Rotary breathing (side-to-side breaths)
    • Different types of floats
    • Improving alternating kicks and arm movements
    • Combined kicks and arm movements while floating on back or stomach
  • Criteria to advance: Swimming independently using combined arm and leg actions on front for five body lengths and float for 15 seconds

Level 3: Stroke Development

  • Age: 7/8+ years
  • Skills taught:
    • Improving treading and stroke development for freestyle, breaststroke and backstroke
    • Dolphin and scissor kicks
  • Criteria to advance: Swimming front crawl for 15 yards and changing direction as necessary and swimming 15 yards of elementary backstroke

Level 4: Stroke Improvement

  • Age: 8+ years
  • Skills taught:
    • Improving proficiency in performing the swimming strokes introduced in Level 3 and all the stroke techniques learned throughout Learn-to-Swim program
    • Butterfly stroke
  • Criteria to advance: Performing a feet-first entry into deep water, swimming front crawl for 25 yards, changing direction and swimming elementary backstroke for 25 yards

Online registration for group lessons opens May 1 and will automatically close a specific level in a session once it has reached capacity. After registering, you will receive an email confirming your registration.

Private lessons

Based on the swim ability of each individual, private swim lessons are one-on-one sessions that are 30-minutes in length with a certified American Red Cross swim instructor. There is limited availability so register today!

  • Jan. 11 through March 3: private swim lessons for adults only
  • March 13 through Aug. 31: private swim lessons are open to any age

Cost per six 30-minute sessions

  • $100 for members
  • $130 for non-members
Private lesson registration information

Register online for private lessons. Submissions will be assessed on a first-come, first-served basis. You'll be contacted to schedule a time slot, with lesson sessions offered between the hours of 3 and 7:30 p.m., Mondays through Fridays.

Once a schedule is confirmed, you'll receive an online payment link. Lessons may begin once payment has been received and all lessons must be completed by Aug. 31, 2023 unless authorized by Campus Recreation staff. Canceled lessons may be rescheduled at the discretion of staff members within the aquatics program.



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Physical Address:
Student Recreation Center
1817 Wilson Drive

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 13016, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962