Swim Lessons

We are excited to announce that Recreation Services Swim Lessons will resume October 4 - 27, 2022.  Registration is required. 

Registration opens on Monday, September 19, 2022 at 9 a.m.  Click Here to Register. Click on Programs, and then Click Aquatics.

Learn to Swim teaches children everything from just being comfortable in the water, floating, coordinating arm and leg movements to learning proper breathing, and the different competitive strokes. Pick a date and a time at your leisure—and come prepared to learn. 

Levels are currently limited to Levels 1-5, please see the class descriptions below for further information. 

Recreation Services reserves the right to reassign levels based on instructor review. 

Currently, PTOT and Pollywog classes are not being offered.  We look forward to offering similar type levels in the future. 

Class Details

Cost:

  • affiliates—$65
  • non-affiliates—$80

Dates

  • Every Tuesday and Thursday from October 4 - October 27, 2022. 

Times

  • There is a 5:30 p.m. - 6 p.m. session and 6:15 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. session.

Location

  • Ball Pool

Parking

  • Lessons begin at 5:30 p.m. and 6:15 p.m.
  • Parking may begin in Yellow Lots near Lucina Courts and the Student Center at 5 p.m. 
  • Parking in a Red Lot will result in a parking ticket.
  • Tickets are at the owner's expense. 

 

Steps to Sign up for Swim Lessons

  1. Visit https://recreation.bsu.edu/ to log into your new Recreation Services Membership Portal.
  2. Sign into your account using your BSU information by selecting "Sign in with BSU Username and Password".
  3. Once logged in, select “Programs and Registrations” from the options below.  Select “Aquatics” from a list of options.
  4. Complete the payment process with credit card.

For those who do not have a BSU log-in, register for your guest profile by selecting “Sign Up” 
located in the top right corner. Follow the steps to create a profile and verify your account.

Class Descriptions

Level 1 is designed for children with limited experience or comfort in the water. Level 1 introduces skills such as how to enter and exit the water independently, submerge fully, and blow bubbles. With guided support, participants explore basic swim skills, learning to float on their stomach and back as well as basic arm and leg movements.

Prerequisites: Pass Level 1 or can fully submerge independently five times, demonstrate a back float with assistance for five seconds, and glide two body lengths with support.

Level 2 swimmers learn to swim short distances independently on both their front and back. Participants will also begin to work on treading water, rotary breathing, and deep water safety skills.

Prerequisites: Pass Level 2 or can independently tread water, float on back for 15 seconds and be able to swim on front or back for at least 10 yards. 
 
Level 3 Swimmers will build upon earlier levels. Swimmers are introduced to all six strokes and kicks. Independent swimmers will spend the majority of their lesson time at this level. Emphasis is placed on stroke development and teaches front, back, and side body positions as fluid kicks are introduced. Stroke mechanics are broken down to teach each part of a proficient stroke, starting with the kick. As lessons continue, progress swimmers will build endurance and work towards good form and efficiency. Swimmers will also begin to learn headfirst entries.
Prerequisite: Pass Level 3 or tread water for one minute in deep water and swim front crawl or elementary backstroke with a near-perfect technique for 25 yards.

Once a streamlined body position and efficient kicks are mastered, Level 4 swimmers refine stroke mechanics. Stroke development continues at this level as swimmers are introduced to the complete breaststroke, butterfly, and side stroke – refining kicks and arms simultaneously for the first time. Swim lesson progression focuses on a proficient front crawl and elementary backstroke. Swimmers continue to learn new headfirst entries and open turns. This level is the beginning of endurance building and swimmers will start to swim longer distances.
Prerequisites: Pass Level 4 or can swim multiple 25-yard laps of front crawl and elementary backstroke with near-perfect technique; and at least 15 yards of back crawl, breaststroke, and butterfly.

Level 5, proficient swimmers continue to refine all six strokes while utilizing long-distance swimming techniques to build endurance. Emphasis is placed on learning shallow dives, open turns, and flip turns.