Swim Lessons 

There are no swim lessons planned for Summer 2024. 

Class Details


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


  • Every Tuesday and Thursday 


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


  • Ball Pool


  • 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

The Parent-Toddler class helps children feel comfortable in the water while with their parent. 

Prerequisites: Children are required to wear swim diapers under their swimsuits.

Adults (1 per child) are in the water with the participant with a focus on gaining comfort in the water, this class prepares young swimmers for entry into our beginner classes. Parent-Child pairs are taught the basics of buoyancy, breath control (blowing bubbles), body position, and water comfort based on developmental milestones. Beginners will splash, learn, and play as they explore comfort in and under water. Early swimmers will discover independence in the water as they learn fundamental swimming skills.

Lessons include:

  • water adjustment
  • supported front and back float
  • jumping from the side of pool to parent
  • passing
  • blowing bubbles
  • towing
  • safety and awareness skills
  • interaction with children
  • songs and games
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.