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Learn to Swim is Open to the Public

The schedule of Learn to Swim programs changes each semester. Not all courses are offered every session. Learn to Swim is taught in a fun and friendly atmosphere at the state of the art Eppley Recreation Center. Please find the up-to-date schedule online.

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All University Recreation & Wellness (RecWell) instructors are American Red Cross CPR certified as well as State of Maryland and Nationally background checked. At RecWell we follow the American Red Cross Water Safety and Learn to Swim guidelines in our programs.

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Spring 2017 Learn to Swim Dates (Group Lessons)

Registration Opens - Wednesday, January 11 (Session 1) and Monday, February 20 (Session 2)

Session 1

Class days Class Dates Off Dates Class Times Classes Offered
Sunday Feb 5 - 26 2017 n/a 10:15a - 11:15a Parent and Tot, Preschool, Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, Beginning Adult
11:30a - 12:30p Preschool, Level 1, Level 2, Level 4, Level 5, Intermediate Adult
2:30p - 3:30p Preschool, Level 1, Level 2, Level 4, Level 5, Intermediate Adult
3:45p - 4:45p Preschool, Level 3, Level 4, Level 5
M and W Feb 6 - Mar 1 2017 n/a 5:30p - 6:10p Preschool, Level 1, Level 2
6:20p - 7:00p Level 3, Level 4, Level 5
7:10p - 7:50p Beginning Adult, Intermediate Adult
T and Th Feb 7 - Mar 7 2017 2-Mar 5:30p - 6:10p Parent and Tot, Preschool, Level 1
6:20p - 7:00p Level 2, Level 3, Level 4
7:10p - 7:50p Level 5/6, Beginning Adult, Intermediate Adult

Session 2

Class days
Class Dates Days off Class Times Classes Offered
M and W Mar 27 - Apr 19 2017 n/a 5:30p - 6:10p Parent and Tot, Preschool, Level 1
6:20p - 7:00p Level 2, Level 3, Level 4
7:10p - 7:50p Level 5, Beginning Adult, Intermediate Adult
T and Th Mar 28 - Apr 20 2017 n/a 5:30p - 6:10p Preschool, Level 1
6:20p - 7:00p Level 2, Level 3, Level 4
7:10p - 7:50p Level 5/6, Beginning Adult, Intermediate Adult
Sunday Mar 26 - May 7 2017 16-Apr 10:15a - 1:55a Parent and Tot, Preschool, Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, Beginning Adult
11:10a - 12:00p Preschool, Level 1, Level 2, Level 4, Level 5, Intermediate Adult
Saturday Apr 1 - May 6 2017 n/a 9:30a - 10:30a Parent and Tot, Preschool, Level 1, Level 2, Beginning Adult
10:30a - 11:20a Preschool, Level 3, Level 4, Level 5, Intermediate Adult

What A great way to get instruction in an individual or small group setting where the instruction is centered around your specific goals and schedule.
Who Open to all ages and abilities
When Scheduled outside of group lessons but as close to your preferred schedule as possible.

 

STEPS TO REGISTER FOR PRIVATE LESSONS

  1. Complete the lesson preference form (closed until the end of January)
  2. Await instructor assignment email (please allow 5 business days)
  3. Discuss and schedule your lessons with your assigned instructor
  4. Complete payment online or in person

During 30-minute private lessons, you will learn or improve your swimming skills in an individual setting built around your own specific schedule. Participants work directly with instructors to develop lesson goals and create schedules. (Prices are listed per person for members/non-members.)

 
1 Lesson
$32/40
Members/Non-Member
6 Lessons
$160/200
Members/Non-Members
12 Lessons
$292/365
Members/Non-Members

What A great way to get instruction in an individual or small group setting where the instruction is centered around your specific goals and schedule.
Who Open to all ages and abilities
When Scheduled outside of group lessons but as close to your preferred schedule as possible.

STEPS TO REGISTER FOR PRIVATE LESSONS

  1. Complete the lesson preference form (closed until the end of January)
  2. Await instructor assignment email (please allow 5 business days)
  3. Discuss and schedule your lessons with your assigned instructor
  4. Complete payment online or in person
In these 30 minute lessons, you will learn or improve your swimming skills in a small group setting (2 or 3 people) under the watchful eye of your own instructor. Patrons work directly with instructors to develop lesson goals and create a schedule. Patrons are also responsible for providing their own co-participants. (Prices are listed per person for members/non-members.)

 

 
1 Lesson
$25.50/32
Members/Non-Member
6 Lessons
$80/100
Members/Non-Members
12 Lessons
$146/182.50
Members/Non-Members
Group Lessons
[1 session=8 classes]
$60/75
Price is for 8 classes (Members/Non-Member rate)
  • Classes are age or skill determinant.
  • All instructors are state and federal background checked.
  • Level Assessments may be requested by calling Natalie Taylor at 301-226-5382 if there is any uncertainty about appropriate class placement.
  • All classes are held in the indoor pool of the Eppley Recreation Center unless otherwise noted.
Parent and Tot (Ages 6 months- 3 years)  30 Minutes

 A parent must accompany the child in the water. Parents learn water adjustment techniques to help orient their child to water including bubble blowing and underwater exploration.

- All children are required to wear swim diapers under their swim suits during class.

Preschool (3-4 year olds) 40 Minutes
Toddlers learn water adjustment and water exploration. Skills taught include bubble blowing, supported front and back kick, supported arms on front and back, supported front and back glide, and water safety.

Level I (Guppies) 40 Minutes
This class teaches a child to become comfortable with the water. Skills taught include supported float, supported kicking, supported arm movement and basic personal water safety.

Level II (Seahorses) 40 Minutes
This class is designed for a child who is comfortable in the water and ready to build on skills learned in Level I. Skills taught include unsupported kicking, floating and arm movement on front, treading water and finning.

Level III (Goldfish) 40 Minutes

This class is designed to provide additional guided practice to help students coordinate front crawl and elementary backstroke. Skills taught include front crawl, elementary backstroke and to introduce the dolphin kick, scissor kick and diving.

Level IV (Dolphins) 40 Minutes
This class is designed to place emphasis on stroke development and increasing endurance. Skills taught include front and back crawl, elementary backstroke, butterfly and introduction of breaststroke.

Level V (Stingrays) 40 Minutes
This class is designed to increase endurance, coordination and refinement of strokes. Skills taught include open turns and flip turns and breaststroke.

Level VI Fitness Swimming 40 Minutes

This class will refine strokes even further so that students may swim with more ease, efficiency and power over longer distances. Students will learn how to use training equipment like fins and hand paddles.

Beginning Adult 40 Minutes
Learn to be comfortable in and around the aquatic environment. Skills presented include front and back floats, breath control, rhythmic breathing, front and back crawl and elementary backstroke.

Intermediate Adult 40 Minutes
This class is designed to build on the skills of the Beginning Adult course. Participants will learn breaststroke and butterfly while refining the front and back crawl. 

Q. Who should I contact if I have questions or concerns?

A. Please contact Natalie Taylor at nferdina@umd.edu or 301-226-5382.

Q. Where is the pool located?

A. The indoor pool is located on the basement level of the Eppley Recreation Center. The outdoor pool is located on the west side of the Eppley Recreation Center.

Q. Where are lessons held?

A. Swim lessons are held in the indoor pool in the Eppley Recreation Center (unless otherwise specified).

Q. Can I make up a missed class due to illness or schedule conflict?

A. We do not allow make up classes due to illness or schedule conflicts. We only make up classes that are cancelled or postponed by University Recreation & Wellness (RecWell).

Q. Where should I park for swim classes?

A. Parking is available in the metered spaces in front of the Eppley Recreation Center, along Farm Drive. Parking is also available in the Terrapin Trail Garage (lot 6) behind the Eppley Recreation Center. Metered spaces usually carry a $3 per hour fee Monday through Sunday. Due to special events on campus, parking may be limited at times. We will do our best to alert you to these restrictions. A campus parking map may be found here.

Q. What should I wear to swim lessons?

A. Adults should wear an athletic bathing suit. Children who are not potty trained must wear a swim diaper underneath their bathing suits.  A swim cap and goggles are not required, but may be worn during lessons.

Q. What do I need to bring to swim lessons?

A. You may bring a towel and change of clothes to lessons. We will provide the release and informed consent form on the first day of class. We will also provide all equipment needed for the swim lessons.

Q. Can both parents be in the water for parent and tot class?

A. Yes, both parents may be in the water with their child during parent and tot classes.

Q. Do parents need to be in the water during preschool classes?

A. Parents do not need to be in the water during preschool classes. It is encouraged that parents sit on the bleachers close to the pool side during preschool classes.

Q. Where can I change my child before and after classes?

A. There are family locker rooms available by the teaching area and in the hallway leading to the pool deck. Children four years of age or younger are permitted in opposite gender locker rooms with their parents.

Q. Can I work out while my child is in swim lessons?

A. RecWell members are permitted to swim while their child is in swim lessons. All other activities outside of the pool area are not permitted. Non-RecWell members are not permitted to work out in any capacity while their child is in swim lessons. 

Q. What is the difference between a RecWell member and a non-RecWell member?

A. RecWell members are members of University Recreation & Wellness and have paid membership fees to University Recreation & Wellness for the semester, summer, or year. Currently enrolled students are members for the semesters in which they are enrolled and paying student fees. Non-RecWell members are persons in the community who have not paid membership fees to University Recreation and Wellness, but wish to participate in programs. Community Programs, such as swim lessons, are open to non-Recwell members. 

Q. Should I enroll my child or myself in the swim lessons?

A. Except for adult classes, parents should generally enroll their child(ren) in classes. Children should be sub-members on parent accounts.  In order to receive RecWell member pricing, the class participant must be a RecWell member as explained above. Sub-members with non-RecWell member status will receive non-member pricing.

Q. What is the refund policy?

A. All refund requests must be submitted in writing to nferdina@umd.edu and are considered on a case by case basis.

General Guidelines for Refunds 

    1. Refund requests originated by the participant are subject to a minimum $10.00 processing fee (4 or fewer business days in advance of the class start date)
    2. Refund requests submitted after the first class has met are subject to a 50% reduction 
    3. Refund requests submitted after the class has met two or more times are not eligible for a refund
    4. In the event of a documented medical condition, you may be eligible for a pro-rated refund 

Q. Are there swim lessons when the University is closed for weather?

A. No. When the University is closed for weather, all group swim lessons are cancelled. We will do our best to reschedule the lessons at the end of the session. 

Q. What is the difference between group and private or semi-private lesson?

A. Group lessons are conducted based on a set RecWell schedule. The ratio of swimmers to instructors is 6:1 for preschool, guppies, seahorses and goldfish classes. The ratio is 8:1 for dolphins, stingrays and sharks classes. The ratio starts at 10:1 for adult classes and parent and tot classes, but may be increased to 15:1 depending on need. Private and semi-private lessons are scheduled directly with an assigned instructor and the ratios are 1:1 and 2:1 or 3:1 respectively. 

Coach Tim is providing a few opportunities for private or semi-private lessons. Coach Tim Hamlet has been with UMAC since its inception in 2013. Coach Tim is very interested in developing the entire athlete. He is a great stroke technician, and enjoys working with swimmers of all abilities. Tim’s swimmers have achieved over 100 LSC Top 5 rankings, 30+ LSC championships, 5 Sectional championships, and 1 Zone champion.  He has coached Junior and Senior National Qualifiers, Olympic Trials Qualifiers, LSC record holders, National Top 16 swimmers, and Scholastic All-Americans. His athletes have gone on to earn Division I scholarships, Olympic Trials cuts, and Academic All-America status while in college as well as Top 15 placements at Open Water nationals.  

Each lesson with Coach Tim is 30 minutes long, and the prices are as follows; 
Private lessons are $60 per lesson. 
Semi-private lessons are $40 per person, per lesson.
There may be a maximum of three (3) persons in a semi-private lesson.

Semi-private lesson participants are required to provide their own co-participants. each co-participant must, complete a lesson request form.

Please be sure to complete the UMAC Lesson Request Form if you are interested in lessons with Coach Tim. 

You may visit the UMAC website for more information on Coach Tim and the UMAC Program. 

Once the lessons are approved by Coach Tim, they must be purchased at the Member Services desk in the Eppley Recreation Center. 

How do I change the schedule of private/semi-private lessons?

You work directly with the instructor to make any adjustments to the schedule of lessons

Do I need a co-participant for semi-private lessons or will one be provided?

You need to provide your own co-participant for the lessons.

Does my co-participant need to be at the same skill level as me for the lessons?

They should be at a similar level for the lessons to progress smoothly.

Can I combine lessons for greater instruction time?

Yes, you can combine lessons. Combining 2 lessons for example, gives you an hour of instruction time. These combinations should be scheduled directly with the instructor.

Does each co-participant need to pay for semi-private lessons?

Yes. Each person wishing to participate in a semi-private lessons need to register and pay for the number of lessons they wish to complete.

Lesson Cancellation Policy

Patrons and Instructors must cancel lessons at least 24 hours in advance. If a patron cancels a lesson on short notice, the lesson will be marked as completed. If an instructor cancels a lesson on short notice, the instructor owes the patron a make-up lesson. 

Online Registration

You must have an online account to enroll for Learn to Swim.

 Log In or Create an Account

QUESTIONS ABOUT LEARN TO SWIM?
Contact Natalie Taylor

nferdina@umd.edu

301-226-5382

REGISTER IN PERSON
At the Eppley Recreation Center Member Services desk.

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The University of Maryland Aquatic Club offers additional swimming options including:

  • Developmental
  • Junior
  • Age Group
  • Seniors
  • Nationals
  • Masters

UMAC Website

RecWell Youth Programs

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TERP Quest is a summer day camp designed to provide elementary school-aged children with varied recreational and educational experiences in a fun and safe environment.

TERP Quest Website

2017 Winter and Spring Interview Sessions

Click here to access the RecWell student employee screening interview sign up.  Only individuals who attended the informational sessions on 11/14 or 11/15 will be able to interview.  

For all questions contact Earl Cabellon at ecabell@umd.edu.