Price is for 8 classes (Members/Non-Member rate)
Parent and Tot (Ages 6 months- 3 years) 30 Minutes
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.
- A parent or guardian must remain present and on the pool deck for the duration of their child's swim lesson. Parents are in the water for the Parent and Tot class ONLY.
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
Level III (Goldfish) 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.
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
Level VI Fitness Swimming 40 Minutes
This class is designed to increase endurance, coordination and refinement of strokes. Skills taught include open turns and flip turns and breaststroke.
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 the Coordinator for Aquatic Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 are not in the water during preschool classes, but must be present during the lesson. 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 email@example.com and are considered on a case by case basis.
General Guidelines for Refunds
- 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)
- Refund requests submitted after the first class has met are subject to a 50% reduction
- Refund requests submitted after the class has met two or more times are not eligible for a refund
- In the event of a documented medical condition, you may be eligible for a pro-rated refund
Q. Do Private and SemiPrivate lessons packages expire?
A. Private and Semi-Private lessons expire 6 months from the date of purchase.
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.