Learn To Swim


Contact Us:

Ben Pazian, Aquatics Assistant
813-974-0814
rec-aquaticsga@usf.edu


Eric Cohen, Coordinator
813-974-3046
ecohen@usf.edu


The Learn to Swim program offered by the Campus Recreation Department at the University of South Florida (USF) is designed to teach children how to swim in a safe and fun environment. In a class setting, children are encouraged to foster social skills while being motivated with positive reinforcement by each instructor. Your child will be taught swimming and water safety skills so you and your child will be at ease in and around the pool.

Guidelines & Program PoliciesLevels/Curriculum Schedule & Costs


Guidelines & Program Policies

  • Age: Must be at least three years of age and potty trained to participate.

  • Skill Evaluation: On the first day of class we will evaluate your child's skill level to make sure they are placed in the correct class.

  • Observing Your Child: As an observer, we ask that you stay seated on the bleachers and do not sit near the pool deck. This will allow for the instructor to build trust with your child.

  • Make-up Classes: We do not offer make-up classes for classes that are missed by an individual child. Due to the different progression of individual classes and the child/instructor ratio, we will not be able to add your child to another class for make-up. We want to provide all children adequate time with the instructor. Please consider this when signing up for classes. We also reserve Friday for a make-up day, if needed, for facility closures.

  • Inclement Weather Policy: Our facility is grounded so we will never cancel lessons due to weather.

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Levels/Curriculum

  • Level 1: Tadpoles
    • Standards: Little to no swim experience; must be comfortable in and around aquatic environments.
    • Upon passing this level, your child will: enter and exit the water safely; swim on his/her front and back while both alternating and simultaneously moving his/her arms and legs in a supported position for at least 10 yards; and be able to submerge his/her face underwater for at least 3 seconds.

  • Level 2: Guppy
    • Standards: You child must be able to swim on his/her front and back while both alternating and simultaneously moving his/her arms and legs in a supported position for at least 10 yards; must be able to enter the water safely; must be comfortable being in and around aquatic environments.
    • Upon passing this level, your child will: be able to float on his/her front for 5 seconds and back for 15 seconds; glide off wall on his/her front and back for at least 2 body lengths; recover from glides to a vertical position; swim front and back crawl for at least 5 body lengths; roll from back to front and vice versa; and be comfortable with putting his/her face in the water for at least 5 seconds.

  • Level 3: Stingrays
    • Standards: Your child must be able to swim front and back crawl for at least 5 body lengths; float on front for at least 5 seconds; float on back for at least 15 seconds; be able to glide for at least 2 body lengths; comfortable putting his/her face in the water for at least 5 seconds.
    • Upon passing this level, your child will: be able to make a head first entry into the water (in deep end); be able to float on both front and back for at least 30 seconds; tread water for at least 30 seconds; be able to swim front and back crawl for at least 15 yards without support; be able to submerge his/her head for at least 10 seconds.

  • Level 4: Shark
    • Standards: Your child must be able to swim front and back crawl for at least 15 yards; be able to tread water for at least 30 seconds; make a head first entry into the deep end; be able to submerge his/her head for at least 10 seconds.
    • Upon passing this level, your child will: be able to swim underwater for at least 5 body lengths; perform both front and back crawl open turn; swim front and back crawl for 25 yards; swim breaststroke for 15 yards; swim butterfly for 15 yards; be able to tread water for at least 2 minutes.

  • Level 5: Dolphin
    • Standards: Your child must be able to swim front crawl/freestyle for at least 25 yards, be able to swim backstroke, butterfly, and breaststroke for at least 15 yards; be able to swim underwater for at least 5 body lengths.
    • Upon passing this level, your child will: be able to perform a block or shallow water start; perform tuck and pike dives submerging him/herself completely; tread water for at least 5 minutes; swim freestyle, back crawl, and elementary backstroke for at least 50 yards; swim breaststroke, sidestroke, and butterfly for at least 25 yards; perform both front and back flip turns.

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Cost & Schedule

Saturday Sessions
$120.00 = Five Classes (Saturdays only)

Session 1: July 12 - Aug. 9
Session 2: Aug. 23 - Sept. 20
Session 3: Sept. 27 - Oct. 25
Session 4: Nov. 1 - Dec. 6

Times Offered:

  • 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM
  • 10:00 AM - 10:45 AM

Additional Options

$25.00 = Parking Permit

$15 = Parent/Guardian Promotion: Parents or guardians may use the Campus Recreation Facility, including the pool, during Learn to Swim session

Parking Permits & Procedures: If you plan to park at USF, a parking permit is required. Parking is within close walking distance to the indoor pool. Learn to Swim and the Campus Recreation Department are not responsible for any parking tickets from USF. Please park in the designated area (Lot 6).

Cancellations & Refunds: Cancellations made two weeks prior to the start of the session will be refunded with a cancellation fee of $20. If cancellations are made after that time or during the first week of the session, refunds will be made with a $50 cancellation fee applied. Cancellations after the first week will NOT be refunded.

We may offer all levels during each time slot as long as we've reached the minimum number children to conduct a class. Registration must be completed five days prior to the session.

Online Registration

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