Swimming Classes

Aquatics classes focus on comfort and safety in the water. All levels focus on technique with four competitive strokes: front crawl, back crawl, breaststroke and butterfly. Classes develop a training and workout methodology based on individual needs.

Class Cost

Members: $80 per session/participant

Non-members: $95 per session/participant

Class sizes limited to five participants.

Download the information packet and cancellation policy for guidelines and a waiver to sign before the first class. For questions, please read the swimming class FAQ.

Adult Class | all levels

All levels focus on technique with four competitive strokes: front crawl, back crawl, breaststroke and butterfly. Class include drills and developing a training/workout structure based on individual needs.

All adult classes are 6–7 p.m.

Children's Class | 4–12 years

This class focuses on being comfortable and safe both in and around the water. Participants learn to coordinate the front stroke, back stroke and floating. Pool safety is stressed as well as having fun.

All child classes are 5–6 p.m.

COVID-19 information regarding lessons:

In order to maintain social distancing, please note that ALL INSTRUCTION will occur from the pool deck; no hands-on instruction will be offered. Therefore, one parent/guardian will be required to be in the water with their child at all times.
Due to COVID-19, UTD requires facial coverings inside all campus buildings. University Recreation (UREC) Aquatics also requires temperature checks before entering.

Please note the following items:

  • all participants are encourage to wear swim suits to and from lessons
  • all participants must rinse off before entering the pool
  • participants are required to bring all personal items to the pool as lockers will not be available for use
  • in order to control traffic flow between class times, participants will exit through the double doors on the south side of the Natatorium. No re-entry into the locker rooms is allowed except to use the restroom.

Level 1

  • Building comfort with the water
  • Introduction to the motor skills required for front crawl, back crawl, elementary back stroke and breaststroke with assistance from an instructor

Level 2

  • Fundamental aquatic skills for swimming without assistance
  • Advanced understanding of locomotion skills for primary strokes without assistance

Level 3

  • Thorough understanding of skills required for swimming without supervision and introduction to survival swimming
  • Introduction to scissor and dolphin kick
  • Introduction to headfirst entry safely into the water

Level 4

  • Building confidence in the strokes through stroke technique refinement
  • Building basic endurance skills in all strokes
  • Learning sidestroke, butterfly and surface dives

Level 5

  • Polishing of stroke techniques and introduction to lap swimming (50+ yards)
  • Introduction to flip turns

Level 6

  • Perfection of stroke technique with special emphasis on endurance training (100+ yards)
  • Focus on the swimmers goals to allow improvement beyond classes we offer
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the dress code for the pool?

Proper swim attire is required in the pool. T-shirts and athletic shorts are not allowed. Please see an instructor or lifeguard if you are unsure if what you have is appropriate.

Where can I change clothes for class?

Due to COVID-19, locker rooms are only available for restroom usage and to shower before entering the pool. Participants are strongly encouraged to wear their swimsuit to and from lap swim or lessons. If necessary, pop-up tents will be available on the pool deck to change.

How many people are in each class?

Currently, we are capping swim classes at five participants. Since all swim instruction will occur from the pool deck, note that a parent or guardian is required to be in the pool with their child if they classify as a level 3 swimmer or below. We do our best to provide each student with a sufficient amount of attention. Ratio is about five students to one instructor.

What is the age limit for group lessons?

We allow swimmers ages 4-12 to participate in our child group classes. Swimmers ages 13 years and older can participate in the adult group classes.

Classes have already started. May I/my child still register?

No. Registration ends at 5 p.m. on the Wednesday before the first day of class. We do not allow late registration for group lessons.

I/my child can't make a class. May I reschedule?

No. Group classes are not rescheduled for individuals who have conflicts with class time. If a student is late, classes will not go over to accommodate for the student's full hour. Only if the university is closed unexpectedly will arrangements be made for another class.

What is the refund policy for group lessons?

We only provide refunds for medical emergencies. This policy is strictly enforced. Please refer to our cancellation policy for more information.

Why is my child being taught for 45 minutes and not a full hour?

After 45 minutes, we will take the children out to allow time for the instructors to talk with each parent about their child's progress.

Do I/my child need to wear a swim cap and goggles?

Swim caps are not required, but we recommend people with long hair pull it out of their face. Goggles are strongly recommended.