Youth Swim Lessons

Youth Swim Lessons

Youth group swim lessons are offered seasonally, from March – October, at Florida Pool. All swim lessons are taught by our certified American Red Cross Water Safety Instructors. Enrollment is limited to maintain an optimal teaching environment. Registration is completed on a first come, first served basis.

Registration & Cost:

Specific session offerings are available to review online via RS Connect. You may register & pay online or in person at Southwest Recreation Center.

AffiliationSession PriceSaturday Session Price
Currently enrolled Student or Member$55*$27**
Non-Member$70*$35**

*Each session includes 8; 25 - 30 minute long classes.

**Saturday session includes 4; 30 minute long classes.

Level Descriptions:

It is important to enroll your child in the level you feel is most appropriate for their abilities. Our instructors will conduct a skills check on the first day of a session to ensure your child is in the correct class. Should your child need to be moved to a different level, we will only be able to do so if space is available, so please review the information below carefully and email jessicade@recsports.ufl.edu if you have specific questions.

  • Parent and Child Aquatics
    For children ages 6 months to 3 years. Child must be at least 6 months old on or before the first day of the session. A parent or guardian is required to accompany the child in the water and participate in the class. This course is designed to familiarize children with the water and teach swimming readiness skills. Parents will learn techniques they can use to help orient their child to the water and are provided with additional water safety information.

  • Preschool Aquatics
    For children ages 3 to 5 years. Child must be at least 3 years old on or before the first day of the session. These courses are designed to facilitate developmentally appropriate learning of fundamental water safety and aquatic skills.      

  • Youth Learn-to-Swim
    For children ages 5 and over. Child must be at least 5 years old on or before the first day of the session.

           Level 1
           Introduces basic aquatic skills, which will be built upon as your child progresses through the Learn-to-Swim levels. Children start developing positive attitudes and safe practices around the water. Skills taught in this level overlap with skills taught in Preschool levels 1 & 2. No skills are required.

           Level 2
           This level builds on the skills learned in level 1. Participants will learn to glide and float without support, further develop arm and leg actions on the front and back, and lay a foundation for future strokes. Prerequisite skills: demonstrate completion requirements of Level 1.

           Level 3
           Participants learn and practice front crawl with side breathing, elementary backstroke, back crawl, scissor and dolphin kicks, treading water, and headfirst entries. Participants who successfully complete this level are considered to have achieved basic water competency in a pool environment. Prerequisite skills: demonstrate completion requirements of Level 2.

           Level 4
           Participants improve stroke proficiency in previously learned strokes and work to increase their endurance. Breaststroke, sidestroke, butterfly, surface dives, and open turns are learned. Prerequisite skills: demonstrate completion requirements of Level 3.

           Level 5
           Participants refine performance of all six strokes, work to increase endurance, and learn flip turns on the front and back. Prerequisite skills: demonstrate completion requirements of Level 4.