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Group Swim Lessons

Choose from four levels of classes designed for beginner to experienced swimmers.

All classes and lessons are taught by American Red Cross certified Water Safety Instructors.
Lessons are available for all UW students and Affiliate Rec Sports Members.

Beginner swimming level

Beginner Level

Gain confidence and self-reliance in the water.

$60

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    Designed for:

    • Swimmers with little or no swimming experience

    Prerequisites:

    • No experience required

    Class Components:

    • Safe water entry and exit
    • Basic breath control
    • Body balance (float on your front and back)
    • Glide on front and back
    • Introduction to front crawl (freestyle) and back crawl (backstroke)
    • Swim a width of the shallow end
Advanced Beginner swimming level

Advanced Beginner Level

Build your confidence while developing fundamental stroke and breathing techniques.

$60

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    Designed for:

    • Swimmers who are comfortable in shallow water and have been introduced to deep water

    Prerequisites:

    • Float for 30 seconds on front and back
    • Ability to comfortably submerge head under water
    • Demonstrate stroke technique of front crawl

    Class Components:

    • Practice and improve front and back crawl
    • Rotary breathing in front crawl
    • Introduction to elementary backstroke and breaststroke
    • Open turns
    • Treading water and deep water safety
Intermediate swimming level

Intermediate Level

Improve stroke proficiency in front crawl, back crawl and breaststroke.

$60

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    Designed for:

    • Swimmers with experience swimming front crawl, back crawl, and breaststroke
    • Swimmers who are comfortable swimming the length of the pool

    Prerequisites:

    • Float on back for one minute in deep water
    • Swim at least 25 yards of front crawl, back crawl, and breaststroke

    Class Components:

    • Streamline positioning
    • Flip turns
    • Treading water techniques
    • Introduction to butterfly and sidestroke
    • Diving safety
Swim for Fitness

Swim for Fitness

Increase speed and efficiency of your strokes while learning how to plan a workout.

$60

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    Designed for:

    • Experienced swimmers who are comfortable in any water depth
    • Swimmers interested in refining their stroke techniques
    • Swimmers interested in improving endurance

    Prerequisites:

    • Tread water for five minutes
    • Swim at least 50 yards of front crawl, back crawl, and breaststroke

    Class Components:

    • Improve endurance for all strokes
    • Open turns and flip turns
    • Pool etiquette for lap swimming
    • Learn principles of designing a fitness program
    • Calculation of target heart rate

Clinics

WORKSHOPS TO IMPROVE SPECIFIC SKILLS IN THE WATER.

Whether you’re a recreational swimmer or experienced triathlete, clinics will focus on skills to help you become a better swimmer. Clinics are available for all UW students and Affiliate Rec Sports members.

Flip Turns clinic

Flip Turns

Learn how to increase your speed and transition better between laps.

$15

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    Designed for:
    • People looking to cut time and improve their swimming experience
    • Triathletes, recreational swimmers, and competitive swimmers
    Prerequisites:
    • None
    Class components: 
    • Introduction to the flip turn
    • How to master a summersault in the water
    • Breathing technique and push-off tips
Freestyle clinic

Freestyle

Master the mechanics and breathing components of the freestyle stroke.

$15

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    Designed for:
    • Swimmers looking to improve their freestyle stroke

    Prerequisites:

    • None
    Class components: 
    • Better understand the freestyle stroke and breathing mechanics of the stroke
    • Improve side breathing technique in relation to stroke pull

Private & Semi-Private Lessons

Individualized instruction that addresses your personal goals and abilities.

All classes are taught by American Red Cross-certified Water Safety Instructors. Lessons are available for all UW students and Affiliate Rec Sports members.

Private swimming lessons

Designed for swimmers looking for individualized attention and direction.

$60 / package (three 30-min lessons at $20 each)

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    Prerequisites:

    • All fitness levels are welcome

    Class Components:

    • Focus on the specific skills and techniques that will improve your swimming experience, regardless of your current ability
Semi-private swimming lessons

Designed for swimmers looking to share instruction and motivation with a friend.

$105 / package (three 30-min lessons at $35 each)

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    Prerequisites:

    • All fitness levels are welcome

    Class Components:

    • Focus on the specific skills and techniques that will improve your swimming experience, regardless of your current ability

Potential Benefits of Private Swim Lessons:

  • Overcome fear of water
  • Develop water safety
  • Learn basic swimming strokes
  • Refine stroke technique
  • Build stamina and endurance

Private Lessons are offered at the Nat pool. Please note that private lessons may not be available during academic breaks.

Scuba Diving Course

The first step to becoming PADI-certified.

Make a splash and learn a new skill in a supportive environment.

Scuba Diving class

Learn to safely explore the underwater world as a PADI-certified scuba diver. PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) is the largest and most widely recognized scuba certification in the world.
$235

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    Designed for:

    • Aspiring divers interested in a supportive and enjoyable educational experience
    • Adventurous participants interested in learning a new skill
    • Divers interested in exploring underwater adventures all over the world

    Prerequisites:

    • Swim 200 yards (no time limit and any stroke may be used)
    • Float and tread water for 10 minutes

    Required textbooks:

    • 2013 PADI Open Water Diver Manual

    Textbooks for classroom instruction may be purchased from the instructor for $45 (email koz@kosmicdivers.com) or from a retailer of your choosing.

    Class Components:
    • Pool sessions in the Nat diving well
    • Classroom lecture
    • Safety concept and skill mastery

    At the end of the course, you will have the option to attend open-water dives which, if successfully completed, will lead to PADI certification. These open water dives are NOT included as a part of this course.

Swim Tests

Swim lesson instructors are able to facilitate swim tests for study abroad trips. Please fill out the swim test request form below and we will do our best to get your swim test scheduled with an instructor.