Swim lessons available for all ages

From: Virginia Tech Recreational Sports

Swim lessons available for all ages.

Experienced instructors provide children with instruction while also making them feel welcomed and helping them become comfortable in water. 

Each class is led by a certified instructor with a ratio of 1:6 (instructor to participants).

$55 per session / Registration is now open.

Session II - Oct. 1 through Oct. 26
Session III - Oct. 29 through Nov. 29

Parent & Child

This level is designed for children under the age of 3. Participation can start as early as six months of age. This class teaches parents how to give their child a positive experience in the water. Participants will become acclimated to the water and learn safety skills while having fun developing swimming readiness. Parent participation is required.

  • Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday, 5:00-5:30 p.m.

Preschool I

For 2 to 5 year olds, this class will develop comfort in the water, learn water entry, bubble blowing, floating, kicking, underwater exploration and general water safety skills. We encourage our younger participants to take the parent & child class first.

Exit skills include: blowing bubbles through mouth and nose; submerging mouth, nose, and eyes; open eyes under water; front glide and back float and recover to vertical position; roll from front to back and back to front; treading with arm and hand actions; alternating and simultaneous leg actions on front and back; combined arm and leg actions; and more.

  • Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday, 5:30-6:00 p.m. or 6:15-6:45 p.m.

Preschool II

Prerequisite: Able to demonstrate completion requirements of Preschool I.  This class is for 3 to 4 year olds who are very comfortable in the water will learn new skills such as combined arm and leg action on front and general water safety skills.

Exit skills include: bobbing; open eyes under water; front and back floats and glides; recover from a front and back float to a vertical position; tread water using arm and leg action; combined arm and leg action; finning arm action on back; and more.

  • Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday, 5:30-6:00 p.m. or 6:15-6:45 p.m.

Preschool III

Prerequisite: Able to demonstrate completion requirements of Preschool II.  This class is for 4 to 5 year olds who are very comfortable in the water will learn to refine arm and leg action on front and back, as well as treading with and without support and general water safety skills.

Exit skills include: enter water by jumping in; fully submerging and holding breath; bobbing; front, jellyfish, and tuck floats; back float and glide; change direction of travel while swimming on front or back; tread water using arm and leg action; finning arm action on back; and more.

  • Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday, 5:30-6:00 p.m. or 6:15-6:45 p.m.

Level 1 - Introduction to Water Skills

Must be 6 years old the first day of the program in order to participate and be comfortable away from parent.

Objectives/exit skills: Supported floating on front and back, gliding, kicking, and alternating arm and leg action.

  • Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday, 5:15-6:00 p.m. or 6:15-7:00 p.m.

Level 2 - Fundamental Aquatic

This level gives participants success with fundamental skills.

Objectives/exit skills: Unsupported float, gliding, kicking on front and back without support, combined arm action with kick on front and back, treading water without support, change directon of travel while swimming; roll from front to back and back to front; personal safety and rescue skills.

  • Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday, 5:15-6:00 p.m. or 6:15-7:00 p.m.

Level 3 - Stroke Development

This level builds on the skills in Level 2 through additional guided practice in deeper waters.

Objectives/exit skills: Front crawl with breathing to the side, coordinated back crawl, elementary backstroke, scissor and dolphin kick, treading water skills, diving from the side of the pool, bobbing while moving; and personal safety and rescue skills.

  • Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday, 5:15-6:00 p.m. or 6:15-7:00 p.m.

Level 4 - Stroke Improvement

This level develops confidence in the skills learned and improves other aquatics skills.

Objectives/exit skills: Improve stroke proficiency on front crawl, back crawl, butterfly, breast stroke and elementary backstroke, sidestroke, surface diving, open turns, and personal safety and rescue skills.

  • Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday, 5:15-6:00 p.m. or 6:15-7:00 p.m.

Level 5 - Stroke Refinement

This level provides further coordination and refinement of strokes.

Objectives/exit skills: Refine front crawl, back crawl, butterfly, breaststroke, elementary backstroke, sidestroke, turns on front and back, long shallow dives and treading water. Personal safety and rescue skills are also covered.

  • Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday, 5:15-6:00 p.m. or 6:15-7:00 p.m.

Level 6 - Swimming and Skill Proficiency

This level refines all strokes with a focus on preparing participants for lifetime fitness and safety.

Objectives: Refine all strokes to increase efficiency, power, and smoothness over great distances. Personal safety and rescue skills are also covered.

  • Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday, 5:15-6:00 p.m. or 6:15-7:00 p.m.

Beginner Adult

Overcome fear of the water and learn basic skills such as floating, gliding, kicking, rhythmic breathing, and treading water.

  • Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday, 7:00-7:45 p.m.

Intermediate Adult

Adults with no fear of water who possess beginner swimming skills must be able to kick and breathe using a kickboard for 25-yards without stopping. Students will learn front crawl, back crawl, and develop comfort in deep water.

  • Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday, 7:00-7:45 p.m.
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