Campus Recreation > Classes > Swim Lessons
Our Summer 2023 session will begin on Monday, June 12 and run through Sunday, July 16.
Private lessons - $120 for members (active); $195 for non-members (cancelled/guests)
Semi-Private lessons - $90 for members (active); $165 for non-members (cancelled/guests)
Ray members have priority registration.
Member registration opens: Tuesday, May 23 at 10:00 am.
Non-member registration opens: Tuesday, May 30 at 10:00 am.
See information below on group lessons. The skills described for each level will help determine the best fit for your child.
Visit our policies to learn more about membership restrictions, class cancellations, and refund requests.
Swimmers will work with the instructor to build their technique in the water. They will learn advanced swimming skills of all four strokes. Instructors will also help to improve swimming aerobic capacity, efficiency, and speed.
$147 for members; $203 for non-members
Swimmers will work with the instructor to build their confidence in the water. They will learn fundamental swimming skills such as floating, kicking, arm strokes and breathing that will be building blocks of the main strokes of freestyle and backstroke. Instructors will also help to improve swimming strength and endurance. No experience necessary!
Adult Beginning Swim
$112 for members; $182 for non-members
Instructors will use activities and songs to help children with skills and water adjustment. Children not fully toilet-trained must wear a swim diaper. The pool temperature is between 81-84° F.
*Rates may vary based on session length. Rates below show a 7-week program.
Parent-Tot Baby (6 mt - 18 mt)
Parent-Tot Toddler (19+ mts):
A transitional class from parent-child to group lessons. Independent and energetic kids who swim alone with flotation devices and are comfortable with parent/guardian separation will do great in this class.
Skills used in preschool class (including but not limited to):• Entering and exiting pool safely• Becoming more comfortable in the water• Blowing bubbles• Bobbing /submerging face in water• Front and back float (with support)• Water safety topics: recognize the lifeguard, how to call for help, reach or throw
Preschool Youth Classes
This is the first class of conventional swim lessons and provides the foundation of two of the four main strokes, freestyle and backstroke. Instructors will work with swimmers to be more comfortable in the water without the use of a floatation device.
Skills learned in Level 1 (including but not limited to): • Entering and exiting pool safely• Becoming more comfortable in the water• Front glide and recover• Back glide and recover• Rolling from front to back; back to front• Paddle and kick 15 yards• Combined front leg and arm action with barbell (on front and back)• Water safety topics: recognize the Lifeguard, how to call for help, reach or throw
Level I Classes
This is a beginner group lesson for kids who have an increased level of comfort in the pool. Swimmers will begin to move independently in the water over the course of the session.
Skills needed for entry into Level 2:• Able to enter water independently, using either the ramp, steps, or side, travel at least 5 yards, submerge mouth for at least 3 seconds, then safely exit the water. Children can walk, move along the gutter or “swim.”• Able to glide on front at least two body lengths, then roll to back and float for 3 seconds, then recover to a vertical position.Skills learned in Level 2 (including but not limited to): • Completely submerge face; demonstrate five bobs• Back float (without support)• Paddle on front and back 25 yards with PFD• Paddle on front and back 15-25 feet without PFD• Introduce rotary breathing• Introduce elementary backstroke• Water Safety Topics: danger of drains, look before you leap, learn reaching assist
Level II Classes
Kids in level 3 are able to swim independently with their face in the water. In these lessons, swimmers will begin developing stroke techniques and learn the fundamentals of front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke.
Skills needed for entry into Level 3:• Able to step from side into chest deep water and move into a floating position for at least 15 seconds, then swim on front and/or back for five body lengths.• Able to back float for 15 seconds, roll to font, then recover into a vertical positionSkills learned in Level 3 (including but not limited to): • Demonstrate 10 bobs• Front crawl 25 yards with PFD• Rotary breathing, 15 times• Push off in a streamline on front and back• Paddle on front 15 feet without PFD• Combined arm and leg actions on front and back• Introduction to breaststroke and breaststroke kick, dolphin kick, and backstroke• Water Safety Topics: think so you don’t sink, don’t just pack it, wear your jacket
Level III Classes
Swimmers understand the basics of backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle. In these lessons, kids continue to advance their stroke techniques, begin to learn butterfly and increase the distance they are able to swim.
Skills needed for entry into Level 4: • Able to jump into pool and front crawl and/or elementary backstroke 25 yards• Able to push off in a streamlined position, then swim front crawl 15 yards, change position, then swim elementary backstroke 15 yards Skills learned in Level 4 (including but not limited to):• Freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke for 25 yards• Introduce dolphin kick
Level IV Classes
Swimmers have a solid understanding of all four strokes. In level 5, they will learn flip turns, continue to fine-tune technique and increase distance. This class is intended to improve technique and endurance and prepare participants for competitive swimming.
Skills needed for entry into Level 5/6:
• Able to swim freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke for 25 yards.
• Swim a continuous 100 yards (any stroke)
• Able to submerge and swim 3-5 body lengths underwater in streamline
Skills learned in Level 5 (including but not limited to):
• Freestyle with rhythmic breathing 50 yards
• Butterfly for 25 yards
• Open turns
Skills learned in Level 6 (including but not limited to):
• Improve technique and endurance in all four strokes
• Flip turns
Level V/VI Classes
This class will feature structured workouts for advanced swimmers. Participants will train to achieve an optimal performance level by improving stroke technique, aerobic endurance, and speed. Participants must be able to swim at least 200 yards without stopping.
Winter Quarter classes end February 29/March 1
Instructors will use activities and songs to help children with skills and water adjustment. Children not fully toilet-trained must wear a swim diaper. The pool temperature is between 81–84°F.