Swim Lessons

The Campus Recreation Swim Lesson Program serves adults and children of all ages and abilities in a one-on-one or within a small group environment. All swim instructors nationally certified by recognized organizations to teach the fundamentals of water safety, stroke development and skill refinement. Swim lessons are either 30 or 45 minutes in length. Note, 30-minute classes are typically recommended for younger children.

Description of swim lesson levels and skill development

Foundations 1

Participant is uncomfortable in the water, and will not put his/her face in the water. Participant has not yet mastered floating, and is unable to swim independently. Recommended for children age 5-7.

Foundations 2

Participant has a high level of comfort and confidence in and around water. Participant can perform basic skills such as floating and swimming independently, but inconsistently so. Recommended for children ages 5-7.

Level 1

Participant has more developed motor skills than participants in Foundations 1 and 2. Participant will learn how to float independently on the front and back, glide, and motion the front crawl with alternating leg and arm action.

Level 2

Completion of Level 1 required. Participant will expand upon basic skills learned in Level 1 by incorporating breathing while swimming the front crawl 3-5 yards, learn to swim the back crawl assisted, and tread water.

Level 3

Completion of Level 2 required. This level focuses on increasing endurance and improving stroke proficiency. Participant will perform front and back glides, learn rhythmic breathing, swim the front crawl 10-15 yards and swim the back crawl 10-15 yards. This level also introduces the butterfly motion.

Level 4

Completion of Level 3 required. This level focuses on stroke improvement for the front crawl and back crawl, and introduces the breaststroke, butterfly, side stroke, and open turns.

Level 5

Completion of Level 4 required. Participant will refine coordination and stroke technique for the front crawl, back crawl, breaststroke, butterfly, side stroke, and open turns. This level also introduces flip turns and surface dives.

Level 6

Completion of Level 5 required. Participants will now swim with greater power and efficiency. Improved endurance allows for greater distances over larger lengths of time. This level introduces fitness swimming etiquette, use of equipment for water exercise, and setting up a fitness swim program.

Private Swim Lessons

Swim instructors at Campus Recreation use the above description of swim lessons levels to guide adults and children during 1:1 instruction. We recommend 45-minute lessons to maximize learning, while 30-minute lessons are most appropriate for children 5 and 6 (above you say 5-7) depending on skill level. Campus Recreation recommends swim lessons 2-3 times per week to ensure skill development and progression. Please note our pool hours in the "About Us" link as the Campus Recreation Aquatic Center is only open during specific times throughout the week. 

Swim Lesson Scheduling

Private swim lessons are offered based on the mutual availability of the participant and swim instructor. Please indicate on registration form day(s) of the week and time blocks the participant is available for lessons to ensure appropriate and timely matching with an instructor. 

Please note our pool hours in the "About Us" link as the Campus Recreation Aquatic Center is only open during specific times throughout the week. 

Swim Lesson Cancellation

Swim instructors employed by Campus Recreation are obligated and trained to wait for 15 minutes following the start time of the agreed upon swim lesson(s). If a swim participant is more than 15 minutes late, the participant forfeits the lesson and no make-up session(s) will be offered. In the event that Campus Recreation cancels a swim lesson or session, a make-up lesson or session (start using word, but nowhere else) will be scheduled. If a swim lesson participant provides notice at least 24 hours prior to scheduled swim lesson beginning, the swim instructor will reschedule lesson without losing your session.

If you reschedule the activity with Guest Services Desk during business hours at least 24 hours prior to scheduled program, class, or service beginning without losing your appointment and session.  

Lightning During Swim Lessons

Campus Recreation utilizes iSTRIKE, a location-specific and severe weather alerting system indicating lightning strikes within the university and UCCS Campus Recreation and Wellness Center area. Lifeguards reserve the right in the event of a lightning strike, or severe weather to close the Aquatic Center.

Parking

UCCS Campus parking rules and regulations apply for all UCCS students, faculty, staff, and general public. For those swim lesson participants that have not purchased or are not eligible for a parking pass, parking is available in the Alpine Parking Garage for $2 per hour for visitor parking. 

 

Fees

Private Swim Lesson Pricing

30-Minute Private Swim Lessons               Student/Member     UCCS Community      General Public     
Private Lessons, 3-Package $50 $60 $75
Private Lessons, 10-Package $130 $150 $180
45-Minute Private Swim Lessons Student/Member UCCS Community General Public
Private Lesson, 1-Lesson $30 $35 $45
Private Lessons, 3-Package $60 $70 $90
Private Lessons, 10-Package $165 $185 $220

Semi-Private Swim Lesson Pricing

Semi-private swim lessons consist of two participants. The price below will be either paid in full for both participants or split between the two individuals within the swim lesson. The package will only be reflected on the lesson that the payment was associated with. One semi-private will not be able to swim without the other lesson present. There will be a note included on the user’s account that paid, and it will list the name and parent of the additional semi-private so that you are allowed back to the pool to complete your semi-private lesson.

30-Minute Semi-Private Swim Lessons      Student/Member   UCCS Community    General Public  
Semi-Private Lessons, 3-Package $70 ($35 per person) $90 ($45 per person) $115 ($58 per person)
Semi-Private Lessons, 10-Package $195 ($98 per person) $225 (113 per person) $315 ($158 per person)
45-Minute Semi-Private Swim Lessons Student/Member UCCS Community General Public
Semi-Private Lesson, 1-Lesson $40 ($20 per person) $50 ($25 per person) $65 ($33 per person)
Semi-Private Lessons, 3-Package $86 ($43 per person) $106 ($53 per person) $120 ($60 per person)
Semi-Private Lessons, 10-Package $246 ($123 per person) $286 ($143 per person) $340 ($170 per person)

Swim Lesson Registration

Private Lessons: Please fill out our private swim lesson registration at uccs.edu/privateswim and we will process your request.  

For any questions or comments related to the Campus Recreation Swim Lesson Program, please contact aquatics@uccs.edu