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LEARN TO SWIM

Group and private swim lessons for ages 2.5 to adult

Learn swimming basics or work your way to joining a swim team with our Learn to Swim program. Our swimming lessons are offered year-round, teaching water safety and beginning swim skills to beginners to the four competitive strokes needed to become a competitive swimmer.

Learn to Swim is available to swimmers of all levels from ages 2.5 to adult and includes group, private and semi-private sessions.

Current & Upcoming Series Dates

Series 1: September 10 – December 15
No classes: October 6, 20, 27 or 31; November 17, 22, 23 or 30; December 1

Series 2: January 7 – March 16
No classes: February 2 or 16; March 1 or 2

Series 3: April 1 – June 8

Stroke Clinics: Beginning January 7

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

GENERAL REGISTRATION* FOR SERIES 2 IS NOW OPEN!

*General registration is open to all current participants.
**Open registration for all participants begins December 12.

GROUP LESSONS

Our Learn to Swim group lessons feature an instructor-to-student ratio of 1:4 (2:16 for Pre-Team) and are organized by skill level. Swimmers progress from Level 1 to Level 4 followed by Pre-Team for aspiring Hilltoppers swim team competitors.

Not sure what level your child is ready for? Please contact our Learn to Swim staff at 303-871-4484 or swim@du.edu.

We also offer swim lessons for adults ages 18 and older who want to improve their existing swim skills. For adults looking to develop basic swim skills, we recommend our private lessons.

Level 1

Level 1

Level 1 is for beginner swimmers ages 3-7 and introduces swimmers to submersions, safety, front and black floats, basic backstroke, beginning freestyle arms and kick, and overall comfort and confidence in the water.

To progress to Level 2, swimmers must demonstrate comfort in the water and the ability to float unassisted on their back for at least five seconds.

Lesson Schedule

Level 1 meets for 30-minute sessions once a week, unless otherwise noted. Make-up classes are not offered for missed sessions.

Mondays: 4:45 p.m.
Tuesdays: 4:45 p.m.
Wednesdays: 4:45 p.m. & 5:20 p.m.
Thursdays: 4:45 p.m.
Saturdays: 10:40 a.m. & 12:05 p.m.

Cost & Registration

Registration fees are prorated for dates in which classes are not held (due to holidays, pool closures, etc.). Lower costs indicate one or more sessions that will be canceled during the upcoming series.

Mondays: $205.00 (10 sessions)
Tuesdays: $205.00 (10 sessions)
Wednesdays: $205.00 (10 sessions)
Thursdays: $205.00 (10 sessions)
Saturdays (10:40 a.m.): $143.50 (7 sessions)
Saturdays (12:05 p.m.): $123.00 (6 sessions)

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Level 2

Level 2

Level 2 is for advanced beginner swimmers ages 3-7 and focuses on front and back glides, underwater object retrieval, bobs, independent swimming (freestyle and beginner backstroke), flutter and dolphin kicks, and unassisted deep-water entry.

To progress to Level 3, swimmers must demonstrate each skill with confidence and independently swim the freestyle and beginner backstroke for at least 15 feet.

Lesson Schedule

Level 2 meets for 30-minute sessions once a week, unless otherwise noted. Make-up classes are not offered for missed sessions.

Mondays: 4:45 p.m. & 5:20 p.m.
Tuesdays: 4:45 p.m. & 5:20 p.m.
Wednesdays: 4:45 p.m., 5:20 p.m. & 5:55 p.m.
Thursdays: 4:45 p.m. & 5:55 p.m.
Saturdays: 10:05 a.m. & 12:25 p.m.

Cost & Registration

Registration fees are prorated for dates in which classes are not held (due to holidays, pool closures, etc.). Lower costs indicate one or more sessions that will be canceled during the upcoming series.

Mondays: $205.00 (10 sessions)
Tuesdays: $205.00 (10 sessions)
Wednesdays: $205.00 (10 sessions)
Thursdays: $205.00 (10 sessions)
Saturdays (10:05 a.m.): $143.50 (7 sessions)
Saturdays (12:25 p.m.): $123.00 (6 sessions)

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Level 3

Level 3

Level 3 is for intermediate swimmers (comfortable swimming 25 yards) ages 4-9 and focuses on efficient flutter and dolphin kicking, improved arm-form techniques for each stroke, rotary breathing and introduction to breaststroke, butterfly and diving.

To progress to Level 4, swimmers must demonstrate each skill with confidence and independently swim (with proper technique) the freestyle and backstroke for 25 yards, and the butterfly and breaststroke for 10 yards.

Lesson Schedule

Level 3 meets for 30-minute sessions once a week, unless otherwise noted. Make-up classes are not offered for missed sessions.

Mondays: 4:45 p.m., 5:20 p.m. & 5:55 p.m.
Tuesdays: 4:45 p.m. & 5:55 p.m.
Wednesdays: 4:45 p.m. & 5:55 p.m.
Thursdays: 4:45 p.m. & 5:20 p.m.
Saturdays: 10:40 a.m. & 11:55 a.m.

Cost & Registration

Registration fees are prorated for dates in which classes are not held (due to holidays, pool closures, etc.). Lower costs indicate one or more sessions that will be canceled during the upcoming series.

Mondays: $205.00 (10 sessions)
Tuesdays: $205 (10 sessions)
Wednesdays: $205 (10 sessions)
Thursdays: $205.00 (10 sessions)
Saturdays (10:40 a.m.): $143.50 (7 sessions)
Saturdays (11:55 a.m.): $123.00 (6 sessions)

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Level 4

Level 4

Level 4 is for advanced swimmers (comfortable swimming 25 yards) ages 4-9 and encourages swimmers to become more efficient, knowledgeable and stronger in the water. Level 4 focuses on technique for the four competitive strokes while also providing a detailed approach to butterfly and breaststroke.

To progress to Pre-Team, swimmers must demonstrate their ability to stay actively engaged in a team setting and swim (with proper technique) 50 yards of freestyle and backstroke, and 25 yards on breaststroke and butterfly.

Lesson Schedule

Level 4 meets for 45-minute sessions once a week, unless otherwise noted. Make-up classes are not offered for missed sessions.

Mondays: 5:30 p.m. & 6:15 p.m.
Tuesdays: 5:30 p.m. & 6:15 p.m.
Wednesdays: 5:30 p.m.
Thursdays: 5:30 p.m. & 6:15 p.m.
Saturdays: 11:15 a.m.

Cost & Registration

Registration fees are prorated for dates in which classes are not held (due to holidays, pool closures, etc.). Lower costs indicate one or more sessions that will be canceled during the upcoming series.

Level 4 sessions are now 45-minutes long.

Mondays: $292.50 (10 sessions)
Tuesdays: $292.50 (10 sessions)
Wednesdays: $292.50 (10 sessions)
Thursdays: $292.50 (10 sessions)
Saturdays: $204.75 (7 sessions)

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Pre-Team

Pre-Team

Pre-Team is for advanced swimmers (comfortable swimming 50 yards) ages 6-10 and is designed to assist with the transition to the Hilltoppers Swim Team. Swimmers will build stamina and endurance while practicing all four competitive swim strokes, dive starts, flip turns, lane etiquette and reading the pace clock.

To be recommended for a Hilltoppers Swim Team tryout, participants must demonstrate a legal stroke in freestyle, backstroke, breast stroke and butterfly; have built up a significant endurance; and show maturity within a team setting.

Lesson Schedule

Pre-Team meets for 45-minute sessions twice a week, unless otherwise noted. Make-up classes are not offered for missed sessions.

Monday/Wednesday: 4:45 p.m.
Tuesday/Thursday: 4:45 p.m.
Saturday (once a week, one hour): 1:00 p.m.

Cost & Registration

Registration fees are prorated for dates in which classes are not held (due to holidays, pool closures, etc.). Lower costs indicate one or more sessions that will be canceled during the upcoming series.

Monday/Wednesday: $293.00 (20 sessions)
Tuesday/Thursday: $293.00 (20 sessions)
Saturday: $117.00 (6 sessions)

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Adult Lessons

Adult Lessons

Adult lessons are for intermediate swimmers ages 18 and older, and are built specifically for swimmers who are able to swim multiple times across the pool and can complete a 60-minute workout. Adult lessons help swimmers develop techniques, learn swim strokes or construct the best workout plan for their swimming needs.

The adult lessons curriculum is designed toward development and progression into our Masters Swimming program.

Adult swimmers looking to develop basic swimming skills are better suited to private lessons.

Lesson Schedule

Adult lessons meet for 60-minute sessions twice a week, unless otherwise noted. Make-up classes are not offered for missed sessions.

Monday/Wednesday: 7:15 p.m.

Cost & Registration

Registration fees are prorated for dates in which classes are not held (due to holidays, pool closures, etc.). Lower costs indicate one or more sessions that will be canceled during the upcoming series.

Monday/Wednesday: $280.00 (20 sessions)

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Private Lessons

Looking for one-on-one instruction? Our private lessons offer individualized lessons for swimmers of all skill levels. Follow our Level 1-4 curriculum for group lessons or tailor your sessions for your own specific needs.

We recommend private lessons for any children over age 8 and for adults.

Children ages 2.5 to 5 years old are invited to participate in our tot private lessons to become comfortable in the water and learn the basic before enrolling in group lessons.

Semi-private lessons for two swimmers of the same skill level are also available.

Private Lessons

Private Lessons

Our private sessions are available for swimmers of all levels and ages.

Whether it is your first time in the pool or if you're looking to refresh your skills, private swim lessons are an excellent opportunity to improve your swimming skills in a one-on-one instructional environment.

Lesson Schedule

Private lessons meet for 30-minute sessions once a week, unless otherwise noted. Make-up classes are not offered for missed sessions.

Mondays: 5:20 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 5:55 p.m., 6:00 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.
Tuesdays: 5:20 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 5:55 p.m., 6:00 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.
Wednesdays: 10:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 5:20 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 5:55 p.m., 6:00 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.
Thursdays: 5:20 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 5:55 p.m., 6:00 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.
Fridays: 10:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.
Saturdays 9:30 a.m., 10:05 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 11:50 a.m., 12:30 p.m. & 12:35 p.m.

Cost & Registration

Registration fees are prorated for dates in which classes are not held (due to holidays, pool closures, etc.). Lower costs indicate one or more sessions that will be canceled during the upcoming series.

Mondays: $350.00 (10 sessions)
Tuesdays: $350.00 (10 sessions)
Wednesdays: $350.00 (10 sessions)
Thursdays: $350.00 (10 sessions)
Fridays: $315.00 (9 sessions)
Saturdays (9:30-11:15 a.m. sessions): $245.00 (7 sessions)
Saturdays (11:50 a.m. - 12:35 p.m. sessions): $210.00 (6 sessions)

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Tot Private Lessons

Tot Private Lessons

Tot private lessons are for children ages 2.5-5 years and help your child gain comfort in the water by working on floating, kicking and beginning arm coordination using play and games.

Swimmers can progress into the Level 1 group lessons (or private lessons) based on the skills they have mastered as well as their age.

Lesson Schedule

Tot private lessons meet for 20-minute sessions once a week, unless otherwise noted. Make-up classes are not offered for missed sessions.

Wednesdays: 9:00 a.m., 9:20 a.m. & 9:40 a.m.
Fridays: 9:00 a.m., 9:20 a.m. & 9:40 a.m.
Saturdays: 10:35 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.

Cost & Registration

Registration fees are prorated for dates in which classes are not held (due to holidays, pool closures, etc.).

Wednesdays: $230.00 (10 sessions)
Fridays: $207.00 (9 sessions)
Saturdays: $161.00 (7 sessions)

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Stroke Clinics

Our clinics are designed to develop advanced swimmers’ skills in particular swim strokes. Swimmers will focus on fundamentals for that stroke utilizing both dryland exercises and in-the-water techniques. Learning a legal stroke is the primary goal over the course of five to seven weeks.

We recommend these clinics for swimmers in Level 4 or higher.

Breaststroke Clinic

Breaststroke Clinic

The breaststroke clinic is open to advanced swimmers in Level 4 or above looking to learn a legal breaststroke.

Clinic Schedule

The breaststroke clinic meets for 45 minutes once a week. Make-up classes are not offered for missed sessions.

January 7 - February 9

Wednesdays: 6:15-7:00 p.m.

Cost & Registration

$93.75 (5 classes)

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Butterfly Clinic

Butterfly Clinic

The butterfly clinic is open to advanced swimmers in Level 4 or above looking to learn a legal butterfly stroke.

Clinic Schedule

The butterfly clinic meets for 45 minutes once a week. Make-up classes are not offered for missed sessions.

February 13 - March 16

Wednesdays: 6:15-7:00 p.m.

Cost & Registration

$93.75 (5 classes)

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Frequently Asked Questions

What should I bring for swim lessons?

We recommend a set of goggles and a towel. If you forget a towel, we have a limited supply available.

Where do I park, and how do I get a parking permit?

There are several parking options around the Ritchie Center. To request a Ritchie Center parking permit, please visit www.parking.du.edu or call 303-871-3210 after registering for Learn to Swim. Your permit will be mailed to you within 7-10 days of your request. If you need a temporary parking permit for your first Learn to Swim session, please contact us at 303-871-4484.

Where should I meet for my lessons?

Please check in at the Coors Fitness Center front desk (located on the south side of the Ritchie Center) and proceed to El Pomar Natatorium. Once in the pool, please meet on the pool bleachers at the shallow end of the pool while you wait for your lesson. When it's time for your lesson, your child's instructor will call him/her over.

Do I have access to a locker room?

Yes. Both the men's and women's locker rooms are accessible from the pool deck. You will also have access to showers.

What are the requirements for each level?

Each level has specific skill sets that need to be met. For more information regarding skill sets and level appropriateness, please visit our class levels page.

How do I know when my child is ready for the next level?

At the end of each series, your child will receive a progress report that indicates the level for which the instructor feels he/she is ready.

What is the instructor-to-participant ratio?

We restrict our group class size to four students for Level 1-4 group lessons. There is one instructor per class.

Private and semi-private classes are also available.

Are the classes divided by age?

Our classes are arranged by ability, not age. Your child’s lesson level will be determined by his/her swimming level. Therefore, a more skilled swimmer will be in a higher level.

What is the difference between group and private lessons?

Group lessons involve more than one child per instructor.

A private lesson has one child and one instructor. Because private lessons provide one-on-one attention, they can more dramatically improve your child’s swimming abilities. These lessons focus on technique and skill development to build upon a swimmer’s foundation.

Semi-private lessons are also available for two, three or four students with one instructor.

How many times per week does my child have class?

Unless otherwise noted, lessons meet once per week for 30 minutes.

"When does registration begin for each series?

Priority registration begins in Week 12 of each series.

  • Priority registration for those who want to keep the same class, time and day begins in Week 12 of each series.
  • Priority registration for those who want to change their day, time and/or class begins in Week 13 of each series.

General registration, which is open to the public, begins three weeks before the end of the current series.

Learn More & Contact Us

For additional information on Learn to Swim or for help selecting the correct level for your swimmer's ability, please call 303-871-4484, email swim@du.edu or complete the interest form.

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