Swim Lessons

All of our classes and lessons are taught by trained instructors. Our goal is to keep you safe while helping you explore the water and gain confidence so you can enjoy the pool, lakes, and beyond.

Swim Clinics

Practice your swim skills in a one-day clinic. Topics include butterfly, flip turns, freestyle, and lap swim.

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Smart Restart

We’ve made a few changes. We will continue to offer virtual programs and introduce in-person programs as they are deemed safe. Please visit recwell.wisc.edu/smartrestart for more information.

Group Lessons

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BEGINNER LEVEL

Gain confidence in the water and begin the freestyle stroke progression.

$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)
  • Work toward completing a lap of freestyle
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ADVANCED BEGINNER LEVEL

Advance stroke technique, build endurance, and gain confidence in deep water.

$60

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Designed for:

  • Swimmers who can comfortably swim freestyle in shallow water
  • 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:

  • Improve technique and increase endurance for freestyle and backstroke
  • Rotary breathing in front crawl
  • Introduction to elementary backstroke and breaststroke
  • Open turns
  • Treading water and deep water safety
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INTERMEDIATE LEVEL

Improve stroke proficiency and gain new skills for lap swimming.

$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
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SWIM FOR FITNESS (Currently unavailable)

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

Private & Semi-Private Lessons

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Private 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
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Semi-Private 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

Swim Tests for Study Abroad

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.