American Red Cross Youth Swim Lessons

Online registration for Summer 2017 sessions will open:

  • Tuesday, April 18th at 10:00am for Current FSU Students
  • Tuesday, May 2nd at 10:00am for Leach Center Members
  • Tuesday, May 9th at 10:00am for FSU Faculty/Staff
  • Tuesday, May 16th at 10:00 am for Tallahassee Community/Non Leach Members

If you are planning on registering multiple dependents for the same session you must contact Lizzie Milkas at to assit you with your already active account.

The Aquatics Department offers numerous classes each year for children to learn to swim. Youth classes are offered during the summer semester only. Certified American Red Cross instructors teach all classes. Enrollment for classes is limited in order to maintain quality instruction and an optimal teaching environment. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

General Swim Lesson Information

Three sessions are available. Session 1 is 2 weeks(Pro Rated) and Sessions 2 & 3 are three weeks long. All classes meet Monday through Thursday each week. Fridays are used for make-up classes (holidays or inclement weather). Classes run 30 minutes to 1 hour in length depending on the level. 

  • $50/ child for currently enrolled FSU student 
  • $60/ child  for Leach Center members
  • $70/ child for FSU Faculty/Staff
  • $80/ child Tallahassee Community/Non-Leach Member
  • Refunds will only be processed in the event of an illness and a valid doctor's note will be required.


Summer 2017 Swim Lesson Schedule:

  • Session 1 Weekday: 2 Weeks/Pro-rated
    • Tuesday, May 30th - Friday, June 2nd
    • Monday, June 5th - Friday, June 9th
    • Registration Pro-rated:
      • $44/child for currently enrolled FSU students
      • $54/child for Leach Center Members
      • $64/child For FSU Faculty/Staff
      • $74/child for Tallahassee Community/Non-Leach Members
  • Session 2 Weekday :  3 Weeks(12 lessons)
    • Monday, June 12th - Thursday, June 15th
    • Monday, June 19th - Thursday, June 22nd
    • Monday, June 26th -Thursday, June 29th
    • Make-Up Days:
      • Friday, June 16th, 23rd, 30th 
  • Session 3 Weekday : 3 Weeks (12 Lessons)
    • Monday, July 10th - Thursday, July 13th
    • Monday, July 17th - Thursday, July 20th
    • Monday, July 24th - Thursday, July 27th
    • Make-Up Days:
      • Friday, July 14th ,21st ,28th
  • *New* Saturday Lessons:
    • 1 Session offered every ​​​​​​Saturday of the summer 
    •  June 3rd, 10th,17th, 24th
      • Make-Up Day: Sat, July 1st
        • Must register for
    • July, 8th, 15th, & 22nd
      • Make-Up Day: Sat, July 29th 
        • must register for



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Important Level Information

Although we will be conducting a skills check on the first day, it is important to enroll your child in the level you feel is most appropriate. Average ages are listed as a reference, but can vary greatly and should only be viewed as a guide. Should your child need to be moved to a different level, we will only be able to do so if space is available, so please review the information below carefully and email if you have specific questions.

Parent and Child Aquatics Introduction to Water Skills

There are no skills prerequisites for the Parent/Child Class, however your child must be 6 months of age on the first day of class. This course helps young children become comfortable in and around the water so that they are ready to learn to swim. Important: This course is not designed to teach children to swim or survive in the water on their own, it should not be considered a "drownproofing" class. A parent or guardian must accompany the child in the water throughout the lesson.

  • Average age: 6 months - 4 years
  • 6:20PM until 6:50PM daily, Monday through Thursday.

Level I Introduction to Water Skills

There are no skills prerequisites for Level 1, however your child must be 3 years of age on the first day of class and be able to follow basic instructions from the instructor. Children will be introduced to the aquatic environment and will begin to learn basic skills such as floats, bobs, and glides.

  • Average age: 3yrs-7yrs
  • Monday through Thursday.
    • (A) 5:30 pm - 6:15 pm 
    • (B) 6:20pm - 7:05pm

Level II Fundamental Aquatic Skills

Participants entering Level 2 must be able to enter the water independently using a ladder or stairs, be able to bob 5 times, front glide for two body lenghts, float on back for 5 seconds (unassisted), and recover to a vertical position. Children in Level 2 will build on the basic aquatic skills learned in Level 1 and will be introduced to rotary breathing and the proper arm and leg actions of basic swimming strokes.

  • Average age: 4yrs-8yrs
  • Monday through Thursday
    • (A) 5:30 pm - 6:15 pm
    • (B) 6:20pm - 7:05pm

Level III Stroke Development

Participants entering Level 3 must be able float or tread for at least 15 seconds and be able to swim on their front and/or back for at least 5 yards on their own. The Level 3 course takes place in the actual lanes of the pool where the water depth is approximately 5 ft. Children in Level 3 will work to achieve basic water competency in a pool environment and secondary swimming strokes such as breaststroke and butterfly will be introduced.

  • Average age: 6yrs-9yrs
  • 5:30 pm until 6:30 pm daily, Monday through Thursday.

Level IV Stroke Improvement

Participants entering Level 4 should be able to swim the length of the pool (25 yards) using either front crawl and/or elementary backstroke and be able tread and/or float for 1 minute. Children in Level 4 will work on proficiency in the basics and will gain knowledge in all six swimming strokes.

  • Average age: 7yrs-12yrs
  • 5:30 pm until 6:30 pm daily, Monday through Thursday.

Level V Stroke Refinement

Participants entering Level 5 should be able to swim front crawl for 25 yards, change direction and position as necessary and swim elementary backstroke for 25 yards. They should also be comfortable swimming breaststroke and back crawl for a distance of at least 15 yards. Level 5 will continue to refine all six swimming strokes.

  • Average age: 7yrs and up
  • 5:30 pm until 6:30 pm daily, Monday through Thursday.

Level VI Skill Proficiency

Participants entering Level 6 should be comfortable swimming approximately 100 yards (4 lengths of the pool) and have knowledge of all six swimming strokes. Instructors in Level 6 will help participants gain the confidence to use swimming as a form of fitness and will help them refine strokes to improve efficiency and effectiveness.

  • Average age: 7 yrs and up
  • 5:30 pm until 6:30 pm daily, Monday through Thursday.