American Red Cross Youth Swim Lessons

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 Registration Information: In Person Registration only

All registration for Summer  2018 Lessons has been temporarily suspended due to software malfunctions. All registration will be suspended until Tuesday, April 17th

The cost of each session (includes all lesson days in the session) is noted below.

  • $50 per child for currently-enrolled FSU students (enrollment verified at time of registration)
    • Registration opens Tuesday, March 27th
  • $60 per child for Leach Center members
    • Registration opens Tuesday, April 17th 
  • $70 per child for Non-Leach Members who are FSU Faculty / Staff
    • Registration opens Tuesday, April 24th
  • $80 per child for Non-Leach Members who are not affiliated with FSU
    • Registration opens Tuesday, May 1st

Refunds: Refunds will only be processed in the event of an illness. A valid doctor's note is required.

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

Swim Lesson Session Offerings

Only Saturday Lessons will be offered during the Spring 2018 semester. 

Class Length: Classes run 30 minutes to 1 hour in length depending on the level. 

Make-Up Days: Registration required. Make-up lessons conducted at same time as Saturday lesson

Summer 2018 Swim Lesson Schedule 

  • Saturday Session
    • June 2nd-July 28th
    • Make-up Lesson: June 24
  • Session 1
    • May 29th-June 8th
    • Tuesday-Friday and Monday-Friday
  • Session 2
    • June 11-June 28
    • Monday-Thursday
    • Make-Up days only on Friday when class is cancelled during the week
  • Session 3
    • July 9-July 26
    • Monday-Thursday
    • Make-Up days only on Friday when class is cancelled during the week

Current students and Leach members can utilize their existing Rec Connect accounts (use your FSUID and password to login) to register for lessons. Non-members need to create a login. Visit our Rec Connect Account Info page for details.

Rec Connect Account Info

Important Level Descriptions

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 - 3 years old
  • Saturdays
    • 9:15 am - 9:45 am
  • Weekdays
    •  6:20pm-6:50pm

Preschool Aquatics Introduction to Water Skills (Saturdays only)

Familiarize children approximately 4 and 5 years old to the aquatic environment and help them acquire rudimentary basic aquatic skills. Help participants begin to develop positive attitudes and safe practices in and around water.

  • Average age: 3-5 years old
  • Saturday
    • 9:15 am - 9:45 am

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: 3-7 years old
  • Saturday
    • 9:50 am - 10:35 am
  • Weekdays:
    • A 5:30-6:15
    • B 6:20-6:55

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: 4-8 years old
  • Saturday
    • 9:50 am - 10:35 am
  • Weekday
    • 5:30pm-6:15pm

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: 6-9 years old
  • Saturday
    • 9:50 am - 10:35 am
  • Wewkday
    • 5:30pm-6:30pm

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: 7-12 years old
  • Saturday
    • 9:50 am - 10:35 am
  • Weekday:
    • 5:30-6:30

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: 7 years old and older
  • Saturday
    • 10:40 am -11:25 am 
  • Weekday:
    • 5:30-6:30

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 years old and older
  • Saturday
    • 10:40 am - 11:25 am (A)
  • Weekday:
    • 5:30-6:30