The Aquatics Department offers numerous classes each year for adults and children to learn to swim. Certified American Red Cross instructors teach all swimming 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.
The Aquatics Department offers numerous classes each year for children to learn to swim. 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.
The cost of each session (includes all lesson days in the session) is noted below.
- $70 per child for currently-enrolled FSU students (enrollment verified at time of registration)
- $80 per child for Campus Recreation members
- $90 per child for Non-Members who are FSU Faculty / Staff
- $100 per child for Non-Members who are not affiliated with FSU
Refunds: Refunds will only be processed in the event of an illness. A valid doctor’s note is required.
Class Location: All lessons are conducted at the Leach Recreation Center Pool.
Class Length: Classes run 30 minutes to 1 hour in length depending on the level.
Make-Up Days: Registration required. Make-up lessons are conducted at same time as the Saturday lesson.
Register Online or In-Person: Registration takes place in Rec Connect, our online portal, or in-person at the Leach Recreation Center during normal operating hours. For assistance with Rec Connect, please visit our Rec Connect Help Desk.
Multiple Registrations: If you are planning on registering multiple dependents for the same session, please be sure to add them as dependents on your Rec Connect account. For assistance, please call 850-644-4531 or 850-644-0548.
Swim Lesson Levels
Familiarize children approximately 6 months to 3 years of age to the aquatic environment and help parents learn water safety techniques. This helps participants begin to develop positive attitudes and safe practices in and around water.
Familiarizes children approximately 4 to 5 years old to the aquatic environment and help them acquire rudimentary basic aquatic skills. This helps participants begin to develop positive attitudes and safe practices in and around water.
There are no skills prerequisites for Level 1, your child must 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. The required age for participants is 6 years old.
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 lengths, float on their 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.
The average age for Level 2 participants is 6 to 8 years old.
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 feet. 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.
The average age for participants in Level 3 is 8 to 9 years old.
Participants entering Level 4 should be able to swim the length of the pool (25 yards) using either front crawl (freestyle) 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.
The average age for participants in Level 4 is 9 to 12 years old.
Participants entering Level 5 should be able to swim front crawl (freestyle) for 25 yards, change direction and position as necessary and swim elementary backstroke for 25 yards. They should also be comfortable swimming breaststroke and backstroke for a distance of at least 15 yards. Level 5 will continue to refine all four swimming strokes.
Level 5 participants are typically 9 years old or older.
Participants entering Level 6 should be comfortable swimming approximately 100 yards (4 lengths of the pool) and have knowledge of all four 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.
Level 6 participants are typically 9 years old or older.