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.

Summer registration for youth swim lessons begins April 1st.

Youth Lessons

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 be issued upon request for cancellations made at least 10 days before the registered session starts. Requests made later than 10 days before the session starts will only be issued if the registered participant provides medical documentation of an injury or illness.

Class Location: All lessons are conducted at the Leach Recreation Center Pool.

Class Length: Classes run 30 minutes to 45 minutes in length depending on the level.

Make-Up Days: Classes are not automatically canceled during inclement weather. Make-up classes are only offered if FSU Campus Recreation must cancel the lesson for any reason.

Spectator Policy: Guardians of swimming participants in levels 1-6 are required to wait in the stadium seating off the pool deck. An elevator is available for use. Guardians of swimming participants in Preschool Levels are allowed to remain on deck in specific viewing locations.

What Should I Wear: Proper swimming attire is required. Swimmers of all ages must wear actual bathing suits. “Basketball style” shorts are allowed. Female suits can be one or two-piece; however, sports bras and thongs are not permitted. All children in diapers must wear a swim diaper.

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.

Summer Registration Periods

Date(s)Open ToRegistration
April 1 - 8Current Students
April 8 - 15Non-Student Members of the Leach Center
April 15 – 22FSU Faculty and Staff
April 22Open to all
May 1Registration opens for remaining Summer programming
June 1 @ 10pmRegistration Closes for Swim Lessons Session 1
June 15 @ 10pmRegistration Closes for Swim Lessons Session 2
July 6 @ 10pmRegistration Closes for Swim Lessons Session 3
Register Here

Swim Lesson Levels

Parent and Child Aquatics Levels 1 & 2
Preschool Aquatics Levels 1, 2 & 3
Learn-to-Swim Level 1: Introduction to Water Skills
Learn-to-Swim Level 2: Fundamental Aquatic Skills
Learn-to-Swim Level 3: Stroke Development
Learn-to-Swim Level 4: Stroke Improvement
Learn-to-Swim Level 5: Stroke Refinement
Learn-to-Swim Level 6: Swimming and Skill Proficiency