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.

Youth lessons are not being offered for the Fall 2022 semester. Check back in the spring for future swim lesson package options.

Youth Lessons

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

  • $60 per child for currently-enrolled FSU students (enrollment verified at time of registration)
  • $70 per child for Campus Recreation members
  • $80 per child for Non-Members who are FSU Faculty / Staff
  • $90 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 1 hour in length depending on the level.

Make-Up Days: Make-up classes are only offered if FSU Campus Recreation must cancel the lesson for any reason. Personal conflicts to attend a lesson does not constitute a makeup lesson. Classes may be canceled due to weather. It is facility policy to close the pool when lightning has come within the stated safety zone. Monitor your email for notification should this affect your class.

Swimmer Refusal to Enter Water: Due to the class’s concentrated structure, instructors will attempt up to two times to get the swimmer into the water, but if the swimmer refuses the class will continue without them. A guardian can work with their swimmer to get them back to actively participating during that time and can rejoin when they are ready.

Spectator Policy: Guardians of swimming participants in all levels are required to wait in the stadium seating off the pool deck (Mezzanine Level). An elevator is available for use. 

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 undergarments are not permitted. All children in diapers must wear a swim diaper.

What Should I Bring: Towel, change of clothes, and extra swim diapers for children in diapers.

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 850-655-6750 or 850-644-0548.

Parking: Please visit FSU Transportation & Parking Services for more information on passes and visitor lots. Meter parking is also available off Chieftan Way on the west side of the Leach Center.

Register Here

Swim Lesson Levels

Guardian and Child
Preschool Aquatics
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