Upenn Recreation

Group Aquatics Fitness Classes

  • Aqua-Robics

    Participants of all levels are welcome to sign up for the PennRec Group Aqua-Robics Fitness classes, which are an exciting and dynamic 45 minutes of aquatics conditioning exercises that promote increased energy, flexibility, weight loss, toning and slenderizing. The class incorporates movements drawn from swimming, dancing and even kickboxing techniques to both motivate and challenge clients. This class is inherently “low impact”, thus the movements are excellent for various populations looking for a cardiovascular workout without the strain/stress on joints, muscles or bones.

    The cost of six classes will be $50 for members/students and $70 for non-members; the class must have a minimum of 4 people enrolled to take place. Late registration will be available, with the cost pro-rated to exclude the missed classes.

    Spring Semester Session: Sundays, starting March 22, 2015 @ 11:00 AM. No class 4/5.

    Registration begins available now. To register, visit the eConnect Portal. 

  • Water Babies

    Water Babies! is a 45 minute course designed to introduce infants  (6 months-36 months) to the water. Activities include being held in the water by the parent, assisted floating, gently pouring water of the infant’s head, socializing with other children and parents, and submerging the child when he/she is ready

    The cost of this course will be $50 for members/students and $70 for non-members. The class must have a minimum of 6 people enrolled to take place and all babies must wear swim diapers.

    Spring Semester Session: Sundays, starting March 22, 2015 @ 10:00 AM. No class 4/5.

    Registration available now. To register, visit the eConnect Portal.

Summer Programs (May to August)

  • Master Swim

    This program is open to Non-Affiliates. Contact Dan Schupsky for more information.

    Participants of an intermediate, or above, swimming level are welcome to join one of Philadelphia’s only master’s swimming teams. The PennRec Master’s Swim Team is designed to allow adult competitive swimmers to have a place to train with other swimmers of their ability under the guidance of a varsity swim coach, and without interruption from other recreational swimmers.  This program will start the 3rd week of May (May 20th), with 3 practices per week from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

    The full 3-practice-per-week cost for a members/students is $60 per month, while the full practice week for non-members, and non-affiliates, is $80 per month. A two-practice per week option may be possible, but only with enough interest and consistent communication with the Aquatics Coordinator. Non-Penn affiliates are allowed to register for this program, but must do so at the non-member rate and must only use the pool area during designated practice times.

    Renewing monthly fees is mandatory and payment can be made in full at the initial sign-up, or on a month-to-month basis. It should be noted that if enough swimmers do not sign up in each month the program will not generate enough revenue to operate.

    As it stands, those who cannot commit to 3 practices a week are asked not to attempt to sign up and non-members/non-affiliates are asked to inquire with Dan Schupsky, Aquatics Coordinator, as to the status of their participation.

    First time clients must complete a waiver and liability packet. Visit the forms directory to download the PDF.

    Are you Eligible?

    To participate in Master Swim you must be:

      • able to do 3 of the 4 strokes
      • able to do flip turns
      • knowledgeable about swim equipment and how to use it
      • able to swim 4 – 5 consecutive 100s on 10 seconds rest at a relatively high heart rate
      • the esoteric “ability to be coached, critiqued, and pushed” towards best times and training goals
    • Quaker Swim Camp 

      The QSC will run two weeks in June (starting 6/15 and 6/22 respectively) and one week in July (starting 7/6) and the camp’s brochure can be found here.

      The Quaker Swim Camp is a beginner-to-intermediate swim camp that is focused on quality drill work and learning proper swimming technique for swimmers from ages 5 – 15. The camp runs for 2 weeks in June and one week in July and is a day camp only (8.30a – 3p). The structure of each day includes 2 water work outs, 1 team building activity, and 1 coach-led talk.



    Aquatics List-serve

    If you would like to be updated on the pool schedule, activities, or pool programming consider signing up to receive emails from our newly created aquatics list-serve.

    To join the list-serve email Dan Schupsky at dschup@pobox.upenn.edu with the following:

    Subject: List-serve

    Body: Email, First, Last Name


    Registration Information

    A Penn Affiliation is required to enroll. An active PennCard is required a the time of registration. Registration must be done in the Membership Services Office. For questions regarding registration, please call 215-898-6100.

    Refund Policy 

    If PennRec cancels a course, participants will be offered the choice of transferring to another course or receive a full refund. If a participant chooses not to take a class that is not cancelled, the participant is not eligible for a refund.


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    Saturday March 28, 2015

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