Upenn Recreation

Swimming Lessons

Become a better swimmer at any age with our private and group swim lessons.  For questions regarding any Aquatics Programming please contact Katie Gold, Assistant Director for Aquatics and Risk Management.

Swim instruction is returning to Sheerr Pool.  Private and Semi-Private lessons are now available. Group lessons are also now available for the Spring ’16 semester.  Please sign up for all Aquatics Programs at the Membership Services Office in Pottruck Health & Fitness Center.

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  • Private (1:1) and Semi-Private (1:2) Swim Lessons

    Private and Semi-Private Swim Lessons are now available!  Members of the Penn Community can register for lessons, in person, at the Membership Services Office in the Pottruck Health & Wellness Center.

    Lessons take place when the pool is open for recreational swim and when client availability meets instructor availability.  Instructor-client matches are not guaranteed, but we will attempt to match each client with an instructor in a timely fashion.

    Private lessons are 30 minutes long. Semi-Private lessons can have up to two students and last 45 minutes.

    Purchase Options

    Lesson Package Member Price Non-Member Price
    4 Private Lessons $140 $160
    8 Private Lessons $265 $300
    4 Semi Private Lessons universal fee:  $200
    8 Semi-Private Lessons universal fee: $380
  • Group Swim Lessons

    Group Lessons are Now Available. Register in Membership Services Office.
    Please join the Aquatics List Serv for updates.

    Group swim lessons will be available as part of a Learn to Swim program at Sheerr Pool.  This classes are not designed for advanced swimmers, but rather students wishing to learn to swim for the first time, or improve their stroke mechanics and endurance. Water safety is a component of all swim levels.

    Each summer  session of lessons will consist of six 30 minute lessons. With two lessons per week, each session will last three weeks. Classes that do not reach the minimum number of students will not run.

    June Session: Tues/Thurs evenings weeks of June 13th, 20th & 27th – Registration Deadline: 6/6/16; Starts June 14th.

    July Session: Tues/Thurs evenings weeks of July 11th, 18th & 25th – Registration Deadline: 7/5/16; Starts July 12th.

    Member Price: $125  Non-Member Price: $150

    Class Offerings

    Children *Max of 5 students per class

    Level 1 (ages 4 yrs and on): This is the first step in learning to swim. The main focus is on independent water entry and exit, buoyancy, arm and leg movement, and increasing overall comfort in the water. T/H 5:30-6PM

    Level 2: The focus in level two is on breath control, moving through the water independently, flotation, and stroke mechanics for front crawl and elementary back stroke. T/H 6-6:30PM

    Level 3: This class focuses on expanding stroke knowledge and skill, treading water, diving, swimming under water, and flotation. T/H 6:30-7PM

    Level 4: This course continues the skills learned in level 3. The focus is on stroke enhancement and swimming endurance (front crawl, backstroke, breast stroke, scissor and butterfly kicks), treading water, diving from a standing position, and general stroke and turn refinement. T/H 7-7:30PM

    Adult *Max of 6 students per class

    Adult Beginner: The focus of this course is basic aquatic and swimming skills. Participants will be exposed to a variety of skills, strokes, kicks, and pool tools. If you are a beginning swimmer, this course is for you! T/H 6:30-7PM

    Adult Intermediate: This course focuses on improving on the basic aquatic skills acquired in Adult Beginner. This includes breath control, treading, flotation, and stroke mechanics. T/H 7-7:30PM

    Each class should have a minimum of 3 people enrolled to take place and will usually be capped at 5-6 participants. Classes will last 30 minutes each and there are six classes per session.

    All Clients wishing to register for Group Lessons must do so in person at the Membership Services Office in the Pottruck Health & Wellness Center.

  • Parent/Child Classes

    Registration is now open at the Membership Services Office! Please join the Aquatics Listserv for further updates.

    Parent/Child classes are designed to introduce infants and young children to the water with their parents’ supervision. 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. Please understand that Sheerr Pool is kept at 79 degrees throughout the school year. This is chilly and children may have to take breaks.

    Each session of lessons will consist of six 30 minute lessons. All classes require a minimum of 3 students, classes will be capped at 6 adult/child pairs. Summer sessions will run for three weeks each with two classes each week (Tuesday and Thursday evenings).

    June Session: Tues/Thurs evenings weeks of June 13th, 20th & 27th – Registration Deadline: 6/6/16; Starts June 14th.

    July Session: Tues/Thurs evenings weeks of July 11th, 18th & 25th – Registration Deadline: 7/5/16; Starts July 12th.

    Member Price: $125  Non-Member Price: $150

    Parent/Child 1 (ages 6 mos – 2 yrs): This class is designed to help you and your child explore the pool together for the first time.  Body position changes, buoyancy, safety, and swimming basics are explored. All activities will require parent support. All children who are not potty-trained must wear swim diapers (not provided by UPenn). T/H 5:30-6PM

    Parent/Child 2 (ages 2 yrs – 4 yrs): This class is designed to help you and your child explore the pool. Students will be exposed to breath control, flotation, submersion, arm and leg motions, glides and more.  Children will be encouraged to attempt skills without direct adult support. All children who are not potty-trained must wear swim diapers (not provided by UPenn). T/H 6-6:30PM

 

Subscribe to the AQUATICS LISTSERV

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-serv email Katie Gold with the following:

Subject: List-serv

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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