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 Chris Hopkins.

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  • Private (1:1) Swim Lessons

    Due to scheduling challenges in the pool all one on one private swim lessons have been temporarily suspended until further notice. We hope to resume this program as soon as possible. To be added to the wait list click here to email Leila Ahadi, Aquatics Lead Supervisor. Include your full name and preferred email address. You must be a member of the Penn Community and hold a valid PennCard to be eligible.

  • Group Adult Swim Lessons

    This program is on hold. Please join the Aquatics Listserv for updates.

    Participants of the novice level are welcome to sign up for the PennRec Group Adult Swim Lessons program.  Clients will be grouped into a singular “beginner” category as this program is designed to help adults learn the basics of aquatics locomotion and safety, including: water comfort and buoyancy, putting your face in the water, floating on your back and front, kicking, and basic arm motions.  All of our Swim Instructors are CPR/AED certified, have prior teaching experience, and many of them are also Water Safety Instructor certified.

    The course consists of six 45-minute in-water classes and the cost of the lessons will be $100 for members/students and $150 for non-members and missed classes will not be made up. The class must have a minimum of 3 people enrolled to take place and will usually be capped at 6 participants.

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


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-serve email Chris Hopkins 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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