Become a better swimmer at any age with our private and group swim lessons. For questions regarding any Aquatics Programming please contact Devon Vicari.
You must be affiliated with Penn and hold a valid PennCard to register for Aquatics Programming.
A valid Penn Card is required at registration for all participants ages 7 and older. It is recommended that participants register for any Aquatics Programs at the Membership Services Office in Pottruck Health & Fitness Center. However, Penn Affiliates and Campus Rec Members can now sign up for private and group lessons online. Click the “Online Registration” button to the right to use our new portal. Private lessons can be found in the “Multi-Visit Pass” section and group lessons can be found under “Programs”
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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 must have two students and last 45 minutes. Participants in semi-private lessons should anticipate spending either the entire 45 min in the pool (if participants are at the same skill level and over the age of 7) or splitting the time: (15 min for one student, 15 min for both students and 15 min for the other student).
Lesson Package Member Price Non-Member Price 4 Private Lessons $140 $160 8 Private Lessons $265 $300 4 Semi-Private Lessons universal fee: $100/person 8 Semi-Private Lessons universal fee: $190/person
Group Swim Lessons
Registration for Spring 2016 programs is now OPEN!
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 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.
Spring Session I: Sundays, 1/15-2/19 (6 weeks)- Registration OPEN
Spring Session II: Sundays, 3/19-4/30 omit Easter Sunday 4/16 (6 weeks) –
Member Price: $95 Non-Member Price: $120
Youth *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. Sunday 12:00-12:30 pm
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. Sunday 12:30-1:00 pm
Level 3: This class focuses on expanding stroke knowledge and skill, treading water, diving, swimming under water, and flotation. Sunday 1:00-1:30 pm
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. Sunday 1:30-2:00 pm
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! Sunday 12:00-12:30 pm
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. Sunday 12:30-1:00 pm
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.
Registration for Spring 2017 programs is now OPEN.
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).
Spring Session I: Sundays, 1/15-2/19 (6 weeks)
Spring Session II: Sundays, 3/19-4/23 (6 weeks)
Member Price: $95 Non-Member Price: $120
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). Sunday 1:00-1:30 pm
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). Sunday 1:30-2:00 pm
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:
Body: Email, First, Last Name
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 or register online. For questions regarding registration, please call 215-898-6100.
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.