Learn to Swim

Bowling Green State University offers swim lessons for all people age six months through adult and all skill levels from beginning to advanced swimmers taught by fully certified American Red Cross Water Safety Instructors. The lesson types offered are Small Group (5 - 10), Semi-Private (2 - 3), and Private (one on one). Semi-Private and Private lessons are only available to ages 3 and up.

Learn to Swim Additional Information:
Scott Sehmann, Assistant Director
419.372.7482 | sehmans@bgsu.edu

Swim Lesson

Two Days Per Week for Six Weeks | Saturday Mornings and Saturday Afternoons | Attend All 6 Classes
Session I: September 16, 17, 23, 24, 30, October 1 | Session II: October 28, 29, November 3, 4, 10, 11
Saturdays Sundays
Parent/Child: 9 - 9:30 AM Parent/Child: 4 - 4:30 PM
Preschool: 9:35 - 10:05 AM Preschool: 4:35 - 5:05 PM
Level 1: 10:10 - 10:40 AM Level 1: 5:10 - 5:40 PM
Level 2 and 3: 11 - 11:45 AM Level 2 and 3: 6 - 6:45 PM
Level 4 and 5: 11 - 11:45 AM Level 4 and 5: 6:15 - 7 PM

Level Information

Parents and children learn together to increase a child's comfort level in the water and build a foundation of basic skills, such as arm and leg movements and breath control. The course is fun-filled and introduces water safety concepts, encouraging a healthy recreational habit that your entire family can enjoy.

Provides experiences and activities for children to:

  • Learn to ask for permission before entering the water.
  • Establish expectation for adult supervision.
  • Learn how to enter and exit the water in a safe manner.
  • Feel comfortable in the water.
  • Explore submerging to the mouth, nose and eyes and fully submerging.
  • Explore submerging in a rhythmic pattern.
  • Explore buoyancy on the front and back position.
  • Glide on the front and back with assistance.
  • Perform combined stroke on front and back with assistance.
  • Change body position in the water.
  • Learn how to play safely.
  • Experience wearing a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket.Plus age-appropriate water safety topics.

Throughout the three levels, preschool-age children are taught basic aquatic safety and swimming skills, all the while increasing their comfort level in and around the water. Skills are age-appropriate, helping children achieve success on a regular basis and enjoy social interactions with other children. As in all Swimming and Water Safety courses, your child will always know that it’s safety first.

Level 1 - Orients children to the aquatic environment and helps them gain basic aquatic skills.

  • Enter water using ramp, steps or side
  • Exit water using ladder, steps or side
  • Blow bubbles through mouth and nose
  • Submerge mouth, nose and eyes
  • Open eyes underwater and retrieve submerged objects
  • Front glide and recover to a vertical position
  • Back glide and recover to a vertical position
  • Back float
  • Roll from front to back and back to front
  • Tread with arm and hand actions
  • Alternating and simultaneous arm and leg actions on front
  • Alternating and simultaneous arm and leg actions on back
  • Combined arm and leg actions on front and back
  • Plus age-appropriate water safety topics

Level 2 - Helps children gain greater independence in their skills and develop more comfort in and around water. Students begin to gain basic swimming propulsive skills.

  • Enter water by stepping in from a deck or low height
  • Exit water using ladder, steps or side
  • Bobbing
  • Open eyes underwater and retrieve submerged objects
  • Front float
  • Back glide and float and recover to a vertical position
  • Roll from front to back and back to front
  • Tread water using arm and leg actions
  • Combined arm and leg actions on front and back
  • Finning arm action on back
  • Plus age-appropriate water safety topics
  • Enter water by jumping in
  • Fully submerge and hold breath
  • Rotary breathing
  • Front, jellyfish and tuck floats
  • Front and back float or glide and recover to a vertical position
  • Change direction of travel while swimming on front or back
Students must demonstate competency in all skills presented before advancing to the next level.

Designed to help participants achieve maximum success, Learn-to-Swim courses are based on a logical, six-level progression that helps swimmers of varying ages and abilities develop their water safety, survival and swim skills. 

Introduction to Water Skills - Helps participants feel comfortable in the water.

Course Pre-Requisite: Must meet age requirements. No swim skills necessary.

  • Enter water using ramp, steps or side
  • Exit water using ladder, steps or side
  • Blow bubbles through mouth and nose
  • Bobbing
  • Open eyes underwater and retrieve submerged objects
  • Front and back glides and recover to a vertical position
  • Back float
  • Roll from front to back and back to front
  • Tread water using arm and hand actions
  • Alternating and simultaneous arm and leg actions on front
  • Alternating and simultaneous arm and leg actions on back
  • Combined arm and leg actions on front and back
  • Plus age-appropriate water safety topics

Exit Skills Requirements: Must demonstarte competency completing the following skills with the assistance of an instructor:

  1. Enter the water independently, travel at least 5 years, bob 3 times under water, and safely exit the water.
  2. Glide on the front for at least 2 body lengths, roll to a back float for 3 seconds, and recovers to a vertical position.

Fundamental Aquatic Skills - Gives participants success with fundamental skills.    

Course Pre-Requisite: Must meet age requirements and pass level 1 exit skills test.

  • Enter water by stepping or jumping from the side    
  • Exit water using ladder, steps or side
  • Fully submerge and hold breath    
  • Bobbing
  • Open eyes underwater and retrieve submerged objects
  • Rotary breathing    
  • Front, jellyfish and tuck floats
  • Back glide and recover to a vertical position 
  • Front glide and recover to vertical position    
  • Roll from front to back and back to front    
  • Tread water using arm and leg actions    
  • Change direction of travel while swimming on front or back
  • Combined arm and leg actions on front and back        
  • Finning arm action
  • Plus age-appropriate water safety topics

Exit Skills Requirements: Must demonstrate competency to complete the following skills without assistance from an instructor. Students exiting level 2 for level 3 must effectively pass exit skills testing, swim independently, and demonstrate the muscular endurance & maturity necessary to begin stroke development.

  1. Step from side into chest deep water, move into a front float for 5 seconds, roll to back, float for 5 seconds then return to a vertical position.
  2. Move into a back float for 5 seconds, roll to front then recover to vertical position.
  3. Push off and swim using combined arm and leg action on the front for 5 body lengths, roll to back, float for 15 seconds, roll to the front then continue swimming for 5 body lengths.

Stroke Development  - Builds on the skills in Level 2 through additional guided practice in deeper water.    

Course Pre-Requisite: Must meet age requirements, successfully pass level 2 exit skills tests, swim independently, and demonstrate the muscular endurance & maturity necessary to begin stroke development.

  • Enter water by jumping from the side, fully submerge then recover to the surface and return to the side    
  • Headfirst entries from the side in sitting and kneeling positions    
  • Bobbing while moving toward safety
  • Rotary breathing    
  • Back float    
  • Survival float        
  • Change from vertical to horizontal position on front and back
  • Tread water    
  • Flutter and dolphin kicks on front        
  • Scissors and breaststroke kicks    
  • Front crawl and elementary backstroke
  • Plus age-appropriate water safety topics

Exit Skills Requirements:

  1. Jump into deep water from the side, swim front crawl for 15 yards, maintain position by treading or floating for 30 seconds and swim elementary backstroke for 15 yards.

Stroke Improvement  - Develops confidence in the skills learned and improves other aquatic skills.    

Course Pre-Requisite: Must meet age requirements and successfully pass level 3 stroke performance exit skills tests.

  • Headfirst entries from the side in compact and stride positions
  • Swim underwater
  • Feet first surface dive
  • Survival swimming        
  • Open turns on front and back        
  • Tread water using 2 different kicks            
  • Front and back crawl, elementary backstroke, breaststroke, sidestroke and butterfly    
  • Flutter and dolphin kicks on back        
  • Plus age-appropriate water safety topics

Exit Skills Requirements:

  1. Perform a feet first entry into deep water, swim front crawl for 25 yards, change direction and position as necessary and swim elementary backstroke for 25 yards.
  2. Swim breast stroke for 15 yards, change position and direction as necessary and swim back crawl for 15 yards.

Stroke Refinement  - Provides further coordination and refinement of strokes.        

Course Pre-Requisite: Must meet age requirements and successfully pass level 4 stroke performance exit skills tests.

  • Shallow-angle dive from the side then glide and begin a front stroke
  • Tuck and pike surface dives, submerge completely    
  • Front flip turn and backstroke flip turn while swimming
  • Front and back crawl, elementary backstroke, breaststroke, sidestroke and butterfly            
  • Sculling       
  • Plus age-appropriate water safety topics

Exit Skills Requirements:

  1. Perform shallow angle dive into deep water, swim front crawl for 50 yards, change direction and position as necessary and swim elementary backstroke for 50 yards.
  2. Swim breast stroke for 25 yards, change direction and position as necessary and swim back crawl for 25 yards.

Registration

Registration concludes 3 days prior to class. If any level does not meet the enrollment requirement, Recreation and Wellness reserves the right to combine multiple levels, suggest private or small group lessons, or cancel lessons.

Patron requested refunds may be subject to a $25.00 administrative fee. Check payments returned for any reason are subject to a $30 service charge.

Semi-Private Lessons

Six 45-minute lessons
SRC Member: $90
Non-Member: $99

Three 45-minute lessons
SRC Member: $50
Non-Member: $55

Private Lessons

Six 30-minute lessons
SRC Member: $120
Non-Member: $132

Three 30-minute lessons
SRC Member: $65
Non-Member: $72.50

Small Group Lessons

Six 30-45-minute lessons
SRC Member: $75
Non-Member: $82.50

Length of lesson varies based on skill level.

Patron requested refunds may be subject to a $25.00 administrative fee.  

Patrons or guests with disability are requested to indicate if special services, assistance, or appropriate modifications are needed to fully participate. Contact Accessibility Services at access@bgsu.edu or 419.372.8495 prior to the program or event

Offered to ages 3 and up, to those who prefer a more individualize approach. Private lessons offere one-on-one, specialized instructio, while semi-private lessons include a group of 2 or 3 student of similar swmming levels and abilities. Complete the form below to request private or semi-private lessons. An Aquatics staff member will follow-up with you to finalize lesson times and instructors.

Private Lesson Scheduling Options
Semi-Private Scheduling Options
Monday - Thursday: 6 - 7 PM
Saturday or Sunday: Noon - 4 PM
Saturday or Sunday: Noon - 4 PM
 
Private and Semi-Private Lessons Request Form

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