Adult Swimming Instruction

Adult Swimming Instruction

The Department of Recreational Sports offers a free Adult Swimming Program at the O'Connell Center Pool. These classes are for students, faculty, staff or spouse/partners with a valid Gator 1 Card. There are no swimming lessons for children at this time.

Adult Swimming Program

Swimming is an excellent form of cross training for a total body workout. RecSports Aquatics Water Safety Instructors strive to take fitness to the next level by helping students acquire the skills to enhance performance in the water. Our Adult Swimming Program is designed to focus on adults who want to enjoy swimming both recreationally and for personal fitness. Our lessons are structured to give individualized attention and provide the resources to practice skills independently. Should a student sign up for a class that is above or below their level, an instructor may suggest an alternative class to suit the needs of the swimmer.

Level 1 - Introduction to Water Confidence (Novice)

This class is tailored to the individual with little to no swim experience; who may be apprehensive about completely submerging. Instructors work closely with swimmers to increase water confidence by guiding them through the process of basic movement in the water. The goals of this class are to teach proper breathing while swimming and recovery to a standing position from the horizontal floating position. This will prepare you to learn the basics of Freestyle in Level 2.
Skills Learned - Breath control, submerging, rhythmic breathing, floating (on front/back), recovering from floating position.

Level 2 - Basics of Freestyle Swimming (Intermediate)

Are you confident being in the water and ready to become a stronger swimmer? This class will teach you the fundamentals of Freestyle while increasing your endurance in the water. Our instructors will provide you with the skill set to add swimming to your exercise plan. This class is recommended for those who must take a RecSports Swim Check in order to use water crafts at Lake Wauburg.
Skills Learned - Rotary breathing, 50-yard Freestyle swim, Elementary Backstroke, treading water

Level 3 - Stroke Development Variations

Do you know Freestyle and want to add variety to your swimming experience? Maximize your fitness potential by adding another dimension to your water workout with the introduction of new strokes and techniques such as Backstroke, Breaststroke, Butterfly, and even flip turns! Sign up to work closely with a certified swimming instructor.
Skills Learned – Backstroke, Breaststroke, Butterfly, Flip Turns

Level 4 - Stroke Refinement & Improvement

Are you ready to take your workout to the next level? Increase your swimming potential and endurance by working closely with one of our swim instructors to improve your technique and maximize your strengths. This class is available to participants who are comfortable with rotary breathing and can swim at least one stroke for 50yrds without stopping. Individualized stroke refinement is offered during this session with feedback given to improve overall stroke performance.
Skills Learned – Swim etiquette, basics of writing a swimming workout, introduction to interval training in the water, drills for improving technique

You must wear a bathing suit and bring your Gator 1 Card. You may bring a swim cap, goggles and/or a towel, but none of these are required.

Please contact the Aquatics Office by emailing us at with any questions. See you at the pool!


Monday and Thursday nights at the O'Connell Center Pool.

Please remember to bring your Gator 1 Card.

Class Schedule

Monday Time
Level 1: Introduction to Water Confidence (Novice)  7:00pm - 7:30pm
Level 2: Basics of Freestyle Swimming (Intermediate)  7:30pm - 8:00pm
Level 1: Introduction to Water Confidence 8:00pm - 8:30pm
Level 3 & 4: Stroke Development & Refinement 8:30pm- 9:00pm



Thursday Time
Level 1: Introduction to Water Confidence (Novice)  7:00pm - 7:30pm
Level 3 & 4 : Stroke Development & Refinement  7:30pm - 8:00pm
Level 2: Basics of Freestyle Swimming (Intermediate) 8:00pm - 8:30pm
Level 1: Introduction to Water Confidence 8:30pm- 9:00pm


Online Registration*Class times are subject to change.

Please limit registration to one class per week. Students will register via RSConnect. For more information, please see the Online Registration page.
Registration will open 48 hours prior & will close at NOON on the day of the class.

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