American Red Cross Swim Lessons
Let our aquatics staff help you achieve your swimming goals. The private lessons we offer are designed for the individual needs of beginner, intermediate, or advanced swimmers as well as those who may be fearful of the water. Specific goals can be discussed with the swim lesson coordinator or your instructor. By placing you with a specific instructor your lesson schedule can adjust to fit your needs. We provide 1 on 1 or 2 on 1 lessons for adults and children over 4 years of age. Lessons typically last between 40 minutes and an hour; however that can be adjusted to fit specific needs, especially a child who may not benefit from a full 40 minute lesson.
Those interested in swim lessons should fill out a Swim Lesson Application. Once we have received your application we will place you with an instructor as soon as possible. We are typically able to place applicants with an instructor in 2 to 3 weeks or less, however there are many factors involved in placement, all of which can cause delays. Please contact us with any questions or concerns at firstname.lastname@example.org
Learn To Swim Course Levels
Introduction to Water Skills
- Orient participants to the aquatic environment and help them gain basic aquatic skills
- Help participants begin to develop positive attitudes and safe practices around water
- No skill prerequisites
- Participants usually start at about 6 years of age
Fundamental Aquatic Skills
- Build on the basic aquatic skill and water safety skill sand concepts learned in Level 1
- Successful demonstration of the Learn-to-Swim Level 1 exit skills assessment
- Build on the skills learned in Levels 1 and 2 to help participants achieve basic water competency in a pool environment.
- Successful demonstration of the Learn-to-Swim Level 2 exit skills assessment
- Improve participants’ proficiency in performing the swimming strokes that were introduced in Level 3
- Successful demonstration of the Learn-to-Swim Level 3 exit skills assessment
- Help participants’ refine their performance of all six swimming strokes (i.e., front crawl, back crawl, butterfly, breaststroke, elementary backstroke and sidestroke)
- Refine strokes so participants swim them with greater efficiency and effectiveness over longer distances
- Successful demonstration of the Learn-to-Swim Level 4 exit skills assessment
- For UWM students and UREC members lessons cost $16 per lesson for 1 on 1 and $18 per lesson for 2 on 1 lessons.
- For Non-members the price is $18 for 1 on 1 and $20 for 2 on 1 lessons.
|Learn To Swim Fees|
|UWM Students and University Recreation Members|
|Student/Member 1 on 1 Lesson (One student and one instructor)||$16|
|Student/Member 2 on 1 Lesson (Two students with one instructor)||$18|
|Non-Members and Milwaukee Area Community|
|Non-Member/Milwaukee Community 1 on 1 Lesson||$18|
|Non-Member/Milwaukee Community 2 on 1 Lesson||$20|
Water Safety Instructors Course
Next course will not be scheduled before January 2017.
Description:The purpose of the American Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety program is to teach people how to be safe in, on or around water and to teach individuals of different ages and abilities how to swim. The Water Safety Instructor course will train instructor candidates to teach water safety, including the Basic Water Rescue course, six levels of the Learn-to-Swim program as well as Parent and Child Aquatics. Certification is current for 2 years. This course is designed for individuals who want to pursue a job as a swimming instructor. Course Length: 30 hours; 30 minutes or Blended Learning Course Length: minimum 20 hours. Participants MUST attend all class dates.
- Be at least 16 years of age on or before the final scheduled lesson of this course.
- Successfully complete the Fundamentals of Instructor Training course.
- Demonstrate the ability to perform the following swimming skills:
- Swim the following strokes consistent with Level 4 Stroke Performance Charts
- Front Crawl (Freestyle) – 25 yards
- Back Crawl – 25 yards
- Breaststroke – 25 yards
- Elementary Backstroke – 25 yards
- Sidestroke – 25 yards
- Butterfly – 15 yards
- Maintain position on back for 1 minute in deep water (floating or sculling)
- Tread water for 1 minute
- Swim the following strokes consistent with Level 4 Stroke Performance Charts
For additional information, contact Heath Powell at 414-229-5209 or email@example.com
Course Price: $225
Frequently Asked Questions
What do lessons cost?
- For UWM students and UREC members lessons cost $16 per lesson for 1 on 1 and $18 per lesson for 2 on 1 lessons. For Non-members the price is $18 for 1 on 1 and $20 for 2 on 1 lessons.
What do you mean UREC members?
- UREC members are non-students who have purchased a membership to University Recreation (UREC). We offer these memberships to UWM faculty/staff and sustaining alumni. More information can be found on our membership page here
What are your open swim hours?
- Our pool hours vary by the semester. Please go here for our full listing of facility hours.
Your open swim hours don’t fit my schedule for swim lessons. Can I schedule lessons outside of them?
- Unfortunately we do not offer private lessons outside of our open swim hours. Our pool is shared with other departments in the university, and the pool is frequently booked for courses or other activities in times that UREC doesn’t offer open swim.
Please explain what you mean by 1 on 1 or 2 on 1 lessons.
- 1 on 1 lessons are 1 student who is receiving instruction from 1 Water Safety Instructor. 2 on 1 lessons are 2 students with 1 instructor. Sometimes this is done by having both students in the water at the same time receiving similar instruction from the instructor. However, especially with younger children, sometimes a 2 on 1 lesson is conducted by splitting the lesson in half and giving each student individual instruction for half the time. We charge slightly more for 2 on 1 lessons, but this cost is split between the two students, so the per-student cost is less than a 1 on 1 lesson.
I would like my child to participate in 2 on 1 lessons, but I would like UREC to find the other student. Is that possible?
- University Recreation doesn’t pair these up or find others wishing to have 2 on 1 lessons. 2 on 1 lessons should come to UREC with both participants. Ideally those students will have similar abilities in the water and be looking for improvement in the same areas. Sometimes we can accommodate lessons who have different skill levels, but frequently this is done by splitting the lesson into 2 halves with only one participant receiving instruction at a time.
Do you offer group lessons?
- We do not currently offer group lessons.
My child is taking lessons. Do I need to stick around the pool for the entire lesson?
- Not necessarily. In fact with some children it can be beneficial if parents aren’t present for the whole lesson. Frequently fearful children are able to overcome their fears better if they don’t have a parent present that they will use as an emotional crutch. Rest assured our instructors primary responsibility is the safety of your children, and there is also a lifeguard on duty. We do ask that you return before the end of the lesson so that your instructor can pass on any valuable information, in addition to having someone they can release your child to.
What temperature is the pool kept at?
- Our pool is kept at 80°F but that will vary by about a degree depending on various conditions. A competitive racing pool will typically be held around 78°F and frequently pools dedicated to water aerobics or lessons will be closer to 82°F or 83°F. At our temperature smaller children and some adults will likely be getting cold before the end of a lesson. A “rashguard” similar to what you might wear surfing, or a dry-fit top (compression t-shirt) can help a lot with the cold. These don’t interfere with your ability to swim like a normal t-shirt will and therefore can be used in the pool.
I’m a competent swimmer preparing for a triathlon. Can you help me? What about my friend who is on the swim team, but wants some individual attention?
- Absolutely. Several of our instructors have extensive competitive swimming backgrounds, and many also currently compete in triathlons. Please indicate your goals when you submit your application.
Who are your instructors? Are you hiring?
- Our Red Cross Water Safety Certified Instructors are all UWM students, and many are lifeguards. Our instructors are experienced and comfortable working with all ages and abilities. We are always accepting applications for Red Cross certified WSI’s from UWM students. Please submit the appropriate application that can be found here
During lessons will I have an entire lane to myself? How busy will the pool be?
- We do our best to provide lessons with their own lane, however frequently multiple lessons will share a lane so long as it is not affecting the instruction. Our pool is frequently not overly busy, however there are times when it will get very crowded. We will do our best to mitigate any negative effects this might have on lessons.
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