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Swim Lessons

We are offering private, semi-private lessons, and group lessons! Please fill out the swim lesson interest form to be notified when group lessons are available.


If you are looking for the fastest, easiest and most flexible way to learn how to swim or improve a skill, then consider taking our private or semi-private swim lessons. To express interest in private or semi-private lessons, please fill out the interest form linked above. Once the form is received, the Coordinator of Aquatics will contact you to provide a final registration form and identify an instructor.

Please be aware:

  • Minimum age to participate is 3 years old.
  • The prices listed are per person.
  • Parents/guardians must be present for the duration of all youth lessons.
  • All lessons will take place at the J.C. Scrap Chandler Pool in the ODU Student Recreation Center.

Private Lessons

Private swim lessons give you the individualized attention you need to progress more quickly.

Lessons ODU Student SRC Member Non-Member
Six 30-minute lessons
$120 $135 $175
Twelve 30-minute lessons
$220 $250 $310
Six 45-minute lessons
$135 $150 $190
Twelve 45-minute lessons
$235 $265 $325

Semi-Private Lessons

Semi-private swim lessons are for a small group of two family members or friends with similar skill level who want to learn how to swim together. Please note, we do not offer participant matching for semi-private lessons. Participants who do not have a partner should register for private swim lessons.

Lessons ODU Student SRC Member Non-Member
Six 30-minute lessons
$61 per participant $83 per participant $103 per participant
Twelve 30-minute lessons
$115 per participant $140 per participant $170 per participant
Six 45-minute lessons
$78 per participant $98 per participant $118 per participant
Twelve 45-minute lessons
$130 per participant $155 per participant $185 per participant


Sign Up For Group Lessons

Group Lesson Session Information

Group swim lessons are 4 weeks long and meet either Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday. Class start times are 5:15 p.m., 6:15 p.m., or 7:15 p.m.

Fall Session 2: October 16 - November 9

Classes offered include:

  • Preschool (3-5) Levels 1-4
  • Youth (6-12) Levels 1-5
  • Adult (12+) Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced

Please note our pool is kept between 80 and 82 degrees and can be cold for smaller children!

Adult Group Swim Lessons

Adults (12+) can take one of our American Red Cross swimming courses at either the beginner or intermediate level.

ODU Student $60 | SRC Member $80 | Non-Member $100

Price covers eight 45-minute group lessons (twice a week for four weeks)

Adult Beginner

Adult beginner swim lessons are for individuals 12 years and older who are looking to learn the basics for swimming. Participants in this Learn-to-Swim program will learn how to float, submerge completely, and propel themselves through the water on both front and back using the front and back crawl. This program is designed to allow swimmers to progress at their own pace, mastering one set of skills before moving on to the next.

Adult Intermediate

This American Red Cross course is for individuals 12 years and older who are comfortable with the basic concepts of swimming and looking to enhance their swimming skills.

Adult Advanced

This American Red Cross course is for individuals 12 years and older who are ready to work on stroke technique.

Preschool Group Swim Lessons

Preschool lessons (3-5 years old) are designed to teach water adjustment, basic swimming and safety skills in a fun, small group setting. Children must be 3 on the first day of class, toilet trained, able to communicate their needs and be willing to separate from their guardian.

ODU Student $60 | SRC Member $80 | Non-Member $100

Price covers eight 30-minute group lessons (twice a week for four weeks)

Preschool Level 1: Introduction

This level introduces basic aquatic skill, which children continue to build on as they progress through Levels 2 Preschool Aquatics and then on to Youth Lessons. Children start developing positive attitudes and safe practices around the water. Most skills are performed with assistance from the instructor.

Preschool Level 2: Fundamentals

This level promotes further development of aquatic skills. Children begin to perform skills at a more advanced level by increasing repetitions, distances, times and levels of refinement. Skills are performed increasingly more independently.

Preschool Level 3: Stroke Development

Swimmers will work on: gliding, freestyle with side breathing, backstroke, breast stroke and dolphin kicks, retrieving objects in deeper water, treading water, jumping into deep water and compact dives.

Youth Group Swim Lessons

Youth lessons (6-12 years old) are designed to allow students to progress through the levels at their own pace, mastering the skills in one level before advancing to the next. This program provides an increased emphasis in the areas of drowning prevention and water safety through an inclusive approach to swimming.

ODU Student $60 | SRC Member $80 | Non-Member $100

Price covers eight 45-minute group lessons (twice a week for four weeks)

Youth Level 1: Beginner

This level introduces basic aquatics skills and will orient swimmers to aquatic environment through development of a positive attitude and safe practices near the water. This level is for the non-swimmer who does not submerge head or body. Swimmers will learn to fully submerge, front floats, back floats and forward momentum in the water. There are no prerequisite swim skills required, and it is recommended that your child be able to learn comfortably without a parent/guardian.

Youth Level 2: Intermediate

This level introduces more independent swimming skills. Your child must be able to float without assistance for at least 10 seconds and perform the basic motions of a freestyle (front crawl) and/or backstroke (back crawl) approximately five body lengths without assistance.

Youth Level 3: Advanced

This level features independent ability to swim freestyle and backstroke without aid for at least 15 yards. Your child must be comfortable swimming in the deep end for this level. Stroke development, stroke mastery and endurance building will be the primary focus.

Youth Level 4: Advanced Stroke Development

Kids will gain confidence during swim lessons, improve their stroke and gain additional aquatic skills.

Refund Policy: Recreation & Wellness does not issue refunds unless for cancelled events/programs or extenuating circumstances approved by the department.


We are currently working through our private swim lesson wait list. If you are interested in receiving information about private and semi-private swim lessons as it becomes available, please complete the Swim Lesson Interest Form.

Swim Lesson Interest Form

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