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The UAB Campus Recreation makes water safety a priority in our community. Our Swim School is an American Red Cross based curriculum designed for participants ranging from 6 months to adult. UAB Swim School is designed to teach proper technique while providing an easy transition to lifelong swimming. Participants new to the program will begin with an assessment of basic skills to determine their comfort and current swimming abilities and then placed into an appropriate level group.

Participants new to the program will be assessed on the first day of class. They will be placed into the appropriate level based on their comfort in the water and current swimming abilities.

Each session of group lessons consists of five 30 – 40 minute classes.

Cost:
Member - $40
Non-Member - $50

View Current Schedule of Classes:
Spring 2016 Classes
Summer 2016 Classes

Swim School Make-Up Days
Make up days are scheduled each semester for classes missed or cancelled due to student illness, weather, or unforeseen pool closures. During make-up lessons there is no testing done ans instructiors may be different than your regularly scheduled days.

Registration is done at theh Membership Services desk in person or by phone.

Summer 2016 Make-Up Days
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UAB Swim School Registration
View class descriptions below:

Swim Babies: For ages 6 months to 23 months (Previously StarBabies). 
 
This parent and child class is a fun way to introduce swimming to your child. Comfort in the water will be achieved through games and songs. Parents and caregivers will learn how to help children develop comfort in the water while learning water safety and drowning prevention. One adult per child must attend each class and participate in the water. Each class is 30 minutes long.

Upon successful completion child will:
  • Exit and enter the water safely with assistance
  • Gain comfort in the water
  • Explore submersion of mouth, nose and eyes
  • Float on front and back with assistance
  • Perform arm and leg movements with assistance
  • Experience wearing an approved Life Jacket
Swim Tots: For ages 2 to 3 years (Previously StarTots).
This parent and child course will help toddlers become comfortable in and around the water, preparing them to swim. In addition, parents and caregivers learn about water safety and how to safely handle their child in and around the water. The Swim Tots course provides a foundation for future aquatic skills. This class is not designed to teach survival in the water on their own. One adult per child must attend each class and participate in the water. If a child has never participated in swim lessons and are in the 2 – 3 year age range they should register for Swim Tots. Each class is 30 minutes long.

Upon successful completion child will:
  • Learn to ask permission before entering the water.
  • Exit and enter the water safely with and witout assistance.
  • Gain comfort in the water
  • Explore submerging underwater in a rhythmic pattern
  • Float on front and back with assistance
  • Change body position in the water with assistance
  • Glide on front and back with assistance
  • Perform arm and leg movements with assistance
  • Swim and enter water with an approved Life Jacket 

Preschool 1, 2, & 3: For ages 3 to 4 years (Previously Starfish Preschool). 

Throughout the three levels, children ages 3 – 4 years of age will acquire aquatic skills while developing positive attitudes and safe practices in and around water. Parent/caregiver is NOT in the water with the child during this class. Each level may take more than one session to successfully accomplish all skills. New students are placed in the appropriate level based on initial assessment. Returning students are placed in the appropriate level based on previous progress reports. Each class is 30 minutes long.

Preschool Level 1 orients the child to the aquatic environment as they gain basic aquatic skills.

Upon successful completion child will:

  • Learn to ask permission before entering the water.
  • Exit and enter the water safely
  • Submerge mouth, nose and eyes underwater
  • Hold breath and blow bubbles through the mouth and nose
  • Explore underwater swimming
  • Change body position in water with assistance
  • Float on front and back with assistance
  • Glide on front and back with assistance
  • Perform arm and leg movements with assistance

Preschool Level 2 helps the child gain greater independence in their skills and develop more comfort in and around water.

Upon successful completion child will:
  • Perform 5 bobs
  • Enter water by jumping from the side and recover to  a float with assistance
  • Open eyes underwater and retrieve submerged objects
  • Float on front and back independently
  • Perform streamlined glide on front and back using a proper kick, with assistance
  • Roll from front float  to back float with and without assistance
  • Perform arm and leg movements with assistance for 3 yards
    • Sculling on back with kicking
    • Beginner stroke on front with kicking
Preschool Level 3 facilitates learning correct propulsive skills in the water on the front and the back independently. They will perform skills for longer distances and times.

Upon successful completion child will:
  • Perform 10 bobs
  • Enter water by jumping from the side and recover to  a float without assistance
  • Perform streamlined glide on front and back using a proper kick, without assistance
  • Perform streamlined glide rotating from front to back using a proper kick, with assistance
  • Change direction of travel while swimming on front and on back
  • Tread water using arm and leg actions for 2 minutes
  • Perform arm and leg movements independently for 5 yards
    • Sculling on back with kicking
    • Beginner stroke on front with kicking
Swim School 1, 2, 3: Ages 5-13 (Previously Starfish Swim School). 

Throughout the three levels, children ages 5 - 13 years of age will acquire aquatic skills while developing positive attitudes and safe practices in and around water. There are 3 Levels each of which may take several sessions for a child to successfully accomplish all skills. New students are placed in the appropriate level based on an initial assessment. Returning students are placed in appropriate level based on previous progress reports. On successful completion of all three levels participants will have achieved basic water competency in a pool environment.

 Each class is 40 minutes long.

Swim School Level 1:  Introduction to Water Skills orients the child to the aquatic environment and helps them gain basic aquatic skills. Participants will begin to develop positive attitudes and safe practices around water.

Upon successful completion child will:
  • Learn to ask permission before entering the water
  • Exit and enter the water safely
  • Submerge mouth, nose and eyes
  • Be able to hold breath and blow bubbles through the mouth and nose
  • Perform 5 bobs
  • Explore underwater swimming
  • Change body position in water with assistance
  • Float on front and back without assistance
  • Perform arm and leg movements with assistance for 3 yards
    o   Sculling on back with kicking
    o   Beginner stroke on front with kicking

Swim School Level 2: Fundamental Aquatic Skills builds on the basic aquatic skills and water safety concepts learned in Level 1. Participants will perform skills at a slightly more advanced level and gain fundamental propulsive skills on both the front and the back. This level marks the beginning of independent aquatic locomotion skills.

Upon successful completion child will:
  • Enter water by jumping from the side and recover to  a float with assistance
  • Perform 10 bobs
  • Open eyes underwater and retrieve submerged objects
  • Roll from front to back float without assistance
  • Perform streamlined glide on front and back using a proper kick, with assistance
  • Perform streamlined glide rotating from front to back using a proper kick, with assistance
  • Perform head and hand lead side kick with proper lateral breathing
  • Perform arm and leg movements independently for 3 yards
    o   Sculling on back with kicking
    o   Beginner stroke on front with kicking


Swim School Level 3: Stroke Development develops the freestyle and backstroke at proficient levels for short distances. The whip kick, scissors kick and dolphin kicks are attained. Participants learn the survival float.

Upon successful completion child will:
  • Perform 20 bobs
  • Perform streamlined glide on front and back using a proper kick 15 yards
  • Perform streamlined glide rotating from front to back using a proper kick 15 yards
  • Perform a single switch arm and leg movement for freestyle and backstroke
  • Complete 15 yards of freestyle with proper lateral breathing, body position and rotation
  • Complete 15 yards of backstroke with proper body position and rotation
  • Scull and flutter kick on back for 15 yards
  • Perform whip kick on back with proper flexion of knees and ankles
  • Perform streamline dolphin kick for 3 yards
  • Perform the survival float for 2 minutes

Swim School levels 4,5: For ages 5 to 13 years (Previously Starfish Stroke School)

These two levels will improve participant’s endurance and proficiency of front crawl and backstroke. They will learn to perform breaststroke, butterfly and proper turns for all strokes. If this is the child’s first swim lesson in this age range and they have not completed Preschool, 1,2,3 or Swim School 1, 2, 3 please register for Swim School 1, 2, 3. Upon successful completion of Levels 4 and 5 a child will be ready for participation in competitive swim programs.

Level 4: Stroke Improvement

Improve participants’ endurance and proficiency in the freestyle and backstroke. In addition, participants learn the arm actions that accompany and whip kick and dolphin kick in order to execute the breaststroke and butterfly.

Upon successful completion child will:
  • Perform the triple switch for freestyle and backstroke
  • Complete freestyle with proper technique for25 yards
  • Complete backstroke with proper technique for 25 yards
  • Demonstrate an open turn for freestyle and backstroke
  • Perform the breaststroke with proper breathing and rhythm for 15 yards
  • Perform the butterfly with proper breathing and rhythm for 5 yards
Level 5: Stroke Refinement

Help participants refine their performance of all swimming strokes, freestyle, back crawl, butterfly, breaststroke, elementary backstroke and sidestroke.

Upon successful completion child will:
  • Complete Freestyle with proper technique for 50 yards
  • Complete backstroke with proper technique for 50 yards
  • Perform a flip turn for freestyle and backstroke
  • Perform the breaststroke with proper breathing and rhythm for 25 yards
  • Perform butterfly proper breathing and rhythm for 15 yards
  • Perform a proper breaststroke turn and pullout
  • Swim 200 yards nonstop using above strokes 

Adult Basics:

There are no prerequisites. This class is to help participants gain comfort in the water, learn basic aquatic safety skills and develop swimming strokes. Accomplishment of skills will take several sessions depending upon the participants comfort in the water.

Upon successful completion participants will:

  • Submerge mouth, nose and eyes
  • Hold breath and blow bubbles through mouth and nose
  • Perform 5 - 20 bobs
  • Explore underwater swimming
  • Change body position in water with assistance
  • Float on front and back with assistance
  • Open eyes underwater
  • Swim 5 yards underwater
  • Float on front and back independently
  • Roll from front to back independently
  • Perform streamlined glide on front and back using a proper kick
  • Perform streamlined glide rotating from front to back using a proper kick
  • Perform head and hand lead side kick with proper lateral breathing
  • Scull and flutter kick on back for 15 yards
  • Perform a single switch arm and leg movement for front and back crawl
  • Perform front crawl with proper lateral breathing 15 yards
  • Perform back crawl 15 yards
  • Learn methods of self-rescue and basic procedures to assist others in the water without putting oneself in danger.

Adult Stroke:

Participants must be comfortable in chest-deep water and able to put their face in the water and float without assistance. They must be able to perform strokes that can be recognized as freestyle and backstroke for 15 yards. This class will improve participant’s proficiency in freestyle and backstroke. Additional strokes and skills will be developed according to their goals.

Adult Swim - Fitness
Participants must be able to swim the freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke for 25 yards. This class will refine technique of all strokes as well as develop endurance for continuous lap swimming, or triathlon swimming.



For additional information or questions on what class to enroll in, email aquatics@uab.edu