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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.

Our swim instructors are UAB students, and certified American Red Cross Instructors as well as certified in CPR/AED and basic first aid. Our instructors receive regular trainings and updates on new technique and instruction. We take pride in our staff’s ability to take the complexity of swimming and break it down into easy, and understandable a complicated action and break it down into an easy fun way of learning. 


View the 2015 Fall Classes:                                      Cost:
Spring 2016 Classes                                                      Member - $40
                                                                                    Non-Member - $50



View class descriptions below:

Swim Babies: For ages 6 months to 23 months (Previously StarBabies). 
 
  • One adult per child must attend each class and participate in the water. 
This class is a fun way to introduce swimming to you and your child. Comfort in the water will be achieved through games and songs. Guardians and caregivers will learn how to help children develop comfort in the water while learning water safety and drowning prevention. This class is not designed to teach survival in the water on their own.
 
Swim Tots: For ages 3 to 4 years (Previously StarTots).
  • One adult per child must attend each class and participate in the water. 
  • If the child has never participated in swim lessons and is within the 3-4 age range register for swim tots.

This course will help toddlers become comfortable in and around the water, preparing them to swim. In addition, parents learn about water safety and how to safely handle their child in and around the water. The Swim Tots course provides an additional foundation for future aquatic skills. This class is not designed to teach survival in the water on their own.

Preschool: For ages 3 to 4 years (Previously Starfish Preschool). 

  • Parent/caregiver is NOT in the water with the child during this class.
  • Registration is listed as Preschool 1, 2, 3.
  • New students are placed in appropriate level based on initial assessment completed on the first day. 

Preschool Level 1: Performed with Support - Familiarize children with the aquatic environment and help them acquire redimentary basic aquatic skills. Help participants begin to develop positive attitudes and safe practices in and around the water. 

Preschool Level 2: Performed with Assistance - Build on and improve skills learned in preschool level 1. Participants begin to perform skills at a slightly more advanced level and begin gaining rudimentary propulsive skills on both the front and the back. This level marks the beginning of independent aquatic locomotion skills.

Preschool Level 3: Performed Independently - Increase in proficiency and build on the basic aquatic skills learned in Preschool Levels 1 and 2. Participants are able to perform basic aquatic skills with greater proficiency, for longer distances and times. In addition, previously acquired water safety knowledge and skills are reinforced and expanded upon. 

Swim School Levles 1,2,3: Ages 5-13 (Previously Starfish Swim School). 
  • Registration is listed as Swim School 1, 2, 3.
  • New students are placed in appropriate level based on initial assessment completed on the first day.
  • Returning students are placed at appropriate level based on previous progress reports. 
Swim School Level 1: 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. Participants usually start at about five years of age. 

Swim School Level 2: Fundamental Aquatic Skills - Build on the basic aquatic skills and water safety skills and concepts learned in level 1. Participants begin to perform skills at a slightly more advanced level and begin gaining rudimentary propulsive skills on both the front and the back. This level marks the beginning of independent aquatic locomotion skills. 

Swim School Level 3: Stroke Development - Participants learn to swim the front crawl and elementary backstroke at rudimentary proficiency levels, and are introduced to the whip kick and dolphin kicks. Participants learn the survival float. On successful completion, participants have achieved basic water competency in a pool environment.

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

  • Registration is listed as stroke school 4,5.
  • If this is the participants first swim lesson in this age range and they have not been instructed to register for Stroke School, please register for Swim School 1, 2, 3.
Stroke School Level 4: Stroke Improvement - Improve participants’ proficiency in performing the swimming strokes that were introduced in Level 3. Participants perform these strokes with increased proficiency and are able to swim them for greater distances. In addition, participants learn the arm actions that accompany the breaststroke kick, the butterfly and a simple open turn at the wall.

Stroke School Level 5: Stroke Refinement - Help participants refine their performance of five swimming strokes (i.e., freestyle, backstroke, butterfly, breaststroke, and elementary backstroke). 

Adult Basics:

There are no prerequisites. This class is to help participants gain basic aquatic skills and swimming strokes. Participants will learn skills and concepts needed to stay safe in and around water and to help themselves or others in an aquatic emergency.

Adult Stroke:

Participants must be:

  • Comfortable in chest-deep water and able to put their face in the water.
  • Able to perform strokes that can be recognized as:
    • Freestyle and backstroke for 15 yards.
  • Improve participants' proficiency in aquatic skills and the five basic swimming strokes. 
Adult Swim - Fitness:
Participants must be able to swim the following strokes:
  • Freestyle: 25 yards, Backstroke: 25 years, Breaststroke: 15 yards
This program will focus on technique refinement of participants’ freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke strokes along with development of endurance and turns for continuous lap swimming. 

 

UAB Swim School Registration

Private Swim Lesson Request



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