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Swim Lessons

The UWF Aquatics Center offers swim lessons for all ages. Swim lessons can be especially beneficial for young children in many ways, including the development of balance and stronger movement skills as well as helping to reduce the risk of drowning. 


Whether you are registering yourself or your child for swim lessons, our certified instructors are here to help participants feel comfortable in the water, develop basic swimming skills, enhance their swimming skills, and provide an overall safe and fun learning environment. Be sure to review our available scheduled lessons as well as our swim lesson policies and procedures. If you have any questions, please contact the Aquatic Center at 850.474.2497.



Swim Lesson Descriptions

We will be glad to help you determine which level is right for you or your child. Please call the Aquatic Center at 850.474.2497.

Parent-Assisted Lessons

StarBabies (6-18 months) and StarTot (18-36 months):

The purpose of this course is to help very young children develop a high comfort level in the water while at the same time training parents in water safety and drowning prevention. This course does not teach children to become accomplished swimmers or survive in the water but it does provide a confidence building, fun-loving atmosphere for you and your child to get comfortable in and around the water together. One parent or caregiver must be in the water with each child. Swim diapers are required.

Group Lessons

StarShrimps Swim School for Pre-School (Ages 3-5):

Designed to meet the needs of preschoolers, this course will develop a high comfort level in the water, a readiness to swim, and for those children who are developmentally ready, teach beginning swim skills. This class teaches swimming through creative, fun activities in the water. Students work toward developing the five core swimming competencies and their progress is tracked on a personal skill card. Children progress at their own pace in a small group setting. The five core swimming competencies include trust and submersion, body position and air recovery, forward movement and direction change, rotary breathing, and integrated movement. 

SeaHorse Swim School for Elementary (ages 6-8) and Primary (ages 9 & older):

Students work toward developing the five core swimming competencies, tracking their progress through a Swim School Report Card. Color levels are used to divide students into broad ability groups. Children progress at individual rates with the opportunity to learn the core swimming skills and move on to advanced strokes. Learning is self-paced but challenging. Five-year-olds at Level Red or above may enroll. The five core swimming competencies include trust and submersion, body position and air recovery, forward movement and direction change, rotary breathing, and integrated movement.

Nautilus Stroke School (Any age that meets swim school green skill prerequisite):

Students refine the freestyle stroke and learn stroke technique for backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly and more!

Swim School for Teens and Adults (age 13 and older):

This course is designed to improve comfort and skill in the water, regardless of past swimming experience. Whether it's for fitness or fun, this course is perfect for teens and adults who are interested in learning or improving their strokes and water skills.

Private Lessons

Private Swim Lessons are available upon request. One-on-one instruction fees are $45 for one 30 minute lesson session or $160 for 2 hours minimum. To maximize the learning process, we recommend four (4) 30-minute instruction sessions with independent practice between instructional sessions. All lessons are pre-scheduled at registration. Rescheduling is not permitted after the first lesson. Multiple lesson sessions must be completed within one month and one week from the start date. If you are interested in private lessons, please either call the Aquatic Center at 850.474.2497, email aquatics@uwf.edu or nquina@uwf.edu or visit the Aquatic Center and talk to our representative at the front desk.