University of Vermont

Youth and Community Programs


Learn to Swim

The learn to swim program offers both youth and adult swimmers the opportunity to learn and develop aquatic skills in a nurturing and friendly environment. Private lessons and group lessons are offered. Private lessons are designed to allow the instructor and swimmer to work together to improve swimming skills and meet the goals of the swimmer. Small group lessons are for younger swimmers and focus on the development of specific swimming goals along with individualized goals for each swimmer. All instructors are certified in lifeguarding, CPR, and first aid.

General Program Information:
Registration Period August 11-September 10 November 10-January 19
Class Dates

September 20, 27, October 4, 11, 18, 25, November 1, and 8

(Dates may shift on 2-3 dates to Sundays once varsity swim competition schedule is finalized)
January 31, February 7, 4, 1, March 14, 21, 28, April 4 and 11
Location UVM PFG Athletic Complex - Forbush Natatorium
Lesson Types:

Below are descriptions of each of the lesson formats that are offered so that you may select the lesson that best meets the needs of you or your swimmer.

Description One-on-one instruction to improve on your individual needs. Swimmers will work closely with an instructor to outline swimming goals and develop a plan to achieve those goals. Small group lessons for children 4-12 years. Four levels with pre-requisites and goals established for each level (see below for group level descriptions).
Ages 4 and up 4-12 years
Meeting Times

Section 6: 10:20am - 10:50am
Section 8: 11:40am - 12:10pm
Section 9: 12:20pm - 12:50pm

Section 7: 11:00-11:30am
Cost $125 - UVM students and/or their children
$155 - Faculty/Staff/Members and/or their children
$165 - Community/Alumni and/or their children
$105 - UVM students and/or their children
$135 - Faculty/Staff/Members and/or their children
$150 - Community/Alumni and/or their children

Please Note: Because the pool is the primary facility for the UVM varsity swimming program, the water temperature is kept between 79-80 degrees. This may be cooler than other pool temperatures so please plan accordingly.

Group Lesson Level Descriptions:
Level 1: Pee-Wee Cats Level 1 is designed to introduce new swimmers to the water and help them feel comfortable so that they can enjoy the water safely without parent assistance. There are no pre-requisites for Level I. None
  • Blowing bubbles
  • Going underwater
  • Floating
  • Kicking
  • Arm movements
  • Gliding
Level 2: Water Cats Level 2 is intended to help swimmers develop basic strokes so that can begin to maneuver through the water independently.
  • Feel comfortable and be at least semi-independent in the water
  • Float on own or with minimal assistance
  • Kick with a kickboard
  • Perfect front and back glides
  • Introduction to front and back crawl
  • Beginnings of rhythmic breathing for front crawl
  • Elementary backstroke
  • Sitting and kneeling dives
  • Treading water
Level 3: Rally Cats Level 3 builds on the skills learned in Level 2 by providing additional guided practice and introduces all major strokes.
  • Can float, kick and glide without assistance
  • Feels comfortable jumping in the water from the side of the pool
  • Can swim 15 yards without assistance
  • Can tread water for 30 seconds
  • Skilled at front crawl, back crawl and elementary backstroke
  • Beginning kick and pull for breaststroke
  • Swimming a length of the pool without stopping
  • Diving
  • Treading water for 60 seconds
Level 4: Junior Cats Level 4 is designed to help swimmers develop confidence in the strokes learned and to improve other aquatic skills.
  • Skilled at front crawl, back crawl and elementary backstroke
  • Able to swim a length of the pool without stopping
  • Can tread water for 60 seconds
  • Proficient with front crawl, back crawl, and elementary backstroke
  • Skilled in breaststroke
  • Introduction to sidestroke, butterfly, and racing techniques
  • Standing dive





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