University of Vermont

Youth and Community Programs


Vermont Swim School

The 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:
Lesson Types Offered
(see details below)
Private (4 years and older)
Group (4-8 year-olds)
Registration Period August 7 - September 4 December 1- January 15
Class Dates

Eight (8) week session - SUNDAYS
September 10, 17, 24, October 1, 15, 22, 29,
November 5

Private Lesson Make-Up Day - November 12

Eight (8) week session - SUNDAYS
January 21, 28, February 4, 11, 18, March 4, 25, April 1

Private Lesson Make-Up Day - April 8

Location UVM PFG Athletic Complex - Forbush Natatorium

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 help swimmer achieve individual goals. Small group lessons for children 4-8 years. Two levels with pre-requisites and goals established for each level (see below for group level descriptions).
Ages 4 and up 4-8 years
Meeting Times

Section 6: 10:20am - 10:50am
Section 7: 11:00-11:30am
Section 8: 11:40am - 12:10pm
Section 9: 12:20pm - 12:50pm

Section 7: 11:00-11:30am
Cost $240 - UVM students and/or their children
$260 - Faculty/Staff/Members and/or their children
$280 - Community/Alumni and/or their children
$200 - Children of UVM students
$220 - Children of UVM Faculty/Staff/Members
$240 - Children of Community Members/Alumni
Special Notes Private lessons are eligble for one (1) make-up session should a regular session be missed. The make-up lesson will be scheduled for the weekend following the last regular session and are optional. Group lessons are not eligible for a make-up session. Staff reserves the right to move children between groups as appropriate.
While we strive to have for consistency of instructor over the course of the 8-week session, please be aware that there may be a substitute instructor on any given week due to illness or other unforeseen circumstances. If possible, the program manager will do her best to notify swimmers in advance of the swim session; however this is not always possible depending on the timing of the instructor change.

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





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