Upenn Recreation

Swimming Lessons

Become a better swimmer at any age with our private and group swim lessons.  For questions regarding any Aquatics Programming please contact upennaquatics@gmail.com.

Individuals who are unaffiliated with the University of Pennsylvania cannot participate in lessons at Penn at this time.

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  • Private (1:1) and Semi-Private (1:2) Swim Lessons

    Private and Semi-Private Swim Lessons are now available!  Members of the Penn Community can register for lessons, in person, at the Membership Services Office in the Pottruck Health & Wellness Center.

    Lessons take place when the pool is open for a recreational swim and when client availability meets instructor availability.  Instructor-client matches are not guaranteed, but we will attempt to match each client with an instructor in a timely fashion.

    Private lessons are 30 minutes long. Semi-Private lessons must have two students (registered together) and last 45 minutes. Participants in semi-private lessons should anticipate spending either the entire 45 min in the pool (if participants are at the same skill level and over the age of 7) or split the time: (15 min for one student, 15 min for both students and 15 min for the other student).

    Purchase Options:

    Four Private Lessons – $140 Members / $160 Non-Members (Penn Affiliated)

    Eight Private Lessons – $265 Members / $300 Non-Members (Penn Affiliated)

    Four Semi-Private – $100/person (universal fee)

    Eight Semi-Private – $190/person (universal fee)

     

    Complete registration online Here

  • Group Swim Lessons

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    Group swim lessons will be available as part of a Learn to Swim program at Sheerr Pool.  These classes are not designed for advanced swimmers, but rather students wishing to learn to swim for the first time, or improve their stroke mechanics and endurance. Water safety is a component of all swim levels.

    Each session of lessons will consist of six 30-minute lessons (children/youth) or 45-minute lessons (adult). Summer Session II will consist of two lessons per week, while the Fall Sessions will consist of one lesson per week (every Sunday). Fall Session II will will observe Thanksgiving Break on 11/25 and will conclude lessons on 12/2.  All classes require a minimum of 3 students. Classes that do not reach the minimum number of students may not run.

    Summer Session II: Wednesdays & Saturdays, 8/8-8/25 (3 weeks)- Registration Now Open

    Fall Session I: Sundays, 9/9-10/14 (6 lessons)- Registration Now Open

    Fall Session II: Sundays, 10/21-11/18 & 12/2 (6 lessons)- Registration Opens 9/10

    Youth Member Price: $95  Non-Member (Penn Affiliated) Price: $120

    Adult Member Price: $105  Non-Member (Penn Affiliated) Price: $130

     

    Youth Class Offerings

    Level 1- Ducklings (Minimum age: 4): This is the first step in learning to swim. The main focus is on independent water entry and exit, buoyancy, arm, and leg movement, and increasing overall comfort in the water.

    Summer Session II- Wednesdays 5:30p-6:00p & Saturdays 12:00p-12:30p  

                   Fall Sessions- Sundays 11:00a-11:30a

     

    Level 2- Jellyfish: The focus in level two is on breath control, moving through the water independently, flotation, and stroke mechanics for front crawl and elementary backstroke.

    Summer Session II- Wednesdays 6:00p-6:30p & Saturdays 12:30p-1:00p

    Fall Sessions- Sundays 11:30a-12:00p

     

    Level 3- Otters: This class focuses on expanding stroke knowledge and skill, treading water, diving, swimming under water, and flotation.

    Summer Session II- Wednesdays 6:30p-7:00p & Saturdays 1:00p-1:30p

    Fall Sessions- Sundays 12:00p-12:30p

     

    Level 4- Dolphins: This course continues the skills learned in level 3. The focus is on stroke enhancement and swimming endurance (front crawl, backstroke, breaststroke, scissor and butterfly kicks), treading water, diving from a standing position, and general stroke and turn refinement.

                    Summer Session II- Wednesdays 7:00p-7:30p & Saturdays 1:30p-2:00p

                   Fall Sessions- Sundays 12:30p-1:00p

     

    Adult Class Offerings

    Adult Beginner: The focus of this course is basic aquatic and swimming skills. Participants will be exposed to a variety of skills, strokes, kicks, and pool tools. If you are a beginning swimmer, this course is for you!

    Summer Session II- Wednesdays 7:00p-7:45p & Saturdays 1:30p-2:15p

    Fall Sessions- Sundays 11:00a-11:45a

    Adult Intermediate: This course focuses on improving on the basic aquatic skills acquired in Adult Beginner. This includes breath control, treading, flotation, and stroke mechanics.

    Summer Session II- Wednesdays 7:45p-8:30p & Saturdays 2:15p-3:00p

    Fall Sessions- Sundays 11:45a-12:30p

    *Each class will usually be capped at 10 participants.

    All Clients wishing to register for Group Lessons must do so in person at the Membership Services Office in the Pottruck Health & Wellness Center.

  • Parent/Child Classes

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    Parent/Child classes are designed to introduce infants and young children to the water with their parents’ supervision. Activities include being held in the water by the parent, assisted floating, gently pouring water over the infant’s head, socializing with other children and parents, and submerging the child when he/she is ready. Please understand that Sheerr Pool is kept at 79 degrees throughout the school year. This is chilly and children may have to take breaks.

    Each session of lessons will consist of six 30 minute lessons. Summer Session I and Session II will consist of two lessons per week, while the Mid-Summer Session will consist of one lesson per week. All classes require a minimum of 3 students. Classes that do not reach the minimum number of students may not run.

    Summer Session II: Wednesdays & Saturdays, 8/8-8/25 (3 weeks)- Registration Now Open

    Fall Session I: Sundays, 9/9-10/14 (6 Lessons)- Registration Now Open

    Fall Session I: Sundays, 10/21-11/18 & 12/2 (6 lessons)- Registration Opens 9/10

     

    Member Price: $95  Non-Member (Penn Affiliated) Price: $120

     

    Parent/Child Class Offerings

    Parent/Child 1 (ages 6 mos – 2 yrs): This class is designed to help you and your child explore the pool together for the first time.  Body position changes, buoyancy, safety, and swimming basics are explored. All activities will require parent support. All children who are not potty-trained must wear swim diapers (not provided by UPenn).

    Summer Session II- Wednesdays 5:30p-6:00p & Saturdays 12:00p-12:30p

    Fall Sessions- Sundays 12:30p-1:00p

    Parent/Child 2 (ages 2 yrs – 4 yrs): This class is designed to help you and your child explore the pool. Students will be exposed to breathe control, flotation, submersion, arm and leg motions, glides and more.  Children will be encouraged to attempt skills without direct adult support. All children who are not potty-trained must wear swim diapers (not provided by UPenn).

    Summer Session II- Wednesdays 6:00p-6:30p & Saturdays 12:30p-1:00p

    Fall Sessions- Sundays 1:00p-1:30p

  • Private Group Lessons

    PRIVATE GROUP LESSONS
    *Email upennaquatics@gmail.com to request*

    Private group lessons are for groups of 3 to 5 people, which are created by groups of participants.  The group should include swimmers with similar goals and scheduling availability, and an instructor will be assigned based on the needs of the group as a whole.    Examples of groups that have used this service include neighbors with the same aged kids, students from the same floor or college house and students who are all members of existing campus groups

    Members of the Penn Community can register for lessons, in person, at the Membership Services Office in the Pottruck Health & Wellness Center. We recommend registering as a group, but prior confirmation of availability is required.

    Lessons take place when the pool is open for a recreational swim and when client availability meets instructor availability.  Instructor-client matches are not guaranteed, but we will attempt to match each client with an instructor in a timely fashion.

    Private group lessons last 45 minutes. Participants private group lessons should anticipate spending the entire time in the pool

    Purchase Options:

    Four Private Group – $100/person (universal fee)

    Eight Private Group -$190/person (universal fee)

  • Registration Information

    Adult Registration:

    A valid PennCard and Penn affiliation are required at registration.  It is recommended that first-time participants register for any Aquatics Programs at the Membership Services Office in Pottruck Health & Fitness Center.  However, Penn Affiliates and Rec Members can now sign up for private and group lessons online. Click the “Online Registration” button to the right to use our new portal.  Private lessons can be found in the “Private Lessons and Services” section and group lessons can be found under “Programs.”

    Child/Dependant Registration:

    First-Time Clients must follow the steps below:

    1.       Visit Membership Services (hyperlink to the membership page)

    2.       An account must be created for your dependent (present birth certificate OR dependent PennCard)

    3.       Pricing is determined by the parent’s membership status with Recreation – i.e. Rec Members will receive the Member Discount on dependent swim lessons.

    Repeat clients have the option to renew online, by following these steps:

    1.       Call Membership Services to ensure your account is up-to-date

    2.       Login in here to purchase lessons online (use button to the right on this page)

    a.       Member rate not showing? Call Membership Services to troubleshoot.

    Once purchased, names will be added to an Access List and placed at the Pottruck Security Desk for entry (3701 Walnut Street)

    Registration Questions: Contact Lauren Spaeth, 215.898.6102

     

    Complete registration online Here

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If you’d like to receive updates on the pool scheduled, activities, or other pool programming, consider joining the aquatics list-serv to receive regular emails from our Aquatics Coordinator.

To Join: email Matt Livziey with the following:

Subject: List-Serve

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Refund Policy 

If Campus Rec cancels a course, participants will be offered the choice of transferring to another course or receive a full refund. If a participant chooses not to take a class that is not canceled, the participant is not eligible for a refund.

 

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