Community Swim & Diving School

The Community Swim & Diving School offers quarterly sessions for children and adults to improve their skill and comfort in the water. All skill levels are welcome, from beginner through advanced. Diving School is now offered for all participants age 5 and older.

 

 

 

 

 




Spring 2014 Dates & Sessions

Children Swim Classes

Adult Swim Class Diving Classes

Private Swim Lessons

Session 1
Tuesdays
(April 8 - May 13)
5:25 - 6:00 PM

Session 5
Tuesdays
(April 8 - May 13)
6:15 - 6:50 PM
Session 1: Bouncing Beginner
Tuesdays
(April 8 – May 13)
5:00 - 5:50 PM
Saturdays
(April 12 - May 17)
12:00-12:30 PM or
12:30-1:00 PM
Session 2
Saturdays
(April 12 - May 17)
9:30 - 10:05 AM
  Session 2: Bouncing Beginner
Saturdays
(April 12 - May 17)
10:30 - 11:20 AM
 
Session 3
Saturdays
(April 12 - May 17)
10:20 - 10:55 AM
  Session 3: Flipping Phoenix
Saturdays
(April 12 - May 17)
11:30 AM - 12:50 PM
 
Session 4
Saturdays
(April 12 - May 17)
11:10 - 11:45 AM
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Registration - Spring 2014

Member Pre-Registration (Swimming and Diving classes):
Ratner Athletics Center front desk - Monday, March 31 to Wednesday, April 2

Online Registration: CLOSED

Swimming Registration - Child: CLOSED

Swimming Registration - Adult: CLOSED

Diving Registration: NOW OPEN

New for Spring 2014: Private Swim Lessons!
We will now offer a package of six one-on-one lessons on Saturdays in April/May at a cost of $120 for all six lessons. Please contact Nick Daly for registration (ucswimschool@uchicago.edu or 207-756-4452).

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Levels of Ability

Swimming Levels Descriptions

Young Beginner
This level is for children ages 3-5 and is the beginning stage for all swim lessons. They will learn how to: blow bubbles, go underwater, front float, back float, flutter kick and use a basic pull.

Beginner
This level is for children ages 5 and over. It allows children to improve their comfort in the water and learn basic skills with children their own age. They will learn how to: blow bubbles, go underwater, front float, back float, flutter kick and use a basic pull. This group is geared towards children with no prior swimming experience.

Otters
This level is for children who can swim at least 10 feet unassisted and have mastered the skills in the Young Beginner/Beginner group. They will learn: basic freestyle, backstroke arms, elementary backstroke arms, kicking on both sides with a kickboard and an introductory breaststroke kick. The goal for this group is to learn to swim 20 yards unassisted by the end of the session.

Sea Turtles
This level is for children who can swim 20 yards unassisted and have mastered the skills in the Otters group (previously the Chicago group). They will learn: finer points of freestyle and backstroke, elementary backstroke, basic breaststroke, basic sidestroke and how to tread water.

Marlins
This level is for children who can swim 25 yards unassisted and have mastered the skills in the Sea Turtles group (previously the White group). They will learn: intermediate stroke mechanics of freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke, standing dive, basic dolphin kick and butterfly arms.

Sharks
This level is for children who can swim 50 yards or more and have mastered the skills in the Marlins group (previously the Maroon group). It is the highest level of swim school and serves as a stepping-stone for children who want to join a competitive swim team. They will learn: advanced stroke mechanics of freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke, butterfly, flip turns, open turns and how to perform a racing dive.

Adult I
This level is for adult beginners who have little or no swimming experience. You will learn how to: go underwater, front float, back float, flutter kick and swim freestyle (crawl stroke). This class will also include an introduction to backstroke and breaststroke. The goal for this group is to learn to swim 20 yards unassisted by the end of the session.

Adult II
This level is for adult beginners who have completed the Adult I class (previously the Adult class) or who can swim 20 yards unassisted. You will learn: rhythmic breathing for freestyle and learn the finer points of breaststroke and backstroke.


Diving Levels Descriptions

Bouncing Beginner
This introductory diving class is for the avid swimmer who wants to broaden their horizons and learn the basic skills of springboard diving. Speed of progression will naturally vary by participant, but goals of the class include learning groundwork skills such as the tuck, pike, and straight positions, front and back dives, and the basic diving hurdle. We require that all participants are able to swim 25 yards unassisted and each participant will take part in a mandatory swim test during their first session with the diving school. Beginner classes are limited to 12 participants; those who register after the class is full will be placed on the wait list.
Ages: 5 years +

Flipping Phoenix
The Flipping Phoenix diving group is designed for divers at an intermediate level who already possess key basic skills such as such as the tuck, pike, and straight positions, front and back dives, and the diving hurdle. Lessons are geared towards preparing divers to compete at the USA Diving, AAU, and High School levels. All Flipping Phoenix classes will also include a period of "dry-land" conditioning, which includes plyometric, total body conditioning, and trampoline work to help strengthen crucial diving muscles and improve performance on the boards. Phoenix classes are limited to 16 participants; those who register after the class is full will be placed on the wait list.
Ages: 5 years +

 

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Cost

Swimming School:
Child: $75 for 6 classes
Adult: $75 for 6 classes
Private: $120 for 6 classes 

Diving School - Bouncing Beginner:
$110 for 6 classes (Session 1 or 2)
$210 for 12 classes (Session 1 and 2)

Diving School - Flipping Phoenix:
$160 for 6 classes (Session 3)

Mail checks payable to The University of Chicago and send to:

Jason Weber
5530 S. Ellis Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637

Payment must be made before the first class or you will risk forfeiting your spot. You may pay by check, cash or credit card at the Ratner Front Desk anytime the facility is open.

Refund and Make-Up Policy
University of Chicago Community Swim School has a no-refund policy and does not offer make-up lessons for missed classes. Participants are responsible for determining whether or not they will be able to attend classes prior to registration.

 

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Contact

Please address all questions and concerns to:

SWIM SCHOOL
Nick Daly
Swim School Coordinator
University of Chicago
5530 S. Ellis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637
(207) 756-4452
ucswimschool@uchicago.edu
DIVING SCHOOL
Kendra Melnychuk
Head Diving Coach
University of Chicago
5530 S. Ellis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637
(773) 702-3863
divingschool@uchicago.edu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Location & Facility Information

Location
Swimming lessons will be held in the shallow section of the Myers-McLoraine Pool. Advanced groups may utilize the deep water portions of the pool as well.

Locker Rooms
Children over the age of 6 may not change in an opposite-sex locker room. Parents needing to accompany their children during changing may use the Family Changing Rooms on the first floor of the Ratner Athletics Center. Parents may then escort their children into the pool through the emergency entrance in the main hallway next to the Lifeguard Office.

Access to Facility for Non-Members
Non-members are not eligible to use the Ratner Center facilities, including the pool, during lessons. A parent/guardian must escort their child into the facility (no drop-offs) and be present at all times during the swim lesson.

Participants in the classes, escorted by parent/guardian, will be allowed to change into their swimwear in the locker rooms. Strollers are not allowed in the facility or locker room areas and must stay in the Ratner Athletic Center rotunda. Once participants are in their swimming suits and ready to participate in classes, parents/guardians are asked to sit in the stands in the pool balcony on the second floor of the Ratner Athletics Center.

All pool and facility rules are in effect during lessons.

 

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