Community Swim & Diving School

The Community Swim 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.

Note: Diving school has been postponed until further notice. If you would like to be added to the distribution list that will send a notification upon reopening please send your email address to Alex Card at ucswimschool@uchicago.edu.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring 2019 Dates & Sessions

Group Lessons 
(6 lessons, 35-minutes lessons, $72 per participant and covers all 6 lessons)

  • Wednesdays, April 3 - May 8: 6:00 PM
  • Saturdays, April 6 - May 11: 9:00 AM, 9:40 AM, 10:20 AM, 11:00 AM


Adult Lessons
 
(6 lessons, 35-minutes lessons, $72 per participant and covers all 6 lessons)

  • Wednesdays, April 3 - May 8: 6:40 PM


Private Lessons
(6 lessons, 35-minutes lessons, $216 per instructor and covers all 6 lessons)

  • Wednesdays, April 3 - May 8: 6:00 PM, 6:40 PM
  • Saturdays, April 6 - May 11: 9:00 AM, 9:40 AM, 10:20 AM, 11:00 AM


NOTE:
Private lessons are based on availability of instructors. Please list more than one time slot preference to better your chances of getting a private lesson. 

 

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Registration - Spring 2019

Member Pre-Registration:
Monday, March 11 @ 8:00 AM

Online Registration: Wednesday. March 13 @ 10:00 AM

Swimming Registration - Group: OPEN

Swimming Registration - Adult: OPEN

Private Lessons Registration: OPEN

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Levels of Ability

Swimming Levels Descriptions

Young Beginner
(3 students per instructor)
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
(3-4 students per instructor)
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
(4 students per instructor)
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
(4 students per instructor)
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
(5-6 students per instructor)
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
(5-6 students per instructor)
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
(3 students per instructor)
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
(3-4 students per instructor)
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.


Cost

Swimming School: (35-minute lessons)
Group Lessons (Child and Adult) - $72
Private Lessons - $216
*Cost covers all 6 lessons

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
Alex Card
University of Chicago
5530 S. Ellis Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637
(612) 968-8143
ucswimschool@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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