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Campus Recreation offers swim lessons & training to suit a variety of experience levels. Whether you are new to the water or want to focus on improving your stroke, these classes are tailored to make you as comfortable as possible and increase your skill set.  Participants of all skill levels are welcome!

All lessons & training are open to Student Recreation Center members only. The Swim lesson & training registration form must be completed online prior to registering for private lessons:

Once you fill this out, we will work as quickly as possible to pair you up with an instructor. If there are no available instructors at that time, you will be put on a waitlist and notified when one becomes available.

If you have any questions, please contact Cassie Moreau at cassandra.moreau@colostate.edu

All lessons & training are priced at $20 per session. We offer 3 lessons pack, 6 lessons, pack, and 9 lessons pack. Once you are paired with an instructor, you will work together to schedule dates and times that work best with your schedule, and each lesson will last 1 hour.

  • 3 lesson pack: $60
  • 6 lesson pack: $120
  • 9 lesson pack: $180

Adult swim training is open to all abilities! Our instructors are trained to teach all abilities how to swim and perfect their strokes. If you would like a most specific description of the American Red Cross swim lessons levels, please see below:

Levels 1-2

Designed for adults new to the water with minimal or no aquatic experience. The goal of this group class is to help individuals overcome fear of the water and to introduce fundamental aquatic skills and personal water safety. Skills introduced include water orientation, flutter kicking, floating, and stroke development.

  • Safe practices in and around water
  • Proper use of swimming equipment (fins, kickboard, and pull buoy)
  • Swim underwater for 10 yards
  • Rotary breathing
  • In chest-deep water, perform a front float for 5 seconds, roll to back, float for 5 seconds then return to a vertical position.

Levels 3-4

For adults who are comfortable swimming in water and are looking to learn proper stroke technique. Skills include front crawl, back crawl, breaststroke, sidestroke and treading.

  • Tread water for 30 seconds in deep water
  • Perform open turns
  • Perform dolphin kick for 10 yards
  • Swim all strokes for at least 25 yards (one length)
  • Travel at least 5 yards, submerge 3 times, and exit the water.
  • Glide on front at least 5 yards, roll to a back float for 3 seconds and recover to a vertical position.

Levels 5-6

For adults looking to perfect their technique to increase speed and endurance. Skills taught include introduction and endurance training for front crawl and back crawl, refining breaststroke, introduction to sidestroke and butterfly, open turns and flip turns. You’ll learn to coordinate and refine key strokes for better endurance.

  • Push off and swim using combined arm and leg actions on front for 10 yards, roll to back, float for 15 seconds, roll to the front then continue swimming for 10 yards.
  • Swim elementary backstroke for 10 yards
  • Swim side stroke for 10 yards
  • Swim 25 yards of breaststroke and butterfly
  • Swim 50-100 yards of freestyle and backstroke

Meet the Swim Lesson Instructors!

Ariel (She/Her)

Education: Major in Chemical and Biological Engineering with a minor in Biomedical Engineering

About me: I have 3 years of experience, mostly teaching younger kids the basics, I also have some experience working in an adaptive program for special needs swimming. I prefer to teach beginner levels!

Diego (He/Him)

Education: Majoring in Computer engineering

About me: I am a sophomore computer engineering major! I swam competitively from the ages of 12-17 and was on my high school’s JV swim team. I specialize in stroke training, my favorite being freestyle!

Julia (She/Her)

Education: Major in Forest & Rangeland Stewardship with a minor in Forest Management; Major in Sociology with Minor in Criminology

About me: I had my WSI from 2015-2018 and have taught swim lessons from 2015-2021! I’ve taught every age from half a month old to 32 years old! A fun fact about me is that I am extremely passionate about the outdoors, especially backpacking; I co-founded a backpacking club at my old school, and I currently own a business where I plan trips for people!

Malia (She/They)

Education: Health and Exercise Science with a concentration in Sports Medicine

About me: I have taught swim lessons to young kids. I also have trained clients through PT at the Rec, and I have taught them the basics of swimming and different strokes. I am comfortable teaching all levels from beginners to advanced swimmers! A fun fact about me is that the coolest place I ever went swimming was in underground caves in Mexico. Very cool! I rate the experience 10/10!

Matthew (He/Him)

Education: Major in Health and Exercise Science

About me: I am a student, lifeguard, and registered EMT. I love cross training, finding new ways to build muscle and endurance. I am open to teaching all levels of swim lessons! Fun fact about me is that I love the New York Jets!

Riley (She/Her)

Education: Major in Ecosystem Science and Sustainability with minors in Environmental Affairs and Spanish

About me: I have been teaching swim lessons for 4 years and have taught all levels from beginner to advanced throughout a variety of ages! I prefer to teach beginner levels. A fun fact about me is that I am studying abroad in Panama next semester!

Riley K (He/Him)

Education: Major in Health & Exercise Science with a concentration in Health Promotion, and Minor in Philosophy

About me: I used to teach dive lessons and was a backup swim instructor for my old pool and am open to teaching all levels!

Traeli (She/Her)

Education: Majoring in Integrated Visual Studies on a Pre-Dental track

About me: I’ve had my WSI and have taught swim lessons for 4 years. I’ve taught both private lessons and group lessons. I prefer to teach upper-level swim lessons and improve stroke techniques! Also, I have participated in the swim team for 9 years!