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Instructional Swim Lesson Program


 
                            Fall Swim Lesson Sessions
 
Registration opens on Aug. 1st for all sessions!
 
Session I: Aug. 29 - Sept. 22*
Session II: Sept. 26 - Oct. 20
Session III: Oct. 24 - Nov. 17
 
Registration closes the Sunday before the session begins.
 
Monday/Wednesday OR Tuesday/Thursday
5:00-5:30PM: Parent Child
5:30-6:00PM: Pre-school I, II, III
5:15-6:00PM: Levels 1-6
6:15-6:45PM: Pre-school I, II, III
6:15-7:00PM: Levels 1-6
7:00-7:45PM: Adults-Beginner/Intermediate
*No swim lesson on 9/5. Make-up day 9/23 at the same time
 

                               Swim Lesson Information 
 
Registration:
Please register online for group and private swim, and semi-private lessons. You will have the option to pay online or in person at 142 McComas Hall with cash, credit cards or checks. Please make checks payable to: Treasurer of Virginia Tech.
 
"Age Verification" / "Age Restricted":
If you are unable to register your child for swim lessons it could be because you have not added your child as a depended on your account.  Please follow these guidelines:
2. Click "Sign in" (top right corner)
3. Proceed with "Use my Virginia Tech PID" or "Sign in as a Guest"
4. Once you are signed in, clock on your username (top right corner)
5. In this screen, add the dependent(s) with first/last name, DOB, and gender.
6. Click on the "Program Registration" tab (at the top in the middle)
7. Select the class day/time you want to register
8. Next to your child's name you will see an "Add to Cart" button.
 
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Gabby Marquez at gmarquez@vt.edu.
 
Class Fees:
Group Swim Lessons (8 lessons) - $55.00
Private Swim Lesons- $25.00 per lesson.
Semi-Private Swim Lessons- $20.00 per per participant (no more than 2 participants)
 
Refunds:
A partial refund will be given if the participant requests one during the registration period. No refunds will be given after the registration period has closed.  A $10 fee will be administered for all refunds. 
 
Class Cancellation:
Swim classes will be cancelled during inclement weather. In cases of cancellation, a make-up class will be offered typically on the last Friday of the session at the same time. 
 
Make-up Swim Lessons:
Due to our commitment to serve our swim lesson participants to the best of our abilities, we do not offer make-up lessons. We are able to honor the commitment of quality instruction by keeping our classes small, and creating consistency for our participants. Our instructors are dedicated to getting to know the participants and their abilities. For this reason, ensuring that participants meet with the same instructor at their scheduled time is a vital part of the success of our program. In order to uphold the integrity of our program for our participants, we are not able to schedule make-ups for missed lessons due to illness or other personal reasons. We will be unable to process a refund or partial refund for any missed lessons.  
 
Parking on Campus:
Depending on your affiliation with the university and the time of the day, there may be parking restrictions.  Please refer to The Parking and Transportation website for details. All swimming classes are held in the McComas Hall pool.  Please know that the McComas parking lot will be closed during home basketball games. Please check the Men's and Women's Basketball schedule. 
 
Class Accomodations and Speacial Needs:
If you need special accomodations for your swim lesson, please contact the Assistant Director for Aquatics, Gabby Marquez at gmarquez@vt.edu
 

                              Private & Semi-Private Lessons
 
Private swim lessons (one-on-one thirty minutes of instruction) and Semi-Private swim lessons (two-on-one thirty minutes of instruction) are designed to provide instruction for swimmers of all skill levels.
Private and Semi-Private swim lessons offer an excellent opportunity to explore your potential with our American Red Cross Water Safety Instructors on swimming basics, stroke mechanics, and techniques.
All swimming lessons are available at McComas Hall during normal pool operating hours.
 

                    Group Swim Lessons- Class Descriptions
 
Parent & Child - is designed for children under the age of 3 years old. Participation can start as early as 6 months of age. This class teaches parents how to give their child a positive experience in the water. Participants will become acclimated to the water and learn safety skills while having fun developing swimming readiness. Parent partipation is required.
 
Preschool I - is for 3 to 5 year olds.  This class will develop comfort in the water, learn water entry, bubble blowing, floating, kicking, underwater exploration and general water safety skills.
 
Preschool II - Prerequisite: Able to demonstrate completion requirements of Preschool I.  This class is for 3 to 4 year olds who are very comfortable in the water will learn new skills such as combined arm and leg action on front and general water safety skills.
 
Preschool III - Prerequisite: Able to demonstrate completion requirements of Preschool II.  This class is for 4 to 5 year olds who are very comfortable in the water will learn to refine arm and leg action on front and back, as well as treading with and without support and general water safety skills.
 
Level 1 - Introduction to Water Skills Must be age 6 the first day of the program in order to participate and comfortable away from parent. Objectives: Supported floating on front and back, gliding, kicking, and alternating arm and leg action.
 
Level 2 - Fundamental Aquatic Skills Objectives: Unsupported float, gliding, kicking on front and back without support, combined arm action with kick on front and back, treading water without support, personal safety and rescue skills.
 
Level 3 - Stroke Development Objectives: Front crawl with breathing to the side, coordinated back crawl, elementary backstroke, scissor and dolphin kick, treading water skills, diving from the side of the pool, and personal safety and rescue skills.
 
Level 4 - Stroke Improvement Objectives: Improve stroke proficiency on front crawl, back crawl, butterfly, breast stroke and elementary backstroke, sidestroke, surface diving, open turns, and personal safety and rescue skills.
 
Level 5 - Stroke Refinement Objectives: Refine front crawl, back crawl, butterfly, breaststroke, elementary backstroke, sidestroke, turns on front and back, long shallow dives and treading water. Personal safety and rescue skills are also covered.
 
Level 6 - Swimming and Skill Proficiency Objectives: Refine all strokes to increase efficiency, power, and smoothness over great distances. Personal safety and rescue skills are also covered.
 
Beginner Adult - Overcome fear of the water and learn basic skills such as floating, gliding, kicking, rhythmic breathing, and treading water.
 
Intermediate Adult - Adults with no fear of water who possess beginner swimming skills must be able to kick and breathe using a kickboard for 25-yards without stopping. Students will learn front crawl, back crawl, and develop comfort in deep water.

 


 

 


Contact Information
Gabby Marquez 
Assistant Director for Aquatics 
(540) 231-9917
142 McComas Hall (0358)
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Class Fees:
Group Swim Lessons (8 lessons) - $55.00
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