War Memorial Hall
06:00 am to Midnight
Rec Sports Main Office
McComas Pool
War Memorial Pool



Instructional Swim Lesson Program

                     Spring Sessions

Saturday Session
February 7th – April 11th (excluding March 7th and 14 for Spring Break) |  Registration: December 6th – February 13th 

Session I
February 2nd – February 26th Registration: December 6th – February 8th

Session II
March 2nd – April 2nd (excluding Spring Break: March 9th – 13th) Registration: February 23rd – March 8th 

Session III
April 6th – April 30th (excluding April 16th– made-up on May 5th) |  Registration: March 30th – April 12th 

Registration: Please register online. You will have the option to pay online or in person at 142 McComas Hall with cash, credit cards or checks prior to the first day of class.  Please make checks payable to: Treasurer of Virginia Tech.  The cost of one session is $55.

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.

Class Cancellation: Swim classes will be cancelled during inclement weather. A make-up class will be offered.

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 at http://www.parking.vt.edu/visitors.asp for details. 

Class Accomodations and/or Special Needs
Please contact Gabby Marquez, Assistant Director of Aquatics and Instructional Programs at gmarquez@vt.edu or (540) 231-9917 for assistance with your needs.

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

1 Session Package - $25.00
2 Session Package - $40.00
3 Session Package - $55.00
4 Session Package - $70.00


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. Student 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 1.  This class is for 3 to 5 year olds who are very comfortable in the water will learn new skills such as combined arm and leg action on front, treading with support and general water safety skills.

Learn to Swim Levels 1‑5 These classes are for children 6-15 years old. Children are taught to swim and improve their level of skill.

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.

Beginning 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 of Aquatics and Instructional Programs
(540) 231-9917
142 McComas Hall (0358)
Blacksburg, VA 24061