McComas Hall
06:30 am to Midnight
War Memorial Hall
06:00 am to Midnight
Rec Sports Main Office
08:00 am to 05:00 pm
McComas Pool
War Memorial Pool



Instructional Swim Lesson Program

Whether you want to learn how to swim, get some exercise or just have fun, you will find something that meets your needs. We have experienced instructors that use the American Red Cross Learn To Swim program. Our friendly experienced instructors will provide children and adults with guided instruction on various strokes to improve proficiency, comfort, and aquatic independence while giving positive reinforcement. There are always American Red Cross certified lifeguards on duty during lessons. On the first day of lessons, the swim instructor will assess each student to make sure they are in the appropriate class. If you or your child is a person with a disability and desire assistance or accommodation, please notify Morgen Wells, graduate assistant, at

Fall Schedule:


Parent/Child 5:15 - 5:40 p.m.

Preschool I 5:15 - 5:50 pm

Level 1 6:00 - 6:45 pm

Level 2 6:10 - 6:55 pm

Level 3 5:15 - 6:00 pm

Level 4 5:15 - 6:00 pm

Level 5 6:10 - 6:55 pm

Adult Beg. 5:00 - 5:55 pm

Adult Beg. 7:00 - 7:55 pm



Preschool I 5:15 - 5:50 pm

Preschool II 6:00 - 6:35 pm

Level 2 5:15 - 6:00 pm

Level 3 6:10 - 6:55 pm

Level 4 6:10 - 6:55 pm

Level 5 5:15 - 6:00 pm

Level 6 5:15 - 6:00 pm

Adult Intermediate 7:00 - 7:55 pm




You must REGISTER online first and payments can be made 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.

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 with fewer than the minimum participants will be canceled. Participants will be allowed to move to another class or receive a full refund.

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 & Infant is for ages 6-18 months. This class teaches underwater acclimation while parents learn how to give their child a positive experience in the water. Parent participation is REQUIRED.

Parent & Toddler is for ages 18-36 months. Students continue developing water acclimation and safety skills. Children will have fun in the water while developing swimming readiness. Parent participation 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.

For More Information

Department of Recreational Sports - (540) 231-9917 195 McComas Hall (0358) Blacksburg, VA 24061