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Swim Lessons

The Foy Pool offers several different choices when it comes to swim lessons.  We offer American Red Cross group lessons from the Parent & Child level through Learn-to-Swim level 4.  After level 4, we encourage swimmers to join our Fitness Swimmer Camp where swimmers enhance their technique and learn competitive swimming skills.  APSU is proud to also be able to offer private and semi-private swim lessons for those wanting a more tailored, one-on-one instruction.

swim instructor teaching child to float on back

Group Swim Lessons  Private Swim Lessons  Fitness Swimmer Camp

Please note: Group and private swim lesson participants are welcome to swim outside their swim lessons, during our open swim hours, with the purchase of a day or season pass. 


Group Swim Lessons

APSU is proud to offer American Red Cross Swim Lessons!

NOTE: All American Red Cross swim lesson courses include instruction in basic water safety. In good weather, these lessons are incorporated into the outdoor swim lesson. However, in the case of inclement weather, the water safety portion of the curriculum is taught inside using videos and instructor examples with class participation. This option is ONLY used in the case of inclement weather and is only done once per session.

We offer four of the six the American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim (LTS) levels, Preschool Aquatics, Parent & Child Aquatics, and Adult levels of swimming instruction that teach participants how to swim skillfully and safely. All Learn-to-Swim courses include instruction in basic water safety and survival skills.

Lessons are held in two-week sessions with a total of eight 45-minute classes*, with one instructor for every six participants.

*Preschool and Parent & Child Aquatics levels are taught for eight 30-minute classes.

Price (per 2 week session):

Click here to register for Group Swim Lessons

You may also register for lessons in person at the Foy Fitness and Recreation Center.

 

Level Descriptions:

Suggested age is 6 months – 3 years old. The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with water and prepare them to learn to swim in the American Red Cross Preschool Aquatics or Learn-to-Swim courses. Participants will grow more comfortable in and around water through games, songs, and activities designed for their age level. Lessons are held in two-week sessions with a total of eight 30-minute classes, with one instructor for every six child participants. This course is not designed to teach children to become good swimmers or to survive in the water on their own.

These classes are designed for children ages 3-5 years who are somewhat comfortable in the water but are not yet ready for a full swim lesson atmosphere. Participants will grow more comfortable in and around water through games, songs, and activities designed for the preschool age level. Specific emphasis is placed on growing students’ confidence in submerging their face and head. Lessons are held in two-week sessions with a total of eight 30-minute classes, with one instructor for every five participants.

Helps students feel comfortable in the water and to enjoy the water. Participants will learn breathing techniques, glides and floats, and begin the basics of swimming. For children who are not frequently in the pool and need assistance with floating and moving in the water; underwater is unfamiliar to them.

Gives students success with fundamental skills. Participants will learn how to retrieve items from the bottom of the pool, work on length of floats and glides, and improve on his/her swimming technique. For children who swim moderately well by themselves; go under water easily and comfortably; floats by themselves and displays some coordination using arms and legs for short distances.

Builds on the skills in level 2 by providing additional guided practice. Participants will learn how to breathe effectively while swimming, at least three kinds of kicks and strokes, important safety tips, and will extend his/her swimming of long distances. For children who swim a moderate distance in the pool using front and back stroke; do not need assistance and can enter deep water without apprehension.
Develops confidence in the skills learned in previous levels and improves techniques for strokes. Participants learn survival swimming, six different stroke combinations, safety skills and open turns. For children who can swim extended distance in the pool using front and back strokes; can tread water and is capable of doing at least three kicks and strokes taught in level 3.

Swim lessons for participants ages 15 and older, held in two-week sessions with a total of eight 45-minute classes with one instructor for every five participants.

    • Beginner: For adults who have no aquatic experience. Participants will learn to float, tread water, glide, retrieve objects from underwater, and the basics of at least three kicks and strokes.
    • Intermediate: For adults who know the basics of swimming but would like to improve their technique and/or learn new and proper kicks and strokes. Participants will learn to swim longer distances and achieve proper technique in at least three kick and stroke combinations. 

Private Swim Lessons

Participants in private swim lessons receive one-on-one instructions from a trained instructor based upon his/her abilities, skills and needs. Lessons are offered for every age and swim level. Each private lesson will be specifically designed for the participant, providing a number of skills and abilities through drills, games and lesson plans that are geared toward the individual age group.

Private lessons are scheduled per request.  Although we try our best to accommodate participant schedules, volume of activity at the pool and instructor availability will impact scheduling.   

At this time, the Foy pool is no longer accepting private swim lesson requests for the 2018 season.  The request form will reopen in April for the 2019 season.  Thank you for choosing Austin Peay!

Fitness Swimmer Camp

Designed for ages 5-17 who have passed the American Red Cross Learn to Swim Level 3/4 course, APSU’s Fitness Swimmer Camp is structured similarly to a swim team without the full season commitment.  Students enrolled in the Fitness Swimmer Camp will work on proper technique in the four competitive strokes (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly), improve their endurance, learn and prefect flip turns and competitive open turns, and gain lifelong swimming skills that promote a healthy and active lifestyle.  Each week there will be four 45-minute practices that swimmers can choose to attend.  Swimmers are not required to attend every practice, but are welcome to attend all of them if they choose.  APSU’s Fitness Swimmer Camp is taught by American Red Cross certified instructors with competitive swimming experience.

Pricing (per 1 week session):

Click here to register for Fitness Swimmer Camp