Learn to Swim

Learn to Swim

Learn to Swim is currently offered in Spring and Fall semesters only. Learn to Swim provides swim lessons for Temple students, alumni & employees with paid recreation access. It is also available to children of students and employees. There are two primary age groups, 5-11 years old and 12 and up. All session participants are divided according to skill level into groups for specific instruction. The first day session will consist of a skills check, pool rules and basic water safety information. The last session will include a certificate of completion, free swim time, and snacks. Lessons are six weeks long with no scheduled make-ups for any missed sessions. 

Fall 2017 Dates

Learn to Swim Registration: 
Main Office, Pearson and McGonigle Halls, Suite 303.                                     

Registration runs from Monday, September 11th - Friday, October 6th

  • Ages 5-11
    • Saturdays October 7th-November 11th
    • 10:00am-11:00am or 11:15am-12:15pm
  • Ages 12+
    • Saturdays October 7th-November 11th
    • 12:30pm-1:30pm

Cost: $70/participant

Pool 31

Swim lessons available for the children of Temple students and employees ages 5 to 11 taught by certified Water Safety Instructors. The 12+ session is open to children of students and employees or current students, employees and alumni with paid recreation access. Space is limited to 20 participants per class. Register at the Campus Recreation Main Office.

Learn to Swim Program Group Designation and Itinerary:

*Participants will be placed in appropriate groups the first day of lessons*

Group I - Water Exploration

The objective of this level is to allow the participant to feel comfortable in the water, to enjoy the water safely and to learn basic elementary aquatic skills such as breath control, prone and supine supported floating, and front and back supported glides. There are two levels for Group I:

·         Level 1 - Introduction to Water Skills. Participants learn how to feel comfortable in the water and to enjoy the water safely.

·         Level 2 - Fundamental Aquatic Skills. Participants are provided with fundamental aquatics skills such as floating & kicking with assistance.


Group II - Primary Skills

The objective of this level is to begin locomotive water skills. This level involves floating without support and recovering to an upright position, retrieving objects from the bottom of the shallow end of the pool and beginning strokes. There are two levels for Group II:

·         Level 3 - Stroke Development. Builds on the skills in Level 2 by providing additional guided practice.

·         Level 4 - Stroke Improvement. Develops a participant’s confidence in the strokes they already learned and improve upon other aquatic skills.


Group III - Stroke Preparation

The objective of this level is to learn how to coordinate strokes. Participants further improve strokes, including the front crawl, back crawl, backstroke, and treading water. There are two levels for Group III:

·         Level 5 - Stroke Refinement. Provides further coordination, refinement of strokes & diving.

·         Level 6 - Swimming and Skill Proficiency. Refines the strokes so participants swim them with ease, efficiency, power and smoothness over greater distances. Level 6 is designed with "menu" options decided upon by the instructor. Each of these options focus on preparing students to participate in more advance courses, such as Water Safety Instructor and Lifeguard Training. These options include: Personal Water Safety, Fitness Swimming, Fundamentals of Diving, and Lifeguard Readiness.

For more information, as well as questions regarding Aquatics registration, contact Taylor Mullens, Aquatics Coordinator by phone at (215)-204-1675, or via e-mail at temullens@temple.edu.

Learn to swim instructor teaching student