Campus Recreation

Pool Programs

American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim Program

Our LTS Program is currently on a waitlist. At this time, we are no longer adding new community member requests until more instructors become available. We hope to reopen the list at the start of the spring semester. Questions? Contact 2swim@uncw.edu 

Private Lessons

Private swimming lessons are available to current UNCW Students, Faculty, Staff and their dependents ages 6-months through adult, as well as non-UNCW affiliated community guests. For children ages 6-months to 3-years, it is recommended that a parent/guardian accompany the child in the water for every lesson. All lessons are held in the UNCW Student Recreation Center Aquatics Facility. *Ages 5+ may participate in 45-minute lessons. 30-minute lessons are strongly encouraged for ages below 5.

  • Private Lesson Packages and Prices
    Private packages and pricing
    Students Fac /
    Staff
    Fac /
    Staff /
    Student /
    Dependent
    Member Community Guest
    Four, 45-minute Lessons $60 $96 $96 $96 $154
    Six, 45-minute Lessons $90 $144 $144 $144 $230
    Six, 30-minute Lessons $72 $126 $126 $126 $202
    Nine, 30-minute Lessons $108 $189 $189 $189 $302

Registration: All registrations can be completed online through the Aquatics Online Store or in the Campus Recreation Main Office in the Student Recreation Center.

Once registered, an instructor will be assigned and will contact you within 1 week to introduce themselves, discuss what you are interested in learning, and set up your first lesson. Private lessons will be arranged at a time that fits both yours and your instructor's schedule and may be scheduled anytime the indoor pool is open for its normal Lap Swimming and/or Recreational Swimming hours. (Please see facility schedule for more information)

LESSON CANCELLATIONS MUST BE MADE 24 HOURS PRIOR TO THE SCHEDULED MEETING.

Access to SRC Facility and Attendance Policy for Private Lessons

In order to gain access into the facility, your instructor will meet you in the Front Lobby area (before the turnstiles) to escort you to the SRC Indoor Pool for each lesson.

Instructors will arrive to each arranged lesson 5 to 10 minutes before the scheduled start. If participants do not arrive by the scheduled time, instructors will wait for 15 minutes. Late time will count as part of the lesson. If a participant cancels their lesson within 24 hours, the instructor will attempt to re-schedule. A "No Show," it will count as an entire lesson.

  • Level 1: Introduction to Water Skills

    Location: Shallow Portion of SRC Pool

    Purpose: To begin developing positive attitudes, good swimming habits and safe practices in and around the water for children at least 5 years of age.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Enter and exit water using ladder, steps or side
    • Blow bubbles through mouth and nose
    • Bobbing
    • Open eyes under water and retrieve submerged objects
    • Front and back glides and floats
    • Recover to vertical position
    • Roll from front to back and back to front
    • Tread water using arm and hand actions
    • Alternating and simultaneous leg actions on front and back
    • Alternating and simultaneous arm actions on front and back
    • Combined arm and leg actions on front and back
    • Learn how to stay safe, including recognizing an emergency and knowing how to call for help
    • Learn how to stay safe in, on and around the water, including the use of a life jacket, recognizing lifeguards and sun safety
  • Level 2: Fundamental Aquatic Skills

    Location: Shallow Portion of SRC Pool

    Purpose: To give participants success with fundamental skills, including learning how to float without support and to recover to a vertical position.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Enter and exit water by stepping or jumping from the side
    • Fully submerge and hold breath
    • Bobbing
    • Open eyes under water and retrieve submerged objects
    • Front, jellyfish and tuck floats
    • Front and back glides and floats
    • Recover to vertical position
    • Roll from front to back and back to front
    • Change direction of travel while swimming on front or back
    • Tread water using arm and leg actions
    • Combined arm and leg actions on front and back
    • Finning arm action
    • Learn how to stay safe, including recognizing an emergency, knowing how to call for help and perform simple non-swimming assists
    • Learn how to stay safe in, on and around the water, including the use of a life jacket, recognizing lifeguards and sun safety
    • Learn to look carefully before entering the water
    • Learn what to think about and do when exhausted or caught in a dangerous situation
  • Level 3: Stroke Development

    Location: Shallow/Deep Portion of SRC Pool

    Purpose: To build on the skills in Level 2 by providing additional guided practice in deeper water.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Enter water by jumping from the side
    • Headfirst entries from the side in sitting and kneeling positions
    • Bobbing while moving toward safety
    • Rotary breathing
    • Survival float
    • Back float
    • Change from vertical to horizontal position on front and back
    • Tread water
    • Flutter, scissor, dolphin and breaststroke kicks on front
    • Front crawl and elementary backstroke
    • Learn to look carefully before entering the water
    • Learn to perform simple non-swimming assists
    • Learn to recognize, prevent and respond to cold water emergencies
  • Level 4: Stroke Improvement

    Location: Shallow/Deep Portion and 1 Lane of SRC Pool

    Purpose: To develop participants' confidence in the strokes learned in Level 3 and to improve other aquatic skills.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Headfirst entries from the side in compact and stride positions
    • Swim under water
    • Feet first surface dive
    • Survival swimming
    • Front crawl and backstroke open turns
    • Tread water using 2 different kicks
    • Front and back crawl, elementary backstroke, breaststroke, sidestroke and butterfly
    • Flutter and dolphin kicks on back
    • Learn to look carefully before entering the water
    • Learn what to think about and do when exhausted or caught in a dangerous situation
    • Learn to perform simple non-swimming assists
    • Learn about recreational water illnesses and how to prevent them