Health & Recreation Complex

Group Swim Lessons

Set schedule of lessons with a minimum enrollment of three participants and a maximum of six participants to one instructor. If the minimum enrollment is not met, we reserve the right to combine or cancel classes. Weekday group sessions consists of 8 - 40 minute lessons.  Make-up lessons only available for illness or cancellations due to weather.

Summer Group Swim Lesson Schedule

Registration deadlines are firm. We will not accept any registrations after the deadline is passed. 

 Sessions Dates Reg. Deadline HRC Member Cost* Non-Member Cost
Session 1 - Jump Start to Summer** May 19 - May 30 Friday, May 16, 2014 $40 $50
Session 2 June 2 - June 26 Friday, May 30, 2014 $40 $50
Session 3 July 7 - 31  Monday, July 2, 2014 $40 $50

* Members include Butler University students and HRC members.

**Session 1 will be held for 2 weeks at 4 days a week. The first week, Monday - Thursday, the second week, Tuesday - Friday due to Memorial Day. Times and levels are below. 

Swim Lesson Times

Day Time Level(s)
Mon/Weds & Tues/Thurs  4:30pm - 5:10pm Parent Tot, Preschool, Levels 1, 2, 5, & 6
Mon/Weds & Tues/Thurs 5:20pm - 6:00pm Preschool, Levels 1, 2, 3, & 4
Tuesday/Thursday  7:15pm - 7:55pm Adults Only

 Summer Session 1 registration will open May 1st!   

Skill Requirements
Descriptions of skills children must be able to perform for each level of youth swim lessons: ~ Show

Parent Tot

Ages 1-3yrs. old, parent who is able to swim must accompany the child in the water at all times. Children must wear swimming diapers throughout class.


New to the water, but willing to learn. Should be able to listen and follow directions from the instructor and be independent from their parent. (Age of 3 required by start of lessons)

Level 1

Some experience with the water, is willing to work away from the wall. Child is capable to enter and exit the pool with little assistance. (Age of 5 is preferred by start of lessons)

Level 2

Be able to comfortably place face and head in water. Child is capable to enter and exit the pool unassisted. Can perform front and back float for 3 seconds with support.

Level 3

Able to float unsupported for at least 5 seconds on front and back and swim 5 yards of front and back crawl without assistance.

Level 4

Can swim 15 yards front crawl using rhythmic breathing, swim 15 yards of back crawl, and tread water for 30 seconds

Level 5

Child is able to swim 25 yards of front/back crawl, 15 yards of breaststroke, and tread water for 1 minute.

Level 6

Continuously swim front and back crawl for 50 yards, breaststroke and elementary backstroke for 25 yards, and tread water for 2 minutes.


Ranges from no experience to athletic practice. Private/semi-private lessons are available. 

FAQ's ~ Show

1. What if I'm not sure of my child's level?

Above is the skill requirement list for each level. Pick the level that fit with your child's ability the best. If on the first day, the student needs to be moved to a different level, the swim lesson coordinator will help with this process.


2. What if I cannot make a lesson, who do I contact?

Please contact the Director of Aquatics, Terese McAninch, or the swim lesson coordinators by the email


3. How big are the class sizes?

The classes range from 4 to 6 students, with 6 being the maximum for one instructor.


4. Who do I contact if I have a question or concern with my child's group lesson?

At each group lesson, there will be at least one swim lesson coordinator present whom you can address your questions and concerns with, or you may send an email to