Group Swim Lessons

At-Home Swim Lessons

Swim Lesson Rates
Class Type Duration (Minutes) Non-Member Member
Parent/Child (6 months-2) 30 $50 $40
Preschool (3-5) 45 $60 $50
Learn to Swim (6-14) 50 $70 $60

*Members include Butler University students and HRC members. If you are an HRC member, please email aquatics@butler.edu to receive your discount code.

How to Register

You must register for swim lessons via ActiveNet. If you don’t already have an account, you will need to create one in order to register.

ActiveNet Registration Link

Don’t have an ActiveNet Account? Use these instructions

Frequently Asked Questions

Pick the level that best fits your child’s ability. If on the first day the student needs to be moved to a different level, the swim lesson coordinator will help with this process. 

Skill Requirements

Below describes the skills children must be able to perform for each level of youth swim lessons.

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

Preschool: 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. (Required to be 3 years of age 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

Adult: Ranges from no experience to athletic practice; private/semi-private lessons are available

Please contact the swim-lesson coordinators by email at aquatics@butler.edu.

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

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

At-Home Swim Lessons

Bathtub Lesson Plan

Start by warming up those kicks with a game of Red Light, Green Light. For a good kick, we want to aim for straight legs, pointed toes, and no bending of the knees while kicking. Big splashes are encouraged on a green light, so make sure you’re ready to get wet!

Breath control is one of the most important skills young swimmers should be learning. Start by having your swimmer blow on their hand out of the water. Then have them scoop some water into their hand and blow the water off. Finally, if possible, have them submerge their mouth and blow bubbles under the water or into a small bucket or toy filled with water. The goal is to encourage blowing OUT and not drinking in or inhaling the water when the mouth is submerged. Practice a LOT!

Building a strong kicking motion is an important step on the road to effective independent forward progress in the water. As with any skill, repetition is key for building strength and muscle memory. Play a few more rounds of Red Light, Green Light, have your swimmer pick a number and have a splash party for that many seconds, or try to kick without stopping while singing a short song. Continue to watch for good kicking technique as described in the warm-up.

There are two goals when working on arm motions in the water. The first is to build muscle memory for the scooping motion that will help with forward progress. Practice throwing and reaching for toys as best as you can in the small space. Talk about your favorite ice cream flavors and scoop them up, or sing Row, Row, Row Your Boat as you practice scooping motions in the air and then in the water. Aim for big, full-arm reaches with cupped hands that pull slowly back toward the belly under the water. As I always say, not too fast, and not too splashy!

The second goal of working on arm motions is to build comfort in extending the arms straight out and away from the body into a streamline position, or as I call the skill, rocket ship arms! Have your swimmer build their rocket ship by extending both arms straight up above their head with their hands together. Have them hold their arms in place and begin kicking to blast off on an imaginary trip to a destination of their choice (try suggesting the moon, Disney World, or the candy store). Make sure you ask what they saw when you get back from your journey!

Rather than practicing a full float, since you cannot be in the water with your child, you can work on some of the essential elements of floating like getting the nose, ears, and eyes wet. You can use small buckets or toys filled with water and practice blowing bubbles, submerging the nose and eyes, listening for the fishies by placing the ears in the water, or carefully helping your swimmer lie on their back and look up, putting their ears in. Have them imagine there are monkeys or animals up on the ceiling, pick a number and see if they can keep their ears in for the entire countdown, or sing a song as they lay their ears back. This one takes a lot of practice, so don’t give up!