Swim Lessons

LessonsSwimming is a sport everyone can enjoy, regardless of age or limitations. For safety, for fun or for exercise, swimming is a skill everyone should have. American Red Cross swimming classes are offered almost every month for ages 6 months to 99+ years! Several two-week sessions are offered during summer months.

Beginning at 6 months, we offer three levels of parent/child aquatics (parents must be in the water with children). Three levels of preschool classes are available, and six levels of Learn-to-Swim classes are offered. We also offer Teen and Adult Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced courses for those who did not  have an opportunity to learn skills earlier or for those who may want to refresh skills learned previously.

Other American Red Cross courses available include: Lifeguard Training, Water Safety Instructor, Lifeguard Instructor, Lifeguard Management, and Fundamentals of Instructor Training.

Fall Sessions are:

Sept. 29-Oct. 10

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Click Here for the "Learn-to-Swim" Levels Guide
Click Here for the Group Lesson 2014 Schedule
Click Here for the 2014 Private Lesson Registration Form
Click Here for the 2014 Group Lesson Registration Form

How to register

Return a registration form or fill one out in the Campus Recreation office on the main floor of the Rec Center, Room 101. We are open Monday through Friday from 7:30 am - 5:00 pm. Campus Recreation accepts cash, check, Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express. Everyone who parks on campus is required to have a parking permit, so  bring your license plate number with you when you register for swim lessons. Call 898-2104 for more information.


50 Minute Sessions: Students $60, Employees $70, Guests $80
30 Minute (PCA Only): Students $30, Employees $40, Guests $50

Refund Notice:

  • 100% 14 days before class
  • 50% 8-13 days before class
  • No refund one week before class

American Red Cross Aquatic Certification Courses

American Red Cross Blended Learning Course: LifeGuard Training Course

Dates: TBA

Registration Deadline: TBA

Must register at MTSU Campus Rec and American Red Cross online

Lifeguard Instructor Training Course

Prerequisites: Fifteen years of age by the end of the course, ability to swim 300 yards continuously using crawl and breast strokes; treading water for 2 minutes using legs only; and surface diving to retrieve an object. Participants must also complete a written and skills test.
Those who complete the course will receive an ARC Lifeguard Certification.
Cost: MTSU Students $160 / Faculty & Staff $170 / Guests $180

For more information, contact Dr. Pam Footit at 898-2255; to register, come by the Campus Recreation Office, Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Certifies individuals to teach the American Red Cross Lifeguarding courses.


Course Prerequisites: Each participant must be able to demonstrate each skill satisfactorily in order to enroll in the course. Participant must be at least seventeen (17) years of age on or by the end of the course and hold a current ARC Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED certificate or equivalent courses.
1) Be able to swim three hundred (300) yards continuously utilizing the front crawl, breaststroke, or a combination of both. Participants may NOT swim on side or back for this portion. Goggles may be used.
2) Be able to tread water for two (2) minutes using legs only. Place hands under armpits. Head must remain above the surface.
3) Start in the water and swim twenty (20) yards using a front crawl or breaststroke, surface dive to a depth of 7-10 feet, retrieve a ten pound (10lb) object, return to surface, swim twenty (20) yards back to the starting point with both hands holding the object with face at or near the surface so he/she can breathe. Do NOT swim the entire distance under water. Exit the water without use of ladder or steps. Required time of completion: 1:40 (1 min. & 40 sec.).
4) Four Prerequisite Rescue Skill Scenarios
5) Online Orientation to ARC, successful completion
6) Online Orientation to the ARC Lifeguarding Course, successful completion
7) Online ARC Lifeguarding Instructor Pre-course Exam (score 80% or better)
8) Pre-course water session, successful completion
9) Obtain the Lifeguarding Instructor's Manual & Lifeguarding Manual
Certification Requirements:
1) Successfully complete the online session
2) Successful completion of the Pre-course Session
3) Attend & participate actively in all sessions
4) Successfully complete class activities, including (4) practice teaching assessments
5) Score a minimum of 80% on each the following:
-Bloodborne Pathogens Training Instructor Self-Study Test
-Basic-level Administering Emergency Oxygen final written exam
-LGI course exam

Those who complete the course will receive an ARC Lifeguard Instructor Certification.

Cost: MTSU Students: $165  / Faculty & Staff: $175 / Guests: $180

Water Safety Instructor Course

This program teaches skill progressions, course and lesson planning, recognizing common skill errors, providing corrective feedback, motor learning, hydrodynamic principles, training in cultural diversity, fitness and training, dealing with disabilities and other conditions (30 hours with a 3-hour F.I.T. precourse).

Dates and Times are TBD

Prerequisites: Sixteen years of age by the end of the course, also level 4 stroke skills.

Instructor: TBD

Those who complete the course will receive an American Red Cross Water Safety Instructor and Fundamentals of Instructor Training certification.

Cost: MTSU Students: $165 / Faculty & Staff: $180 / Guests: $185

Call our office for more information: 898-2104, 7:30am-5pm Monday-Friday

Go Dive

Prepare for the excitement of diving! This American Red Cross diving skills camp can lead to advanced diving used in Middle or High school competition.

September 15-26 (Summer 2015 sessions TBA)

4:00-5:00 pm Monday-Friday

Cost: $34.00 per 2-week session

Ages: 8-16 (beginners only)

Sign up and pay in the Campus Recreation office by 12:00 noon on the Friday before class begins. We are excited to enjoy Go Dive!

Go Swim

The swim camp is a competitive skills program for youth and teens. The week-long camp emphasizes stroke techniques, swim drills and dry land conditioning.

Dates: Summer 2015 sessions TBA

3:30-5:00 pm Monday-Friday

Cost: $12.00 per 1-week session

Ages: 10-17

Sign up and pay in the Campus Recreation office by 12:00 noon on the Friday before class begins. We look forward to a great summer with you!

American Red Cross Junior Lifeguarding

For students ages 11-14 or those who have completed the 5th grade before starting the program.

Learn what it takes to be a great lifeguard-from lifesaving and leadership skills to fitness and professional development. The experience you gain will help you prepare for Red Cross lifeguard training.


  • Swim Front Crawl for 25 yards continuously while breathing to front or side.
  • Swim breaststroke 25 yards continuously using a pull, breathe, kick, glide sequence.
  • Tread water for (1) minute using arms and legs.
  • Back float 30 seconds or swim on back 25 yards using back crawl or elementary back stroke.
  • Submerge and swim a distance of 10 feet underwater.

This program is designed to build a foundation of knowledge, attitudes, and skills for future lifeguards.

The foundation consists of (5) categories:

1. Prevention
2. Fitness
3. Response
4. Leadership
5. Professionalism

This course introduces the skills needed to take an ARC Lifeguard Training Course.

For more information about these classes, call Dr. Pam Footit at 898-2014.

Safety Training for Swim Coaches

Developed in collaboration with USA Swimming, this blended learning course (combination of web-based delivery of content and an in-water skill session) teaches swim coaches and other aquatic professionals how to help maintain a comfortable and safe environment for swimmers, prevent accidents and emergencies, and respond to swimmers with illnesses or injuries in water or on land.

6 hours

Basic Water Course

Ideal for public safety personnel, parents, and camp staff, this course provides participants with the knowledge and skills necessary to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies. It also prepares participants for aquatic emergencies by teaching them how to protect themselves while assisting others.

4 hours

Aquatic Moves and Grooves

This is a water exercise class for aerobic fitness and muscle toning and uses the training principles of Frequency, Intensity, and Time combined with dance and core exercise to get in shape. Reduce stress and relax at the same time. This class is appropriate for all levels of fitness, as well as those who may have some restrictions.

Tuesday and Thursday 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

*Cost: All classes are $1 

  • *30-visit fitness "punch-passes" are available at the equipment desk.

Get fit, get refreshed, and get in shape too! 

Health issues must be discussed with instructor prior to class attendance

Lap Swimming

Two lanes are provided for lap swimming during other activities as space permits. Training equipment such as kickboards, pull buoys, hand paddles, bar buoys, and buoy belts are provided for your water activities

Individual Water Exercise

Monday - Friday 
6:15 - 8:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Scheduled aquatics activities take place from 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Space is limited during this time.

Also Available By Request:

Personal Water Safety

This course teaches individuals, such as those who participate in aquatic activities or who work on or around water, the knowledge and skills necessary to avoid aquatic emergencies and perform self-rescues in a variety of aquatic emergency situations. Organized into five (5) approximately 1-hour lessons that include both class activities and in-water skills sessions, participants build upon basic swimming and survival skills to improve technique and endurance as well as increase water safety knowledge.

5 hours

Water Safety Today

This course teaches individuals how to prevent, recognize, and respond to emergencies in, on, and around the water. It provides basic information on ocean safety (rip currents), safety at waterparks, and boating safety. Water Safety Today is intended for anyone with an interest in learning about water safety.

2 hours