Swim Lessons

After careful deliberation, MTSU Campus Recreation has made the decision to not offer Swim Lessons this Summer. We feel this is the best choice for to keep all parties healthy. Please hope to continue lessons again in Summer 2022.



Swimming is a sport everyone can enjoy, regardless of age or limitations. American Red Cross swimming classes are offered almost every month for ages 6 months to 99+ years!

Group Swim Lessons

2020 American Red Cross Swim Classes

Our Learn-to-Swim program is unique compared to other learn to swim programs. The program is designed for children over 6 months up to adults. Students progress through the levels at their own pace, mastering the skills in one level before advancing to the next.

Available Class Dates
Times vary based on the class level. Pick your class level and see times in the 2020 Aquatics Brochure or the Rec Portal.

February 10-21 June 22-July 3
March 9-20 July 6-17
March 30-April 10  July 20-31
May 11-22 September 14-25
May 25-June 5 October 19-26
June 8-19  


  • 50-Minute Sessions: Students $65, Employees $75, Guests $85
  • 30-Minute (PCA Only): Students $35, Employees $45, Guests $55

Refund Notice

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

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Registration takes place online or at the Campus Recreation main office.

If you are not sure what level to register for, the complete listing of level descriptions can be seen below.

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Class Descriptions

Parent and Child Aquatics (PCA): For 6-months to 3-year-olds
Parents and children learn together to increase a child’s comfort level in the water and build a foundation of basic skills. The two levels are fun filled and help introduce water safety concepts, encouraging a healthy recreational habit.

  • Level 1: Basic skills of buoyancy on front and back, entries and exits, and submersions are taught to parents and children to help orient them to the water and to help them develop a level of comfort in the water.
  • Level 2: Builds upon the skills learned in Level 1 and provides experiences and activities to develop advanced skills without support from parents.

Preschool Aquatics (PRE): For 3- to 5-year-olds
Throughout the three levels, preschool-age children are taught basic aquatic safety and progressive swimming skills while increasing their comfort level in and around the water with age-appropriate skills.

  • Level 1: Orients children to the aquatic environment and helps them gain basic aquatic skills.
  • Level 2: Helps children gain greater independence in their skills and develop more comfort in and around the water.
  • Level 3: Helps children start to gain basic swimming propulsive skills to be comfortable in and around water.

Learn-to-Swim (LTS): For 6-year-olds to teens
Designed to help participants achieve maximum success, Learn-to-Swim courses are based on a logical, six-level progression that helps swimmers of varying ages and abilities develop their water safety, survival, and swim skills.

  • Level 1: Introduction to Water Skills. Helps participants feel comfortable in the water and includes skills such as entry/exit, floating, supported gliding, and basic water safety rules.
  • Level 2: Fundamental Aquatic Skills. Gives participants success with fundamental skills including breath-holding, retrieving objects, combined stroke, front and back floating with minimal support, and personal safety and rescue skills.
  • Level 3: Stroke Development. Builds on skills in Level 2 and includes deep-water skills, diving from a kneeling position, back and survival floats, treading water, and flutter and dolphin kicks (no support).
  • Level 4: Stroke Improvement. Develops confidence in skills learned and improves other aquatic skills such as swimming underwater and various strokes (elementary backstroke, breaststroke, sidestroke, and butterfly).
  • Level 5: Stroke Refinement. Provides further coordination and refinement of strokes. Includes skills such as sculling, stride jump entry, tuck and pike surface dives, and front and back flip turns while swimming.
  • 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 that focus on preparing participants for more advanced courses. Options include Fitness Swimming, Personal Water Safety, and Fundamentals of Diving.

Adult Swim: For teens to adults
The American Red Cross Adult Swim Program is intended for teens and adults who wish to improve their aquatic knowledge and skills. There are three Adult Swim courses offered:

  • Learning the Basics
  • Improving Skills and Swimming Strokes
  • Swimming for Fitness

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Registration takes place online or at the Campus Recreation main office.

If you are not sure what level to register for, the complete listing of level descriptions can be seen above.

Register Now

Private Swim Lessons

Private lessons are for those seeking one-on-one swimming instruction. Private lessons are a half-hour per session and focus on the goals of the participant. Individuals may register for as many sessions as desired.

How to Register:  
Return a registration form or fill one out in the Campus Recreation office. Our office hours are Monday - Friday, 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. Bring your license plate number with you when you register for swim lessons, and we will issue a parking permit. Call 615.898.2104 for more information.

Registration Form

Teach Swim Lessons

Teaching someone how to swim and be safe in the water is a truly rewarding experience that instructors never forget! We use the expansive American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim program to teach all age groups water safety. We are always interested in hiring people who love being in a pool environment (swim team, experience teaching water safety, etc.). If this sounds interesting to you, keep reading!

I Want to Teach Swim Lessons! Now What?

We only train and hire American Red Cross (ARC)-certified Water Safety Instructors (WSI). The requirements are that you must:

  • Be at least 16 years old by the end of the course
  • Pass the pre-course test

As a Water Safety Instructor candidate, you will learn how to teach aquatic skills, use course materials, conduct training sessions, and evaluate participant progress. See upcoming ARC Certification Courses.

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Join Our Team!

Working at Campus Recreation provides many great benefits to WSIs like you, including:

  • Opportunities to work with all age groups
  • Lots of classes to choose from to teach (variety of types, times, ages)
  • Lower training costs (only pay the cost of the training). For example, if you only teach one full course all summer, you've already recouped all training costs!
  • Student-friendly, flexible work schedules
  • Access to the Campus Rec facility (weight room, basketball courts, etc.)
  • Build your resume and credentials

Download an official application or pick on up at the Campus Rec office. Once your application is completed, email it to pfootit@mtsu.edu and set up an appointment time for the facility lifeguard skills test.


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615.898.2104 (8am - 5pm)
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P.O. Box 556 
Middle Tennessee State University
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

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