Youth Swim Lessons

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Learning to swim starts with ASI Aquatics’ Youth Swim Lessons!

ASI Recreation Center

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ASI Recreational Sports offers small, tailored group Youth Swim Lessons to the children of Cal Poly Recreation Center members. Ages 4 to 16.

Sign your child up for Youth Swim Lessons to give them the opportunity to learn with participants of similar skill levels and be paired with instructors that best fit their abilities!

Session Information

From floating to flip turns, sessions start with the fundamentals and transition into refined techniques. Lessons will be available on a first-come, first-served basis for children of Recreation Center members.

If you do not know your child’s swimming level, ASI Aquatics has you covered! On the first day of lessons, students will be evaluated by our instructors and placed into small groups in accordance with their swimming ability. Swimmers may even change groups during their sessions as they advance their skills.

Cost & Schedule

The spring quarter sessions will cost $100 and include 4 lessons for children age 4–16. All spring lessons will take place on Saturdays in the Recreation Center’s Leisure Pool, a best-in-class aquatics facility that features a beach-style entry (no drop-off) and over 150,000 gallons of clear, blue water that is filtered four times daily. Registration opens on March 11, 2024.

Session One:

  • Saturdays, April 13—May 4, 2024
    • Slot 1: 9–9:45 a.m.
    • Slot 2: 10–10:45 a.m.

Session Two:

  • Saturdays, May 11—June 8, 2024
    • Slot 1: 9–9:45 a.m.
    • Slot 2: 10–10:45 a.m.

Skill Levels

Students will be grouped by swimming skill level.

Level 1: Intro to Water Skills

  • For the beginner who is comfortable in the water.
  • Swimmers learn the ready position, bubble blowing & holding breath, bobbing, streamlining, and assisted floats on front and back (goal to be unassisted to advance to next level.

Level 2: Fundamental Aquatic Skills

  • Swimmers should already be able to float on their front and back sides and put their heads underwater.
  • Swimmers will work on kicking, streamlining, beginning arm strokes, and rotary breathing.

Level 3: Stroke Development

  • Swimmers should already be comfortable swimming using a front stroke and floating on their back.
  • Swimmers will work on freestyle technique, backstroke introduction, kicking development, and treading water.

Level 4: Stroke Improvement

  • Swimmers should already be able to swim front and back crawl for 25 yards.
  • Swimmers will work on stroke proficiency in freestyle and backstroke, introduction to butterfly and breaststroke, technical focus on treading water, and beginning diving.

Level 5: Stroke Refinement

  • Swimmers should already be able to swim freestyle, breaststroke, and backstroke 25 yards, scissors kick, whip kick, and tread water.
  • Swimmers will work on the refinement of freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly, open turn on front and back, introduction to flip-turns, advanced treading (no arms), and continued development on diving

Level 6: Swimming Proficiency

  • Swimmers should already be able to swim front and back crawls for 50 yards, breaststroke for 25 yards, butterfly for 25 yards, tread water for 3 minutes, and dive.
  • Swimmers will work on stroke efficiency and endurance for all four strokes, front and back flip turns, breaststroke and butterfly open turns, and swimming terminology: distances, stroke counts, etc.


Frequently Asked Questions

Who can take swim lessons?

Youth Swim Lessons are available on a first-come, first-served basis for children of Recreation Center members. Memberships are available to eligible affiliates of the Cal Poly community, which include faculty, staff, students, alumni, emeritus, household, and affiliates. Adult swim classes, such as Masters Swim and Intermediate Swim, are also available.

When should I arrive for swim lessons?

It is recommended to arrive ten minutes prior to the lesson’s start time.

Where should we enter the Recreation Center for lessons?

Enter the facility at the front entrance — not through the pool deck.

Who can take my child to lessons?

The Recreation Center member must be present to take a child to the swim lesson through the facility. Consistent with our guest pass policy, Recreation Center members may sponsor guests to attend and watch lessons, but the member must be present at the time of check-in.

What does my child need to bring to lessons?

Your child should arrive to the lesson with a bathing suit and towel, and a bottle of water in case they get thirsty. We recommend that your child has plenty of sunscreen on and wears a hat if they are sun sensitive. If preferred, they may bring goggles, but life jackets and flotation devices are not allowed.

Will there be time to speak with my child’s instructor?

Our instructors teach back-to-back lessons in the mornings, so they may not have time to speak to you directly before or after your lesson. Feel free to approach them with any questions or concerns that you may have, but it is best to leave your contact information with one of our lifeguards or supervisors so the instructor can contact you directly at another time.

What if I don’t know my child’s swimming level/ability?

All swimmers will be evaluated on the first day of lessons and will be grouped according to their ability. Swimmers may change groups during the session based on their progress.

Will my child always be with the same instructor?

While we do assign our instructors to specific levels for an entire session, instructor availability may vary throughout the quarter. There may be some occasions when an alternate instructor may cover a lesson. In such instances, the instructors will communicate any necessary information about the group with each other. Additionally, swimmers often progress at different rates. It is possible that your child will improve by one to two or more levels during a session. It is common for a child to advance into a different group during a session to accommodate their most current skill level.

Contact Information




Coordinator — Aquatics and Safety