Swim Lesson Program | Recreational Services
The University of Iowa

It’s never too early (or late) to learn how to swim! We offer youth and adult swim lessons for all levels in a group or private setting. We have fall, spring, and summer sessions - two in the fall and spring, and one in the summer. Each session is six weeks and one class per week.


Group swim lesson programming is canceled until further notice. Please visit our COVID-19 Announcements page for more information.

Registering for swim lessons

Participants may register online or in-person at the CRWC. We are no longer accepting registrations over the phone. 

    How to register online:

    • If you are a community member, you can set up an account here. You can also set up an account by calling 335-9293 or by visiting the CRWC member services desk to create an account. Once that's done, you'll be good to go! 
    • If you already have a Hawk ID or have a community account, click here to go to our online registration portal. 
    • Head over to our Online Registration FAQ page to learn more about the process.

    Payment must be made at the time of registration online or at the membership desk. Forms of payment accepted: Check (made out to The University of Iowa), Credit Card, U-bill (U-bill is in-person only).

    If you have questions concerning the program or level placement, please contact the Assistant Director for Aquatics at (319) 384-3439.

    All swim lessons will take place at the Campus Recreation & Wellness Center which is located at: 309 South Madison Street, Iowa City, IA. 52242


    • Parents of children under the age of 14 must remain in the designated pool area where their child’s lesson is taking place in order to be available to attend to their child in the case of an emergency or to accompany them to the restrooms. 
    • Individuals attending lessons with children participating in the Learn-To-Swim Program must be members of Recreational Services in order to use the CRWC or must pay a walk-in fee. Those found in violation are subject to expulsion from the Learn-To-Swim Program. 
    • There are no makeup lessons offered if a participant must miss a class.
    • Classes require at least three participants.
    • Cancellations made prior to the end of the registration period will be honored.
    • After the registration period ends no refunds will be given.
    • If a cancellation is needed due to extenuating circumstances, the participant will need to speak with the Assistant Director of Aquatics immediately in order for a refund to be considered.

    Appropriate swimwear is required at all times in all Recreational Services aquatic facilities.


    • Standard swimwear:
      • Swim trunks, bathing suits, competitive suits, body suits, rash guards and scuba suits.
    • Appropriate coverage:
      • Females: covering breasts, buttocks, genitals and pubic regions.
      • Males: covering buttocks, genitals, and pubic regions
    • All swimwear must be dual lined material with inner liner.


    • Items that are not considered swimwear:
      •  Compression shorts, sports bras, Under Armour, athletic shorts, thongs, cotton clothing, cut-off jeans or shorts.
    • Inappropriate coverage of body parts as deemed so by our aquatic staff.
    • Worn out materials/transparent materials.

    For infants and children

    • Infants and children that are not toilet trained must wear swim diapers.
    • Infants and children in swim diapers must have a swimsuit over the diaper at all times.

    Private swim lessons

    Private lessons offer one-on-one instruction. Semi-private lessons offer instruction from 1 instructor to 2 participants.

    • Lessons are scheduled based on instructor and participant availability, as well as pool scheduling.
    • The first lesson is 45 minutes in order for the instructor to evaluate the participant at the start of the lesson, with each subsequent lesson lasting 30 minutes.
    • All private swim lessons instructions must be taught through Recreational Services. No outside lessons allowed.
    • These lessons are given during normal lap swim hours.
    Private Swim Lesson Request Form
    • Private lessons are $30.00 for a 30-minute session
    • Semi-private lessons for 2 participants at $25 per participant for a total of $50.00 for a 30-minute session.

    Interested participants must fill out a Private Lesson Request Form. Once your form is submitted, you should be contacted by a Swim Lesson Coordinator via email or phone within 5 business days.

    • A refund will be given if a cancellation is made within 24 hours by either the patron or the instructor.
    • If 24 hours’ notice is not given and the instructor was present but the patron was not, the instructor will be paid for the lesson and they are required to document that the patron did not show and that lesson is lost.
    • If the instructor does not show but the patron does, the patron will be given an extra lesson at no cost.