Swim Lesson Program | Recreational Services

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.

Spring 2018 Session 2

Youth schedule

Adult schedule

Swim Lesson Assessments

If you are uncertain which swim class best fits your child’s current skill level,  we recommend attending one of our upcoming free Swim Lesson Assessment Sessions. These sessions are designed to help alleviate registration confusion for potential swim lesson participants. While a skill assessment is not mandatory, it is recommended for new participants of our program and/or participants who have taken significant time away from swim lessons. Your child’s skills assessment will be conducted by a Swim Lesson Instructor and will last approximately 5-7 minutes. With check-in and the final skills consultation, the entire process will last approximately 10-15 minutes (time estimate based off one child participant). At the end of your individualized skills assessment, a swim instructor will provide you the skills assessment checklist and recommend the appropriate group swim lesson class for your participant. 

Registration Period: Monday, March 5  at 8:00am - Monday, March 12 at 12:00pm
  Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6
Sundays 3/25 4/8 4/15 4/22 4/29 5/6
Mondays 3/26 4/2 4/9 4/16 4/23 4/30
Tuesdays 3/27 4/3 4/10 4/17 4/24 5/1
Wednesdays 3/28 4/4 4/11 4/18 4/25 5/2
Thursdays 3/29 4/5 4/12 4/19 4/26 5/3

There will be no lessons on Sunday, April 1 due to Easter.

Registering for Swim Lessons

As of March 2016, 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 do not have a Hawk ID, you will need to set up an account by calling (319-335-9293) or stopping by the CRWC front desk. Once that's done, you'll be good to go! 
  • If you already have a Hawk ID, click here to go to our online registration portal. 
  • Head over to our Online Registration FAQ page to learn more about the process.

If you have questions concerning the program or level placement, please contact the Associate Director for Aquatics at (319) 384-1165.


  • 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. 
  • Swim lesson fees cover the lesson only and do not provide parents or guardians access to the pool or workout areas of the facility. In order to use the workout areas of the facility, you must pay a walk in fee or be a member of Recreational Services. 

Swim Suit Policy

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.

Cancellations/ Refunds

Classes require at least 3 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.

Missed Class

There are no makeup lessons offered if a participant must miss a class.


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).


All swim lessons will take place at the Campus Recreation & Wellness Center located at: 309 S. Madison St, Iowa City, IA 52242

Private Swim Lessons:

If you are interested in learning about private swim lessons click here