Youth Swim Lessons

Youth swim lessons are a fun and gentle way to keep your child moving and develop their endurance, flexibility, strength, and posture while also promoting heart and lung health. We offer lessons for every skill level, from those afraid of water to experienced swimmers.


Who can attend?

Open to all children between 18 months and 14 years old.


When and where are the lessons, and how long do they last?

Summer classes take place on Tuesday and Thursday evenings for two weeks per session. Each class lasts 30 minutes and takes place in the Student Recreation Center pool


What curriculum do you use?

The UO Student Recreation Center is an independent, authorized provider of Starfish Swimming—a nationally recognized swim instruction curriculum developed by the Starfish Aquatics Institute (SAI).

The Starfish Swimming curriculum is designed for students ages 6-months to adult. Benchmarks are established at each stage in the program that combines both swimming and safety skills. Students participate in experiential learning activities that allow them to explore the water in a creative and comfortable environment. Correct swimming techniques are taught from the very beginning, providing an easy transition to swim team. 


How do I register?

Summer session registration will open on the following dates and continue until classes fill.

Session 1: June 2
Session 2: July 3
Session 3: July 19
Session 4: August 2

Classes fill quickly. Please call ahead to confirm available classes at 541-346-4113.

Complete the registration form and bring it, with your payment, to the Rec Service Center prior to the first lesson. Registration forms are also available at the Service Center.


StarTots™ (ages 18 months–3 years)

The purpose of this course is to teach and encourage young children to be more comfortable in water, while training family in water safety and drowning prevention. This course does not teach children to become accomplished swimmers or to survive in the water; it does provide a confidence-building, fun, and loving experience. At least one adult must accompany each child in the water.

Spring Session 2

Ages Date Time Class Status
18 months–3 years May 4–June 1 10:50–11:20 a.m.  

Starfish Swim School (ages 3–12 years)

These courses will develop a high comfort level in the water and a readiness to swim. For children who are developmentally ready, it will teach functional swim skills. This class approaches teaching swimming through creative, fun activities in the water. Students work toward developing the five competencies and progress toward achieving the benchmarks at their own pace in a small group setting.

Stage White: Trust and Submersion

Your child is afraid of water and cannot swim at all. They will not get their face wet.

Spring Session 2

Ages Date Time Class Status
3–6 years May 4–June 1 10:15–10:45 a.m.  
3–6 years May 4–June 1 11:25–11:55 a.m.  

Stage Red: Body Position and Air Recovery

Your child swims with support, and loves the water. They will get their face wet and jump into the water.

Spring Session 2

Ages Date Time Class Status
3–5 years May 4–June 1 10:15–10:45 a.m.  
3–5 years May 4–June 1 10:50–11:20 a.m.  
3–5 years May 4–June 1 11:25–11:55 a.m.  
3–5 years May 4–June 1 noon–12:30 p.m.  
6–12 years May 4–June 1 noon–12:30 p.m.  

Stage Yellow: Submersion

Your child is not afraid of the water. They can float, jump into the water, and return to the surface.

Spring Session 2

Ages Date Time Class Status
3–5 years May 4–June 1 10:15–10:45 a.m.  

Stage Blue: Body Rotation

Your child can swim underwater or on the surface, and can get an occasional breath.

Spring Session 2

Ages Date Time Class Status
3–5 years May 4–June 1 10:50–11:20 a.m.  
6–12 years May 4–June 1 10:15–10:45 a.m.  
6–12 years May 4–June 1 11:25–11:55 a.m.  
6–12 years May 4–June 1 noon–12:30 p.m.  

Stage Green: Integrated Movement

Your child can tread water for at least 15 seconds, jump into the water, and swim freestyle.

Spring Session 2

Ages Date Time Class Status
6–12 years May 4–June 1 10:50–11:20 a.m.  
6–12 years May 4–June 1 11:25–11:55 a.m.  
6–12 years May 4–June 1 noon–12:30 p.m.  

Starfish Stroke School™ (ages 6–14 years)

Your child has achieved a Green Starfish Swim School Award. Students will refine freestyle and learn stroke technique for backstroke, butterfly, breaststroke, and more.

Stage White: Freestyle and Intro to Backstroke

Spring Session 2

Ages Date Time Class Status
6–14 years May 4–June 1 10:50–11:20 a.m.  
6–14 years May 4–June 1 11:25–11:55 a.m.  

Stage Red: Backstroke and Intro to Butterfly

Spring Session 2

Ages Date Time Class Status
6–14 years May 4–June 1 10:15–10:45 a.m.  
6–14 years May 4–June 1 noon–12:30 p.m.  

Stage Yellow: Butterfly

Spring Session 2

Ages Date Time Class Status
6–14 years May 4–June 1 10:50–11:20 a.m.  
6–14 years May 4–June 1 noon–12:30 p.m.  

Stage Blue: Breaststroke

Spring Session 2

Ages Date Time Class Status
6–14 years May 4–June 1 10:15–10:45 a.m.