Aquatics

The Recreation and Fitness Center offers two pools.  An outdoor leisure pool is open seasonally.  Our 25-yard, four lap lane indoor pool is located on the first floor of the RFC, complete with a vortex and hot tub. An aquatic lift is available for swimmers who need additional assistance accessing the pool.

Already know how to swim?

Jump into the pool for lap swimming: it's a great low-impact, cardio conditioning workout.

How many lengths do I need to swim to complete a mile?

70.4 lengths of the pool (35.2 laps) is one mile. The RFC pool is 25 yards long, a mile is 5280 feet/1760 yards.

Pool Hours

During normal hours of operation the indoor pool typically closes 1 hour before the RFC. 

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Private Swim Lessons

Private swim lessons offer one-on-one instruction for all ages and all abilities.  These lessons are 30 minutes long and can generally be scheduled any day the pool is open.

Individual Private Lessons
Sessions        Members        Non-Members
$20 $24
5 $90 $108
10 $175 $210

Partner or semi-private lessons offer one-on-two instruction for swimmers similar in age and swimming ability. It is recommend swimmers be at least 4 years old. These lessons are 30 minutes long and can generally be scheduled any day the pool is open.

Partner Lessons
Sessions Members Non-Members
1 $15/each person $18/each person
5 $65/each person $78/each person
10 $125/each person $150/each person

Registration

Complete the private lesson request form and submit it to urec@jsu.edu or drop it off at Member Services. Following registration, we will contact you to schedule your lesson at a mutually agreed upon time. 

For more information about swim lessons please contact Aly Daniel at adaniel@jsu.edu or 256-782-8683.

Group Lessons

From toddlers to teens and adults, group swim lessons offer basic swim instruction including the necessary swim and stroke techniques.  The group lessons listed below are available for both Session 1 and Session 2 during the Fall Semester.

Fall 2019 Group Lesson Sessions

Session 1:  September 9 - September 29

3 weeks, 3 or 6 classes total (varies by class length)

Registration Deadline: September 4

Session 2:  October 21 - November 10

3 weeks, 6 classes total

Registration Deadline: October 16

Pricing

  • Students: $40
  • Members: $50
  • Non-Members: $60
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Adult Swim Lessons

Mondays & Wednesdays from 5:45 - 6:15pm | 6 classes

For ages 14 and over with no prerequisites. Swimmers will gain comfort in the water, learn basic aquatic safety skills and develop swimming strokes. Accomplishment of skills will take several sessions depending upon the swimmer's comfort in the water. Participants will be divided into groups with others of similar abilities on the first day of class.

Tuesdays & Thursdays from 5:45 - 6:15pm | 6 classes
Swimmers must be comfortable in chest-deep water and able to put their face in the water and float without assistance. They must be able to perform strokes that can be recognized as freestyle and backstroke for 15 yards. This class will improve participant’s proficiency in freestyle and backstroke. Additional strokes and skills will be developed according to their goals.

Parent-Child Swim Lessons

Sundays from 1:00 - 2:00pm | 3 sessions

For children 6 months - 2 years of age. This class introduces basic skills and safety concepts to parents and children. Adults will learn how to work with their child in the water. These skills will lay a foundation for learning to swim. Parents are introduced to several water safety topics. One adult per child must attend each class and participate in the water.

Sundays from 2:30 - 3:30pm | 3 sessions

For children 2 – 3 years of age. This class will help toddlers become comfortable in and around the water learning fundamental water skills with assistance of a trusted adult. In addition, adults will learn about water safety and how to safely handle their child in and around the water. This class is not designed to teach survival in the water on their own. One adult per child must attend each class and participate in the water.

Children's Swim Lessons

Mondays & Wednesdays from 4:30 - 5:00 pm | 6 classes

A transitional class from parent-child to group lessons. Independent and energetic kids who swim alone with flotation devices and are comfortable with parent/guardian separation will do great in this class.
Skills used in preschool class (including but not limited to):

  • Entering and exiting pool safely
  • Becoming more comfortable in the water
  • Blowing bubbles
  • Bobbing /submerging face in water
  • Front and back float (with support)
  • Water safety topics: recognize the lifeguard, how to call for help, reach or throw 

Mondays & Wednesdays from 5:00 - 5:30 pm | 6 classes

This is the first class of conventional swim lessons and provides the foundation of two of the four main strokes, freestyle and backstroke. Instructors will work with swimmers to be more comfortable in the water without the use of a floatation device.
Skills learned in Level 1 (including but not limited to): 

  • Entering and exiting pool safely
  • Becoming more comfortable in the water
  • Front glide and recover
  • Back glide and recover
  • Rolling from front to back; back to front
  • Paddle and kick 15 yards
  • Combined front leg and arm action with barbell (on front and back)
  • Water safety topics: recognize the Lifeguard, how to call for help, reach or throw

Tuesdays & Thursdays from 4:00 - 4:30pm | 6 classes

This is a beginner group lesson for kids who have an increased level of comfort in the pool. Swimmers will begin to move independently in the water over the course of the session. 
Skills needed for entry into Level 2:

  • Able to enter water independently, using either the ramp, steps, or side, travel at least 5 yards, submerge mouth for at least 3 seconds, then safely exit the water. Children can walk, move along the gutter or “swim.”
  • Able to glide on front at least two body lengths, then roll to back and float for 3 seconds, then recover to a vertical position.

Skills learned in Level 2 (including but not limited to): 

  • Completely submerge face; demonstrate five bobs
  • Back float (without support)
  • Paddle on front and back 25 yards with PFD
  • Paddle on front and back 15-25 feet without PFD
  • Introduce rotary breathing
  • Introduce elementary backstroke
  • Water Safety Topics: danger of drains, look before you leap, learn reaching assist

Tuesdays & Thursdays from 4:30 - 5:00pm | 6 classes

Kids in level 3 are able to swim independently with their face in the water. In these lessons, swimmers will begin developing stroke techniques and learn the fundamentals of front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke. 
Skills needed for entry into Level 3:

  • Able to step from side into chest deep water and move into a floating position for at least 15 seconds, then swim on front and/or back for five body lengths.
  • Able to back float for 15 seconds, roll to font, then recover into a vertical position

Skills learned in Level 3 (including but not limited to): 

  • Demonstrate 10 bobs
  • Front crawl 25 yards with PFD
  • Rotary breathing, 15 times
  • Push off in a streamline on front and back
  • Paddle on front 15 feet without PFD
  • Combined arm and leg actions on front and back
  • Introduction to breaststroke and breaststroke kick, dolphin kick, and backstroke
  • Water Safety Topics: think so you don’t sink, don’t just pack it, wear your jacket

Mondays & Wednesdays 6:30 - 7:00pm | 6 classes

Swimmers understand the basics of backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle. In these lessons, kids continue to advance their stroke techniques, begin to learn butterfly and increase the distance they are able to swim. 
Skills needed for entry into Level 4: 

  • Able to jump into pool and front crawl and/or elementary backstroke 25 yards
  • Able to push off in a streamlined position, then swim front crawl 15 yards, change position, then swim elementary backstroke 15 yards 

Skills learned in Level 4 (including but not limited to): 

  • HUDDLE and HELP positions and survival float
  • Front Crawl and elementary backstroke for 25 yards
  • Backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, and sidestroke for 15 yards
  • Introduce dolphin, scissor, and rotary kicks
  • Water Safety Topics: think twice before going near cold water or ice; safety at the beach

Tuesdays & Thursdays 6:30 - 7:00pm | 6 weeks

Swimmers have a solid understanding of all four strokes. In level 5, they will learn flip turns, continue to fine-tune technique and increase distance.

Skills needed for entry into Level 5:

  • Able to swim front crawl and elementary backstroke 25 yards
  • Able to swim breaststroke and back crawl 15 yards
  • Able to submerge and swim 3-5 body lengths underwater

Skills learned in Level 5 (including but not limited to):

  • Front crawl with rhythmic breathing 50 yards
  • Increase technique and ability to swim butterfly, back crawl, and breaststroke 25 yards
  • Flip and open turns
  • Water Safety Topics: How to treat a leg cramp; boat safety