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Online Registration: If you have registered for a MIT Rec Sports online account before May 1, 2012 you will need to set up a new account since we have rolled out our new software system. Once you have signed up for your new online account please email
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Weekend and Weekday Classes:
All youth and family swim lessons are offered in a variety of formats: Saturday or Sunday only, weekday classes, 4 week and 6 week sessions. Refer to the grid on the following pages to find the class that best fits your schedule. Age ranges listed by course descriptions are guidelines to ensure all participants in the class are close in age. Skill development level and current swim abilities should be considered when registering.
Registration can be completed online by clicking the "Register Now" buttons next to the course descriptions or in-person at Main Desk at the Zesiger Center or the Alumni Wang Fitness Center. Please review the Program Refunds/Cancellations policy information before registering.
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Parent - Child Classes
Parent Infant (6-18 months)
This class requires a parent/guardian to accompany the infant into the water. The main focus is on water adjustment for the infant. Songs and games will be used to build a sense of comfort in the water while having fun. This class is a great way to meet other parents and infants. Infants must wear tight fitting rubber pants over diaper/swim diaper. Class size is limited to a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 10 participants.
Parent Toddler (18-36 months)
This class requires a parent to accompany the toddler into the water. The main focus is on building swimming readiness by emphasizing fun in the water. Parents and toddlers will be lead in songs and games as toddlers learn basic skills that will be expanded upon once he/she enters the Learn to Swim Levels. Those toddlers not toilet trained need to wear tight fitting rubber pants over diaper/swim diaper. Class size is limited to a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 10 participant.
Swim Diaper Policy
Children not toilet trained must wear vinyl/rubber pants with tight fitting elastic openings over a traditional diaper or swim diaper. The vinyl/rubber pants are available for sale at the Zesiger Center Proshop for $4.
Preschool Aquatic Program
Beginning Beavers (3-4 years)
This class begins the child's on-your-own experiences in the water and is the first class without the parent in the water. Because of this, class sizes are kept small with only 4 students. Students will learn basic swimming readiness such as bubble blowing, floating on back with assistance and underwater exploration. This class is taught on a tot-dock so that the students can stand in the pool versus hanging on the side of the pool. Parental supervision within the same pool area is required during lessons.
Intermediate Beavers (3-4 years)
This is a continuation of Beginning Beavers. Class size is still small with only 4 students and is taught on a tot-dock. This class will continue to develop the swimming readiness skills to prepare the student for the Learn to Swim Level program. Parental supervision within the same pool area is required during lessons.
Advanced Beavers (4 years - 4 years 11 months)
This class is for those that have taken intermediate beavers a couple of times and are ready to enter the Learn to Swim Level Program, but would still like a smaller class setting taught on the tot-dock. This class will cover some of the items in the Level 1 program, but still in the small class setting with only 4 students.Parental supervision within the same pool area is required during lessons.
American Red Cross Learn to Swim Levels
Level 1: Introduction to Water Skills (min. 5 years)
Level 1 will help students feel comfortable in the water and learn elementary aquatic skills that he/she will build on as the progress through the Learn to Swim program. Topics covered at this level include: Floating with support, underwater exploration, kicking with support, entering and exiting the water safely and wearing a life jacket. Parental supervision within the same pool area is required during lessons.Class limit is 6.
Level 2: Fundamental Aquatic Skills (ages 5+)
Level 2 will expand and develop fundamental skills and marks the beginning of true locomotion skills. Topics covered at this level include: floating without support and recover to a vertical position, underwater exploration, gliding, swimming on front and back, and treading water. Parental supervision within the same pool area is required during lessons.Class limit is 8. Prerequisite: Level 1 skills.
Level 3: Stroke Development (ages 5+)
Level 3 will give students an opportunity to build on the skills introduced in Level 2 through additional practice. Topics covered in this level include rotary breathing, front and back crawl, and butterfly kick. Parental supervision within the same pool area is required during lessons.Class limit is 8. Prerequisite: Level 2 skills.
Level 4: Stroke Improvement (ages 5+)
Level 4 will provide students an opportunity to develop confidence in the skills they have already learned and improve on other aquatic skills through building endurance. Topics covered in this level include: Breaststroke, butterfly, elementary backstroke, swimming underwater, open turns and treading water. Parental supervision within the same pool area is required during lessons.Class limit is 8. Prerequisite: Level 3 skills.
Level 5: Stroke Refinement
Level 5 will provide students an opportunity to develop coordination and refinement of all strokes. Endurance is also built on by increasing the swimming distances. Flip turns and the front and back are also introduced. Parental supervision within the same pool area is required during lessons. Class limit is 8.
Tech Team (Pre-swim team for youth) Tech Team will focus on improving technique, speed, and endurance. Each workout will last 1-2 hours and will have a 10:1 swimmer to coach ratio. This program will work on starts, turns, endurance, as well as building strong sportsmanship. Prerequisites: Children must have passed the American Red Cross Level 5 or its equivalent, be able to swim 100 yards continuously, and be comfortable swimming all 4 competitive strokes. Parental supervision within the same pool area is required during lessons.
**NEW! Youth Diving** The diving class will consist of 1 and 3 meter springboard, as well as 3 and 5 meter platform diving. This will start from the very basic entry in to the water, all the way up to multiple somersaults and twists in every direction. The class will also contain a strength and flexibility component; which is intended to improve form for diving. Participants are expected to be able to swim 50 yards in deep water and able to jump off a 3 meter board as a prerequisite to joining the class. Prior diving experience is welcome!
Stay Informed with the Adult and Youth Swim Lesson Listserv
Mon - Fri: 6:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat: 7:00am - 9:00pm
Sun: 9:00am - 11:00pm
Mon - Fri: 11:45 am - 9:00 pm
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