Recreational Swim Classes

Regardless of what level swimmer you are, all our Stanford Aquatics programs are beneficial to participants health and well-being. They are also helpful development opportunities for Lifeguards, Swim Instructors, or anyone looking to improve their swimming ability for fitness or sport..

Class Descriptions

Beginning I

Prerequisites

None

Goals

Learn to be safe and comfortable in shallow water. Learn the basics of freestyle and backstroke.

If you have fear or anxiety in the water, consider taking the Beginning I class.

Beginning II

Prerequisites

Non-swimmer, unable to swim 25 yards of freestyle

Goals

Learn to be safe and comfortable in both shallow and deep water. Develop ease and efficiency with breathing. Be safe and comfortable swimming 50 yards continuously.

Intermediate

Prerequisites

Ability to swim 50 yards of any stroke without stopping. You must be comfortable in deep water.

Goals

Be able to swim 100 yards of freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke; and 25 yards of butterfly. This class has a strong emphasis on learning the 4 competitive strokes.

Stroke Refinement

Prerequisites

Ability to tread deep water for 5 minutes (may use hands to help), swim 100 yard intervals of freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke with rhythmic breathing, and swim 200 yards continuously in under 4 minutes.

Goals

Improve technique, efficiency, and confidence in all 4 competitive strokes and turns. This class has a strong emphasis on discovering optimal technique through drills and corrective feedback.

Swim Conditioning

Prerequisites

Ability to tread deep water for 5 minutes (2 minutes with no hands), swim 300 yards freestyle continuously in under 6 minutes, ability to swim 5 x 100 freestyle each under 2 minutes, comfort with breaststroke (required) and butterfly (beneficial, but not required).

Goals

Improve cardiovascular endurance through directed workouts consisting of both distance and sprint work totaling 1500-2000 yards per class. This class has a strong emphasis on interval training with and without equipment.