Group Swim Lessons


Parent and Child

Developed for children 6 months to 3 years, this course helps young children get ready to swim by emphasizing fun in the water. Parents accompany children in the water and participate in guided sessions that introduce elementary swimming skills, such as water entry, bubble blowing, front kicking, and back floating.


Children ages 4 and 5 learn foundational swimming concepts. Skills taught in the course include personal safety, coordinating arm and leg movements, and underwater exploration. Parents do not accompany children in the water.


Children ages 6 to 13 learn foundational swimming concepts. Skills taught in the course include personal safety, coordinating arm and leg movements, and underwater exploration. Parents do not accompany children in the water.


Children ages 6 to 13 expand on foundational swimming concepts. Skills taught in the course include stroke improvement, stroke refinement, and swimming proficiency. Parents do not accompany children in the water.


This class is designed for all levels of adults, from beginners, to advanced swimmers. The class will be divided based on skill level. Each group will be assigned group and/or individual exercises to improve confidence in the water, skill level, technique, and endurance.


Registration & Payment for Group Lessons

MUW Student $45.00
Campus Recreation Member $60.00
Non-Member $75.00

Payment is due in full at the time of registration. The registration deadline will one day prior to the start of class. Registration will be taken in our Campus Recreation Membership Office and online. For online payment, please see below.

If you are an active member of Stark Recreation Center, please click HERE and register. If this will be your first time using our Active Net software as a member, please enter your email address and click "forgot password" and your temporary password will be sent to your email. 

If you are NOT a member of our facility, please click HERE and create an account. 

If you have trouble registering online, contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 662-241-7494. 



Private swim lessons are offered throughout the semester and are scheduled individually for your convenience.

5 Lesson Packages





Private Lesson
(1 individual)




Semi-Private Lesson
(2 individuals)  Prices effective July 1, 2016.




Registration and Payment

Payment is due in full at the time of registration. Registration will be taken in our Campus Recreation Membership Office only.

Swim Lesson Policies

Class Size

To ensure quality of our swim instruction program, the Assistant Director of Facilities & Aquatics determines class size. Class sizes are determined on an individual basis and vary depending on class level and instructor experience.

Minimum Enrollment

Each class has a minimum enrollment of 5 participants. If minimum enrollment is not met, classes may be consolidated or cancelled.


Cancellations made prior to the start of each session will receive a full refund. Cancellations made after the session begins will not be refunded unless a documentable illness, injury, or a special circumstance arises.

Missed Classes

We do not offer a refund or a makeup class for participants who miss a class. If an instructor has to cancel class, the instructor will reschedule class. Participants are asked to be dressed and ready for class 5 minutes prior to the start of class. In the case that a student is late, class time cannot be made up.

Swim Attire

All participants are required to wear appropriate swimwear. Street clothes, gym shorts, or T-shirts are prohibited. Young children who are not potty trained must wear swim diapers. Participants are reminded to bring their own towel. Participants are welcome to bring their own swim goggles and swim cap. We do have goggles, swim caps, ear plugs, and nose plugs available for purchase at our Customer Service Desk.


All Learn-2-Swim participants who are not Campus Recreation members will be given a Learn-2-Swim pass. This pass will allow access to our facility during the lesson time only. This pass allows the participants and parents and/or guardians access to the facility. We ask parents and/or guardians not to bring children who are not participants in our Learn-2-Swim program.

Parental Supervision

Parents and/or guardians must accompany their child to swim lessons. Participants are not allowed to enter the water unless the instructor is ready for class to begin and must exit the water at the end of class. Parents and/or guardians may not leave their child unattended in the locker rooms. Parents are reminded that all participants need to be completely dry and dressed before leaving the poll or locker room area. Parents are also strongly encouraged to remind their children that running on the pool deck, horseplay, and chewing gum are not permitted in the Natatorium.

Lifeguard Certification

The purpose of the American Red Cross Life guarding course is to provide entry-level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatic emergencies and to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services (EMS) personnel take over.

Friday, May 19, 2017: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday, May 20, 2017: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM (Time may vary depending on class size)
Sunday, May 21, 2017: 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM

This course is $200.

You can register by stopping by our membership office located:
Mississippi University for Women Campus
521 11st South
Columbus, MS 39701


Register online by clicking this link

1.  Must be 15 years old on or before the final scheduled session of this course.

2.  Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing. Candidates may swim using the front crawl, breaststroke or a combination of both but swimming on the back or side is not allowed. Swim goggles may be used.

3.  Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs. Candidates should place their hands under the armpits.
Complete a timed event within 1 minute, 40 seconds. | Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. The face may be in or out of the water. Swim goggles are not allowed. | Surface dive, feet-first or head-first, to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10 pound object. | Return to the surface and swim 20 yards on the back to return to the starting point with both hands holding the object and keeping the face at or near the surface so they are able to get a breath. Candidates should not swim the distance under water. Exit the water without using a ladder or steps.

Format of Class: This course will be classroom style with hands-on component.

Certification: After successfully completing this course, you will be awarded a American Red Cross Lifeguard certification good for 2 full years.