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Princeton University Aquatics Programs

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 02/15/2011
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Group Lessons for Children | Group Lessons for Adults | Aqua Fitness | Private Lessons | American Red Cross Certification

 Spring 2015 Swim Lesson Online Registration is open!
** Spring Lifeguarding Courses are listed at the bottom of the page**







(ages 2-3)






11am-11:30am (Wading)


(ages 3-5)
4:45pm-5:15pm*(Wading pool)


4:45pm-5:15pm* (Wading Pool)



11am-11:30am     OR             12:15pm-12:45pm (Wading)

Level 1, 2, 3
(ages 5-8)
5:15pm-6pm* (Wading/Lane)


 5:15pm-6pm* (Wading/Lane)   4:30pm-5:15pm (Wading/Lanes)

10:15am-11am    OR             11:30am-12:15pm (Wading)

Level 4, 5,6
(ages 8-11)

6pm-6:45pm (Lanes)


6:30pm-7:15pm (Lanes)

 6pm-6:45pm (Lanes)



12:15pm-1pm (Lanes)

 Adult Beginner


6:30pm-7:15pm (Wading Pool)







6:30pm-7:15pm (Wading/Lane)  



Adult Intermediate




 6:30m-7:15pm (Lanes) 









Please note all classes take place at Dillon Pool

Detailed Pool Schedule

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Tuesday, February 3rd. Late registration will be accepted if space is still available, however discounts will not longer be valid.

* = lessons take place on Mondays AND Wednesdays

Level 1 and above will begin with a 5 minute stretching/warm up session

Group Lessons for Children 

Mondays AND Wednesdays* Session

Session 1: 2/9, 2/11, 2/16, 2/18, 2/23, 2/25, 3/2, 3/4, 3/9  (Makeup- 3/11)

9 classes + 1 makeup class- $200

Session 2: 3/23, 3/25, 3/30, 4/1, 4/6, 4/8, 4/13, 4/15, 4/20, 4/22, 4/27 (Makeup- 4/29)

11 classes + 1 makeup class- $230

Mondays ONLY Session (Level 4/5/6)

2/9, 2/16, 2/23, 3/2, 3/9, NO LESSONS 3/16, 3/23, 3/30, 4/6, 4/13, 4/20  (Makeup- 4/27)

10 classes + 1 makeup class- $215

Wednesdays ONLY Session (Level 4/5/6)

2/11, 2/18, 2/25, 3/4, 3/11, NO LESSONS 3/18, 3/25, 4/1, 4/8, 4/15, 4/22  (Makeup- 4/29)

10 classes + 1 makeup class- $215

Tuesday Session

2/10, 2/17, 2/24, 3/3, 3/10, NO LESSONS 3/17, 3/24, 3/31, 4/7, 4/14, 4/21  (Makeup- 4/28)

10 classes + 1 makeup class- $215

Session 2: 3/24, 3/31, 4/7, 4/14, 4/21 (Makeup 4/28)

5 classes + 1 makeup- $110

Thursday Session

2/12, 2/19, 2/26, 3/5, 3/12, NO LESSONS 3/19, 3/26, 4/2, 4/9, 4/16, 4/23  (Makeup- 4/30)

10 classes + 1 makeup class- $215

Friday Session

2/13, 2/20, 2/27, 3/6, NO LESSONS 3/13 & 3/20, 3/27, 4/3, 4/10, 4/17, 4/24  (Makeup- 5/1)

9 classes + 1 makeup class- $200

Saturday Session

2/14, 2/21, 2/28, 3/7, NO LESSONS 3/14 & 3/21, 3/28, 4/4, 4/11, 4/18, 4/25  (Makeup- 5/2)

9 classes + 1 makeup class- $200

 Important Information

  • Approximately 5 students per instructor
  • American Red Cross Swim Lesson Program
  • Classes are held at Dillon Gym, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ 08544 for directions on getting to campus and where to park go to: http://www.princeton.edu/main/visiting/
  • Contact person: Kaitlin Naudts- Dobiesz- Aquatics Coordinator, Programming
  • Email: knaudts@princeton.edu


9 classes + 1 makeup class: $200

10 classes + 1 makeup class: $215

11 classes + 1 makeup class: $230

DISCOUNTS: When registering multiple children or for multiple sessions, you will receive a discount.You MUST purchase the sessions together and/or register the children at the same time, in order to recevie the discounted price.

2 sessions or 2 children discount = $25 off the total price

3 sessions or 3 children discount = $40 off the total price

Click here to register

Description of Levels

Toddlers: This class is an orientation to the aquatic environment. It helps children feel comfortable in the water with the help of their parent.  *Each child must be accompanied by 1 adult during the lesson.
Exploring the pool
Being passed between adults
Playing with water toys
Blowing bubbles
Kicking with parent
Arm movement
Laying on back in the water

Preschool: This is an introductory level and is designed to making swimmers comfortable in the water without a parent. It focuses on teaching them how to have fun and stay safe.
orientation to the aquatic environment without parent
entering & exiting the water
blowing bubbles through mouth & nose
putting face in the water
introduction to bobbing
front & back glides
introduction to arm and leg movement
exploring floating on front and back
introduction to water safety

Level 1: This level focuses on the most basic skills of learning how to swim and feeling comfortable in the water.  

front and back floats and glides
submerge whole head (bobbing)
open eyes under water and retrieve submerged objects
combined arm and leg actions on front and back
tread water using arm and hand actions
recover to vertical position

Level 2: This level enables children to gain greater independence in the water by achieving success with fundamental skills.
read water, using arm and leg motions
gliding on front and back for 5 yards
back crawl
turning over from front to back and back to front
jumping into water without being caught
floating on front and back on own
submerge entire head for 3 seconds
blow bubbles submerging head in a rhythmic pattern

Level 3: This level is a continuation of building on skills learned in level 2 and gaining comfort in greater water depths
jumping into deep water from the side
perform rotary breathing with the body in a horizontal position
gliding off wall
back stroke
elementary backstroke kick
retrieving objects from underwater
treading water on own
kneeling dive
butterfly – kick and body motion 

Level 4: In this level swimmers develop more variety of strokes and improve on those learned previously.
lementary backstroke- arms and legs
deep water object retrieval
rotary breathing
scissors kick and sidestroke
whip kick and breaststroke
intro to turning at wall
diving in standing positions
using safe diving rules
swimming  underwater

Level 5: This level furthers swimmers' stroke refinement and works towards gaining confidence in each individual stroke.
alternate breathing
long shallow dive
elementary backstroke
dolphin kick and butterfly
turns on front/back
surface dive
treading water with different kicks

Level 6: This is the most advanced level offered. The class is focused on improving techniques of all strokes as well as building endurance.
Freestyle 100+ yards continuous
Backstroke 100+ yards continuous
elementary backstroke
treading water
freestyle flip turn
backstroke flip turn
breaststroke turn
breaststroke pullout and turn
butterfly turn
Refine each stroke to  swim with ease and efficiency over a distance

Group Lessons for Adults

Adult Beginner: This is an introductory level for adults. It will help establish a comfort level in the water as well as the basics of freestyle and backstroke.

Adult Beginner Intermediate: This level is for those between the beginner swimmer level and a lap swimmer. It is will help in becoming a more proficent swimmer.

Adult Intermediate:  The intermediate class is designed for those who are comfortable swimming laps. It focuses on reviewing and improving technique in freestyle and backstroke as well as introducing elementary backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly.

Tuesdays- Adult Beginner

Session 1: 2/10, 2/17, 2/24, 3/3 (Makeup- 3/10)

Session 2: 3/24, 3/31, 4/7, 4/14, 4/21 (Makeup- 4/28)

4 classes + 1 makeup class-$90

5 classes + 1 makeup class- $100

Wednesdays- Adult Beginner Intermediate

Session 1: 2/11, 2/18, 2/25, 3/4 (Makeup- 3/11)

Session 2: 3/25, 4/1, 4/8, 4/15, 4/22  (Makeup- 4/29)

4 classes + 1 makeup class- $90

5 classes + 1 makeup class- $100

Thursdays- Adult Intermediate

Session 1: 2/12, 2/19, 2/26, 3/5, (Makeup- 3/12)

Session 2: 3/26, 4/2, 4/9, 4/16, 4/23,  (Makeup- 4/30)

4 classes + 1 makeup class - $90

5 classes + 1 makeup class - $100

Click here to register



A fun, low-impact workout, in the water. This class focuses on increasing flexibility, balance and core strengthening. It's a perfect workout for all ages! Class takes place in the wading pool (3-4 foot area.) Water shoes are recommended, but not required.

Private Lessons (for all ages)

Please fill out the PDF registration form by clicking here.

Length of class: 30 minutes 

Ratio: 1 on 1 student to instructor  

Cost: 1 lesson = $40,  5 lessons = $175,  10 lessons = $325 

*Discounted rates only apply when signing up for the specified number of lessons associated with that price.

Times and dates of lessons are determined based on individual participant as well as instructor and pool availability. Lessons are subject to change, based on Dillon Pool availability. Please check the detailed pool schedule at the top of the page

Changes to regularly scheduled lessons need to be done 24 hours in advance. Any changes after that point will be charged as a lesson. All no-shows will be charged.

Lesson schedules generally coincide with the Princeton University Academic Calender.


FALL SEMESTER:  Mid-September-Beginning of December

SPRING SEMESTER: Mid-February- Beginning of May

SUMMER: Mid-June-Beginning of August

 American Red Cross Certification Courses

If you would like to sign up for a course that does not have dates, please email knaudts@princeton.edu to express your interest!

Lifeguard Training Courses

New Blended Learning Program - Online assignments to be completed prior to in-class skill sessions. Instructions to access the online assignments will be emailed out, about one week prior to the first day of class.


  • Course 1:  Friday, March 13th, Saturday, March 14th & Sunday, March 15th    (Registration deadline: Saturday, March 7th)

Times: 3/13: 4pm-9pm, 3/14: 12pm-6pm, 3/15: 12pm-6pm

Where: Dillon Pool and Library (Classroom space in Dillon Gym)

Course Cost: $325

  • Course 2: Friday March 27th, Saturday March 28th, Sunday March 29th  (Registration deadline: Saturday March 21st)

Times: 3/27: 4:30pm-8:30pm, 3/28: 11am-6pm, 3/29: 11am-6pm

Where: Dillon Pool and Library (Classroom space in Dillon Gym)

Course Cost: $325

  • Course 3: Tuesday April 7th, Wednesday April 8th, & Thursday, April 9th (Registration deadline: Wednesday, April 1st)

Times: 9am-3pm each day

Where: Dillon Pool and Library (Classroom space in Dillon Gym)

Course Cost: $325

  • Course 4:  Friday, April 24, Saturday, April 25 & Sunday, Spril 26th    (Registration deadline: Saturday, March 18th)

Times: 4/24: 4pm-8:30pm, 4/25: 11am-6pm, 4/26: 11am-6pm

Where: Dillon Pool and Library (Classroom space in Dillon Gym)

Course Cost: $325

Click here to register

Lifeguard Re-Certification Course


When: Saturday, March 21st  (Registration deadline: Saturday, March 14th)

Time:  9am-4:30pm

Where: DeNunzio Pool & Conference Room


When: Saturday, May 9th (Registration deadline: Saturday, May 2nd)

Time: 9am-4:30pm

Where: DeNunzio Pool and Conference Room

Course Cost: $175

Click here to register

Water Safety Instructor (WSI) Course

New Blended Learning Program - Online assignments to be completed with in-class skill sessions. Instructions to access the online assignments will be emailed out, about one week prior to the first day of class.

When: MANDATORY PRE-TEST: Saturday, May 2nd 12pm-3pm

Tuesdays & Thursdays: May 5th-May 21st (Registration deadline: Monday April 27)

Time: 5:30pm-9:30pm

Where: Dillon Pool and Library (Classroom space in Dillon Gym)

Course Cost: $350

Click here to register

***All participants are required to pass a pre-test. Those who do not pass will be be charged a $150 processing fee and receive a refund for the remaining balance. If at the conclusion of the course, the participant fails any of the final tests (written or physical) no refund will be given.***








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