Class Descriptions

Swim Assessment


Interested in group lessons? Take our swim assessment to make sure you and your child are put in the class that will best fit your needs.

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Infant Group Lessons


Pot of Goldfish 1 (6 – 18 months old)

This class is designed to serve as your children’s first introduction to the swimming pool; and since it is their first, we want it to be everything you as a parent want for your child! This class builds swimming readiness by emphasizing fun as well as safety skills in the water with songs, games, and toys. This class is designed to teach parents exercises and holds for water orientation such as safe entry & exit, breath control, gentle underwater submersions, front & back floating, survival swimming and kicking. A parent must actively participate in this class.

  • Please note: This class may be taught as a combined lesson with our other Pot of Goldfish level. 
  • Prerequisite: 6 months or older
  • End goals: Comfortable in the water, able to hold onto parent and wall, basic kicking, comfortable with submersion, able to jump

Pot of Goldfish 2 (18 – 36 months old)

This class is designed to serve as your children’s first introduction to the swimming pool; and since it is their first, we want it to be everything you as a parent want for your child! This class builds swimming readiness by emphasizing fun, as well as, safety skills in the water with songs, games, and toys. This class is designed to teach parents exercises and holds for water orientation such as safe entry & exit, breath control, gentle underwater submersions, front & back floating, survival swimming and kicking. A parent must actively participate in this class.

  • Please note: This class may be taught as a combined lesson with our other Pot of Goldfish level. 
  • Prerequisite: 18 months or older
  • End goals: Comfortable in the water, able to hold onto parent and wall, basic kicking, comfortable with submersion, able to jump, balance on noodle

Preschool Group Lessons


Golden Guppy 1 (3 – 5 years old)

This class is designed as an introduction to the water for fearful non-swimmers. The focus is on gaining a sense of comfort and understanding of the water. We recommend this class for any non-swimmer who has not spent much time in the water. Water games and comforting songs are used to help children relax. A parent must actively participate in this class.

  • Prerequisite: 3 years or older
  • End goals: Having a sense of comfort in the water, willingness to submerge face in water, breath control

Golden Guppy 2 (3 – 5 years old)

This class is designed for non-swimmers who are comfortable in the water. Our Golden Guppy 2 students will learn breath control, body balance, and start the assisted survival float. Fun activities are used to help the children enjoy the water and the lessons.

  • Prerequisite: Comfortable in the water, willingness to leave parent, willingness to submerge face
  • End goals: Head submersion for 5 seconds, one hand spotted assisted survival float, assisted glide and unassisted jumps

Golden Guppy 3 (3 – 7 years old)

This class is designed for students with very basic independent swimming skills. Students in this class will learn independent streamline gliding, independent rolling to float and independent survival float. Games and challenging activities are used to learn new skills at a pace that the students enjoy.

  • Prerequisite: Head submersion for 5 seconds, one hand spotted assisted survival float, assisted glide and unassisted jumps
  • End goals: Independent survival float, independent glide, independent jump and float

School-Aged Group Lessons


Blue Barracuda (5 – 13 years old)

This class is designed for school age students who are fearful of water, have no experience in the water, or are hesitant to submerge their head or float on their back. The Blue Barracuda class aims to alleviate fear and encourage independence in the water, including independent glides and back floats.

  • Prerequisite: 5 years and older
  • End goals: Comfort in water, submerge head, independent glides, independent back float

Leprechaun Lionfish (5 – 13 years old)

This class is designed for students who can already glide short distances (5 – 7 ft.) and can perform an independent back float. The Leprechaun Lionfish class is designed to increase the child’s independence by increasing their distance with propulsion and introduces students to independent swim-float-swim, beginner freestyle and back paddling. 

  • Prerequisite: Independent survival float, independent streamline glide (5 - 7 ft.)
  • End goals: Independent swim float swim, catch-up arms (windmill arms) (15+ ft.), back float paddles (sculling) (15+ ft.), backstroke arms

Domer Dragonfish (5 – 13 years old)

This class is designed for intermediate swimmers who are able to swim freestyle or windmill a minimum of 15 feet and can perform an independent swim float swim. In this class, students will be introduced to inline freestyle breathing, elementary backstroke, and breaststroke kicks. Repetition and practicing the correct form is the key to achieving success.

  • Prerequisite: Swim freestyle (15 ft.), back float with kicking and sculling (15 ft.), independent swim float swim
  • End goals: Swim using octopus arms (catch-up arms) with inline breathing (20+ ft.), sculling, and basic understanding of the breaststroke kicks

Irish Dolphin (5 – 13 years old)

This class is designed for intermediate swimmers who can swim Freestyle, Elementary Backstroke, and can perform proper Breaststroke kicks. In this class students will continue to improve their catch-up arms and Elementary Backstroke endurance. Additionally they will be introduced to Breaststroke arms, treading water, and diving. Instructors continue to make lessons more challenging, in a fun and interactive manner.

  • Prerequisite: Swim freestyle with inline breathing (20+ ft.), single arm backstroke (15+ ft), basic understanding of the breaststroke kicks.
  • End goals: Freestyle with breathing (30 ft.), single arm backstroke (30 ft.), treading water (1 minute), breaststroke (15 ft.)

Fighting Fish (5 - 13 years old)

This class is designed for intermediate / advanced swimmers who have mastered windmill arms (Catch-up arms) and Elementary Backstroke. The focus of the Fighting Fish class is to introduce students to olympic (bent arm) Freestyle, Olympic Backstroke, and Butterfly. Students will also work on refining breaststroke and diving. Stronger skills are worked on, utilizing the child’s desire to move forward.

  • Prerequisite: Octopus arms (Catch-up arms) with breathing (30 ft.), single arm backstroke (30ft), breaststroke (15 ft.)
  • End goals: Olympic freestyle with side breathing (30 ft.), olympic backstroke (30ft), breaststroke (30ft), basic dolphin kick and butterfly arms (15 ft.)

This class is designed for advanced swimmers who can swim olympic freestyle, olympic backstroke, and olympic breaststroke in excess of 30 ft. In this class students will learn how to breathe to both sides while preforming olympic freestyle and swim butterfly with proper timing and breathing. They will master backstroke and breaststroke.

  • Prerequisite: Olympic freestyle with side breathing (30 ft.), olympic backstroke (30 ft.), breaststroke (30 ft.), basic dolphin kick and butterfly arms (15 ft.)
  • End goals: Olympic freestyle with bilateral breathing (50 ft.), olympic backstroke (50 ft.), butterfly with breathing (25 ft.).

Rockne Rescue (11 – 14 years old)

This class is designed for competent swimmers who are interested in taking the lifeguarding & professional rescuer course when they are of age. Rockne Rescue will focus on prevention of aquatic accidents, swimming skills, emergency response, leadership skills, and professionalism.

  • Prerequisite: Swim 25 yards with front or side breathing, tread water for 1 minute, submerge and swim 10 feet underwater
  • End goals: Students will be prepared to take Red Cross Lifeguard Training course and succeed in obtaining certification

Adult Lessons


Beginner Adult (13+ years old)

This class is designed as an introduction to the water for non-swimmers. This class will address fear of water and work on basic swimming skills, like floating, gliding, and basic freestyle and backstroke.

  • Prerequisite: Age 13+
  • End goals: Comfort in the water, comfortable head submersion, assisted survival float, glide, freestyle kick with kickboard

Intermediate Adult (13+ years old)

This class is designed for adults who are comfortable in the water and are interested in bettering their stroke technique for exercise or competitive purposes.

  • Prerequisites: Able to swim short distances, basic knowledge of freestyle and backstroke
  • End goals: Breaststroke, side stroke, endurance in freestyle, refined technique

Triathlon Training (13+ years old)

This class is for competent swimmers who are interested in competitive swimming training and triathlon coaching.

  • Prerequisites: Ability to swim a continuous freestyle for 250 yards
  • End goals: Prepared for upcoming triathlon, prepared with knowledge on how to train

How to register

For Notre Dame community, registration is via RecRegister. Registration is open to the public one week following registration opening for the Notre Dame community. Classes are filled on a first come, first-served basis.

Notre Dame students, faculty, and staff may use their netID and password to log in to RecRegister. Spouses need to obtain their unique user ID and password in-person by coming one time to Rolfs Sports Recreation Center. University of Notre Dame RecRegister accepts Visa, Mastercard, and Discover with online registration.