Children's Swim Program at KU

Every effort is made to provide a fun and safe learning and swimming environment at Robinson Center Swimming Pools. Lessons are taught by Red Cross Certified lifeguards. Age groups range from 6 months to 5+ years old. View the Children Swim Program Level Descriptions (pdf) for age groups and specific class times. Questions? Email Pool Manager Brian Sussman at bsussman@ku.edu

Children's Swim Program sessions include:

  • Introductions to water safety skills appropriate for different age groups;
  • Blowing bubbles & getting faces wet in the water;
  • Practicing front & back float, crawl, glide off wall;
  • Learning rotary breathing (side breathing) for front crawl;
  • Learning basic kicks and strokes (breast stroke, butterfly stroke, scissor kick, etc.) 
  • Treading in deep water, learning safe diving rules, and more!

Each child is required to wear a swimsuit and bring a towel. No cutoffs or shorts will be allowed. If not toilet-trained, each child will also need to wear snug fitting rubber pants or a swim diaper. 

Schedules & Registration:

Register your child for a 10-lesson session. Individual lesson schedules will vary based on level.

  • Session 1: Summer 2018 session 1 will run M-Th, June 11 to June 26. Sessions run 1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.
  • Session 2: Summer 2018 session 2 will run M-Th, July 9 to July 24. Sessions run 2:30 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. 

Please note, dates are subject to change. Deadline to register for summer 2018 is the Friday before the first session date at 11:59. View the detailed Spring 2018 schedule here

Cost to Participate:

  • Reduced* Rate: $25 for one child and $20 for each additional child in the same family;
  • Regular Rate: $50 for one child and $40 for each additional child in the same family.

*The David and Margaret Shirk Physical Education Programs Fund provides financial support for families and children to participate in the Children's Swim Program at a reduced rate. Future youth activity prices subject to change.

Register Online (coming soon)

Document Required* For Registration: Liability Waiver & Photo/Video Release (pdf)

*Participants can either upload the release in the online registration form, or bring hard copy(ies) on the first day. Day-of registration is welcome, though registration will not be accepted after the first day of lessons.

View the HSES Department calendar for upcoming session dates.


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