Children's Swim Program at KU

Online registration is temporarily closed. Due to COVID-19, the status of this year’s Children's Swim Program is to be determined. For updates on how the university is monitoring COVID-19, please visit

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 Dylan White at

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!


Register your child for a 10-lesson session. Individual lesson schedules will vary based on level. The deadline to register is the first date of each session. Please note, dates are subject to change. 

  • Summer 2020: The Summer 2020 session schedule has not yet been announced. Please check back often. 
  • The Spring 2020 session registration window has closed. View the Spring 2020 schedule here (pdf).

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

View the HSES Department calendar for upcoming session dates.

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