Group Swim Lessons

The Rice Aquatic Center is proud to offer the American Red Cross Learn-to-Swim Program. Our Learn-to-Swim Program is structured to promote water familiarization, safety, correct stroke technique and personal development within an enjoyable and safe environment. All of our instructors are Red Cross certified or trained by certified instructors to teach people of all ages and abilities. Registration is open to those affiliated with Rice University, as well as the community.

All of our class levels have 8 classes per session. Our Parent & Me and AquaTots classes are always 25 minutes in length to keep the young children engaged. The Learn-to-Swim levels and Adult classes are 30 minutes for all classes.

If you have any questions, please email Jessica Benoy (jkb12@rice.edu).

Session Dates:


Monday-Wednesday Classes (8 Classes)

Session 1: September 12 - October 5 (Registration opens August 15)

Session 2: October 24 - November 16

Saturday Classes (5 classes)

September 10 - October 8

Class descriptions can be found below:


Parent & Me Swim Lessons

6 months - 3 years old (Note: A parent MUST be in the water with their child for each lesson)
This course introduces children to the water, learn basic water safety skills, and prepares them for the AquaTots class.

AquaTots Swim Lessons

3 - 5 years old
This course introduces preschool-aged children basic aquatic skills through games and activities.

Level 1 Swim Lessons

6 years old and up
This course introduces swimming strokes and teaches water safety skills.

Level 2 Swim Lessons

6 years old and up
This course builds on skills learned in Level 1. Prerequisites: Child has passed Level 1 OR successfully demonstrated passing requirements from Level 1 to Aquatic staff.

Level 3 Swim Lessons

6 years old and up
This course builds on skills learned in Level 2. Prerequisites: Child has passed Level 2 OR successfully demonstrated passing requirements from Level 2 to Aquatic staff.

Level 4 Swim Lessons

6 years old and up
This course builds on skills learned in Level 3. Prerequisites: Child has passed Level 3 OR successfully demonstrated passing requirements from Level 3 to Aquatic staff.

Level 5 Swim Lessons

6 years old and up
This course builds on skills learned in Level 4. Prerequisites: Child has passed Level 4 OR successfully demonstrated passing requirements from Level 4 to Aquatic staff.

Adult Swim Lessons

18 years old and up