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Gallaudet University Physical Education & Recreation Department offers Parent and Child Aquatics, Preschool Aquatics and Youth swimming lessons at all levels that help children develop confidence and competency in the water. Classes are open to Deaf, Hearing and KODA (Kid of Deaf Adult) children. To be held at the Gallaudet University swimming pool located in the Field House and taught by certified experienced instructors.
Swimming lessons are available for individuals between the ages of 1-12 years old.
The cost is $185 per session, (8 classes Saturday and Sunday). The rate for additional siblings is $100 per session.
Courses description: (Infant age 1 to 2, Toddler age 3 to 5, and Beginner age 6 to 12)
A parent or an adult are required to be in the pool with the child.
This class is a wonderful way for parents to bond with their children in the water. Learn how to hold your child in the water so that both you and she feel safe and comfortable. Teach your child to kick, blow bubbles, jump in and climb out of the pool, float, and glide. Use of games, songs, and toys keep children engaged, while bonding time with mom or dad makes this experience memorable for both parties. Children love this class! Please note parents are required to be in the pool with the child.
This parent/toddler class introduces toddlers to the water. Toddlers are taught how to become comfortable floating with support along with additional skills that are age appropriate. Please note parents are required to be in the pool with the child.
This class involves no parental involvement. At this age, we feel that children will benefit from the dynamics of a small group and a caring, competent instructor. Children will be asked to challenge themselves by trying new things. The emphasis in this class is on basic water skills such as assisted and unassisted floating, blowing bubbles and retrieving items from the bottom of shallow (4 to 5 foot) area. Listening to instructions and working within a group are stressed along with important water safety lessons. The beginner level class includes activities that build confidence while increasing the child’s comfort and feel for the water. Finally, children will become comfortable swimming underwater.
Please select ONE CLASS for your child either Morning class or Afternoon class.
All dates below are SUBJECT TO CHANGE/CANCEL with the COVID safety protocols from GAllaudet University. I will email all in advance to let you know.
April 2 to April 24 (Saturday and Sunday 8 classes) (April 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, & 24)
May 7 to May 29 (Saturday and Sunday 8 classes) (May 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, & 29)
June 4 to June 26 (Saturday and Sunday 8 classes) (June 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, & 26)
Request for refunds must be submitted three days prior to the first day of class to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note, Gallaudet University does not give credit for missed classes. In the event of class cancellations, an email notification will be sent.
Registration for classes can be completed in three steps:
(All must follow the covid safety protocols below)
Campus entry requirements for community from outside Gallaudet.
Swim School customers who live off campus and use the pool. All must have provided documentation that he/she has:
Please contact Michael D. Brecheen at email@example.com or VP 202-250-2574. Coordinated by the Physical Education & Recreation Department at Gallaudet University.
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