Learn to Swim

Parent and Child Aquatics, Preschool Aquatics & Youth

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.

Cost

$185 for 8 classes Saturday and Sunday (group classes only, limit to 12 swimmers each class)

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.

Morning Classes Afternoon Classes
9:00am to 9:30am Age 1 to 2 years old
(A parent must be in water with a child)
12:00pm to 12:30pm Age 1 to 2 years old
(A parent must be in water with a child)
10:00am to 10:30am Age 3 to 5 yrs old
(A parent must be in water with a child)
1:00pm to 1:30pm Age 3 to 5 yrs old
(A parent must be in water with a child)
11:00am to 11:30am Age 6 to 12 yrs old 2:00pm to 2:30pm Age 6 to 12 yrs old

Courses description: (Infant age 1 to 2, Toddler age 3 to 5, and Beginner age 6 to 12)

Learn to Swim: Infant
Ages:

12-35 months

Prerequisites:

A parent or an adult are required to be in the pool with the child.

Description:

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.


Learn to Swim: Toddler
Ages:

3-5 years

Prerequisites:

A parent or an adult are required to be in the pool with the child.

Description:

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.


Learn to Swim: Beginner
Ages:

6-12 years

Prerequisites:

A parent or an adult are required to be in the pool with the child.

Description:

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.


Feb/March Swim School
(CANCELED, DUE TO RISING COVID CASES)


April Swim School
(March 1st, 2022, Registration will be open)

April 2 to April 24 (Saturday and Sunday 8 classes) (April 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, & 24)

Morning Classes

DESCRIPTION AGE CLASS TIME REGISTRATION LINK
Infant
Course Description
1 to 2 years old 9:00AM to 9:30AM Register Now
Toddler
Course Description
3 to 5 years old 10:00AM to 10:30AM Register Now
Beginner
Course Description
6 to 12 years old 11:00AM to 11:30AM Register Now

OR

Afternoon Classes

DESCRIPTION AGE CLASS TIME REGISTRATION LINK
Infant
Course Description
1 to 2 years old 12:00PM to 12:30PM Register Now
Toddler
Course Description
3 to 5 years old 1:00PM to 1:30PM Register Now
Beginner
Course Description
6 to 12 years old 2:00PM to 2:30PM Register Now

May Swim School
(April 1st, 2022, Registration will be open)

May 7 to May 29 (Saturday and Sunday 8 classes) (May 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, & 29)

Morning Classes

DESCRIPTION AGE CLASS TIME REGISTRATION LINK
Infant
Course Description
1 to 2 years old 9:00AM to 9:30AM Register Now
Toddler
Course Description
3 to 5 years old 10:00AM to 10:30AM Register Now
Beginner
Course Description
6 to 12 years old 11:00AM to 11:30AM Register Now

OR

Afternoon Classes

DESCRIPTION AGE CLASS TIME REGISTRATION LINK
Infant
Course Description
1 to 2 years old 12:00PM to 12:30PM Register Now
Toddler
Course Description
3 to 5 years old 1:00PM to 1:30PM Register Now
Beginner
Course Description
6 to 12 years old 2:00PM to 2:30PM Register Now

June Swim School
(May 1st, 2022, Registration will be open)

June 4 to June 26 (Saturday and Sunday 8 classes) (June 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, & 26)

Morning Classes

DESCRIPTION AGE CLASS TIME REGISTRATION LINK
Infant
Course Description
1 to 2 years old 9:00AM to 9:30AM Register on May 1st 2022
Toddler
Course Description
3 to 5 years old 10:00AM to 10:30AM Register on May 1st 2022
Beginner
Course Description
6 to 12 years old 11:00AM to 11:30AM Register on May 1st 2022

OR

Afternoon Classes

DESCRIPTION AGE CLASS TIME REGISTRATION LINK
Infant
Course Description
1 to 2 years old 12:00PM to 12:30PM Register on May 1st 2022
Toddler
Course Description
3 to 5 years old 1:00PM to 1:30PM Register on May 1st 2022
Beginner
Course Description
6 to 12 years old 2:00PM to 2:30PM Register on May 1st 2022

Refund Policy

Request for refunds must be submitted three days prior to the first day of class to perswimschool@gallaudet.edu.

Please note, Gallaudet University does not give credit for missed classes. In the event of class cancellations, an email notification will be sent.


Class Policy

  1. Children under the age of 5 MUST be accompanied in the water by a parent and/ or guardian in swim attire. This will help your child gain more confidence while in the water.
    For parents that are required to be in the pool with the child, please note a maximum ratio of one adult per one child.
    Only one child can be supervised by one adult in any specific course.
  2. Children ages 6 and above may be supervised by the parent and/ or guardian from designated poolside areas.
    The instructor may request that you move farther away if your child is distracted by your presence.
    Please refrain from interrupting the instructor while lessons are taking place.
    Children who are not participating in lessons must be monitored closely by the parent and/or guardian and be within arm's reach of the adult at all times.
  3. Food, glass containers, cell phones, video cameras, and/or animals are prohibited, except for registered service dogs which are permitted on the pool deck.
  4. Patrons needing special accommodations should contact the pool manager. Gallaudet University is not responsible for lost personal property.

How to Register

Registration for classes can be completed in three steps:

  • Submit Registration. Select class preference from the options list below and click on the REGISTER NOW link under "REGISTRATION LINK".
  • Submit Waiver. The waiver form will be sent via email and MUST be submitted on the first day of class.
  • Submit Payment. The online payment link will be sent via email following registration.

Covid Safety Protocols

(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:

  1. Received CV-19 vaccine (provide documentation to michael.brecheen@gallaudet.edu
  2. Swim School customers will adhere to Gallaudet’s mask requirement, on display at the front gate and inside Gallaudet Pool area.
  3. Swim School customers WILL NOT come on campus if he/she/they have:
    1. Any COVID-19 symptoms, feel unwell and/or have been exposed to COVID-19.
    2. Tested positive for COVID-19.
    3. tested positive for COVID-19 and have been on campus in the past 14 days, you must inform contact.tracing@gallaudet.edu AND michael.brecheen@gallaudet.edu

Questions?

Please contact Michael D. Brecheen at perswimschool@gallaudet.edu or VP 202-250-2574.
Coordinated by the Physical Education & Recreation Department at Gallaudet University.