Swim Lessons

Registration is full at this time.

*Payments must be made online or in person by first swim lesson.

Join us for swim lessons!

Swimming is an important skill to have for both children and adults. UMW Campus Recreation offers swim lessons to members of the Fredericksburg, UMW, and surrounding communities at an affordable rate. Swim lessons are 30 minutes long and take place in the Goolrick Pool.

During the summer, we will only be offering private lessons. Regular lesson options will resume September 10th.

Youth Swim Lesson Options

  • Parent & Child
    This level is designed for children under the age of three. Participation can start as early as six months of age. This class teaches parents how to give their child a positive experience in the water. Participants will become acclimated to the water and learn safety skills while having fun developing swimming readiness. Parent participation is required.
  • Preschool
    For three to five year olds, this class will develop comfort in the water, learn water entry, bubble blowing, floating, kicking, underwater exploration and general water safety skills. Once comfortable in the water, students will move on to learn new skills such as combined arm and leg action on front and general water safety skills. Finally, eligible students will learn to refine arm and leg action on front and back, as well as treading with and without support and general water safety skills.
  • Child Introduction/Fundamentals
    Child must be six years old the first day of the program in order to participate and be comfortable away from parent. Objectives: Supported floating on front and back, gliding, kicking, and alternating arm and leg action. Progress to unsupported float, gliding, kicking on front and back without support, combined arm action with kick on front and back, treading water without support, personal safety and rescue skills.
  • Child Stroke Development
    Students will learn front crawl with breathing to the side, coordinated back crawl, elementary backstroke, scissor and dolphin kick, treading water skills, diving from the side of the pool, and personal safety and rescue skills. Finally, students will improve stroke proficiency on front crawl, back crawl, butterfly, breast stroke and elementary backstroke, sidestroke, surface diving, open turns, and personal safety and rescue skills.

Adult Swim Lesson Options

  • Adult Introduction/Fundamentals
    Overcome fear of the water and learn basic skills such as floating, gliding, kicking, rhythmic breathing, and treading water.
  • Adult Stroke Development
    Adults with no fear of water who possess beginner swimming skills must be able to kick and breathe using a kickboard for 25-yards without stopping. Students will learn front crawl, back crawl, and develop comfort in deep water.

Private Lessons

One-on-one lessons with an instructor are available for all skill levels. These lessons will take place during open rec swim hours.


The following prices are the cost of registering one individual for one of the swim lesson class levels explained above. The price below includes 10 swim lesson meetings between May 16th through August 14th.

  • Private Lessons: $125
  • UMW Member for Group Lessons: $75
  • UMW Non-Member for Group Lessons: $100

**Multiple registrations (i.e. enrolling 2+ members of your family in swim lessons) will be given a $10 discount on those subsequent registrations, but payments must be made in person at the UMW Fitness Center during open hours via cash or check. Please contact Kelly Shannon at kshannon@umw.edu with questions.


Swim lessons will take place in Goolrick Hall, located on the University of Mary Washington’s Fredericksburg campus. Goolrick Hall is on the corner of College Avenue and Route 1 (Jefferson Davis Highway). Locker rooms are available for changing and showers. To find the pool, walk from the parking deck to the sidewalk that leads to the front of the Fitness Center and Goolrick Hall. Please enter the Fitness Center and inform the front desk staff that you are here for swim lessons. This is the recommended way to access the pool while there is construction happening on the back of Goolrick Hall.


Parking is available in the parking deck located on Alvey St. Non-UMW guests can park on the top level. As a part of your registration for swim lessons, you will prompted to complete a parking pass application. A complimentary parking pass will be given to you upon your first visit.

If you have any questions or comments concerning swim lessons, please contact Kelly Shannon, Director of Campus Recreation, at kshannon@umw.edu.