Swim Lessons



Swim Lessons

Adult Swim Lessons

VCU Aquatics offers three different levels of group swim lessons that are designed to help adults who want to learn an array of swimming techniques, ranging from overcoming common fears of the water to learning and refining strokes.

Children's Swim Lessons

VCU Aquatics offers 10 levels of swim lesson classes for children of Recreational Sports members and non-members. All classes are offered at Cary Street Gym Aquatic Center.

Private / Semi- Private Swim Lessons

Private and Semi-private swim lessons are designed to meet your individual swimming needs from basic to advanced swimmers. Our American Red Cross Water Safety Instructors will tailor your classes to meet your swimming and fitness goals. Instructors are assigned according to your schedule, instructor availability and your specific needs.

Membership Status

You do not have to be a member in order to register for lessons. You do, however, need to have an account on our registration portal. To create your free account, you can follow these directions: 

  • Visit the MyRecSports portal
  • In the top right corner, select "Sign Up"
  • Fill out all appropriate fields (only those with an asterisk (*) are necessary to fill out)
  • Hit "Register" at the bottom of the page

Age Restriction Issues

Once you have registered your account, you will also need to add your children in as dependents. To do this: 

  • Log in to your MyRecSports account using your login information that you created
  • In the top right corner, click on your username and select "Profile" from the drop down menu
  • On the personal information tab, scroll down to see "Add Dependent" 
  • Input the information for your dependents and save

Once your child is added as a dependent, you will register for the lesson under their name. 


Recreational Sports Guidelines regarding unsanctioned training and teaching in facilities:

Organized activities that are conducted during informal recreation hours, which are not sponsored by Recreational Sports, will not be permitted in any of the facilities without special permissions.

  • Only Recreational Sports Water Safety Instructors are allowed to teach swim lessons in facilities.