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Youth Group Swim

The MUSC Wellness Center offers a variety of swim programs for youth: seasonal group & parent/child swim lessons, private swim lessons in which you can enroll at any time, and swim club for more advanced swimmers.

Please note that The MUSC Wellness Center is an adult only facility and youth free swim is prohibited. In order for children to utilize the pool, they are required to be enrolled in one of our swim programs accompanied by their swim instructor in the water. There is no lifeguard on duty.     

Lil’ Fish Parent/Child Class - (3 months to 3 year olds)   

12:1 swimmer to instructor ratio          

25 minutes in length

A parent or guardian must accompany their child in the water. This class is designed to facilitate comfort and enjoyment of the water; both elements necessary for a child to learn to swim. Due to the wide range of ages and levels children will progress at different rates; therefore, written strategies you can use at home will be sent via email periodically to help facilitate your child’s swimming success. This class will focus on basic swimming skills such as floating on their backs, blowing bubbles, submerging, kicking and reaching while allowing a child the comfort of working with a parent.

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Level 1 - Introduction to Water Skills 1

(3 years and older*)     

3:1 swimmer to instructor ratio

25 minutes in length

Children must be comfortable around water and working with an adult other than parent but do not yet swim (parents do not get in the water with their child). Children will be introduced to front and back floats, will learn to enter and exit the pool in a safe manner, will learn to play safely in the water and will explore putting their face in the water. This level is highly recommended for children who may be apprehensive of the water. Children under the age of three and children who need a parent present are encouraged to enroll in Lil’ Fish class before attempting Level 1.

*Children under the age of three may join the Level 1 class ONLY with successful completion of a swim consultation and the approval of the swim coordinator.

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Level 2 – Fundamental Aquatic Skills

(4 to 6 year olds)          

4:1 swimmer to instructor ratio

25 minutes in length

This level is designed to teach children basic elements of swimming such as kicking, reaching and floating. Children will submerge their head under water while being introduced to the building blocks necessary for swimming. Combining arm and leg action and taking multiple breaths while swimming will be the major focus.

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Level 3 – Stroke Development

(5 to 7 year olds)          

4:1 swimmer to instructor ratio

25 minutes in length

This level is for swimmers who have mastered the skills taught in Level 2, and they will be introduced to new skills such as rotary breathing and backstroke. Swimmers will learn skills such as streamlining and treading water.

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Level 4 – Stroke Improvement

(6 to 8 year olds)          

5:1 swimmer to instructor ratio

25 minutes in length

Children who can swim over 40 feet (half of pool) on both front & back and are ready to put basic strokes together. Breaststroke and butterfly stroke will be introduced in this class level.

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Youth Stroke Clinic 

(6 to 10 year olds)        

6:1 swimmer to instructor ratio

50 minutes in length

This class is designed for swimmers who want to improve their stamina and endurance in the water. The Youth Stroke Clinic will focus on stroke technique for all four strokes. Swimmers will learn to apply flip turns to lap swimming. Level 4 is highly recommended before participating in the Youth Stroke Clinic.

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Swim Club

(6 to 14 year olds)        

Minnows 40 minutes/Juniors and Seniors

90 minutes in length

Swim Club participants should already be able to swim 25 yards on their front and on their back and have knowledge of all strokes. The emphasis will be on stroke mechanics and endurance training. Separate registration form required. Sessions are seasonal.

Email us to register or for more information kids@musc.edu