Learn to Swim

All Learn to Swim Sessions are Canceled through March 31st. Check the Recreation and Wellness COVID-19 Updates.

The Learn to Swim Program provides individuals with a solid foundation of water safety knowledge and skills. Instructors are University of Minnesota Students that are certified in First Aid, CPR, and AED. The program features a variety of knowledgeable and responsible instructors who create the fun and excitement of our swim lessons. During programming we keep the St. Paul Pool between 85-87 degrees. 

Spring 2020 Schedules & Registration Dates

Spring 1 Schedule: Beginning Saturday, January 25- Friday, March 6th

*Classes will meet weekly

Training Week Registration Friday, January 3 @ 12:00 pm; closes on Saturday January 4 @ 12:00pm
Spring 1 Priority Registration Sunday, January 5th @ 12:00pm; closes on Monday, January 6th @ 8:00am
Spring 1 Public Registration Monday, Janaury 6th @ 12:00pm; closes on Monday, January 20 @ 12:00pm


Spring 2 Schedule: Beginning Saturday, March 21 - Sunday, May 3

Training Week: March 17th - 19th

*Classes will meet weekly. Classes will not be held the weekend of April 11-12.

Training Week Registration Friday, March 6 @ 12:00 pm; closes on Saturday March 7 @ 12:00pm
Spring 2 Priority Registration Sunday, March 8 @ 12:00pm; closes on Monday, March 9 @ 8:00am
Spring 2 Public Registration  Monday, March 9 @ 12:00pm; closes on Sunday, March 22 @ 12:00pm

*Session times

Weekday Classes

Monday - Thursday: 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Weekend Classes

Saturday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm; Sunday: 9:00 am - 1:00 pm; Sunday: 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Instructor Training Program

We need our participants to help! This upcoming spring session we are incorporating a free hands-on training for our Learn to Swim Instructors. These training sessions will be formattedto teach specfic swim skills to age groups as well as further develop our swim instructors during real-life situations.

Our training is scheduled for March 17th-19th from 5:00pm-8:00pm. Participants will receive priority registration for our Spring 2 session. Limited training sessions are scheduled and will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Registration will be online through our shoprecwell.umn.edu website and we will not accept registration via phone or email. Participants only need to sign up for one training session to receive priority registration for the Spring 1 session. Once training participants are confirmed further information on priority registration will be sent out. 

Participants in our training session will attend a 35-minute swim lesson. After the lesson, participants will have 15 minutes to discuss and review the given lesson and provide any feedback to the instructor. For further information please contact us at lts@umn.edu. 

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     6 month - 3 year olds. 

    learn to swim preschool

    3-5 year olds.

    learn to swim youth level

     6-9 year olds. 

    learn to swim beyond swim lessons

    9-12 year olds.

    learn to swim adult classes



    If you are interested in making a tax-deductible donation to our Learn to Swim Scholarship program please contact lts@umn.edu or call (612) 625-3794.


    Learn to Swim
    lts@umn.edu(612) 625-3794