Swim Lessons


Aqua Shrimp *Adult and Me Class*
(Ages 3 mo. – 3 years, Warm Pool)

Aqua Shrimp 1 (3-12months)
Mondays 9:30am, Thursdays 5:30pm, Saturdays 10:00am

Aqua Shrimp 2 (1-2 years)
Mondays 10:00am, Thursdays 6:00pm, Saturdays 9:30am

Aqua Shrimp 3 (2-3 years)
Monday 10:30am, Thursday 6:30pm, Saturday 9:00am

For all Aqua-Shrimp Levels, babies/toddlers will:

  • Become comfortable in the warm pool
  • Learn swim skills through songs
  • Learn to float on back
  • Learn to go under the water

Preschool Program
(Ages 3-5)

Blue Dolphin (Warm Pool)
Sunday 9:20am, Monday 6:30pm, Tuesday 10:45am, Thursday 3:40pm, Saturday 10:30am

  • Enters & exits pool independently using wall
  • Full submersion from ledge
  • Kicks with kickboard across the poolwith little assistance
  • Floats front and back with assistance
  • Independently jumps into the pool to an instructor

Swordfish (Warm Pool)
Sunday 10:00am, Monday 5:50pm, Tuesday 10:05am, Thursday 3:00pm, Saturday 11:10am

  • Kickswith kickboard or streamline across pool independently
  • Jumps in and returns to wall or ledge with face in the water,independently
  • Floats 5 seconds without assistance
  • Streamlines off ledge, with face in the water,to instructor
  • Blows bubbles with face in waterwhile kicking

Sunday 10:40am, Tuesday 9:25am, Saturday 8:30am

  • Independently swims 10 yards freestyle
  • Demonstrates side breathingduring freestyle
  • Swims Elementary backstroke10 yards
  • Treads waterfor 10 seconds
  • Floats for 10 seconds
  • Become comfortable in the main pool
  • Knows when and how to call for help.

Tuesday 11:25am

  • Swims 25 yards – Freestyle
  • Swims 10 yards- Backstroke
  • Completes kneeling dive
  • Butterfly Kick10 yards
  • Treads Water 30 seconds

Elementary Program
(Ages 5 and older)

Level 1
Sunday 9:00am, Tuesday 5:30pm, Saturday 10:10am

  • Confident in the water without an instructor
  • Blows bubbles with face submerged
  • Jumps into the pool and returns to wall or instructor
  • Demonstrates pool safety
  • Floats on back 5 seconds without assistance
  • Kicks on back with little assistance

Level 2
Sunday 9:40am, Tuesday 6:30pm, or Saturday 10:50am

  • Swims length of deep pool with pocket breathing
  • Completes kneeling dive
  • Swims elementary backstroke 10 yards
  • Treads water for20 seconds
  • Floats on back15 seconds without assistance

Level 3
Sunday 10:20am, Wednesday 6:30pm, or Saturday 11:30am

  • Swims 25 yards freestyle with pocket breathing
  • Attempts a standing dive
  • Treads water for 40 seconds
  • Swims 10 yards backstroke

Level 4
Wednesday 5:30pm or Saturday 9:00am

  • Swims 25 yards freestyle and backstroke
  • Completes a standing dive
  • Treads water for one minute
  • Successfully kicks breast stroke 10 yards
  • Demonstrates Breaststroke Pull 10 yards

Level 5
Wednesday 7:05pm or Saturday 9:30am

  • Swims 25 yards Freestyle, backstroke, and breaststroke
  • Completes a legal freestyle flip turn
  • Attempts a backstroke flip turn
  • Swims butterfly 10 yards

Level 6
Thursday 7:00pm

  • Swims 100 yards freestyle
  • Swims 100 yards backstroke
  • Swims 100 IM
  • Swims 50 yards breaststroke
  • Swims 50 yards butterfly
  • Masters flip turns


Adaptive Lessons (All Ages, 45 Minutes)
Tuesday 6:00pm

Designed for children and adults with a wide range of special needs including autism, behavioral, communication, sensory, physical and social challenges. Our certified instructors design each swim lesson around the specific needs of each participant.

Adult Beginner (16 & Over)
Wednesday 7:40pm

Ideal for adults who have little or no swimming experience, you will learn basic swimming and lifesaving skills to become confident in the water.

Adult Swimmer (16 & Over)
Thursday 7:30pm

Advanced swimmers looking to perfect strokes, train for swim teams, triathlons or specific goals.

Fall Session 2

October 28th – December 8th
No Lessons on Thanksgiving. Make Up Week December 9th

All classes are 30 minutes long and run once a week for 6 Weeks.  PRICING PER 6-WEEK SESSION

Member Discount Price: $74
General Public: $89

For more information contact Leah Darras, Swim Lessons Coordinator, at 717-569-5396 or [email protected]

Dakota & Dathan Nesbitt

“We originally signed Dathan up for swim lessons because we wanted him to respect the water. He had no fear and would jump right in without hesitation. He didn’t know how to swim yet, so it was unsafe. We felt much more comfortable after he started swimming lessons at Universal. We chose private lessons to best suit our family’s busy schedule and for the one-on-one attention.

Dathan’s goal eventually was to make the Overlook swim team before Kindergarten. He did that! His swim lessons instructor Ms. Leah had him practice freestyle and backstroke across the big pool many times when he was ready. He was one of the youngest kids to compete at five years old. He really loves the water, and private lessons were the perfect way to give him the basic life skills of swimming!”

Dathan Nesbitt (Age 5)
Dathan Nesbitt (Age 5)As shared by their mother, Amanda Nesbitt

“Dakota was born with a condition called Spina Bifida. Although she is cognitively on the same level as her peers, her mobility is delayed. She is paralyzed in her feet and has reduced sensation throughout her legs. If she were in a group class she would require a bit more attention from the teachers just to keep up. Private lessons have helped her advance at her own speed while getting extra attention that she needs.

When Dakota first came to Leah at age one, she was using a walker and wearing braces to get around. She was just learning to kick her legs. Now, at two and a half, she’s walking, kicking and even floating on her own. Amazing for her!”

Dakota Nesbitt (Age 2)
Dakota Nesbitt (Age 2)As shared by their mother, Amanda Nesbitt