Preschool Levels

Preschool Levels

  • For children 3-5 years old
  • Classes run 30 minutes per lesson
  • 1:4-6 instructor to swimmer ratio

Preschool Level 1

Preschool Level 1 is for children who are just starting their first swimming experience and/or  graduating from Parent/Child classes and becoming used to working 1 on 1 with an instructor for the first time.  At this level, children will learn skills while wearing a “bubble” to help them stay afloat and focus on technique.  Instructors will discuss safety and introduce self-rescue techniques.


Preschool Level 2

Preschool Level 2 is for children who demonstrate comfort in the water.  Level 2 will build on what was learned in Level 1 and work on extending their skills.  The instructor will work with the children to encourage more independence by giving them opportunities to try skills without their “bubbles”.  Instructors will discuss safety and continue building self-rescue techniques.  The goal for this level is to give children the opportunity to swim the length of a lane.


Preschool Level 3

Children in Preschool Level 3 build on the skills from Level 2.  Children entering this level should already be able to float on their back for at least 15 seconds, roll front to back and back to front, and swim using arm and leg actions, roll to back, float 15 seconds, roll to front and continue swimming.  At this level children will improve their strokes, will begin treading techniques, and will be introduced to diving.  The goal for the end of this level is to have children swimming independently the length of the pool on front and back.

Registration for each session closes on the Wednesday before the first day of class.

Fall 2019 Sessions

Registration for all Fall 2019 sessions open July 1, 2019! 

Monday and Wednesday Evenings


  • Session 1:9/16-10/9/2019 (8 classes)
  • Session 2: 10/28-11/20/2019 (8 classes)


  • 5:15pm-5:45pm


  • $75 for members and $80 for non-members



All UNC Aquatics programs are open to UNC faculty, staff, students and their families, and the Chapel Hill/Carrboro community.  If you are a member of the university community, you can use your ONYEN to login and register.  If you are a member of the university and would like to register your child or dependent, please email with your swimmer’s name and birth date so that an account can be created for them.  If you do not have an ONYEN, please email with the full name and birth date of the participant.  A login and password will be created for you to access the registration software. 


Contact: UNC Aquatics 919-962-0768

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