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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.


Summer 2021 Sessions

UNC Aquatics is excited to announce that we have been approved to open our programs this summer! Registration will open May 1st, 2021.

Please know that as we plan for reopening, restrictions will be in place to heighten the safety of our swimmers and staff.  More information will be shared as it becomes available.  Thank you for your patience!  We look forward to welcoming the Tar Heel community back in the water soon!


Monday – Thursday Evenings


  • Session 1: 6/7-6/17/2021 (8 classes)
  • Session 2: 6/21-7/1/2021 (8 classes)
  • Session 3: 7/12-7/22/2021 (8 classes)


  • 5:15pm-5:45pm


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


Saturday Mornings


  • Session 1: 6/5-6/26/2021 (4 classes)
  • Session 2: 7/3-7/24/2021 (4 classes)


  • 9:55am-10:25am


  • 4 classes-$40 for members and $45 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 uncaquatics@unc.edu 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 uncaquatics@unc.edu with the full name and birth date of the participant.  A login and password will be created for you to access the registration software. 

Effective August 15, 2019, UNC-Chapel Hill will implement a Weeknight Parking program. Parking is included for students who have registered their car online with UNC Transportation and Parking or faculty/staff with a day permit.  All other participants may obtain a $1 temporary one-night pass through the ParkMobile App, phone number, website, or designated pay station. The temporary pass is valid from Monday evenings through Friday mornings from 5 p.m. – 7:30 a.m, and weekend hours are 5 p.m. Friday until 7:30 a.m. Monday. The Zone Number you will use to park around UNC Campus Recreation is 4500.



Contact: UNC Aquatics uncaquatics@unc.edu 919-962-0768

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