Youth Level Swim Lessons

Youth Levels

  • For children 6-12 years old
  • Levels 1-3 are 30 minutes long and have a 1:4-6 instructor to student ratio
  • Levels 4-6 are 45 minutes long and have a 1:6-10 instructor to student ratio


Youth Level 1

Youth Level 1 is for children who are just starting their first swimming experience.  At this level, instructors will work on safe entry and exit from the pool, breath control, submersion, front and back floating, and begin introducing arm and leg motion.  Instructors will also discuss safety and begin self-rescue techniques.  Children will wear a “bubble” at this level to help develop confidence and give them a chance to focus on technique.


Youth Level 2

Youth Level 2 is for children who demonstrate comfort in the water.  Children at this level should already be able to enter the water, travel 5 yards, bob 5 times, and then safely exit the pool.  They should also already be able to glide on their front at least 2 body lengths, roll to a back float for 5 seconds, and recover to a vertical position.  

Level 2 will build on what was learned in Level 1 and work on extending their skills.  The instructor will introduce front and backstroke, sidestroke, breaststroke, and elementary backstroke.  Skills will be practiced with and without a bubble.  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 independently.


Youth Level 3

Children in Youth Level 3 should already be able to step from the side into chest-deep water, push off the bottom, move into a treading or floating position for at least 15 seconds, swim on front and/or back for 5 body lengths, then exit the pool.  To enter this level, the swimmer should also already be able float on their back, roll to their front, and swim at least 5 body lengths.

Youth Level 3 is considered the beginning of the intermediate level and will work on refining skills already learned.  The instructor will work on rotary breathing, treading, and begin butterfly kicking skills and begin diving skills.  The instructors will continue discussing safety and self-rescue techniques.


Youth Level 4

Children entering Level 4 should already be able to jump into deep water, recover to the surface, tread or float for 1 minute, then turn to the exit, swim front crawl or elementary backstroke for 25 yards, and exit the pool.  Swimmers should also be able to swim front crawl for 15 yards, change direction, and swim elementary backstroke for 15 yards, then exit the pool.

Youth Level 4 swimmers will refine front crawl, elementary backstroke, backstroke, sidestroke, breaststroke, butterfly, and will be introduced to turns.  Swimmers will work on treading.  The swimmers will continue with personal safety and will be introduced to additional equipment, like fins.


Youth Level 5

At this level, swimmers should be able to swim at least 15 yards of front crawl, elementary backstroke, breaststroke, backstroke, as well as swim underwater for 5 body lengths.

Youth Level 5 is an advanced level.  Swimmers will refine all strokes, work on endurance, flip turns, and diving.


Youth Level 6

To enter this level, swimmers should already be able to perform a race-style shallow dive, swim at least 25-50 yards of front crawl, breaststroke, and backstroke with efficient turns.

At this level, swimmers will work in a swim team style setting with longer distances and feedback from an instructor to refine skills.  The goal for Level 6 is to prepare the swimmer to join a swim team and swim at least 500 yards using a stroke of choice. 


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)


  • Youth Levels 1-3: 5:55pm-6:25pm
  • Youth Levels 4-6: 5:55-6:40pm


  • 8 classes- $85 for members and $90 for non-members



All UNC Aquatics programs are open to UNC faculty, staff, students 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.  University members, if you are registering a child in your family, please email your child/ren’s name and birthdate to to have an account created for your dependent.  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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