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Youth Learn to Swim Program

Youth Learn to Swim Program

The Youth Learn to Swim is a fall and spring program open to children of the college community and the general public.

The Saturday morning eight-week program is structured to improve the swimming skills of children to make them safe in and around the water.

Each session is 45 minutes.


Fall 2019

Dates of program:

  • Sept. 14, 21, 28
  • Oct. 5, 19, 21 (no class on Oct. 12)
  • Nov. 2, 9

Learn to Swim
9 – 9:40 a.m. 9:45 – 10:25 a.m. 10:30 – 11:10 a.m. 11:15 – 11:55 a.m.
Level 2 Level 2 Level 2 Level 2
Level 3 Level 3 Level 3 Level 3
Level 4 Level 4 Level 4 Level 4
  Level 5 Level 5 Level 5


$50 per student.

How to Register

To enroll, children must be 5 years of age, 47 inches tall and comfortable in water (able to go underwater). Children enrolled in level 2 will be measured the first class period and tested for comfort in water.

  • Download Enrollment Form
  • Bring enrollment form and registration fee in person to 312 Memorial Hall (main office). View directions and maps.
  • Enrollments will be accepted Monday–Friday (7:30 a.m. – noon and 1 – 3:30 p.m.)
  • Checks must be made payable to SUNY Plattsburgh.
  • Mail enrollment form and registration fee to: Department of Recreation SUNY Plattsburgh — Attention Beth Shaughnessy 101 Broad Street Plattsburgh, NY 12901
  • Enrollments will be accepted on a first-come-first-enrolled basis.
  • Participants will only be contacted if we are unable to accommodate your requested time.

What Level Do I Sign My Child Up For?

Passed previous level or have the following skills:

  • Level 2: Fundamental Aquatic Skills — Beginning entry level — knows little or no strokes: Must be able to go under water and be comfortable in water. Learns to float and begins to learn to move through water on the front & back
  • Level 3: Stroke Development — Should be very comfortable in the water, move through the water without support and be able to jump into shallow water. Teaches coordination of front crawl and elementary backstroke, introduces scissors and butterfly kicks and works on deep water safety.
  • Level 4: Stroke Improvement — Should have coordinated front crawl and elementary backstroke and be comfortable in deep water. Teaches improvement of skills and distance for front crawl and elementary backstroke, introduces back stroke, breaststroke and sidestroke.
  • Level 5: Stroke Refinement — Should be able to do one length (25 yards) of front crawl and elementary backstroke, and 15 yards of breast, side and back crawl and tread water for one-minute. Students work on refinement of skills and greater distance.
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