Swim Lessons

We are committed to offering quality swim lessons and are compliant with the American Red Cross Swim Lesson standards. American Red Cross courses offer something for everyone. Through a progressive approach, participants learn a variety of strokes, including the front crawl, back crawl, elementary backstroke, breaststroke, sidestroke and butterfly. They are also introduced to a wide range of personal safety skills and diving techniques. Courses are fun and interactive with hands-on training. 

Group Swim Lessons are intended for youth participants. Adults needing Swim Lessons are encouraged to take part in Private Swim Lessons (below).

Youth Swim Lesson Schedule

Current session

Spring Session 2:  Mar. 12-May 7, Sun. evenings (Register Feb. 28-Mar. 9) 

Spring Session 3: Mar. 13-Mar. 23, Mon.-Thur. evenings (Register Feb., 28-Mar. 9)

Spring Session 4:  Apr. 3-27, Mon./Wed. or Tues./Thurs. evenings (Register Mar. 24-Mar. 31)

Spring Session 5:  May 8-May 18, Mon-Thur evenings (Register Apr. 28- May 5)

Register for Swim Lessons

Class Descriptions

The following courses are available through the USD Wellness Center. If you have taken lessons with us before, we will have a spreadsheet of where your child should be. If this is your first time taking classes with us, please read the class descriptions before registering your child.

  • Parent and child
  • Preschool beginner
  • Preschool advanced
  • Level 1 - Introduction to swimming and water skills
  • Level 2 - Fundamentals of swimming and aquatic skills
  • Level 3 - Stroke Development
  • Level 4a - Stroke Improvement
  • Level 4b - Stroke Improvement & Technique
  • Level 5 - Stroke Refinement
  • Level 6A - Stroke Mastery and Fitness Swimming
  • Level 6B - Stroke Mastery and Personal Water Safety
  • Level 6C - Stroke Mastery and Introduction to Diving


Register for Swim Lessons online, in person or over the phone. Please note that priority will be given based on time of sign-up due to the high volume of traffic we receive. If you have any specific time requirements, it is recommended you visit the Wellness Center as early as possible to sign up for your desired time. For those wanting to sign up over the phone, please call 605-677-8803.

Private Swim Lessons

Our private swim lessons are taught by certified water safety instructor staff. Private lessons are 30 minutes long and provide one-on-one swimming instruction. Please follow the steps below to register for private lessons:

  1. Complete the Private Lesson Form.
  2. Submit the form with payment to the USD Wellness Center in room 102 in the Wellness Center or email to wellness@usd.edu.
  3. Once a guard has been assigned they will contact you to set up a schedule for your private lessons.
  Single Group (2-3 people)
1 Session $25 plus tax $20 plus tax 
4 Sessions $60 plus tax  $45 plus tax 
6 Sessions $85 plus tax $60 plus tax
8 Sessions $110 plus tax $75 plus tax