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We are committed to offering quality swimming 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 swimming lessons.

Register for swimming lessons

Youth Swim Lesson Schedule

Current session

Spring Session 5:  May 8-18, Monday/Thursday evenings (Register April 28 to May 5)

Available Courses

We offer the following courses:

  • Parent and child
  • Preschool beginner
  • Preschool advanced
  • Older beginner
  • Level 1 - Introduction to swimming and water skills
  • Level 2 - Fundamentals of swimming and aquatic skills
  • Level 3 - Stroke development
  • Level 4 - Stroke improvement
  • Level 5 - Stroke refinement
  • Level 6 - Stroke mastery 

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.


Register for swimming lessons online, in person or over the phone. Priority will be given based on time of sign-up due to the high volume of traffic we receive. If you have specific time requirements, visit the Wellness Center as early as possible to sign up. To over the phone, please call 605-677-8803. When registering online, only those with a family membership will receive the discount. If you have a single, couple or student membership, you must register in the office or over the phone to get the discounted price.

Private Swim Lessons

Our private swimming 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