Dive into the Wellness Center's aquatics offerings at the DakotaDome pool.

DakotaDome Pool

The Wellness Center partners with USD Athletics to give our members access to the DakotaDome pool and swim lessons to both the USD and Vermillion communities. If you would like updates regarding the DakotaDome pool (change in hours, etc.) email wellness@usd.edu to join our email list.

Swim Lessons

The USD Wellness Center and Aquatics programs are committed to offering quality swimming lessons and are compliant with the American Red Cross Swim Lesson standards. American Red Cross courses offer a variety of options 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 & youth needing swim lessons are encouraged to take part in private swimming lessons.

For questions for more information, contact Wendy.Johnson@usd.edu.

Aquatics Offerings

Private Swim Lessons are available for all ages in a variety of courses.

You can find our DakotaDome Pool announcements for April, which is a downloadable reference tool for open hours and closings on a monthly basis.

May Pool Announcements

The pool will be open for open/lap swim during the following hours. Members will be notified of any changes to this schedule. Please see the announcements above for monthly updates to the schedule. 

DakotaDome Pool Hours
Monday Lap Swim Only - 11 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Lap/Open Swim - 8:30 - 10 p.m.
Tuesday Lap Swim Only - 5 - 6 a.m.
Lap Swim Only - 11 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Wednesday Lap Swim Only - 11 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Lap/Open Swim - 8:30 - 10 p.m.
Thursday Lap Swim Only - 5 - 6 a.m.
Lap Swim Only - 11 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Friday Lap Swim Only - 11 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Saturday Closed
Sunday Lap/Open Swim - 2 - 4 p.m.

Available 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

Upcoming Sessions: 

  1. To be announced
  2. If you have taken lessons with us before, we will have a record of where your child should be. If this is your first time taking classes with us, review the class descriptions before registering your child.

Register for Swim Lesson Classes


  • Members $35 + tax
  • Non-members $45 + tax
  • 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.

The next session of Private Lessons will be held in Spring 2022.

Please check back soon for session times.

If you are searching for summer employment or for a job at our DakotaDome pool as a certified lifeguard or swim instructor, look to the Wellness Center to help you get certified. You must be at least 15 years old and pass swimming requirements to receive your certification. Classes include video, group discussion and hands-on practice. Lifeguard certification is valid for two years.

Lifeguard Certification

To enroll in the lifeguard course you must be at least 15 years of age before the last scheduled session, unless pre-authorized. To participate in the course you must be able to swim at the standards set for an American Red Cross Level 4 Swim Lesson and successfully complete the pretest skills listed below.

Lifeguard Certification Prerequisite Swimming Skills

  • Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control & rhythmic breathing.  Candidates must swim using the front crawl and breaststroke (goggles allowed).
  • Tread water for 2 minutes using only the legs.
  • Timed Event: Swim 20 yards using front crawl or breast stroke, surface dive 7-10 feet, retrieve a 10lb brick, return to the surface, swim 20 yards back to starting point with the brick, exit the water using the ladder or steps, within 1 minute, 40 seconds (no goggles allowed).

If it is determined that you do not have the necessary swimming ability to pass this course, you will not receive the lifeguard certification and will receive a partial refund.

For questions for more information, contact Wendy.Johnson@usd.edu.

How to Register

Registering for the classes is easy.

  1. Register Online
  2. Visit room 102 at the USD Wellness Center
  3. Call 605-677-8803 with payment information.

Training Information

Lifeguard Certification

All University of South Dakota Wellness Center events have been canceled until further notice.

Date Please check back Fall 2022 for updates.

**Note:  Must attend all 3 sessions.
Registration Deadline
USD DakotaDome Pool / Room 225                               
$175 plus tax

Lifeguard Re-certification

**Must hold an American Red Cross Lifeguard certificate that is no more than 30 days expires to enroll

Date Please check back Fall 2022 for updates. 
Registration Deadline

USD DakotaDome Pool
$65 plus tax 

Water Safety Instructor (WSI)

Date Please check back Fall 2022 for updates.
Registration Deadline

USD DakotaDome Pool                               

WSI Prerequisite Swimming Skills:

  • Back float for 1 minute
  • Tread water for 1 minute
  • Swim the front crawl, back crawl and breaststroke for 50 yards each and the butterfly for 10 yards.

For questions for more information, contact Wendy.Johnson@usd.edu.

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