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Aquatics

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

DakotaDome Pool

The Wellness Center offers students and members an opportunity to swim laps, enjoy open swim time and participate in swim lessons by partnering with the Athletics staff to use the DakotaDome pool.

Swim Lessons

The USD Wellness Center staff are committed to offering quality swimming lessons and are compliant with the American Red Cross Swim Lessons standards.  Group lessons are limited to a 4:1 instructor to participant ratio which allows the staff to meet the needs of all participants.  Private Lessons are also offered in a 1:1 or 1:2 ratio for those students desiring more 1:1 instruction.

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 wellness@usd.edu.

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 masteryS

Aquatics Offerings

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

October 2022 Pool Announcements

DakotaDome Fall Pool Hours
Monday / Wednesday

Lap / Open Swim:

11 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

8:30 - 10 p.m.

Tuesday / Thursday

Lap Swim:

5 - 6 a.m.

11 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Friday 11 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Saturday CLOSED
Sunday

Lap / Open Swim:

TBA



University of South Dakota President Sheila Gestring announced the plans for the Wellness Center expansion during her State of the University address held Sept. 23 in Aalfs Auditorium on the USD campus.

“I am incredibly excited to share new information about the upcoming Wellness Center expansion,” she said. “We hope to start construction this summer (summer of 2022) and complete the project by summer 2024.

“This $25 million project will add an estimated 45,800 gross square feet to the facility and will house a new indoor 50-meter competition pool with seating for 400,” Gestring said.

Several other components of the expansion, she said, will include:

  • A 40-foot by 25-foot wellness pool
  • Wet classroom
  • Hot tub that accommodates 25 users
  • Steam room
  • Athletic locker rooms
  • Expanded wellness locker rooms
  • Meet management rooms
  • Coaches’ offices
  • Lifeguard rooms

Read More About the Wellness Center Expansion

Group Swim Lessons

The USD Wellness Center staff are committed to offering quality swimming lessons and are compliant with the American Red Cross Swim Lessons standards.  Group lessons are limited to a 4:1 instructor to participant ratio which allows the staff to meet the needs of all participants.  Private Lessons are also offered in a 1:1 or 1:2 ratio for those students desiring more 1:1 instruction.

  • Members $40 + tax
  • Non-members $50 + 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.

The USD Wellness Center offers Red Cross Certified swim lessons. Group lessons are a maximum of a 4:1 child to instructor ratio. Private 1:1 or 2:1 lessons are also offered.  If you are not sure what level to register for, please see the benchmarks for each level listed on our member portal. If you have questions, please email wellness@usd.edu.

Register for Swim Lesson Classes

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 wellness@usd.edu

Water Safety Instructor Certification and Renewal

If you are interested in teaching others to swim, are a skilled swimmer and are at least 16 years of age, you are qualified to become a Water Safety Instructor. Participants of this course will get hands-on instruction of teaching Red Cross Swim Lesson materials and will receive a two year certification after completing the course requirements.

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 wellness@usd.edu.

Register for Swim Lesson Classes

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Fall Swim Lessons

Mark your calendars - Registration opens at 8 am Wednesday, August 10!

Lessons will run from August 28-October 17 with no lessons on September 4,5, October 9 & 10.  Group lessons will be held on Sundays with limited private lessons on Sundays and Monday also available. Lesson fees are $40 for USD Wellness Center members & USD students and $50 for non-members. Questions?  Call 605-677-8803.


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