Children’s Group Swim Lessons
Registration for Fall Session 1 of children’s group swim lessons will open on
August 1st, 2023 at 12:00pm. Lessons will meet for 30 minutes, every Sunday between September 17th and October 22nd, except October 8th.
How to Register
Registration will be done through ActiveNet.
Reserve a spot and pay: To register, log in to your online account (new window) and select the appropriate class for your child.
- If you do not have an online account, you will need to create an account (new window).
- For help, watch this video for steps to create your account (new window).
Please note that Georgetown University students, faculty, and staff do not need to create an account and can log in with a Georgetown NetID.
Fall Session 1: September 17th – October 22nd (no class on October 8th)
(Registration will be first-come, first-served and will open on 8/1/23 at 12:00pm for Fall Session 1)
Sundays from 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Hoya 1, 2, & 3
There will be a section of each class per time period
Sundays from 11:05 a.m. – 11:35 a.m.
Sundays from 11:40 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.
Sundays from 10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. and 11:40 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.
Hoya 1, 2, 3, & 4
Parent/Tot: Ages 2 1/2 – 3 1/2 years
This class is designed for children who have had no previous lessons and are not comfortable separating from their parents. Skills taught with parents include face submersion, blowing bubbles, underwater reach, combined limb movement with bubbles, jumping entrance, assisted back kick, and assisted back float.
Hoya 1: Ages 3 1/2 – 4 1/2 years
This class is designed for children who have had some lessons previously and are comfortable separating from their parents. Children will divide into groups based on their ability. Skills learned will include expanding on fundamental aquatic locomotion, pushing off the wall, complete submersion, kicking with a floatation device, back glide and back float, combined arm movement.
Hoya 2: Ages 4 1/2 up to 6 years
The swimmers are broken up into groups based on their ability and work with instructors to enhance current skills and introduce new strokes and skills. Students will begin combining skills to form coordinated swimming strokes, back float, swim two body lengths, full submersion, open eyes underwater. Develop confidence and endurance in various strokes.
Hoya 3: Ages 6 -7 years
The swimmers will be broken up into groups based on their ability and work with instructors to enhance current skills. Students will learn how to better coordinate front and back crawl, beginning breaststroke, streamline glide and fundamentals of treading water.
Hoya 4: Ages 8 – 10 years
The swimmers will be broken into groups based on their ability and work with instructors to enhance current skills. Swimmers will learn how to swim each stroke (front and back crawl and breaststroke) 100 yards without stopping and be introduced to butterfly. Treading water and basic diving.
How does the waitlist work?
Once a course is full, a waitlist is opened. Those on the waitlist will be contacted if space becomes available due to participant cancellation.
Where do I park, and how do I access Yates Field House?
Directions to Yates Field House can be found here.
McCarthy pool is located at Yates Field House on the campus of Georgetown University.
Sundays: Parking is free at all University garages on Sundays. If you are driving, you can enter campus from Canal Road or Entrance #4 on Reservoir Road. We recommend using the free parking at the Leavey Center Parking Garage. Turn onto the road between Leavey Center and the Hariri Building (Business School) off West Rd – the garage will be signed and to the left.
The parking lot opposite the Field House (Lot Y) is reserved for handicapped members with a valid parking pass issued by OTM, and deliveries. Vehicles illegally parked will be ticketed and towed at the owner’s expense. For questions or further details about parking on campus, contact the Office of Transportation Management at (202) 687-4372.
Give yourself more time as it is about a 5-minute walk up the hill to the Field House.
How early should I arrive to the class?
First Lesson: As there will be a more in-depth check-in process the first day, we suggest you arrive 30 minutes early. The building and parking can be challenging so this should give you plenty of time.
Remaining lessons: We recommend arriving 15 minutes early for each lesson in order to have time for check-in and changing.
Who is allowed to spectate according to GU public health guidelines?
Only those who have uploaded their vaccine card to our portal will be allowed in to view the class from the balcony.
How do I check-in for the class? Where do we go?
You will check in at the Group Swim table once you enter through the main doors of Yates Field House. We will direct you after check-in.
Where do I change?
Children and caregivers will enter the pool through the pool balcony to access the locker rooms. We ask that you/your child changes in the locker room and not on the pool deck. All personal items should remain with the caregiver on the balcony. Strollers can be left at the building entrance where they will be monitored by the front desk.
Children 5 years of age or older must use gender appropriate locker rooms. Private restrooms are available behind Basketball Court #3 on Level 1. Please see Aquatic Staff to discuss special accommodations.
Until what age is my child allowed to enter the locker rooms of the opposite gender with me?
Children over the age of 5 are not allowed to enter the opposite gender’s locker rooms. We recommend bringing your child to the lesson in their swim suit if you are not comfortable with them changing by themselves. There are also alternative change room options that can be discussed with you upon check-in. The pool deck is accessed from the locker rooms on the first floor or through the balcony on the entrance floor. If you have any questions or concerns, we will have staff to assist you upon entry.
What should I bring?
Our water temperature sits around 81 degrees and can be cool for young children. Please dress accordingly to account for this. Here is a link to a website that we recommend for children’s cool water swim suits.
- Children with long hair (longer than shoulder length) must have their hair pulled back.
- Swim caps can be worn to keep hair from the face and provide extra warmth.
- Goggles are recommended for all classes other than Parent-Tot- instructors may teach portions of the class without goggles.
- Towels and flip-flops can be placed pool-side during the lesson.
Please avoid t-shirts (unless swimming material), shorts, sewn-in floats, or swim aids such as inflatables.
What is Campus Recreation’s pool policy regarding children wearing diapers?
Your child is permitted to wear a waterproof diaper. However, it is mandatory that they wear a swim suit over top of their waterproof diaper.
Where does the parent/caregiver sit through the duration of the class?
There is an observation balcony that we request spectators view the class from. We understand your child might need some encouragement on the first lesson but it will be required to view from the balcony for each lesson following.
Can I drop off my child for swim lessons?
Children under 16 years of age must be accompanied and directly supervised by a parent or guardian over the age of 18.
What is the student-instructor ratio?
Our program strives to maintain a 2:5 instructor-child ratio. We like to remain flexible and have additional staff on hand that can assist when needed.
What if my child is sick or can’t make the lesson once the session has started?
Unfortunately, you cannot cancel your registration after 72 hours before Jan 19th for session 1, and March 16th for session 2. In the event of a documented medical condition, you may be eligible for a pro-rated refund.
** No refunds will be issued after the first lesson.
If my child misses a lesson, can it be made up?
We do not offer make-ups for missed group swim lessons.
What do I do if my child is misbehaving?
Not all disciplinary problems are addressed and taken care of by our instructors. We use positive reinforcement to encourage appropriate class behavior such as self-identification of the problem, warnings, and time-outs. If our instructor does not have success with this, we may approach you in an effort to find a better method that is more effective for your child. We ask that you teach, talk about and review appropriate class behavior and pool rules with your child. We encourage parents to lead by example and to help children understand “respect” for the water, classmates, and instructors.
Can my child swim in the pool before or after their lesson?
Children who sign up for the group or private lessons may not swim in the pool before or after class unless they have a membership to Campus Recreation and the pool is scheduled for open swimming. Parents of children, who are not members, are not allowed to work out in any part of the facility.
Can I take pictures during lessons?
You may take pictures. However, for the safety of our participants you may only take photos of your child. This includes the instructor.
Can I create an ActiveNet account in advance of registration?
Yes, an ActiveNet account can be created before registration is open for group swim lessons.
Questions? Contact the Aquatics Office.
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