Get All You Can from Youth Programs with CRU Membership

CRU (Campus Recreation and Unions) Membership, formerly known as ARC Membership, incorporates the amenities and services of the ARC and other CRU programming. Benefits include significant discounts at the Craft Center, Equestrian Center, Outdoor Adventures and Youth Programs. They also include low-cost access to Fitness and Wellness programs such as Group Exercise, Instructional Series and Personal Training. In addition, CRU Members enjoy free access to Intramural (IM) Sports, the Rec Pool and Hickey Pool. To explore your own CRU lifestyle, visit

Junior Lifeguarding Swim Lesson Dates and Fees
Swim Lesson Descriptions Swim Lesson Levels
Swim Lessons Calendar Other Aquatic Offerings

Our spring and summer Aquatics programming includes group and private swim lessons for youth at all levels of ability (see class level descriptions below. Summer Aquatics programming also includes a junior lifeguarding course for pre-teens and teens ages 12–16. In addition, we offer open recreation swim hours in both spring and summer. All spring and summer Aquatics youth programming takes place at the Recreation Pool on the UC Davis campus, conveniently located at the intersection of La Rue Road and Hutchison Drive.

Youth swim class sessions are 35 minutes long and class days vary depending on the season (Monday/Wednesday, Tuesday/Thursday, or Monday through Thursday). Overall class length is one, two or four weeks, depending on the type of class (group or private). The junior lifeguarding program is for preteens and teens ages 12–16 only, and is a two-week course offered once during the summer. See the class descriptions below and the class schedule below for full information.

Price Key

A: UC Davis Student/CRU Member
B: Non-UC Davis Student/Non-CRU Member

Junior Lifeguarding

10:35 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
A $215 / B $230 || Enroll Now
Ages 12–16

The Rec Pool Junior Lifeguarding program is open to preteens and teens ages 12–16 with Halibut level swimming ability (see class level descriptions below). A swim test will be given the first day. The focus of the program is to give participants an introduction to the basic skills of lifeguarding, including CPR, first aid, rescue techniques, recognizing and responding to emergency situations, and the responsibilities of lifeguarding. This class will prepare the participant for American Red Cross Lifeguard Training (but it is not the certification course). Classes are two weeks long, Monday through Thursday. Participants will receive a whistle and a Rec Pool T-shirt.

AQUJT4 July 10-20
Week 1: Monday–Thursday
Week 2: Monday–Thursday

Swim Lesson Descriptions

Youth Group Lessons

Youth group swim lessons are offered at the UC Davis Recreation Pool during spring and summer (see dates and times on next page). Classes are divided by swim level (see listings on next page). If you are unsure of your child’s swim level, you can stop by the Recreation Pool during our Rec Swim hours and have your child evaluated by one of our Aquatics managers.

Due to the many skills required at each class level, it is not uncommon for children to repeat a class. After taking a class, if your child does advance to the next level, please be sure to notify the Youth Programs administrative office at 530-754-4304 on the last day of your child’s lessons so we can move them into the next level (based on availability).

We make every effort to accommodate all interested participants by adding classes when needed, based on demand and available pool space. However, this means that we sometimes must cancel or combine classes with fewer than three participants, and we reserve the right to do so.

Private Lessons

Private lessons offer your child the opportunity to receive the individualized attention he or she needs to overcome that next swimming hurdle. Designed for all ages and ability levels, private lessons provide a one-to-one teaching-to-learning experience. The instructor will work with you to determine personalized class objectives for your child.

Swim Lesson Dates and Fees

For spring and summer swim lesson dates, times and registration codes, see the listings below.

Spring: Private Lessons

A $110 / B $120 || Enroll Now

Classes are two weeks long, Monday through Thursday, 6:10–6:45 p.m.

  • Session 1:
    • April 25–May 3, 6:10–6:45 p.m., Monday/Wednesday
    • April 26–May 5, 6:10–6:45 p.m., Tuesday/Thursday
  • Session 2:
    • May 8–May 17, 6:10–6:45 p.m., Monday/Wednesday
    • May 9–May 18, 6:10–6:45 p.m., Tuesday/Thursday

Spring: Youth Group Lessons

A $70 / B $74 || Enroll Now

Classes are four weeks long, Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday, 6:10–6:45 p.m.

  • Spring Session 1: April 24–May 17, Monday/Wednesday
  • Spring Session 2: April 25–May 18, Tuesday/Thursday

Summer: Private Lessons

A $110 / B $120 || Enroll Now

Classes are one week long, meet Monday through Thursday, and last 35 minutes. For class times, please see our Swim Lessons Calendar below.

  • Session 1: June 19–22
  • Session 1A: June 26–29
  • Session 2: None
  • Session 2A: July 10–13
  • Session 3: July 17–20
  • Session 3A: July 24–27
  • Session 4: July 31–August 3
  • Session 4A: August 7–10

Summer: Youth Group Lessons

A $70 / B $74 || Enroll Now

Class sessions are two weeks long, meet Monday through Thursday, and last 35 minutes. For class times, please see our Swim Lessons Calendar below.

  • Session 1: June 19–29
  • Session 2: July 3–13
  • Session 3: July 17–27
  • Session 4: July 31–August 10

Swim Lesson Levels


Recommended for children under the age of three. This introductory class for parent and child emphasizes holding techniques for parents to help their child become comfortable in the water. Other course objectives include water safety skills and water adjustment exercises.


Recommended for children ages 3–5. This class is for children ready to swim on their own. We will explore water adjustment and confidence skills through fun games. The focus of these sessions is to help your child become comfortable putting his or her face in the water, so that your child will be prepared to move on to more advanced swim techniques in future lessons.


Strongly recommended for children ages five and up (due to the more structured learning environment of this class). Children entering Cod-level swim lessons should be comfortable submerging their heads underwater before the start of the session. Emphasis is placed on children learning to float independently on their front and back sides and to kick in both positions.


At this class level, children should already be comfortable performing front and back floats and recovery. Participants will perfect their front and back kicks across the shallow end of the pool and learn the three components of the front and back crawl strokes.


In this class, your child will perfect the front and back crawl strokes in a deep-water environment, with emphasis on coordinated breathing. Participants will also learn the arm and leg movements and overall coordination of elementary backstroke.

Flying Fish

In this class, your child will learn the fundamentals and coordination of breaststroke and sidestroke. He or she will also continue to perfect the elementary backstroke.


Objectives for this course include learning the butterfly and turning techniques for all strokes. Your child will also continue to refine all previous strokes.


In this class, your child will focus on fine-tuning techniques for all strokes. Emphasis is placed on developing endurance to prepare for competitive swimming.

Swim Lessons Calendar

Calendar coming soon.

Other Aquatics Offerings

Spring and summer Aquatics programming also includes open recreation swim, the option to schedule your own private and semi-private lessons, and swim lessons for teens and adults. For this and other information not included here, visit the Aquatics Youth Programs and Classes page.