Cleveland State University
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Swim School

PLEASE NOTE: Swim School registration ends one (1) week prior to the start date of each session.

We don't just teach you how to swim. We teach you how to swim properly! The CSU Swim School provides swimming instruction in a group environment with a low student to instructor ratio. Our goal is to promote water safety while teaching proper stroke technique for all ages. Our experienced swim instructors follow specific lesson plans designed to focus on the fundamentals; then they break down complicated skills into simple movements. Class levels are based on age and ability. Class descriptions and detailed schedules are available at the Customer Service Desk.

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Pricing: M: $31 NM: $40

CSU Swim Descriptions

Parent-Tot (Ages 6 months - 5 years)
Young children will develop a high comfort level in the water with a trusted adult. Parents and caregivers will learn how to help children develop their swimming skills along with training in water safety and drowning prevention. One adult per child must attend each class and participate in the water.

Preschool (Ages 3 - 5)

Young children wil continue to develop their comfort level in the water and work towards development of core competencies. Participation in Parent-Tot or equivalent program is highly recommended before enrollment in this course.

Swim School

Children will be placed into groups based on age and ability. Each group will work towards development and improvement of the core swimming competencies.

Stroke School

Students who have completed Swim School will advance to this program. They will learn stroke techniques for freestyle, backstroke, butterfly, breaststroke, starts and turns.

Adult Beginner/Advanced Beginner
Beginner swimmers will overcome fear of water and become comfortable with submersion, floating, and forward movement. Beginners will also begin stroke development.

Adult Intermediate/Advanced
The intermediate level is for adults who are ready to develop their freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly. Advanced swimmers will also work on turns, efficiency, technique, and endurance.

NOTE: If student is not able to perform skills for the previous level on the first day of class they will be moved to a more appropriate level which may be held at a different time. If you have questions on which level to sign up for Michelle Rieger at 216.802.3258 or email at

CSU Swim Clinics

Adult Swim Clinics
These 60-minute sessions allow adults to work on specific skills without the time commitment of group lessons. Our instructors will assist participants with techniques and skills in a small group setting. Participants specify skills to be worked on when they arrive to the clinic.

  • Registration can occur in person at the Main Welcome Desk in Recreation Center or online.
  • No refunds for cancellation by participants.
  • Full refunds for any programs canceled by Campus Recreation Services.
  • Swim School registration ends one (1) week prior to the start date of each session

2420 Chester Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115 | 216.802.3200 | |

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Mailing Address
Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Avenue, RC
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214
Campus Location
Recreation Center
2420 Chester Avenue
Phone: 216.802.3200