Cleveland State University

Recreation Center

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  • Children will be evaluated on skill during the first class to ensure proper level placement.
  • Children with long hair must wear swim cap or have hair tied back.
  • Children must bring towel and swim suit to each class. Gym short or T-shirt over suit are not acceptable.
  • Parents must stay in the Natatorium during the program. Parents will not get into the pool during lessons.
  • Missed lesson by participants will not be made up.
  • Participants will not be able to join class if they are more than 10 minutes late.


  • Registration can occur in person at the Main Welcome Desk in Recreation Center or by phone with a credit card.
  • No refunds for cancellation by participants.
  • Full refunds for any programs cancelled by Campus Recreation Services.
  • Contact Cindi Bartko for phone registration for Learn to Swim or Certification 216.802.3258


Starbabies (walking to 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.

Starfish Preschool (age 6 and over)

Children ages 3 to 5 yrs will continue to develop their comfort level in the water and work towards development of five core competencies. Color stage awards will be recognized as they are accomplihsed. These color stages will be used to divide the student into ability groups. (Equivalent to Preschool 1,2,3). Age requirements are enforced. **Participation in StarBabies or equivalent program is highly recommended before enrollment in this course.

Starfish Stroke School (age 6 and over)
Students who have completed all 5 color stages of the Starfish Swim School will advance to this program. They will learn stroke techniques for freestyle, backstroke, buttefly, breaststroke, starts and turns. Student's competiency in each stroke will be acknowledged as they achieve each color stage. (Equivalent to the American Red Cross Level 4 and Level 5)

Starfish Swim School (age 6 and over)

Children will be placed into groups based on age and ability. Each gropup will work towards development and improvement of the five core swimming competencies. Color stage achievements will be recognized as they are accomplished. (Equivalent to the American Red Cross Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3)

Starfish Swim Team Training (age 6 and over)

This course is for students 6 years of age and over who have completed all 5 stages of Starfish Stroke School. As a developmental program, this level is designed to transition students from swim lessons to a competitive swim team program. The focus will be on developing endurance and improving stroke technique and efficiency. Age requirements are enforced.

Adult Beginner/Adv Beg
Beginner swimmers will overcome fear of water and become comfortable with submersion, floating, and forward movement. Advanced beginners will begin sgtroke development using the Starfish swimming techniques.

Adult Intermediate/Adv Swimmer
The intermediate level is for adults who are ready to develop their freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly. Advanced swimmers will work on butterlfy. 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 Contact Cindi Bartko at 1-216-802-3258 or email at

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