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Swim Lessons
Fees & Procedures

Private, one-on-one swim lessons are available to students, faculty/staff, alumni and associates with recreation membership. Participants must have recreation membership to take private swim lessons.

Private Swim Lessons
1 lesson
3 lessons
5 lessons

Participants must complete and submit the Registration/Waiver and Participant Information Form with the registration fee (cash, check, credit card accepted) to Member Services in the Recreation Center. Registration materials are reviewed by the Senior Associate prior to beginning swim lessons.

Participants are assigned a swim instructor based on instructor availability and compatibility with the participant’s goals and skill level. Lessons are scheduled at mutually-agreed upon times.

During the academic year, private swim lessons can be held during recreation lap/open swim times listed below:

Boyden Pool
Saturday & Sunday
Totman Pool
Monday & Tuesday
7:15-9:00am & 11:15am-3:00pm
Thursday & Friday
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
Saturday & Sunday

Each swim lesson typically lasts 30-35 minutes. Plan to arrive 10-15 minutes early to allow time to change into your swimsuit, secure your personal belongings, present your UCard to the lifeguard on duty, and meet your swim instructor on the pool deck. Participant UCard must swipe valid through the card reader for access to the pool and swim lesson.

Lessons are non-refundable, non-transferable and expire at the end of the semester in which the lesson(s) was/were purchased.

If a participant is unable to make a scheduled lesson, he/she must notify the instructor at least 24 hours in advance. Failure to do so will result in the participant forfeiting the lesson; no refund will be granted.

In case of emergency (i.e. sudden illness, family emergency), call Member Services at the Recreation Center (413-545-0022 or 413-545-2693) and request to speak with or leave a message for Senior Associate Jeanne Orr. Then, follow up with notification to your instructor. The decision to reschedule or forfeit the lesson will be at the discretion of the Senior Associate in consultation with the instructor.

A 15-minute grace period is permitted for late arrival to a scheduled lesson. The instructor will wait 15 minutes past the scheduled lesson time, unless the participant has alerted the instructor of the lateness and arrival time. The instructor may or may not be able to extend the lesson to make up for the 15 minutes.

Personal instruction and training are not permitted in the pools other than what is scheduled through Campus Recreation.

Unauthorized photography/videography is not permitted during lessons.

For more information on private swim lessons, contact Senior Associate Jeanne Orr at jorr@umass.edu



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