Student Swim Lessons

Classes are currently full - accepting waitlist registrations only

What lessons are available?

At the UC Davis Rec Pool, we LOVE Swimming and we'd love to help you to improve your skills in the water! Whether it's your first time in the water or you're a seasoned swimmer, there's lots to learn! There are two types of Lessons Aquatics offers:

  • Group Lessons (Introduction and Intermediate)
  • Private Lessons (All Levels)

How much does it cost?

Campus Recreation is offering free group lessons for enrolled students!

A $15.00 fee will be assessed at the time of registration to reserve a spot, but this fee will be refunded* after the conclusion of the lessons. Students can register for these lessons using the link below. 

*Students that miss two or more lessons will not receive a refund.

Private Lessons are $175 and can be covered by Campus Recreation via the Fee Waiver Program. 

GROUP LESSONS

Lessons are 45 minutes long, once per week for 8 weeks. Each class has a MAX of 3 students. Lessons are FREE for Enrolled Students however a $15 charge will be needed to register, which will be refunded at the end of the lessons - If you miss 2 out of the total 8 lessons without letting the swim lessons instructor/manager know, you will not be refunded the $15. After signing up, please be on the lookout for an email with more information regarding your swim lesson.

PRIVATE LESSONS

Lessons are 45 minutes long, once per week for 8 weeks. Lessons are $175 total, and you can apply for a Fee Waiver to cover the cost of Private swim lessons. After signing up, please be on the lookout for an email with more information regarding your swim lesson.

Past Students who enrolled in Swim Lessons

"I took the swimming lesson in the Fall and really enjoyed it! The instructor helped me to feel confident being in the water. The last time I took a swimming class was more than 10 years ago, and I still couldn't really swim properly. The class only had 3 students, so I received a lot of attention and feedback on how to improve my swimming techniques. I am still working on freestyle and how to breathe properly, so I am going to register for the classes again in the spring quarter".

"I have been wanting to learn how to swim for a long time. Most places that I tried taking lessons cost a lot. After I moved to Davis, I found out about the swim lessons offered at the rec pool. I was super surprised knowing that the lessons were for free. I took my first set of lessons during summer and by the end of the quarter I was able to do freestyle and backstroke. Having a student instructor and the class having 'only students' made me feel less conscious about "being judged". The instructors are very knowledgeable, and they offer instructions based on each student's pace and style of learning. They adapted very quickly to each student's needs. I took the classes again in fall quarter and the two instructors I had, Maddie and Daniel, were excellent! They made my freestyle and backstroke techniques better. I always thought I was weak and lacked endurance. Daniel patiently helped me improve and boosted my confidence. I will definitely be taking more swim lessons!"

Location Information

Location

152 La Rue Road, Davis, CA 95616
(Located on La Rue and Hutchison, opposite Aggie Stadium and Hutchinson Field)

Mailing Address

UC Davis Rec Pool
One Shields Avenue
Davis, CA 95616

Driving Directions

Please note: A new concrete median has been created on Hutchison Drive and you can no longer make a left turn onto Extension Center Drive.

When using maps on your phone use 1025 Extension Center Drive Davis, CA for directions.

From San Francisco

  • Take the exit onto I-80 E toward Oakland
  • Slight right at CA-113 N (signs for CA-113/Woodland)
  • Take the Russell Blvd exit
  • Turn right onto Russell Blvd
  • Turn right onto Orchard Park Dr
  • Continue onto Orchard Park Dr
  • Turn left into Lot 30 to park.  The UC Davis Rec Pool can be seen from the parking lot.

From Sacramento

  • Take I-5/I-80 Bus ramp to San Francisco
  • Merge onto I-80 Bus W
  • Continue on I-80 W
  • Take exit 70 to merge onto CA-113 N toward Woodland
  • Take the Russell Blvd exit
  • Turn right onto Russell Blvd
  • Turn right onto Orchard Park Dr
  • Continue onto Orchard Park Dr
  • Turn left into Lot 30 to park.  The UC Davis Rec Pool can be seen from the parking lot.

Parking

Nearest Parking Lots

Parking is available in the parking lot adjacent to the UC Davis Rec Pool. Parking is monitored by TAPS on Campus. If you do not have a Campus Parking pass, you can pay for parking via Park Mobile.

Upcoming Closures

Special Hours of Operation

Academic term weekend holidays

(MLK Day, Presidents’ Day, Cesar Chavez, Memorial Day, Veteran's Day FRIDAY 11/11)

12pm-2:45pm ONLY (No AM or PM Lap Swimming)

Special Holiday Pool Closures

Thanksgiving: Wednesday 23 November - Sunday 27 November, Closed

Winter Break: Monday 19 December - Sunday 8 January 2023, Closed

Contact Information

Contact Information

Email

UC Davis Aquatics Unit

aquatics@campusrec.ucdavis.edu

Head Guard Phone

530-752-2695

More Aquatic Programs

The Aquatics Unit offers more than Lap Swimming and Swim Lessons. Find YOUR Aquatics Recreation below:

The Aquatics Unit also has employment opportunities available and are always looking to hire Lifeguards and/or Swim Instructors! Contact us for more information at aquatics@campusrec.ucdavis.edu.