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Youth Swim Lessons @ UNE

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UNE’s Youth Learn-To-Swim Program is a progressive, developmentally appropriate water safety program based on American Red Cross standards. It focuses on safe water acclimation, skill development, and water safety skills. It is offered Tuesday & Thursday evenings, as well as Sunday mornings at the Campus Center on UNE's Biddeford campus. 


In this class parents learn how to safely work with their child in the water. This includes how to appropriately support and hold their child, as well as how to prepare and encourage their child to participate fully and try aquatic skills. Children receive an introduction to basic skills that lay a foundation for learning to swim. Additionally, parents are introduced to several water safety topics.


Preschool classes are designed to introduce basic aquatic skills and build toward independent aquatic locomotion skills. Children will explore using simultaneous and alternating arm/leg actions on the front and back to gain proficiency in preparation for performing strokes. Participants are also introduced to and practice basic water safety topics.

School Age Classes are broken up into several levels.

Level 1/2: Introduction & Development of Fundamental Aquatic Skills
This level works on the introduction and development of basic aquatic skills that become the foundation for future aquatic skill development. This level also marks the beginning of true locomotion skills. Participants learn to glide/float without support, recover to a vertical position, gain confidence and the ability to explore underwater. Additionally, they develop simultaneous and alternating arm/leg actions on front and back, laying the foundation for future strokes. Water safety topics and skills are also introduced.

Level 3: Stroke Development
Participants will learn the basic rudimentary skills of the front crawl, back crawl, and elementary backstroke. Participants will also be introduced to the scissor and dolphin kicks, extend their duration of time treading water, survival floating, and safe headfirst water entry.
Level 4/5: Stroke Improvement & Refinement Participants improve their aquatic skills and increase their endurance by swimming strokes for greater distances and with more advance proficiency. Participants will add arm actions to previously learned scissor, dolphin, and breaststroke kicks to perform sidestroke, butterfly, and breaststroke. Participants will continue to learn more advanced water safety skills, as well as the basics of open turns and starts. 
Swim Team Prep (Ages 11 and up) This class is for participants who are considering joining a competitive swim club or team. This class focuses on all four competitive strokes, starts, and turns. In this practice emphasis is placed on building endurance, goal setting, and continued stroke development through reinforced repetition and drills.

Swim Notes
Session Dates:
Mondays: March 23 - April 27 (6 Week Program)

Tuesdays: March 24 – April 28 (6 Week Program)

Thursdays: March 26 – April 30 (6 Week Program)

Sundays: March 29 – May 3 (5 Week Program)

Swim Evaluation
Need to know which lesson is appropriate for your child? Contact Bob Eagle, Campus Center Aquatics & Facility Manager @ 602-2551 or

5 Week Swim Programs: $55.00/Resident $60.00/Non-Resident
6 Week Swim Programs: $66.00/Resident $71.00/Non-Resident


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