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Swim Programs


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All swim programs (except Aqua Fitness) are led by instructor Michael Creason, a retired assistant professor in the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation at WCU. He has been certified by the American Red Cross to teach infants and children and has been a swimming instructor for more than 40 years. Please note that all participants in WCU swim programs must carefully read and agree to the terms of the WCU Campus Recreation Center and Reid Pool Assumption of Risk and Release/Waiver of Claims.

Adult Beginner Swim

October 21-23 and 28-30 (M-W for 6 days)
7:30pm to 8:20pm  |  $59.00
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Fall Youth Swim Refresher 2019

October 21-23 and 28-30 (M-W for 6 days)
6:30pm to 7:20pm   |  $59.00
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BEGINNERS -- Based on an assessment, skill development may include: bobbing, holding breath underwater, rhythmic breathing, floating, prone glide, back glide, underwater glide, leg kicks and arm mechanics, proper head position or rhythmic breathing, improving swim technique, sit-down dive, learning survival floating and acclamation to deep water. For ages 5 and above only.

Advanced Beginner, Intermediate, Swimmer and Advanced Swimmer Refresher Skills. Emphasis on proper technique on front crawl, back crawl, breast stroke, elementary backstroke, and side strokes on each side. Also survival skills in trading water, back float, survival float, stride jump, surface dives and underwater swim. For ages 7 and above only.

For questions, please call Mike Creason at 828-293-5364 or Educational Outreach at 828-227-7397 for additional information.

  • An adult must be in the pool with the child.
  • Ages for this program are 6 months to 3 years for Minnows and 3-5 years for Fish Level 
  • Infants must wear a swim diaper 
  • Each child and parent must rinse off before entering the pool. 
  • Parents are encouraged to arrive 10 minutes early to get ready for pool time. 
  • Children age 3 may take either Minnow or Fish Level. Better swimmers usually enjoy the Fish Level.
  • A child may enroll in more than one session with a second registration 
  • All sessions are held in Reid Pool 
  • Youth may register for multiple sessions
  • Ages for this program are 6 years or older
  • Skills include stroke growth (Intermediate), stroke distinction (swimmer), and skill advancement and stroke expert (advanced swimmers) 
  • Beginner and Advanced Beginners skills include water discovery and principal skills (beginner) and stroke alert (advanced beginner). 
  • Beginners skills include water discovery, breathing techniques, arm mechanics and leg kicks. 
  • Parents may wait in the pool area while class is in session, but are not allowed in the water. 
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