Aquatics

We are committed to making your experience in the Aquatic program the most positive and worthwhile adventure possible. Browse our links to discover all that the Aquatics department has to offer!

Programs

Drop-in Swim Clinic

This is an initiative-based learn to swim program emphasizing stroke development and refinement. Personalized coaching from the aquatics staff will give you the tips necessary to improve your skills.

Cost: Members/Students- FREE

Lifeguard Training

In this Lifeguard Training course, you will learn about the duties and responsibilities of a lifeguard and how to carry them out in a professional manner. Successful completion of the course requires participation in classroom and skill sessions, as well as successful performance in skill and knowledge evaluations. 

Cost: Members/Students- $225, Non-members- $275

CPR/AED & First Aid Training

In these American Red Cross classes you will learn how to recognize and treat life-threatening emergencies, including cardiac arrest and choking for adult, child and infant victims. Participants also learn to recognize the warning signs of heart attack and stroke in adults and breathing difficulties in children.

Cost: Members/Students-$35, Non-members - $45

Swim Lessons

Group Swim Lessons

The Wellness and Recreation center is pleased to offer group swim lessons to the local community through Kent County Parks and Recreation. Our program offers lessons for kids ranging from the parent-child class up to the age of 14.  All group lessons are a half hour and meet once a week for five weeks. You can register for any group swim lessons listed below at the Wellness and Recreation Center or by visiting the Kent County website

Parent and Child Swim Lesson: 6mths - 5yrs            Tuesday 5:15pm               30mins 

A fun filled introduction to the aquatics environment. Participants will be comfortable in the water learning a set of basics skills that help prepare infants and young children to become comfortable in the water so they are willing and ready to learn to swim. In addition to orienting you children to the water, Parent Child Aquatics provides parents with information and techniques to create safer aquatic experiences for their children.  Bathing suits, swim diapers (if necessary) and towels are required for class. 

 

Preschool Swim Lesson: 3 - 5yrs                     Tuesday 6:00pm                         30mins 

Classes are designed to orient pre-school age children to the aquatics environment, and to facilitate developmentally appropriate learning of fundamental water safety and aquatics skills. There are no skill prerequisites for this class. Participants will learn how to safely enter and exit the pool, pool rules, breath control, floating, gliding, freestyle and backstroke, and jumping into shallow water. Bathing suits and towels are required for class. Goggles are optional.  

Learn-to-Swim Level 2: 6 - 13 yrs     Tuesday 6:45pm or Thursday 6:45pm      30 mins 

Participants will begin to perform skills at a slightly more advanced level, and begin gliding unassisted on both the front and the back. Other skills taught will include front crawl, backstroke, floating, jumping in shallow water, and pool safety. Bathing suits and towels are required for class. Goggles are optional. 

Learn-to-Swim Level 3: 6 - 13yrs                       Tuesday 6:00pm                      30mins 

Participants learn to swim the front crawl and backstroke at rudimentary proficiency levels, and are introduced to scissor and dolphin kicks. Participants learn to float for an increased time and tread water. On successful completion of Level 3, participants have achieved basic water competency in a pool environment. Bathing suits and towels are required for class. Goggles are optional. 

Learn-to-Swim Level 4: 6 - 13yrs                       Tuesday 6:45pm                          30min

Participants will improve proficiency in performing swimming strokes that were introduced in Level 3 as well as increased distance. Participants will also learn the arm actions that accompany the scissors kick and breaststroke kick in order to begin performing these strokes. Back crawl, sidestroke and butterfly will also be taught. 

Private Swim Lessons

We are happy to offer private and semi-private lessons to the families of Faculty, Staff, WRC members, non-members as well as DSU students. In each session you will receive 5, half-hour lessons. These lessons feature flexible scheduling and more individualized instruction. Requires registration. Limit 3 individuals in a semi-private lesson.

Private Cost:

  • DSU Students - FREE
  • DSU Faculty/Staff/Alumni - $95
  • Member - $110
  • Non-Member - $125

Semi-Private Cost:

  • DSU Students - FREE
  • DSU Faculty/Staff/Alumni - $70
  • Member - $85
  • Non-Member - $100

FAQs

WHY MUST I WEAR A “REGULATION” BATHING SUIT IN THE POOLS AS OPPOSED TO A T-SHIRT AND SHORTS?

There are several reasons why we require regulation bathing suits. Some of these reasons include certain dyes in non-regulation materials that may bleed. Certain fibers in non-regulation materials may not interact well with the filtration system. Some T-shirts may hinder a swimmer’s ability in the water. T-shirts worn with no undergarments may be offensive to patrons.

WHERE CAN I FIND THE POOL SCHEDULE?

You can find the pool schedule on the Aquatics tab of the Wellness and Recreation Center website. Or pick up a WRC fitness calendar at the front desk.

DO I HAVE TO PUT MY HEAD UNDERWATER FOR ANY OF THE AQUATICS GROUP FITNESS CLASSES?

No. Each class is designed for all fitness levels and each individual works at their preferred intensity. You will not be required to fully submerge your head.

WHAT IS THE TEMPERATURE OF THE POOL?

The temperature of the pool is 84 degrees year round.

DOES THE WRC OFFER COURSES TO BECOME A LIFEGUARD, SWIM INSTRUCTOR OR POOL OPERATOR?

Currently the WRC offers a lifeguard class every semester. This non-credit course meets for the duration of a full semester.

HOW LONG IS THE LAP AREA?

20 yards.

HOW MANY LENGTHS ARE IN A MILE?

There are 80.5 lengths in a mile.

DOES THE WRC POOL CONSIST OF A HOT TUB?

No. However, there is an area of the pool that features in-pool jets.

DOES THE WRC POOL OFFER SWIM LESSONS?

The WRC currently offers swim lessons through Kent County Parks and Recreation to the community. The WRC offers private and semi-private swim lessons to the DSU community. You can find more information regarding swim lessons by clicking the Swim Lesson PDF.

HOW DEEP IS THE WATER?

At its deepest point, the water is 5 feet deep. However, the majority of the pool area has an average depth of 3 feet and 6 inches.

WHY IS THE POOL SO SHALLOW?

The WRC pool has been designed specifically to attract beginners and non-swimmers to come and use the facility for recreational purposes. Hence, the deepest point in the pool is a maximum of 5 feet deep.

WHY CAN’T YOU LEAVE YOUR BELONGINGS ON THE BENCHES AROUND THE POOL?

The WRC offers patrons locks at the front desk. Our locker rooms have ample space for patrons to keep their belongings safe; we cannot guarantee the safety of their belongings if left on benches.