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The SRC Aquatics Department values diversity, professionalism, safety, health and wellness.

This department oversees operations for the SRC Rec and Plaza pools. It also offers a number of programs including swim lessons for all ages and skill levels, Red Cross Certification Courses and special poolside events. Pool-based programs like water basketball, water volleyball, log rolling and other sports are coordinated through SRC Intramural Sports in collaboration with Aquatics.

Children's Swim Lessons (Currently Unavailable)

The SRC Aquatics Department will not provide children's swim lessons during Summer 2021. For any questions, please contact Ryan Hairapetian at 818-677-5804 or via email.

It’s never too early for your child to become a better swimmer and build confidence in the water! These specially-designed lessons are available to the children, grandchildren and dependents of SRC members during the summer. Classes for all ability levels are offered every Saturday, and all lessons are taught utilizing the American Red Cross guidelines and teaching techniques.

  • Conveniently located at the SRC Rec Pool
  • Five lessons — 25 minutes, once a week on Saturday for five weeks

Any non-member who wants to sit on the deck and watch must purchase spectator passes at the front desk for $1.

Please be advised that parents will be required to bring the following items on the first day of lessons:

  • Swim lesson card from prior SRC swim lesson (if applicable)
  • Child’s birth certificate to be presented at the front desk. (This is mandatory unless you have previously presented these documents at the SRC and a profile has already been made for your child.)

Please arrive at least 15 to 30 minutes prior to the lesson in order to give sufficient time for sign-ins.

*Parents & Me requires at least one parent per child to be in the water. Non-members who want to get in the water must purchase a guest pass for $10.

Parents can request a FREE swim diaper from any lifeguard. Swim diapers are required for the following levels:
Parent & Me
Tiny Tots
Level 1
Level 2 (optional)

Children’s Swim Lesson Prerequisites 

Parent & Me: (Ages 6 months to 3 years) Little to no experience in the water. Parent required.
Tiny Tots: (Ages 3 to 4) Little to no experience in the water. Can begin to perform basic water movement, including kicking and gliding.
Level 1: (Ages 5+) Little to no experience in the water. Can begin to perform basic water movement, including gliding, kicking, arm movement and floating on front and back
Level 2: (Ages 5+) Some experience in the water. Can push off wall and kick. Comfortable placing face in water and floating on front or back with assistance.
Level 3: (Ages 5+) Can push off wall and perform the front crawl and backstroke for 10 feet without assistance.
Level 4: (Ages 5+) Ability to swim 25 yards front crawl and backstroke, 25 yards of butterfly and breaststroke; can tread water for up to 30 seconds.

Private & Semi-Private Swim Lessons (Currently Unavailable)

Private and semi-private lessons provide participants with the opportunity to learn at your own pace and can be adapted for all ability levels. Choose a lesson time that works with your schedule and our instructors will help you to meet your personal swimming goals. Lessons are available Monday through Sunday during the regular pool hours of operation. You can get started by registering at the SRC front desk and our aquatics staff will contact you to arrange your private lessons. All private and semi-private lessons are 30-minutes and scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Location: SRC Rec Pool or Plaza Pool
  • Cost for students: $14 Private, $9 Semi-Private
  • Cost for non-students: $24 Private, $14 Semi-Private
  • Semi-private participants must be from the same household or provide vaccination card
  • Register at the SRC front desk 
  • Pending member availability, Head Guard will schedule instructor and coordinate lesson schedule with member

Adult Lap Swim & Stay Fit Workouts

The Lap Swim and Stay Fit Workout Program is a fun and healthy balance between fitness and instruction. We offer a variety of aquatic workouts to meet individual needs and goals. This program allows you to swim your way into shape on your own time.

  • Location: Rec Pool and Plaza Pool
  • No registration needed

See an SRC aquatics staff member to learn how to make your next workout a splash at the pool. 

Aquatics Group Exercise Classes (Fall and Spring)

Please see the Group Exercise class page for details about aquatics group exercise classes.

Adult Beginner Swim Lessons (Fall and Spring)

Beginner swim lessons are for adults with little or no comfort in the water. Participants will learn how to perform basic water safety skills, hold their breath and perform simple strokes in the pool.

  • Monday, Oct. 4 – Wednesday, Oct. 27
  • Location: SRC Plaza Pool
  • 8 lessons — 30 minutes, twice a week on Monday and Wednesday for four weeks
  • Cost: $20 for students, $36 for non-students
  • Class size: 4 – 5 members
  • Register at the SRC front desk or online

Registration opens on Monday, Sep. 6 and closes Sunday, Oct. 3.

Adult Intermediate Swim Lessons (Fall and Spring)

Intermediate Swim Lessons are for adults who have completed Adult Beginner Swim Lessons or have equivalent skills. Participants will continue stroke development (freestyle, backstroke and breaststroke) and improve their water fitness.

  • Tuesday, Oct. 5 – Thursday, Oct. 28
  • Location: SRC Plaza Pool
  • 8 lessons — 30 minutes, twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday for four weeks
  • Cost: $20 for students, $36 for non-students
  • Class size: 4 – 5 members
  • Register at the SRC front desk or online

Registration opens on Monday, Sep. 6 and closes Sunday, Oct. 3.

Lifeguard Certification (Fall and Spring)

The purpose of the American Red Cross Lifeguarding course is to provide entry-level lifeguard participants with the knowledge and skills to prevent, recognize and respond to aquatics emergencies. Participants will learn how to provide care for breathing and cardiac emergencies, injuries and sudden illnesses until emergency medical services (EMS) personnel are able to take over.

Registration opens on Monday, Sept 6 and closes Friday, Oct. 1.

Mandatory requirements: 

  • Clothing: Participants will need a bathing suit for all six meetings.

All Lifeguard Certification participants will need to demonstrate these prerequisites:

  1. Swim 300 yards continuously demonstrating breath control and rhythmic breathing
  2. Tread water for two minutes using only their legs
  3. Complete a timed event within 1 minute and 40 seconds
    • Starting in the water, swim 20 yards. Your face may be in or out of the water, but swim goggles are not allowed.
    • Surface dive, feet-first or head-first, to a depth of 7 to 10 feet to retrieve a 10-pound object.
    • Return to the surface and swim 20 yards on your back to return to the starting point. With both hands holding the object, keep your face at or near the surface so you are able to get a breath. You should not swim the distance under water. Exit the water using a ladder or steps.

If participants fail to demonstrate these prerequisites, they will receive a refund for the full amount. 

Certification Requirements:

  • Attend all six class sessions
  • Receive an 80% or better on the written test in all sections (CPR/AED/First Aid/Lifeguarding)
  • Successfully demonstrate all skills and rescues in the water

For any questions, contact Ryan Hairapetian at 818-677-5804.

Wipeout Workout (Currently Unavailable)

Splash into some free fun in the sun with a Wipeout Workout at the Student Recreation Center of the University Student Union! Take a break from your typical workout routine by testing your balance, strength and endurance as you take on the epic Wibit In-Water Obstacle Course and our exciting Log Rolling experience. These activities will give you a cool new way to challenge your body while having fun and staying cool!

Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays: 3 – 6 p.m.

Rec Pool, Student Recreation Center