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Saturday Morning Youth Learn to Swim Program

The Youth Learn to Swim is a fall and spring program open to children of the college community and the general public.

The Saturday morning eight-week program is structured to improve the swimming skills of children to make them safe in and around the water.

Each session is 45-minutes.

Spring 2018 Schedule

  • Dates of program: February 3rd, 10th 17th, 24th; March 3rd  (no class March 10 or17) March 24, March31st and April 7th.

Enrollment Requirements

To enroll, children must be 5 years of age, 47 inches tall and comfortable in water (able to go underwater). Children enrolled in level 2 will be measured the first class period and tested for comfort in water.


$50 per student.

How to Register

  • Download Enrollment Form (PDF file size 15 KB). (Note: this document requites Acrobat Reader, which is available as a free download).
  • Bring enrollment form and registration fee in person to 312 Memorial Hall (main office). View Campus Map.
  • Enrollments will be accepted Monday -Friday (7:30 a.m. - noon and 1:00 - 3:30 p.m.)
  • Checks must be made payable to SUNY Plattsburgh.
  • Mail enrollment form and registration fee to:
    Department of Recreation
    SUNY Plattsburgh- Attention Beth Shaughnessy
    101 Broad Street
    Plattsburgh, NY 12901
  • Enrollments will be accepted on a first -come-first-enrolled basis.
  • Participants will only be contacted if we are unable to accommodate your requested time.

What Level Do I Sign My Child Up For?

Passed previous level or have the following skills:

  • Level 2: Fundamental Aquatic Skills - Beginning entry level- knows little or no strokes: Must be able to go under water and be comfortable in water. Learns to float and begins to learn to move through water on the front & back
  • Level 3: Stroke Development - Should be very comfortable in the water, move through the water without support and be able to jump into shallow water. Teaches coordination of front crawl and elementary backstroke, introduces scissors and butterfly kicks and works on deep water safety.
  • Level 4: Stroke Improvement - Should have coordinated of front crawl and elementary backstroke and be comfortable in deep water. Teaches Improvement of skills and distance for front crawl & elementary backstroke, introduces back stroke, breaststroke and sidestroke
  • Level 5: Stroke Refinement - Should be able to do one length (25 yards) of front crawl and elementary backstroke, and 15 yards of breast, side and back crawl and tread water for one-minute. Students work on refinement of skills and greater distance.

Class Schedule

9:00 - 9:40 a.m. 9:45 - 10:25 a.m. 10:30 - 11:10a.m. 11:15 - 11:55a.m.
Level 2 Level 2 Level 2 Level 2
Level 3 Level 3 Level 3 Level 3
Level 4 Level 4 Level 4 Level 4
  Level 5  Level 5  Level 5


Contact Information

For more information about Recreational Sports at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact:

Karen Waterbury, Recreational Sports Director
312 Memorial Hall
101 Broad Street
Plattsburgh NY 12901

Phone: (518) 564-4150
Fax: (518) 564-4155
Email: [email protected]