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Swim Lessons & Youth Programs

Campus Recreation offers group and private swim lessons for ISU affiliates and the general public.  During summer months, we offer more advanced swim training for kids in the afternoons.


Private Swim Lessons

Cost:  $15/half hour, $30/hour
Call aquatics director Karen Homstad (208) 282-6152 or fill out this form to get on the waitlist
Lessons limited by instructor availability
Lessons typically held during "combo swim" hours


Register In Person for Summer Swim Programs

  • ISU Affiliates Early Registration starts April 15
  • Registration opens to the public April 29
  • Campus Recreation Main Office, SRC Room 360
  • Office hours through May 3 - 8am-4:30pm
  • Summer office hours start May 6 - 7:30am-3:30pm
  • Office not open during major holidays & ISU closures
  • Group Lesson Waitlists:  Lesson signups are on a first-come/first-serve basis.  If a spot or another class opens up and you are wait-listed, we will contact you ASAP.


Small Group Swim Lessons for Kids

Children’s small group lessons are offered Monday through Thursday mornings in two week (8 lessons) sessions.

Session Dates

  • Session 1: June 3-6 & 10-13
  • Session 2: June 17-20 & 24-27
  • No classes the week of July 4th
  • Session 3: July 8-11 & 15-18
  • Session 4: July 22-25 & July 29-Aug 1

 Class Times

Levels 1, 2, 3

30-minute classes




Level 4

45-minute classes



9:40-10:25am This class time offered in July only


60-minute classes


Baby & Me

9:25-9:55am offered Session 1 only


Levels 1-3, Baby & Me
Includes eight (8) 30-minute classes
ISU affiliates... $40/child per session
Public............. $50/child per session

Level 4 or Advanced Levels
Includes eight (8) 45-60 minute classes
ISU affiliates... $60/child per session
Public............. $75/child per session


Teen Swim & Jr. Lifeguard Camps

  • These camps are for teens, ages 12-16, who want to improve their swimming ability and start learning lifeguard skills. 
  • Participants must be comfortable in deep water, but no prerequisite swimming skills required.
  • Each camp offers 12 hours (8 class dates x 1.5 hours) of instruction with about 45 minutes swim training and 45 minutes lifeguard & aquatic safety skills.

June Camp Dates
June 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 2:30-4:00pm

July Camp Dates
July 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30, Aug 1
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 2:30-4:00pm


  • $99 per camp for ISU affiliates
  • $119 per camp for the public
  • Includes course materials & tshirt
  • 50% discount on the second camp if you register for both camps


Bengal Buddies Summer Swim Team

This training is those ready to increase their swimming endurance and learn the basics of the 4 Olympic strokes, starts, and turns.  Ages 5-17. 

Date, Practice Times, and Competition

  • Mondays & Wednesdays
  • June 3-July 31
  • 10&U 2-2:45pm
  • 11&Over 3-4pm
  • No classes the week of July 4th
  • Two optional, fun-only competitions on June 26 or 28 and a championship Meet on on July 31 or Aug 2; swimmers will not need to have the USA Swimming membership to compete in our Rec League meets


  • $99 for the summer for ISU affiliates
  • $119 for the summer for the public
  • Includes tshirt and swim cap

 Prerequisite Skills

  • Comfort in deep water
  • Able to attain back float independently anywhere in the pool required.
  • Able to swim 25 yards with rhythmic breathing

 What do I need to participate?

  • A swim suit:  For the ladies, you need a SWIM suit--not a “bathing suit,” not a sitting-around-looking-cute suit.  It should be a one piece swim that stays put when pushing off the wall or motoring through the pool. For the guys, trunks or shorts are fine to start—as long as they stay put when you push off the wall or get motoring.  Guys may want a practice “jammer” type suit. Jammers are much better for non-recreational, swim team swimming than baggy bloomer trunks.
  • Goggles:  ISU loan and sell, if you don’t have good goggles and/or don’t know what to buy.
  • Swim Cap (Optional):  If you have long hair, you’ll need a swim cap—which is still optional but practical unless you have epic French braiding skills.  Swimmers will get a team cap for free when they join.


Children's Small Group Swim Lessons - Spring 2019

Session 2:  March 30, April 6, 13, 20
Optional bonus/makeup class April 27

Level 1 or 2

Level 3 or 4


Campus Recreation Office

(208) 282-4854

SRC, Room 360

Mon-Fri 8:00am-4:30pm



Fall 2019 Hours:
Aug 19 to Dec 13

Monday      6am-11pm
Tuesday     6am-11pm
Wednesday 6am-11pm
Thursday    6am-11pm
Friday        6am-9pm
Saturday    8am-9pm
Sunday      12pm-9pm

Closed Thurs Nov 28

Pool Schedule

Wall Schedule


News and Announcements

Consult Fees page
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RB Courts 5 & 6 Closed
Starting Monday Aug 26
For 4 week project