Private and semi-private swim lessons

Looking to improve your swimming? We offer private and semi-private swim lessons year round to both children and adults of any skill level.

Private lessons

Get one-on-one attention with one of our highly trained instructors. Private lessons are perfect for younger swimmers who are having a hard time integrating into group lessons, and for older swimmers looking for stroke refinement. These lessons are customized to a swimmer's needs, goals and confidence level.

  • Six 30-minute lessons
  • One American Red Cross certified instructor
  • $110 for non-members

Semi-private lessons

Bring a friend and hop in! Two or three participants of similar skill levels work at the same time with one swim instructor. This is a great way to improve swimming ability quickly and efficiently together.

  • Six 30-minute lessons
  • One American Red Cross certified instructor
  • Price is per swimmer
  • $60 for non-members

Please note that a minimum of two participants is needed to register. Currently, we do not offer any type of swimmer matching service.

Registration process

All private and semi-private lessons are scheduled between the instructor and participant. Lessons are permitted any time the Rec facility is open and lifeguard staff are present.

  1. Contact the Aquatics Manager directly or request private or semi-private swim lessons using our online form.
  2. Once an instructor has been assigned, you will be contacted to schedule the first lesson.
  3. Payment will be collected on the date of the first lesson before the lesson begins.


The street address of the Student Recreation and Wellness Center and Ocasek Natatorium is

382 Carroll Street
Akron, OH 44325

Parking passes are not provided for private or semi-private lessons. If you do not have a valid UA parking pass, two options are available:

  • Utilize the metered parking spaced in Lot 8, Lot 10, or Lot 57 in from of the James A Rhodes Arena. Handicapped metered spaces are available in Lot 57.
  • Purchase a one-day parking pass ($6/day) from parking services on the date of each lesson.

Contact us

Liann Cox

Liann Cox

Zips Rec