Aquatics

Adult & MSU Student Lessons
Bulldog Swim School
Bulldog Swim School Private Lessons
Bulldog Swim School Policies
Lifeguard Certification
Lifeguard Review Certification
Lifeguard Instructor Certificate

Lessons

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Adult & MSU Student Lessons

Adult and MSU Student lessons are offered in a group setting. The purpose of each lesson is for Adults to learn water safety and become comfortable in an aquatic facility. Each lesson is taught by a certified Swim Lesson University Instructor. Throughout the lessons, participants will learn pool safety and basic swim skills. We hope participates have a great time in the course, but more importantly, learn to be safe around water.

Adult Group Lesson Information: A single session includes six lessons, 30 minutes per lesson. All for only $60!

Bulldog Swim School

Bulldog Swim School offers five different levels of group swim lessons for children starting at 6 months-12 years of age. All courses are taught by Swim Lesson University instructors following a progression of skills to age curriculum. Parent & Pup courses are offered for children 6 months-3 years of age, Little Bulldog courses are for children 3-5 years of age, Junior Bulldog courses are for children 5-7 years of age, and Varsity Bulldogs courses are for children 8-12 years of age. The cost of each course is $70, this includes six lessons. Parent & Pup, Little, Junior Bulldogs are 30 minute lessons, consisting of basic water safety and beginner skills. Varsity Bulldogs are 40 minute lessons, which consist of basic water safety and building on progressive swimming skills.

Bulldog Swim School Class Information: Parent & Pup, Little Bulldog, Junior and Varsity are six lessons, each 30 minutes long for $70.

Students who complete two sessions of Bulldog Swim School Lessons will receive a Bulldog Swim School shirt!

Register in the Member Services office of the Joe Frank Sanderson Center or online at play.urec.msstate.edu

Bulldog Swim School Private Lessons

Private Lessons are offered in a one on one setting, to teach basic skills and fine tune more advanced skills, teach water safety, and become comfortable in the water. Each lesson is taught by a certified Swim Lesson University Instructor. Most private lessons are offered Mon-Fri 12pm-6pm & Saturdays 10am-2pm.

*Bulldog Swim School Private Swim Lesson Information: *One lesson is 30 minutes long, and costs $30.

A discounted package of four lessons for 30 minutes each can be purchased for $100.

Bulldog Swim School Semi-Private Lessons

Semi-Private Lessons are offered for a one instructor to two participant ratio, to teach basic skills and fine tune more advanced skills, teach water safety, and become comfortable in the water. Each lesson is taught by a certified Swim Lesson University Instructor. For semi- private lessons a request must be made for the additional participant to be added into the lesson.

*Bulldog Swim School Semi-Private Swim Lesson Information: *One lesson is 30 minutes long for $50 ($25 per participant).

A discounted package of four lessons for 30 minutes each can be purchased for $160.

Bulldog Swim School Private and Semi-Private Lessons Registration Information:

To sign up for private and semi-private lessons please call 662- 325-7946. These lessons are available at a first come first serve basis Monday - Friday 12pm- 6pm & Saturday 10am- 2pm. Special arrangements and instructor availability will determine exact times and dates.

Bulldog Swim Lesson schedules are based off the Mississippi State Academic Calendar, and will be worked around holidays and pool operation hours.

Bulldog Swim School Policies

Please help us continue to offer safe and fun classes by observing the following policies:

  • The cost of the course must be paid in full when you sign your child up.
  • Participants and guests must follow all University Recreation and Aquatics rules while in the Sanderson Center.
  • If you wish to take your child out of the course and get a refund, you must do so before the last day of registration for the course. No refunds in full or in part will be issued for any reason after registration has closed.
  • There are no make-up classes for a missed lesson. Private lessons can be scheduled, for an additional fee, to practice skills.
  • Family and friends of swim lesson participants are not allowed to use the facility for exercise or recreation unless they are Sanderson Center members. We require guests to wait in the natatorium throughout the lesson.
  • If you are not a Sanderson Center member, your child is only allowed to swim during lesson times and only under the supervision of a Sanderson Center Swim Instructor.
  • For safety reasons, please do not drop off your child for Lessons, a Parent or Guardian is required to be present and on the pool deck for the duration of the Lesson.
  • Please do not have your child change clothes on the pool deck. Locker Rooms are available for your convenience.
  • If a class session is cancelled by the Department of University Recreation or by the instructor, a make-up session will be offered at no additional cost to you.

Certification Courses

Lifeguard Certificate

Lifeguard Certification courses are offered through the American Red Cross Association. Learn how to effectively prevent and respond to water emergencies through lifeguard training. The course is designed to arm you with the skills and knowledge to prepare for a variety of scenarios in and around the water. Through the American Red Cross curriculum, you will learn how quick response times and effective preparation are vital to being a lifeguard, while also understanding the crucial elements in helping prevent drownings and injuries. The course is $225 for MSU Students, $250 for University Affiliates, and $275 for Non-Affiliates.

Course Prerequisites:

  • Participant must be 15 years of age on the first day of the course
  • Swim 300 yards continuously
  • Tread for two minutes only using legs
  • Complete a timed event in under 1 minute, 40 seconds: swim 20 yards, surface dive 7-10 feet to retrieve a 10lb object, return to surface, and swim 20 yards back to starting mark.

*Full refunds are not issued for participants that are unable to complete the prerequisites.

Lifeguard Review Certification

Lifeguard Review courses are offered through the American Red Cross Association. Learn how to effectively prevent and respond to water emergencies through lifeguard training. The course is designed to refresh you with the skills and knowledge for a variety of scenarios in and around the water. Through the American Red Cross curriculum, you will review how quick response times and effective preparation are vital to being a lifeguard, while also understanding the crucial elements in helping prevent drownings and injuries. The course is $100 for MSU Students, $125 for University Affiliates, and $150 for Non-Affiliates.

Course Prerequisites:

  • Participant must be 15 years of age on the first day of the course
  • Swim 300 yards continuously
  • Tread for two minutes only using legs
  • Complete a timed event in under 1 minute, 40 seconds: swim 20 yards, surface dive 7-10 feet to retrieve a 10lb object, return to surface, and swim 20 yards back to starting mark
  • Have a current American Red Cross lifeguard certification, or be within 30 days of it expiring to the class date

*Full refunds are not issued for participants that are unable to complete the prerequisites.

Lifeguard Instructor Certificate

The primary purpose of the ARC Lifeguarding Instructor course is to train Instructor Candidates to teach the American Red Cross Lifeguarding courses.

Course Prerequisites:

  • Be at least 17 years of age on or before the final scheduled class date of the course
  • Possess a current basic-level certification in Lifeguarding/First Aid/CPR/AED.
  • Successfully complete the online Introduction to the Lifeguarding Instructor Course prior to the precourse skills session via the class roster and online content completion status report.
  • Obtain all instructor and participant materials before entering the first session of the instructor course:
  • Successfully complete the precourse skills session.
  • Course Fees:
    • MSU Students and University Affiliates: $275
    • Non-Affiliates: $300