Welcome to Harvard Swim School

Swim School logo About the Program

Operating for over 35 years, the Harvard Swim School is a prestigious swimming and diving instructional program.

Harvard Swim School is for swimmers and divers aged 5 and older, including adults. Lessons are offered for beginners through advanced students at Harvard's Blodgett Swim Center and the Malkin Athletic Center.

The Swim School has been in operation for nearly 40 years, and typically runs 6 weeks of lessons in the fall and the spring, starting in early to mid-September and in late March. Lessons are held on Saturday mornings.

Harvard Swim School is run by the coaching staff, taught by Harvard team members, and is a fundraiser for the Men's and Women's Varsity Swimming and Diving Teams at Harvard. Additional contributions are welcome!

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Swim School logo Contact

Keith Miller, Harvard Swim School
Murr Center-65 N. Harvard Street
Boston, MA 02163-1012
Phone: 617-496-8790

Swim School logo Swimming Lessons

The Harvard Swim School uses the "Swim America" system, which includes 10 swimming "skill sets," or "learning stations." Each skill set includes specific drills which build upon earlier sets and offer a clear path for advancement.

Students will be paired with instructors, and together they will progress through the learning stations. At the end of the session, parents will receive a certificate indicating what stations have been successfully completed.

Students must register according to their ability level. In general, beginning level classes, through "Advanced Beginner," are 30 minutes long, while the upper level classes are 45 minutes long.

Swimming Lessons

Swim School logo Diving Lessons

Diving instruction brings a level of safety and control to a fun and challenging sport. Students will learn how to control their dives while learning new techniques and skills that will allow them to perform harder dives.

Starting with the fundamentals students will master body control and cognitive awareness on the deck and low platforms prior to advancing to springboard work off the low and high boards.

Instructors bring years of experience training students of all ability levels to maximize safety, fun, and learning.

If you register early, you get a free Harvard Swim School T-Shirt!

Diving Lessons

Swim School logo Swimming Clinics

March 24, 9-11 a.m. Freestyle S4
March 31, 9-11 a.m. Backstroke S4
April 14, 9-11 a.m. Breaststroke S4
April 28, 9-11 a.m. Butterfly S4
April 29, 2-4:30 p.m. Strokes and Turns S4

Swim School logo Swimming Lessons

For enrollment purposes and pool space considerations, we use 6 class levels in order to group students appropriately.
Levels 1, 2 and 3 are offered as 30-minute "semi-private" lessons for younger students. (All adult classes are 40 minutes.)
We will close these classes when we have reached a maximum of 2 students per instructor.

S1: Non-Swimmer
(30 min.)
No swimming experience. S1
S2: Beginner
(30 min.)
The swimmer can submerge face in the water. Student should be able to swim about ten feet. S2
S3: Advanced Beginner
(30 min.)
Swims approximately twenty-five yards freestyle with face in water. Can swim backstroke. S3
S4: Intermediate
(40 min.)
The swimmers should be able to complete at least 25 yards, which is one length of the pool, freestyle and backstroke. This level transitions to the deep water and the focus will be on learning the correct technique for freestyle and backstroke, and introducing breaststroke and butterfly. S3

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Swim School logo Diving Lessons

We offer two options for divers at different levels.

Levels 1 and 2: Introductory Classes (40 min.) Beginning and younger divers have the option of diving at 9:10 or 10:00 a.m. for up to 45 minutes. Each lesson will include approximately 5 minutes of warmup and drills on the ground, followed by a combination of water and deck instruction to teach the fundamentals of body alignment, positions (tuck, pike, straight), boardwork and entries. As divers become more proficient at these skills, they will start to learn easy dives and progress to more difficult ones when they are ready. D1
Levels 3 and 4: Competitive Classes (90 min.) Older and more advanced divers may wish to stay in the water longer, so these divers will start at 9:10 a.m. and continue until 10:45 a.m. They will also start with a warmup on dryland, but will add some work on the dryboard to practice hurdles and jumps, and then will spend more time in the pool. Lessons will begin with hurdles and entry work (lineups), but will continue through repetitions of dives already learned and progress toward newer and more difficult dives according to the needs of the diver. D3

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Swim School logo Fees

Swimming Diving
Levels 1-3 (30 min.): $95 Levels 1-2 (45 min.): $125
Level 4 and Adult (40 min.): $125 Levels 3-4 (90 min.): $175

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