Welcome to Harvard Swim and Dive School

Swim School logo About the Program!

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

Harvard Swim and Dive 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.

The Swim and Dive School typically runs 4 weeks of lessons and clinics in the fall and the spring, starting in early to mid-September and again in late March. Lessons are held on Saturday mornings.

Harvard Swim and Dive 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.

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Contact Harvard Swim School
Murr Center-65 N. Harvard Street
Boston, MA 02163-1012

Swim School logo Swim Clinics

Swim clinic are designed to teach competitive swimmers the fundamentals and advance levels of stroke/turns/starts for the four competitive strokes. Each swimmer will receive individual instruction on how to make their strokes more efficient and powerful. Underwater and over-the-water videotaping of each stroke will take place multiple times throughout each session to allow for immediate learning and application.

Swim Clinics

Swim School logo Swimming Lessons

The Harvard Swim and Dive 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.

Diving Lessons

Swim School logo Swimming Clinics

Clinics will focus on teaching proper swim technique through drills to help swimmers achieve their personal best through concentrated swimming instruction. We will also utilize above and underwater video analysis. Clinics also include starts and turns for the individual stroke. For ages 8 and up.

September 8, 9-11 a.m. Freestyle
September 15, 9-11 a.m. Backstroke
September 22, 9-11 a.m. Breastroke
September 29, 9-11 a.m. Butterfly
One Clinic $125
Four Clinic Package $450

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Fall swim classes run for four weeks; Sept 8, 15, 22 and 29. For enrollment purposes and pool space considerations, we use 4 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 level 4 and 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.
S2: Beginner
(30 min.)
The swimmer can submerge face in the water. Student should be able to swim about ten feet.
S3: Advanced Beginner
(30 min.)
Swims approximately twenty-five yards freestyle with face in water. Can swim backstroke.
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.
Levels 1-3
(30 min.)
Level 4 and Adult
(40 min.)

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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.
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.
Levels 1-2
(45 min.)
Levels 3-4
(90 min.)

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