What we offer:
Spring 2014 Schedule
  • SESSION 1
    (Registration Deadline: Passed)
    Tuesdays & Thursdays
    2/18/14 - 3/13/14
    6p-6:45p: Level 1/2
  • SESSION 2
    (Registration Deadline: Passed)
    Tuesdays & Thursdays
    4/1/14 - 4/24/14
    6p-6:45p: Level 2/3
  • PARENT & CHILD
    (Registration Deadline: 4/23/14)

    Mondays-Thursdays
    4/28/14-5/8/14
    5:30p-6p: Ages 6 mths-24 mths
    6:15p-6:45p: Ages 2 yrs-5 yrs
  • Private Lessons
    (Available Year Round)
    (Dependant upon instructor availability)
    Ages 6 months+ (Children & Adults)
  • Check back mid-May for summer lessons

Swim Lessons

Group Lessons | Private Lessons | Level Descriptions

American Red Cross

Lessons are open to the community, so please share this information with friends, family, and neighbors! For more information and/or to register, Click Here. You may also contact MSSU's Director of Aquatics & Wellness by calling 417-625-9533, or stopping by the Recreational Services office (BSC 241).

Group Lessons

  • The MSSU Aquatics staff offers American Red Cross swim lessons for children.
  • Lessons are offered year round at a variety of times, in an attempt to accommodate the participants’ schedules.
  • Skill sessions are offered from non-swimmer to advanced levels.
  • Classes are (typically) held twice per week for a total of four weeks during the Fall & Spring semesters, and four times per week for two weeks during the Summer.
  • Lessons are available for ages 6 months-15 years.
Cost:
  • Non-Members: $45/person/session
  • Members: $35/person/session (Members are those persons having a paid membership to the Beimdiek Recreation Center or MSSU Aquatic & Racquetball Center.)

Private Lessons

  • Private lessons are scheduled based on participant/instructor availability; and can be split into two 30-minute sessions. There is a minimum of two hours that must be paid at the time of scheduling.
  • Level 1 (Ideal for beginners) through Level 6 (Ideal for future guards & fitness/racing/competitive swimmers) available
  • Ages 6 months+ (Children & Adults)
  • To register, please contact the Director of Aquatics & Wellness at 417-625-9533.
Cost:
  • Private Lessons $20/hour/person

Level Descriptions

Parent & Child | Level 1 | Level 1/2 | Level 2 | Level 2/3 | Level 3 | Level 3/4 | Level 4 | Level 4/5 | Level 5 | Level 6

Parent & Child/Preschool Aquatics

Ages 6 months-5 years.
Both parent and child learn to be comfortable in and around water.
Learn how to:

  • Become comfortable in the water
  • Enter and exit water safely
  • Blow bubbles through mouth and nose
  • Parents learn how to hold and support child in water
  • Front/back glide (with parent's support)
  • Front/back float (with parent's support)

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Level 1

Recommended minimum age for this class 6 years old.
Learn how to:

  • Enter and exit water safely
  • Blowing bubbles through mouth an nose
  • Open eyes underwater
  • Glide on front/back (with support)
  • Float on front/back (with support)

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Level 1/2

This course is for both level 1 and level 2 participants. Participants in this course will cover materials for both levels; however, they will only be tested over their respective level. Participants must pass exit skills assessments for level 1, before testing on level 2.

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Level 2

Must pass level 1 and/or be able to demonstrate exit skills for level 1.
Learn how to:

  • Jumping from side of pool
  • Bobbing
  • Jellyfish/tuck float
  • Glide on front/back
  • Float on front/back
  • Front/back crawl
  • Tread

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Level 2/3

This course is for both level 2 and level 3 participants. Participants in this course will cover materials for both levels; however, they will only be tested over their respective level. Participants must pass exit skills assessments for level 2, before testing on level 3.

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Level 3

Must pass level 2 and/or be able to demonstrate exit skills for level 2.
Learn how to:

  • Headfirst entry (kneeling)
  • Rotary breathing
  • Survival float
  • Streamline
  • Elementary backstroke
  • Scissor kick

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Level 3/4

This course is for both level 3 and level 4 participants. Participants in this course will cover materials for both levels; however, they will only be tested over their respective level. Participants must pass exit skills assessments for level 3, before testing on level 4.

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Level 4

Must pass level 3 and/or be able to demonstrate exit skills for level 3.
Learn how to:

  • Enter headfirst from compact/Stride position
  • Swim underwater
  • Survival swim
  • Front/back crawl with open turn
  • Breaststroke
  • Butterfly

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Level 4/5

This course is for both level 4 and level 5 participants. Participants in this course will cover materials for both levels; however, they will only be tested over their respective level. Participants must pass exit skills assessments for level 4, before testing on level 5.

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Level 5

Must pass level 4 and/or be able to demonstrate exit skills for level 4.
Learn how to:

  • Sidestroke
  • Dive
  • Tuck/pike dive
  • Front/back flip turn
  • Scull
  • Improve all strokes

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Level 6

Must pass level 5 and/or be able to demonstrate exit skills for level 5.

  • Fitness Swimmer
    For those who love to swim! This course will refine student’s strokes to enable more ease, efficiency, power, and smoothness over greater distances. Students will also learn the use of swimming aids and the etiquette of fitness swimming. Discussions will include principles of setting up a fitness program, calculating heart rate, and training techniques.
  • Personal Safety
    Calling all survivor swimmers! In this class students will learn how to prevent aquatic emergencies in open water environments. Several self-rescue techniques will be introduced and taught. Upon completion of this class students will have gained valuable knowledge on water emergencies.

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