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Youth Swimming & Diving Lessons

About the Swimming Program

The Mount St. Mary’s Instructional Swimming Program offers a progressive swimming curriculum to children between the ages of six months to 14 years in an effort to teach the youth of our community to swim and be safe in and around the water. Our program strives to create a safe and fun aquatic environment by teaching beginner to advanced swimming skills and inspiring a growing love of swimming.

About the Diving Program

Our new instructional diving program offers a progressive diving curriculum to youth beginning at age 5. Our program strives to teach proper diving techniques along with safe diving practices.

Important Information

If your child has had a traumatic experience in or around the water, please share this information with the Aquatic Coordinator. We may choose a special approach with your child.
Elizabeth Raub

Assistant Director-Campus Recreation/Aquatic/Facilities

+ (301) 447-7429

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Courses Offered

Aqua Tots (Ages 6 months - 3 years)

Children between the ages of six months to three years have an opportunity to become comfortable in the water while bonding with a parent or trusted adult in the Aqua Tots class. Aqua Tots classes are held during our spring and summer sessions only.

TOPSS (Age 3 yrs.-1st grade)

Children from three years of age through first grade learn the basics of swimming with an instructor in small groups in the TOPSS program. Age appropriate swimming and boating safety skills are included in all sessions. Instructor/Student Ratio is 1:6.
TOPSS represents the following five levels:
  • Tadpole 1 - Little or no swimming experience. Is not comfortable putting the face in the water. Cannot swim independently with the use of a backpack. 
  • Tadpole 2 - Is comfortable in the water. Can put face in the water and blow bubbles. Can kick with a kickboard independently for a distance of 15 feet, and can swim on front and back independently with the use of a backpack for a distance of 15 feet.
  • Otter - Is comfortable in the water. Can put face in the water, demonstrate front and back floats, can kick with a kickboard independently for a distance of 30 feet, and swim on front and back independently with the use of a backpack for a distance of 50 feet.
  • Porpoise - Enjoys going under water! Can kick with a kickboard independently on front and back, swim on front and back independently with the use of a backpack for a distance of 25 meters, and swim for a distance of 5 feet without a backpack. Can jump into deep water without assistance.
  • Seal - Is very comfortable in the water. Enjoys going under water and jumping into deep water. Can swim on front and back for a distance of 25 meters with the use of a backpack and 20 feet without a backpack.
  • Shark - Can perform all of the above skills and can swim on front and back for a distance of 25 meters without the use of a backpack. Is ready to start working on stroke technique for freestyle and backstroke.

Swim School (Grades 2-10)

Youth in second grade through age 14 learn more advanced strokes and techniques all while having a great time with their peers in the Swim School program. Age appropriate swimming and boating safety skills are included in all sessions. Instructor/Student Ratio is 1:6.
There are seven levels in the program, spanning from beginner to advanced:
  • Beginner One - Little or no swimming experience. Cannot swim independently.
  • Beginner Two - Is comfortable in the water. Can put face in the water, kick independently with a kickboard, perform front and back floats independently, and swim on front and back for a distance of 20 feet without assistance. Can jump into shallow water independently.
  • Intermediate One - Can demonstrate all above skills. Can swim on front and back independently for a distance of 25 meters without assistance, and can jump into deep water without assistance.
  • Intermediate Two - Can demonstrate all skills listed above and can perform the following skills for a distance of 25 meters: freestyle with rotary breathing and backstroke. Can demonstrate the beginning of elementary backstroke and breaststroke kicks. Can jump and dive into deep water.
  • Intermediate Three - Can demonstrate all skills listed above and can perform the following skills: 50 meters each of freestyle with rotary breathing and backstroke.  Can complete 25 meters of elementary backstroke and breaststroke kick using proper technique. Can dive into deep water.
  • Advanced One - All skills listed above as well as the following skills with proper technique: 75 meters of freestyle and backstroke, and 50 meters of elementary backstroke and breaststroke, and 25 meters of butterfly kick. Can jump and dive into deep water.
  • Advanced Two - All skills listed above as well as the following strokes using proper technique: 100 meters of freestyle and backstroke, and 50 meters of elementary backstroke and breaststroke and 25 meters of butterfly. Can dive into deep water.

Diving School (ages 5 & up)

Youth who are 5 years of age and older will learn proper diving techniques, perfecting dives they already know and learning new dives.  All students must be comfortable swimming in deep water and must be able to swim 25 meters independently on their front.

  • Beginner Diving:  Ages 5 and up.  Must be able to do a forward dive from the diving board.
  • Advanced Diving:  Ages 8 and up.  Must be able to do a forward and back dive and a front flip from the diving board.
    Diving classes will resume in the Fall of 2020.

Spring Session One

Spring Swim Session One will be held on Monday evenings from March 16 to April 27, 2020. 

Classes will not be held on April 13 due to Easter Break.
* Please be aware that some spring swim classes may need to be canceled in the event of inclement weather. You may call the inclement weather line if you are uncertain if classes are canceled 301-447-7424.

Spring One Registration Form
Aqua Tots TOPSS Swim School
No classes this session 6-6:40 p.m. 6:45-7:25 p.m.
Spring One Registration Form

Spring Session Two

Spring Swim Session Two will be held on Wednesday evenings from March 18 to April 29, 2020. 
Classes will not be held on 4/8 due to Easter Break.

 * Please be aware that some spring swim classes may need to be canceled in the event of inclement weather. You may call the inclement weather line if you are uncertain if classes are canceled 301-447-7424.

Spring Two Registration Form
Aqua Tots TOPSS Swim School
5:25-5:55 p.m. 6-6:40 p.m. 6:45-7:25 p.m.
Spring Two Registration Form

Spring Session Three

Spring Swim Session Three will be held on Saturday mornings from March 21 to May 2, 2020. 
Classes will not be held on 4/12 due to Easter Break. 

 * Please be aware that some spring swim classes may need to be canceled in the event of inclement weather. You may call the inclement weather line if you are uncertain if classes are canceled 301-447-7424.

Spring Three Registration Form
Aqua Tots TOPSS Swim School
9:15-9:45 a.m. 9:50-10:30 a.m. 10:35-11:15 a.m.
Spring Three Registration Form

Swim Lesson Costs

  • Early Bird Discount ends on Thursday, February 27, 2020, at 3 p.m.
  • Registration closes on Thursday, March 5, 2020, at 3 p.m.
  • Mount Community includes Mount students, all eligible full- and part-time employees, and eligible family members. To receive the community rate you must register with your Mount email address.
  • If the student is withdrawn up to seven days before the beginning of a session, a credit, minus an administrative fee of $5.00 will be issued.
  • The Mount only offers make-up classes, credits, or refunds if we cancel a class or session.  A partial credit or refund will be offered if the child cannot participate due to illness or injury.  A doctor's note is required.

Membership Status Early Bird Regular
Mount Community $39 $49
ARCC Member $49 $59
Non-Member $59 $69

Registration Dates

Early Bird Registration closes on Thursday, February 27, 2020, at 3 p.m.
Registration closes on Thursday, March 5, 2020, at 3 p.m.

Membership Status Opening Date
Mount Community Monday, February 10, 2020
ARCC Member Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Winter 2020 Participants Friday, February 14, 2020
Non-Member Monday, February 17, 2020
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Our program strives to create a safe and fun aquatic environment by teaching beginner to advanced swimming skills and inspiring a growing love of swimming.