Swim Lessons


Want to learn how to swim or to refine your swim strokes? Then taking swim lessons provided by the Aquatics program is the place to go! Located in the natatorium of the Mashouf Wellness Center, we are currently rebuilding our swim lesson program in order to meet the needs of our students as well as teach a life-long skill. Our instructors are Red Cross Lifeguard certified and have trained to teach lessons to the best of their abilities. The program can’t wait for lessons to start again, and it is all thanks to you! If you have any more questions regarding the lessons, feel free to reach out to the Swim Lesson Management staff at swimlesson@mail.sfsu.edu and they will reach out to help you with whatever you need! Thank you all so much for participating and we are excited to see you soon!


  • Our lessons are in either our 6-lane lap pool or our 4-foot activity pool depending on our swimmer's comfort and ability level.
  • Some skills we teach, but are not limited to, are being comfortable in the water, floating, gliding, freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, diving, and treading.
  • We offer lessons whenever our staff and you have a common time to meet, the frequency in which you meet with the instructor is up to you, however, we do not recommend you meet more than twice a week.
  • In order to begin private lessons, you must have a current membership that allows you to access the wellness center.
  • Please wear a swimsuit to the lesson.
  • The following are recommended but not mandatory:
    • Swim Goggles
    • Swim Cap (for long-haired participants)
    • Towel (can be rented from the facility at the front desk)
    • And change of clothes.
  • In order to ensure the safety of our staff and patrons, the lessons will be limited to 30 minutes each lesson.

Swim Lesson Types

We've pooled together our resources to provide you with a variety of swim lesson tiers. Check them out below and pick the one that suits you best.


Adult Swimming in the Pool

Adult Lessons (Ages 18+)

Whether you are a beginner, experienced, or professional, our swim instructors at SF State are trained to run a lesson tailored to any needs. We offer lessons to those of all ages and abilities and will provide the knowledge needed from basic water safety all the way to stroke refinement. We are here to ensure all people, no matter the experience, will feel comfortable in and around aquatic environments. Lessons are available during the weekdays.


Child Swimming

Youth Lessons (Ages 3-17)

From the smallest fishes to the largest sharks in the pool, SF State is capable of assuring child safety while also providing a fun and engaging learning environment. Children will understand the importance of water safety along with learning how to swim better than the meanest fishes. We provide lessons to all children including those with special needs and abilities. Private lessons are one-on-ones student and instructor, and Semi-Privates are no more than two students per instructor.

Natatorium Wide View

Swim Lesson Plan

Check out our Swim Lesson Plan information page to learn more about what your little one can expect when you sign them up for one of our lesson plans. From the basics like kicking to more seasoned swim techniques like the Backstroke. Our lesson plans are divided into five different levels that are meticulously crafted to provide the best learning experience for your little guppy. 

Lap Pool

Scheduled Lessons

  • Session 1: September 10th - 24th (Makeup on October 2nd)
  • Session 2: October 8th - 22nd (Makeup on October 30th)
  • Session 3: November 5th - 20th (No makeup due to Fall Recess)
  • Session 4: December 3rd - 18th (No makeup due to Winter Break)


How it Works

  1. Book a swim lesson through the member portal under multi-visit passes
  2. You will get an email from swimlesson@mail.sfsu.edu informing you of what times we can offer your lesson and what you would like to improve on. Please reply to this and provide what you can.
  3. Once the time and start date is set up, you will meet on the pool deck in swim wear and will be greeted by your swim instructor.
  4. Please show up about 15 minutes before your first lessons so your swim instructor will have you fill out a preliminary form the first day.


Adult Lesson Pricing

Type Single Lesson 6 Lessons
Student $25 $135
Faculty / Staff $30 $162

Youth Group Lessons: 

Students $120
Faculty / Staff $130
Community $145

Pricing for Youth Private Lessons:

Students $132
Faculty / Staff $143
Community $160

Pricing for Youth Semi-Private Lessons:

Students $126
Faculty / Staff $137
Community $152

Scheduled Sessions: 

  • Session 1: September 10th - 24th (Makeup on October 2nd)
  • Session 2: October 8th - 22nd (Makeup on October 30th)
  • Session 3: November 5th - 20th (No makeup due to Fall Recess)
  • Session 4: December 3rd - 18th (No makeup due to Winter Break)

For questions about our swim lessons, please visit our FAQ page and look under the "Swimming Lessons" tab or if you have additional questions, comments or concerns email our Swim Lesson Management staff at swimlesson@mail.sfsu.edu.