Learn to Swim with the Gusties

Fall 2021 | October 10 - Novmeber 14

Let the Gusties teach your children how to swim!

  • This is one of the best values in the area!
  • Each teacher will work with an average of three children to guarantee your child plenty of expert personal attention. More personal attention means that your child will improve their swimming skills very quickly!
  • Our instructors (Gustavus Adolphus College swimmers) have the teaching experience, skills, maturity, and passion to make this an enjoyable experience for children of all abilities and ages.

Lesson Format

Each session will consist of one 40-minute class each week for five weeks. Your child will meet his or her instructor at the pool and be given directions for pool safety. Classes will progress from teaching swimming basics (such as floating and kicking) to more advanced instruction (teaching swimming strokes). You will choose the level of instruction for your child based on prior experience, ability, and age. Parents will receive a progress report at the conclusion of the final day of class.

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Instruction Levels / Classes
Name Description
Nemos This is a beginning level class. Kids are just getting comfortable in the water, learning how to bob, float & kick and still learning some basic water safety skills. A child who has had no previous swim lessons instruction should be in this group.
Dolphins Nemo skills are reviewed, and the front crawl and elementary backstroke will be taught after the swimmer has learned to float and kick. A child who has had some swim lessons instruction in the past and can perform these skills should be in this group. Should be able to hold face in water for 3 + seconds.
Orcas Skills learned in the dolphin class are reviewed and refined. The back stroke, breaststroke, diving, deep water and underwater swimming are introduced. Basic water safety skills are introduced as well.
Shark Orcas skills and strokes are reviewed and refined. Butterfly is introduced. Racing skills such as the start and flip turns are taught. Advanced lessons are a good lead-in for a child who wants to try out competitive swimming in the future.
Choose the level of instruction for your child based on prior experience, ability, and age.

Pool Information

The Vic Gustafson pool, located in the Lund Athletic Center, is a ten-lane, 25-yard pool with a deep end of 13’6” and a shallow end of 4’. Younger children will be instructed primarily in the shallow end of the pool. Children will be taken to deep water only under direct supervision and only when their abilities allow for it.

The Lund Fitness Center is on the campus of Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter. The nearest intersection is Circle Dr. and Student Center Dr. Complete driving directions can be found at Gustavus Maps.


All classes will be supervised by two lifeguards and the program director in addition to the close supervision of your child’s instructor. Parents are welcome to attend class and may sit on the pool deck. Adults are not required to enter the water with children.

Is My Child Ready?

Children are ready to learn how to swim when they are able to get into the water on their own or with an adult. If your child is timid about getting into a pool, give our experienced instructors a try! They do an excellent job of working with hesitant swimmers to join them in the water.

Recommended ages: 4yrs old+


We will send a confirmation e-mail one week prior to the start of your first class to confirm your session day and time. Sessions require a minimum of 10 children in order to run. If you sign up for a session that has fewer than 10 children, we will make every effort to reschedule you into a different session.


Please complete the following steps

  1. Register below OR download and complete the Learn_to_Swim_with_the_Gusties-_Fall_2021
  2. Download and complete the required waiver

This form is no longer available.  Ouf Fall Session is Full. Please join us for our Spring Learn To Swim With The Gusties Session.  Contact Alex Lindstrom at alindstr@gustavus.edu or 507-933-7693 with any questions.