A water safety instructor talks with three adult swim lesson participants

Due to lifeguard and instructor shortages, we are unable to accept new private/semi-private lesson clients at this time. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to reopen registration in the fall.

Existing clients wishing to renew their package should contact aquatics@vcu.edu to initiate the renewal process.

Private and semi-private swimming lessons are designed to meet your individual needs, whatever your swimming level. Our certified Water Safety Instructors will tailor your classes to meet your swimming and fitness goals. Lessons are scheduled directly with the instructor based on your availability.

Private and semi-private lessons are sold in 2, 4, or 6-hour packages. For children or inexperienced swimmers, we recommend 30-minute lessons once or twice a week. For experienced swimmers, we recommend 30-minute or 60-minute lessons on a weekly or biweekly basis.

For semi-private lessons, all participants must be registered and have submitted payment before lessons may begin. We do not offer participant matching for solo participants wishing to sign up for semi-private lessons.

Private Lesson Policies:

  • A parent/guardian must remain on the pool deck within sight and sound of minors participating in swimming lessons.
  • Please provide at least twenty-four (24) hours notice to your instructor if you must cancel a lesson. Failure to provide appropriate notice may result in the lesson being counted as missed, and the full scheduled time will be deducted from your package.
  • If you are less than fifteen (15) minutes late to a scheduled lesson, the instructor reserves the right to end the lesson at the originally scheduled time and deduct the full scheduled time from your package. If you are more than 15 minutes late, the instructor reserves the right to count the lesson as missed and deduct the full scheduled time from your package.
  • RecWell does not offer refunds for missed or shortened lessons due to absence or tardiness.
  • All private and semi-private swim lesson packages must be completed within six (6) months of purchase. Any unused lesson time will expire after 6 months.  RecWell does not provide refunds or credits for unused lesson time when packages expire.
  • Refunds for private or semi-private swimming lessons must be requested within thirty (30) days of purchase. After 30 days, no refunds will be approved. If one or more packages has been used within the initial 30 days, any refunds will be prorated accordingly (total cost less the percentage used).

Questions, comments, or concerns? Please contact aquatics@vcu.edu


Click on the links below to register for your desired package.

Fall 2023 Packages

Available September 1 - November 31. Click on the links below to register for your desired package.

Package Options Student Member Non-Member
2 Hours Private $80 $115 $165
4 Hours Private $150 $185 $235
6 Hours Private $205 $240 $290
2 Hours Semi-Private $45/pp $70/pp $100/pp
4 Hours Semi-Private $90/pp $105/pp $150/pp
6 Hours Semi-Private $105/pp $125/pp $175/pp