Beginning I


This class is for individuals who have fear, anxiety or discomfort in water. This class is also designed for individuals who have previously taken beginning swim courses and have had little/no success or who struggle to move through water. A foundation of basic balance and movement skills will be developed through a series of fundamental water exercises. When safety or balance in the water is in question, so is the ability to move, and to some extent, the ability to breathe comfortably. As comfort and balance improve, the easier it is to accept breathing and movement skills. The goal is a swimmer who is comfortable and in control in both shallow and deep water. The fundamental skills learned in this course will provide a foundation for learning stroke technique, such as freestyle, in an effortless manner.




This class is offered as semi-private or private lessons. Please email Michelle Gable ( to inquire.


Avery Recreation Pool at the Arrillaga Outdoor Education and Recreation Center (AOERC)


$200 Students
$215 Faculty/Staff
$230 Stanford Community*
$30 BeWell**

*Stanford students, Faculty/Staff and Stanford Community are eligible to participate in Recreation Classes. Stanford Community members are Dependents 18 and older, Spouses, Hospital Employees who have purchased an Athletic Access Card, Retirees, or Partners of a Student, Faculty or Staff.
This class requires a minimum of 6 participants.

**BeWell note: To be eligible for the BeWell $30 rate, benefits-eligible employees must complete the Stanford Health and Lifestyle Assessment (SHALA) in 2014. If you have specific questions about the BeWell program or want to participate please go to As a BeWell eligible employee, please note you are eligible for 2 classes per quarter at the BeWell $30 rate.


Please note this class will not be offered during this quarter.


Please contact Michelle Gable at or (650) 498-0755.