As Penn State Harrisburg continues to prepare for the phased return of students and employees to campus for the fall semester, the decision has been made that the Aquatics Center on campus will remain closed at least through December 31, 2020. We apologize for any inconvenience. The closure will enhance the college's ability to implement all health and prevention measures for the Capital Union Building, by reducing the amount of traffic in and around the pool, locker rooms, and other public spaces.
For additional information, please contact Craig Merkey, Associate Director of Recreation & Aquatics, via email at [email protected].
Please Note: Be sure to enter the participant's information during the registration process, not your own. If you have any questions about this process, please contact the Outreach Non-Credit Registration Office by phone at (814) 867-4973 or by email.
Waiting List: If classes are marked as "Full," please call Amy Hickoff at 717-948-6740 or e-mail at [email protected] to be added to the waiting list.
All students are evaluated the first day of class and placed into learning groups based on their ability.
- Level 1
For children with no previous experience in the water. Water safety, water adjustment and basic skills are emphasized.
- Level 2
Children must have passed level 1, or wearing a floatation cube, jump into deep water and swim 25 yards—half-length beginner crawl (face in water is optional) and half-length beginner back. Also, jump into shallow water without a cube, swim 15 yards demonstrating beginner crawl and beginner back.
- Level 3
Children must have passed level 2, or wearing a cube, jump into deep water without assistance, swim 25 yards beginner crawl, blowing bubbles occasionally. Also, wearing a cube, jump into deep water, swim 25 yards beginner back or back crawl. Also, without a cube, jump into deep water, swim half-length beginner crawl, blowing bubbles occasionally, roll to back and finish the length using beginner back or back crawl.
- Level 4
Children must have passed level 3 or demonstrate 25 yards each of front crawl, back crawl and elementary backstroke. Also, demonstrate a propulsive breaststroke kick and butterfly kick for 25 yards.
- Level 5
Children must have passed level 4 or swim continuously for 300 yards demonstrating front crawl, back crawl, elementary backstroke, breaststroke and sidestroke. Demonstrate 25 yards of butterfly and the ability to tread and float for two minutes. Demonstrate a surface dive and retrieve a ring from the deep end.
- Level 6
Children must have passed level 5 or demonstrate 50 yards of each stroke with proper technique—front crawl, back crawl, elementary backstroke, breaststroke, sidestroke and butterfly. Also, swim 500 yards continuously demonstrating 100 yards of front crawl, back crawl, elementary backstroke, breaststroke and sidestroke. Demonstrate survival float on the front and back for five minutes each. Also, perform a foot first surface dive, retrieve a weighted object from bottom and return to the surface and starting point.